Here to stay

Even when I'm gone

When I close my eyes

Through the passage of time

Kings never die

I can hear the drummer drumming

And the trumpets, someone's tryna summon someone, I know something's coming

But I'm running from it to be standing at the summit

And plummet, how come it wasn't what I thought it was

Was it, too good to be true?

Have nothing, get it all but too much of it

Then lose it again, did I swallow hallucinogens

Cause if not, where the hell did it go?

Cause here I sit in Lucifer’s den by the dutch oven

Just choosing to sin

Even if it means I'm selling my soul, just to be the undisputed again

Do whatever I gotta do just to win

Cause I got this motherfucking cloud over my head

Crown around it, thorns on it

Cracks in it, bet you morons didn't

Think I'd be back, did ya?

How 'bout that I’m somehow now back to the underdog

But no matter how loud that I bark, this sport is something I never bow-wow'd at

I complain about the game, I shout and I pout, it's a love-hate

But I found out that I can move a mountain of doubt

Even when you bitches are counting me out, and I appear to be down for the count

Only time I ever been out and about is driving around town with my fucking whereabouts in a doubt

Cause I been lost tryna think of what I did to get here but I'm not a quitter

Gotta get up, give it all I got or give up

Spit on, shit on, stepped on, but kept going

I'm tryna be headstrong but it feels like I slept on my neck wrong

Cause you're moving onto the next, but is the respect gone?

Cause someone told me that

(Kings never die)

Don't give me that sob story liar, don't preach to the choir

You ain't never even had to reach in the fire to dig deep

Nobody ever handed me shit in life, not even a flyer

Wouldn't even take shit into consideration

Obliterate anyone in the way

I think I see why a lot of rappers get on these features and try to show out on a track with me

But it'd actually have to be a fucking blowout to get me to retire

Tell these new artists that kings never die

I know shit has changed in this age, fuck a Twitter page

Did it just say I've been upstaged?

Why am I online? It's driving me crazy

I'm riding shotgun tryna get a gauge

Almost hot, but I'm not gonna' conform

With a stage pass and this shit

And opinions sway, I can hear them say

If I stay passionate maybe I can stay Jay miraculous

Comeback as if I went away

But detractors just say so much for the Renegade

Someone's gonna make me blow my composure

Here I go again, center stage and I feel like I'm in a cage

Some want a champion to fall

I still wonder why I laugh at 'em, cause why care when I'm awesome?

Fuck what these cynics say

Just goes to show that when my back's against the wall

And I'm under attack again, that I'll act as if I'm posted up

With this pent up rage, cause all these plaques in my office

On the floor stacked against the door

Are they just metaphors for the odds of when you comin' back again?

Cause all the accomplishments, accolades, awards

And trophies just don't mean jack anymore

If I'm here today and gone tomorrow

And I'm not gonna be

Here to stay

Even when I'm gone

When I close my eyes

Through the passage of time

Kings never die

I want it, I'm coming to get it

So you son of a bitches don't duck you’re gonna get Riddick Bowe’d

Critics'll end up in critical, think your shit is dope all you're gonna get is smoked then

And I'm not stopping until I'm top again, all alone and on a throne

Like a token of respect, or a homage poem, or an ode I've been owed

Tossed in the air by my own arm, and launched so hard I broke my collarbone

And when it's my time to go, I'm still not leaving

Stop for no one, I don't know but I've been told an obstacle that

Blocks your road, knock it over, time to go for that pot of gold, cause

They say kings never die

Just ask Jam Master Jay

They just grow wings and they fly

So, hands up, reach for the sky

Try to hold up and prolong these moments

Cause in a blink of an eye

They'll be over

Tryna secure your legacy like Shakur

And ensure that nobody's ever gonna be what you were

So before you're leaving this Earth

You want people to feel the fury of a pure evil cerebral berserk

Deacon of words, syllable genius at work

Plus I'm thinking that they're mistaking my kindness for weakness, distill it with meanness

I went from powdered milk to Purina

To flipping burgers on the grill for some peanuts

To Gilbert's to arenas, call me Gilbert Arenas, still appeal to the dreamers

I made it to the silverscreen where Rocky's still what the theme is

Khalil on the beat cause making the beat ain’t the same feeling to me as killing the beat

So fulfilling to me is what filling a seat is

That sound, vomit, thirst and how common underground commons eat

Outsider stomach growl, throbbing hunger

Out-rhyming everyone, God just give me one shot

I swear that I won't let you down

I'mma be around forever, entertain even in the ground

You ain't never gonna hear me say I ain't

Here to stay

Even when I'm gone

When I close my eyes

Through the passage of time

Kings never die

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

Kings never die

Eminem - Kings Never Die - lyrics

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