[Eminem - Square Dance][ANALYSIS]
this song is (partly) supposed to be a direct response to canibus' song 'draft me' in which he threatens an unnamed rival. secondly, he expresses a desire to fight in the war (middle-east war) on terror, even including a quote by george bush (the us president at that time) at the end of the song. In 'square dance' em attacks canibus and delivers an anti-draft, anti-war, anti-bush message.
[SLOT 1] - verse 1
'no friend of bush' - delivering his thought on bush straight to the point lol. 'i'm the centerpiece, you're a maltese, i'm a pitbull off his leash, all this peace talk can cease' - 'maltese' is a dog breed. they're usually rather small while em compares himself to a pitbull (another dog breed) which are usually a lot bigger than maltese. 'can-I-bitch don't want no beef with slim, no' - referencing jay-z' disstrack vs nas where he said: 'ask nas, he don't want no beef w/ hov no'
[SLOT 2] - chorus
there are multiple interpretations of this songs' chorus. one is that em makes fun of gorge w bush's texas accent. it may be that em is speaking as american government telling the citizens that everything is fine, just keep dancing.
[SLOT 3] - verse 2
starting the sec verse by criticizing the bush government for suppressing freedom of speech etc. 'go to beirut and do a show there' - 'beirut' is a city in lebanon. performing there would cause controversy (for obvious reasons) but em wouldn't care, he just wants to show his position against the bush administration. 'you laugh 'til your mothafuckin' ass gets drafted' - referring to ppl who are supporting the war in the middle east as long as it does not affect them, simultaneously dissing canibus since he talked abt 'defending his country'. 'you just a baby gettin' recruited at 18' - during the middle east war, bush demanded the recruitment of young males to serve the military for wars that, to many americans, seemed unnecessary. em made this same point in 'mosh' (2004, two years later).
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My end of the year present to you all, “The Deathly Hallows.” I hope you all enjoy the song, perfect way to bring about the end of the year. No limit to the quality I’m gonna bring to 2019. I’m on a mission and I found my groove. Get with it or get out of my way. Thank you to all my fans and all the people who’ve taken a chance on me, I won’t let you down.
“No god never blessed me
but he sure does love to test me,
A part of me wants to give up and let go
but the monster inside me craves blood like Wesley,
Hail to the king baby
but I ain’t talkin Presley,
I’m hollow inside but I’m deathly,
I fill the voids in my chest up with wrath and envy,
But I’m still empty,
Unsympathetic to the pathetic
pathologically I’m unfriendly,
I haven’t killed yet
But don’t tempt me.”
The Deathly Hallows
Coming soon.....Pied Piper👹