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"Like Toy Soldiers" Lyrics

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This track contains samples of the 1989 single Toy Soldiers by Martika.



Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down...

Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down like toy soldiers
Bit by bit, torn apart, we never win
But the battle wages on for toy soldiers

[Verse 1]
I'm supposed to be the soldier who never blows his composure
Even though I hold the weight of the whole world on my shoulders
I ain't never supposed to show it, my crew ain't supposed to know it
Even if it means goin' toe to toe with a Benzino it don't matter
I'd never drag them in battles that I can't handle 'less
I absolutely have to
I'm supposed to set an example
I need to be the leader, my crew looks for me to guide 'em
If some shit ever just pop off, I'm supposed to be beside 'em
Now the Ja shit I tried to squash it, it was too late to stop it
There's a certain line you just don't cross and he crossed it
I heard him say Hailie's name on a song and I just lost it
It was crazy, this shit way beyond some Jay-z and Nas shit
And even though the battle was won, I feel like we lost it
I spent too much energy on it, honestly I'm exhausted
And I'm so caught in it, I almost feel I'm the one who caused it
This ain't what I'm in hip-hop for, it's not why I got in it.
That was never my object for someone to get killed
Why would I wanna destroy something I helped build?
It wasn't my intentions, my intentions were good
I went through my whole career without ever mentionin' ...
And that was just out of respect for not runnin' my mouth
And talkin' about something that I knew nothing about
Plus Dre told me stay out, this just wasn't my beef
So I did, I just fell back, watched and gritted my teeth
While he's all over t.v. down talkin' a man who literally saved my life
Like fuck it, I understand this is business
And this shit just isn't none of my business
But still knowin' this shit could pop off at any minute cause

Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down like toy soldiers
Bit by bit, torn apart, we never win
But the battle wages on for toy soldiers

[Verse 2]
There used to be a time when you could just say a rhyme
And wouldn't have to worry about one of your people dyin'
But now it's elevated cause once you put someone's kids in it
The shit gets escalated, it ain't just words no more is it?
It's a different ball game, callin' names and you ain't just rappin'
We actually tried to stop the 50 and Ja beef from happenin'
Me and Dre had sat with him, kicked it and had a chat with him
And asked him not to start it he wasn't gonna go after him
Until Ja started yappin' in magazines how he stabbed him
Fuck it 50 smash 'em, mash 'em and let him have it
Meanwhile my attention's pullin' in other directions
Some receptionist at The Source who answers phones at his desk
Has an erection for me and thinks that I'll be his resurrection
Tries to blow the dust off his mic and make a new record
But now he's fucked the game up cause one of the ways I came up
Was through that publication - the same one that made me famous
Now the owner of it has got a grudge against me for nothin'?
Well fuck it, that motherfucker can get it too, fuck him then
But I'm so busy being pissed off I don't stop to think
That we just inherited 50's beef with Murder Inc.
And he's inherited mine, which is fine, ain't like either of us mind
We still have soldiers that's on the front line
That's willing to die for us as soon as we give the orders
Never to extort us, strictly to show they support us
And maybe shout 'em out in a rap or up in a chorus
To show them we love 'em back and let 'em know how important it is
To have Runyan Avenue soldiers up in our corners
Their loyalty to us is worth more than any award is
But I ain't tryna have none of my people hurt and murdered
It ain't worth it I can't think of a perfecter way to word it
Then to just say that I love ya'll too much to see the verdict
I'll walk away from it all 'fore I let it go any further
But don't get it twisted, it's not a plea that I'm coppin'
I'm just willin' to be the bigger man
If ya'll can quit poppin' off at the jaws well then I can,
Cause frankly I'm sick of talkin'
I'm not gonna let someone else's coffin rest on my conscience cause

Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down like toy soldiers
Bit by bit, torn apart, we never win
But the battle wages on for toy soldiers
  • submitted on November 4th, 2004
  • corrected by Kryysler on February 2nd, 2014
  • written by Margules/marrero/resto/mathers
  • copyright with Lyrics © Sony/atv Music Publishing Llc

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     shaqreia says:
    Like 009-03-2015 17:51
    He went in on this song That's why I like eminem Because he doesn't care he speaks the truth.
    Like 015-06-2012 10:14
    that really sticks to itself awesomely.i like that .this guy had a purpose o venturing 2 music.good job dre
     RedDevil94 says:
    Like 028-03-2012 09:52
    Awesome song. Used to listen to it over and over while playing CoD and it always used to help me win Can take it away from Eminem though, best rapper alive.
    Like 027-02-2012 22:24
    He is the best rapper ever like cmon he is savage
     pman says:
    Like 027-10-2011 19:51
    That Song is just soo true and PERFECT !!
    Like 023-10-2011 11:33
    Great song
     Senri says:
    Like 020-10-2011 02:55
    R.I.P. Tupac
     LBStyle says:
    Like 016-10-2011 17:56
    One of the best songs of Eminem! A Perfect Song!
     MoorgaannS says:
    Like 029-06-2011 07:04
    I've been listening to Eminem from when I was 8 years old and I have allways loved his song especially this one because it's just a great song and I just can get it out of my head
    Like 014-06-2011 23:18
    Eminem Like Toy Soliders...
    What to say about it?
    The song of my life.
    No matter how hard life gets, you always gotta move on.

    "You don't get a second chance, Life is no Nintendo game..."
    Bow down to the king of rap, my boy Eminem
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