Graduation Day
Kanye West Lyrics


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What in the fuck was that Kanye?
I told you to do some shit for the kids
You give me your motherfucking graduation tickets right now
You give me this motherfuckin' robe
What you catchin' senioritis?
You will not walk across that stage
You won't slide across that stage
A motherfucker can't pull you
Across that motherfuckin' stage, Kanye
Who told you? See, I told you to do something uplifting
I'm trying to get you out here with these white people
And this how you gon' do me?
You know what, you's a nigga
And I don't mean that in no nice way
Had little kids singin' about the shit
No, the jokes on you
You throw your mother- hands in the air
And wave goodbye to everybody
As you get the f- off this campus
What the f- you gon' do now?

I'm no longer confused, but don't tell anybody
I'm about to break the rules, but don't tell anybody
I got something better than school, but don't tell anybody
My mama would kill me, so don't tell anybody




She wants me to get a good-ass job, just like everybody
She ain't walked in my shoes, I'm just not everybody

Overall Meaning

In the first half of the first verse, a frustrated and angry voice is heard reprimanding Kanye West for not doing something uplifting and positive for the kids, and instead, giving them something inappropriate or negative. The voice even threatens to take away West's graduation tickets and robe, indicating that he may not even be allowed to graduate if he continues down this path. The voice accuses West of catching senioritis, a term used to describe an apathetic attitude towards schoolwork during one's senior year of high school or college. The voice reprimands West for his behaviour and accuses him of being an embarrassment even before white people.


The second half of the verse features Kanye's response to the voice. Here, he reveals that he's no longer confused about what he's going to do now that he's about to graduate. He also cryptically declares that he's about to break the rules, which is a clear indication that he is going to pursue his passion for music, regardless of what his mother thinks. Kanye explains that he has something better than school, but he can't tell anybody. He then acknowledges that his mother wants him to get a good job, but she doesn't understand him as a person. Kanye implies that he's not like everybody else, and he won't be content with doing what his mother wants him to do.


Line by Line Meaning

What in the fuck was that Kanye?
The singer is angry with Kanye and demands an explanation for his behavior.


I told you to do some shit for the kids
The singer previously asked Kanye to create something positive for children.


You give me your motherfucking graduation tickets right now
The singer demands that Kanye give up his graduation tickets immediately as punishment for his actions.


You give me this motherfuckin' robe
The artist demands that Kanye give up his graduation robe as punishment for his actions.


What you catchin' senioritis?
The artist suggests that Kanye is being lazy and unproductive like a senior in high school who no longer cares about their studies.


You will not walk across that stage
The singer threatens to prevent Kanye from participating in his graduation ceremony.


You won't slide across that stage
The singer threatens to prevent Kanye from sliding across the stage during his graduation ceremony.


A motherfucker can't pull you / Across that motherfuckin' stage, Kanye
The artist emphasizes that he will stop Kanye from participating in the graduation ceremony no matter what.


Who told you? See, I told you to do something uplifting
The artist questions who gave Kanye permission to behave negatively and reminds him of his previous request to create something positive.


I'm trying to get you out here with these white people / And this how you gon' do me?
The artist wants Kanye to be successful among white people, but is disappointed by his current behavior.


You know what, you's a nigga / And I don't mean that in no nice way
The singer insults Kanye by using a racial slur and clarifies that it was not meant as a compliment.


Had little kids singin' about the shit / No, the jokes on you
The artist points out that children were singing the song created by Kanye, implying that it was inappropriate for young audiences and that he is the one being laughed at.


You throw your mother- hands in the air / And wave goodbye to everybody / As you get the f- off this campus
The singer commands Kanye to leave the campus, indicating that he is no longer welcome and should say goodbye to everyone.


What the f- you gon' do now?
The singer questions Kanye's next move, suggesting that he has nowhere to go now.


I'm no longer confused, but don't tell anybody
Kanye expresses that he is no longer confused but wants to keep it a secret.


I'm about to break the rules, but don't tell anybody
Kanye hints that he is planning to do something that goes against the rules but wants to keep it a secret.


I got something better than school, but don't tell anybody
Kanye suggests that he has something more important than school but wants to keep it a secret.


My mama would kill me, so don't tell anybody
Kanye hints that his mother would not approve of what he has planned and wants to keep it a secret.


She wants me to get a good-ass job, just like everybody
Kanye acknowledges that his mother wants him to have a good job like everyone else.


She ain't walked in my shoes, I'm just not everybody
Kanye suggests that his mother doesn't understand his unique situation and that he is not like everyone else.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Legend, Kanye West, Miri Ben Ari

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