Everlast – What it’s Like (Music Video)


[acoustic guitar strumming] We’ve all seen a man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change The hair on his face is dirty, dread-locked, and full of mange He asks a man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes “Get a job you fu**in’ slob,” is all he replies God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom that said he was in love He said, “don’t worry about a thing, baby doll I’m the man you’ve been dreaming of.” But three months later he say he won’t date her or return her calls And she swear, “goddamn, if I find that man I’m cuttin’ off his balls” And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walking through the door. They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner and they call her a whore God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like I’ve seen a rich man beg I’ve seen a good man sin I’ve seen a tough man cry I’ve seen a loser win and a sad man grin
I heard an honest man lie I’ve seen the good side of bad and the downside of up
And everything between I licked the silver spoon drank from the golden cup
And smoked the finest green I stroked the fattest dimes at least a couple of times
Before I broke their heart You know where it ends, yo, it usually depends on where you start [acoustic guitar strumming] I knew this kid named Max who used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs He liked to hang out late he liked to get shit-faced and keep the pace with thugs Until late one night there was a big gun fight and Max lost his head He pulled out his chrome .45, talked some shit, and wound up dead Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of this pain You know it comes that way at least that’s what they say when you play the game God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like Then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose.

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Isntt that what you are Erika M.. a PUTA dont complain, If yuo had Genesis with you you would be a mommy. Or even Nicholas..

Probably 100% of people when they were kids thought they’ll be rich and happy when they grow up. The moment is over and many of them hear the words : “ Get a job you f-ng slob…” while begging for your change.

I really don't like the politics of this song, but I think Everlast makes some good points. Sometimes when I realize I've been behaving badly, I listen to this to humble myself.

I love this song. I forgot about it until i watched the joe rogan podcast and saw everlast and im like…oh yeah! Everlast! What its like! 👍❤

I was rolling with it, up to the closing shot, featuring White devils.

Yup, you White, married, couple of kids, you are the problem.

Fuck that shit.

Such a damn good song. Haven't heard it in years and then it was on the radio today (digital sub-channel) and they bleeped the ever-living-&%#@! out of it. Like "chrome 45" is now profanity? Can you imagine if they tried to bleep out "Mr. Saturday Night Special" every time SKYNRD mentions a gun? There wouldn't be a song anymore. And some other stuff bleeped out that was ridiculous. "And they call her a killer and they call her a sinner and they call her a %#@!

I can only think that radio stations are using software similar to the crap they have monitoring posts for "offensiveness". Everlast — or whoever has rights to this song — please go back to amend your ASCAP terms to limit what they can bleep out when they play your songs. Not that it's in the top 10 now, but they ripped the soul out of this song.

I like this song 😂😂😂 funny thing is never knew who signed it…… Eminem tho brought me here 😂😂

Ever last
Whitney ford sings the blues
9-8-1998

Get a job, you fucking slob" is all the ones who knows it all replies

The man, noticing that he’s homeless, assumes that he’s homeless because he’s lazy or didn’t do a damn thing to turn his life around, and so tells him to get off his butt to go do something about it.
He is unaware of the possibility that the homeless person did try whatever I could to get things done, only to fail in the end.

God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
Cause then you really might know whatever t it's like to sing the blues
Then you really might know what it's like (what it's like)
God forbid you because you’d be aware of all the awful things that happens in some people’s life that you didn’t see or you can just ignored these.
This song is directed at all these heartless people who can’t figure someone’s misery or pain. Those who can’t understand how hard it feels to be a homeless man reduced to asking others for their spare change. Those who can’t figure how heartbreaking it is for a woman to do something when she had no choice (second verse). (Not saying the woman is correct)
Ignorance is bliss

Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom who said he was in love
He said. "Don't worry about a thing, baby doll
I'm the man you've been dreamin' of."
But three months later he said he won't date her or return her calls

Mary got pregnant from a guy named Tom. Tom tells her that he will provide for her and the child but in the end he runs off leaving Mary to raise the kid by herself.
Note that the name of the woman is “Mary” which is a Biblical name, suggesting that she is from a religious family.

And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin' through the door:
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore!

This is a reference to the “counseling” that anti-abortion protesters like to perform outside of clinics that provide abortion services. It’s usually not so much “counseling” as it is harassment, though – calling her a killer, a sinner, or a whore is only the tip of the iceberg. Often, people physically block entrances, or hold up disgusting images that they claim are from abortion procedures (despite a lack of evidence).

Mary, in this case, is encountering the same protests that caused the city of Boston to enact a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics (a law that was recently ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, despite the prophetic words of Everlast warning Americans of its necessity).

God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird famously says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” According to him, this is the ultimate achievement in maturation.
Everlast illuminates society’s inability to empathize with others, and this causes the turmoil and poverty (in a figurative sense) in our world.

Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose

If you were in her position, you would be the one placed with awful burden of choosing whether to raise the child on your own, knowing full out you won’t be giving it all it can in life, or having to end it’s life before it begins to prevent a fuck up in the making. But hey, it’s not you getting the abortion, why should you care?

I've seen a rich man beg
I've seen a good man sin
I've seen a tough man cry
I've seen a loser win
And a sad man grin
I heard an honest man lie
I've seen the good side of bad
And the down side of up
And everything between
I licked the silver spoon
Drank from the golden cup
Smoked the finest green

Everlast has been there. He’s run the ropes. He knows “what it’s like” if you will, and he makes this point by stating things you aren’t likely to see; a sad man grin, a tough man cry, the down side of up, and everything in between. He’s been there.

