By Zach Whitten
You know, it took a lot of soul searching, but I think I’ve finally become convinced that Kanye West is indeed the voice of this generation.
He is a masterfully emotional lyricist, whose words can move like no other. As exemplified by this portion of the (probably) critically acclaimed Bound 2. Get into the Holiday spirit and/or have your life changed.
“So hey, maybe we can make it to Christmas
She asked me what I wished for on my wishlist
Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches?
Maybe we could still make it to the church steps
But first, you gon’ remember how to forget
After all these long-ass verses
I’m tired, you tired, Jesus wept”
Let’s just take a moment to analyze these powerful lyrics shall we?
“So hey, maybe we can make it to Christmas.”
Here Kanye is illustrating the difficulty that comes with being in a relationship. No matter who you are with, relationships always enter some kind of shaky ground at some point, and one or both parties involved question the security of the relationship. Kanye knows this, but still holds a hope that he and his loved one can make it to one of the happiest and most stressful times of the year. Christmas is a time of joy, but there are also many worries that come with it. Buying presents on a tight budget, meeting family members for the first time, travel woes, overeating and feeling disgusting about yourself. All of these can be very difficult for a fledgling relationship. But if you can make it to, and through Christmas together, it’s a pretty good sign that you can manage most of life’s hiccups.
“She asked me what I wished for on my wishlist”
You know, some people like to be surprised, but others don’t. Kanye and his significant other know that buying presents for someone can be difficult, and sometimes it’s just easier and more efficient for everyone if you just ask the person what they want, and then get it for them. That way you’re not having to guess and hope that you guessed correctly, and the other person doesn’t potentially get something that they don’t appreciate or will never use. I totally understand Kanye, I totally understand.
“Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches?”
Now this one was particularly moving for me, because Kanye is describing a moment that I’m sure was quite emotional for him. We’ve all had a pet that has grown old (in this case Kanye’s dog). It’s just something that happens because of our different life spans. Kanye’s dog was on its last legs, and I’m sure it was a difficult time for Kanye, and he needed help to get through it. He wanted to get another puppy, but he didn’t want to disrespect the bond that he had with his previous dog. So, in his pet’s final days, he felt the need to ask her if he could have permission to get another pet, to help him through this emotional time. Now dogs can’t speak of course, but I’m sure Kanye could see in her eyes that she was accepting of her fate, and that it was ok for him to get another animal to help and guide him through this significant life event.
Oh god I need a moment.
Ok I’m back.
“Maybe we could still make it to the church steps.”
Here again Kanye questions, as I’m sure we all have, the role his relationship plays in his life. He and his significant other have made it through Christmas, and now they’re thinking of taking that big step, marriage. Here is where you truly need to question what your relationship means to you, and whether you think it can stand the test of time. Marriage is not a commitment made lightly, and Kanye knows this (even though his potential wife may not).
But I digress. Kanye knows that life has its ups and downs, and sharing those ups and downs with someone can be complicated. So he acknowledges that though there is a desire to engage in holy matrimony, sometimes life has a way of going off course, and things don’t always end up the way you plan. But you can always hope for the best.
“But first, you gon’ remember how to forget”
This one is pretty straightforward. No one is perfect in this life, and sometimes you just have to learn to let things slide and forgive and forget, otherwise you’ll never be able to develop any kind of profound relationships with anyone.
“After all these long-ass verses”
Here Kanye kind of breaks the fourth wall in his eloquent storytelling, and acknowledges that, though his lyrics may be poignant, he can sometimes be long-winded. But depth requires length at times. Don’t you apologize for your greatness Kanye.
I would also like to point out my appreciation for Kanye’s use of the hyphen here. Without it, the listener/reader might confuse its meaning to signify long verses on the subject of the buttocks (which Kanye is guilty of as well)
“I’m tired, you tired, Jesus wept”
A great ending to a great stanza. Kanye is tired because creating such art takes its toll on the mind and body. You, the listener, are tired because taking in such beauty can be emotionally taxing. And Jesus wept for us all because of the trials man pushes upon man, purposefully or without.
In conclusion, you go Kanye, you go. Tell the story of us all.
Also, I’m pretty sure I have too much time on my hands.