I stroked the baddest dimes

Well according to Big L’s Ebonics he says:
A deuce is a honey that’s ugly
If your girl is fine, she’s a dime.
What Everlast is saying here, is that he used to be a bad boy; sex first, feelings later. He was shallow, messing around with women just for their looks, and consequentially breaking their heart.

You know where it ends
Yo, it usually depends
On where you start

Everyone’s life ends with death. What’s important though is that you know that every decision you make could impact where, how, when and why you died. In other words how you start could be how you end.

Until late one night there was a big gunfight
Max lost his head
He pulled out his chrome .45
Talked some shit
And wound up dead

Max, being a thug, got into a gunfight and died after getting shot in the head. He pulled out a Colt and began to talk trash, inciting the gunfight.
Losing your head is also a term for essentially losing all rationality and going off the deep end, i.e. Max got very arrogant/cocky before he actually had his head blown off.

You know it comes that way
At least that's what they say
When you play the game

According to some people, when you play the game, you’re due to wind up dead; it’s inevitable. However, this statement is also very cold and unsympathetic, and unfair to tell, out of all people, his wife and kids.

God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news

He is saying that you judge Max and his family, but if you woke up with the news knowing that one of your family members has just been shot dead in a gunfight, it would be hard for you too.
Also notice how this specific part of the hook changed tone in “God forbid”. He can be saying that you shouldn’t have needed to hear something like this in the news, and that you can talk shit about these people whilst not caring about their situations, but you might not realize that it’s the sad reality of someone you don’t know or care about.

Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to lose
Then you really might know what it's like (what it's like)
Then you really might know what it's like (what it's like)
Then you really might know what it's like (what it's like)
To have to lose…

This is the climatic line in the song. Each prior hook stops after “what it’s like”. Everlast waits til this final hook to reveal what it is that we don’t understand.
Those of us fortunate enough to not have to endure such tragedies as the characters in Everlast’s story often lose perspective and pity ourselves about trivial things. Everlast puts things back into perspective
by giving examples of what it really means “to lose”

We've all seen a man at the liquor store beggin' for your change
The hair on his face is dirty, dread-locked, and full of mange
He asks a man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes
"Get a job you fucking slob, " is all he replies
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
'Cause then you really might know what it's like to sing the blues
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom that said he was in love
He said, "don't worry about a thing, baby doll I'm the man you've been dreaming of."
But three months later he say he won't date her or return her calls
And she swear, "god damn, if I find that man I'm cuttin' off his balls"
And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walking through the door
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner and they call her a whore
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
I've seen a rich man beg I've seen a good man sin
I've seen a tough man cry
I've seen a loser win and a sad man grin
I heard an honest man lie
I've seen the good side of bad and the downside of up
And everything between
I licked the silver spoon drank from the golden cup
And smoked the finest green
I stroked the fattest dimes at least a couple of times
Before I broke their heart
You know where it ends, yo, it usually depends on where you start
I knew this kid named Max who used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs
He liked to hang out late he liked to get shit-faced and keep the pace with thugs
Until late one night there was a big gun fight and max lost his head
He pulled out his chrome .45, talked some shit, and wound up dead
Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of this pain
You know it comes that way at least that's what they say when you play the game
God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to lose
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like
Then you really might know what it's like to have to lose

I saw this song on JRE like 5 or 6 years ago. Makes me happy to see all the people who continue to come after hes on

Im usually be a funny person, but behind the face and the jokes is pain. Be careful what you say because, maybe, just maybe, they won't be there tomorrow…

The man is lyrical genius. I want an encore. Pay him fatcats. More of him. You're profiting either way. Trump needs this

Love the song. In retrospect, that pregnant chick looks way too pregnant for an abortion. I'm pro choice. But I'm pretty sure there would be some complications aborting a baby while 8 months pregnant.

Classic like Trump for President and bozobama arrested for treason along with slick willy Clinton don't hate cuz we making America great while snowflakes keep trying to create something that ain't y'all need to take a brake in the bottom of the lake take a dirt nap in a burlap napsack word to that this shit is phat on track

shouldnt censor on the radio just let it play through… as long as you can use the p word for female anatomy on the news

Had this song on repeat back in 1998. First time I've seen the music video. This whole time I had my own visual painting in my head from the lyrics of this song. I definitely know what he means when Everlast says he visualizes his songs when he writes them, like he's looking at pictures.

the era of real people in the pop culture is through, don't get me wrong, it's impossible not to bob your hear when you hear some pop song come on the radio, and im not gonna pretend like there all garbage, but we don't have anyone who had this much truth in his songs, it's all algorithmic now, no sense of genuine emotion in i, you can see this guy is speaking the heart, which is a rarity now, not that they don't exist, but it's all about catchy not about how much merit it has

I'm what you'd call an amature song producer, i write my own music and record it with my guitars and a program called Superior Drummer because I cant afford a proffesional drummer, nore can i play the drums in my apartment. I have a completely different style of music compared to Everlast, but i have the absolute most respect for the guy. We write according to images in our mind, emotions cought in a picture that we translate into music for you. when it's written down then the music or the lyrics dont make any sense or seem shitty, i feel this same way. I love this guy. Everlast is one of few artists i've stumbled across that has said something about song writing that I completely agree with. There is a fantasy that we dip into that walks a fine line with real life that we cant not write about. Everlast does a supurb job of demonstrating that, something i wish i could translate into my own style of music writing. I'm a riff based, more hard rock progressive song writer, I write lyrics last if the song needs lyrics at all. I prefer to write instrumental music, painting emotions with the tones and melodies. Everlast has become a huge inspiration for me and my songwriting, where he showcases simplicity in chord progressions, i'd want to expand and develop those melodies and chord progressions into more complex emotions. Fuck contemporary music, when you have heart, it shoes, and this song "What It's Like" Proves that.

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