Never Let Me Down
Kanye West Lyrics

Jump to: Overall Meaning

When it comes to being true, at least true to me
One thing I found, one thing I found
Oh no you never let me down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down

Get up, I get down

Yo, first I snatched the streets then I snatched the charts
First I had they ear, now I have they heart
Rappers came and went, I've been here from the start
I seen them put it together, watched them take it apart
Seen the rovers roll up with ribbons
I seen them repo'd, resold then re-driven
So when I reload, he holds number one position
When you hot I'm hot
And when your feet cold, mines is sizzlin'
It's plain to see, niggas can't fuck with me
'Cause I'm a be that nigga for life
This is not an image, this is God given
This is hard livin', mixed with Cristal sippin'
It's the most consistent, Hov
Give you the most hits you can fit inside a whole disc and
Nigga I'm home on these charts, y'all niggas visitin'
It's Hov tradition, Jeff Gordon of rap
I'm back to claim pole position, holla at ya boy

Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down

I get down for my grandfather who took my momma
Made her sit in that seat where white folks ain't want us to eat
At the tender age of six she was arrested for the sit-ins
And with that in my blood I was born to be different
Now niggas can't make it to ballots to choose leadership
But we can make it to Jacob's and to the dealership
That's why I hear new music and I just don't be feelin' it
Racism still alive, they just be concealin' it
But I know they don't want me in the damn club
They even make me show ID to get inside of Sam's club
I done did dirt and went to church to get my hands scrubbed
Swear I've been baptized each three or four times
But in the land where niggas praise Yukons and getting paid
Its goin' take a lot more than coupons to get us saved
Like it take a lot more than du-rags to get you waves
Nothing sad as that day my girl father past away
So I promised to Mr. Rainey I'm gonna marry your daughter
And you know I gotta thank you for the way that she was brought up
And I know that you was smiling when you seen the car I bought her
And you sent tears from heaven when you seen my car get balled up
But I can't complain what the accident did to my left eye
'Cause look what an accident did to Left Eye
First Aaliyah, now Romeo must die
I know I got angels watchin' me from the other side

When it comes to being true, at least true to me
One thing I found, one thing I found
Oh no you never let me down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down
Get up, I get down

We are all here for a reason on a particular path
You don't need a curriculum to know that you a apart of the math
Cats think I'm delirious but I'm so damn serious
That's why I expose my soul to the globe, the world
I'm tryin' to make it better for these little boys and girls
I'm not just another individual
My spirit is a part of this that's why I get spiritual
But I get my hymns from Him
So it's not me it's He that's lyrical
I'm not a miracle, I'm a heaven sent instrument
My rhythmatic regiment navigates melodic notes
For your soul and your mental
That's why I'm instrumental, vibrations is what I'm into
Yeah I need my loot by rent day
But that ain't what gives me the heart of Kunta Kinte
I'm tryin' to give us us free like Sinke
I can't stop, that's why I'm hot
Determination, dedication, motivation
I'm talking to you of my many inspirations
When I say I can't let you or self down
If I were on the highest cliff, on the highest riff
And you slipped off the side and clinched on to your life
In my grip I would never ever let you down
And when these words are found
Let it be known that God's penmanship has been signed
With a language called love
That's why my breath is felt by the death
And while my words are heard and confined to the ears of the blind
I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
'Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God reigns out

When it comes to being true, at least true to me
One thing I found, one thing I found
Oh no you never let me down
Get up, I get
Get up, I get
Get up, I get
Get up, I get
Get up, I get
Get up, I get down

Who else you know been hot this long
Started from nothing but he got this strong
Built the Roc from a pebble, peddled rock before I met you
Peddled bikes, got my nephews peddle bikes because they special
Let you tell it man I'm fallin' well
Somebody must have caught him 'cause
Every fourth quarter, I like to Mike Jordan 'em
Number one albums what I got, like four of 'em
More of them on the way, the eighth wonder on the way
Clear the way, I'm here to stay
Y'all can save the chitter chat, this and that
This is Jay, dissin' Jay will get you Mase'd
When I start spittin' them lyrics niggas get very religious
Six hail Mary's please Father forgive us
Young, the archbishop, the Pope John Paul of y'all niggas
They way y'all all follow Jigga

Hov's a livin' legend and I'll tell you why
Everybody want to be Hov and Hov's still alive

Overall Meaning

"Never Let Me Down" by Kanye West is a song about being true to oneself and to others, standing up for what one believes in no matter the obstacles. The chorus declares "Oh no you never let me down" suggesting that the person being spoken to has always been a rock, a foundation, for the speaker. The verses are rap solos by Kanye West and Jay-Z, who share their experiences and point of view on life. Kanye West's solo talks about his grandfather's experience with racism and how that influence made him want to be different and fight against racism. He shares his dream of wanting to make the world a better place for the little boys and girls of the world. Jay-Z's solo highlights his achievements in the music industry, comparing himself to Michael Jordan and speaking about his legendary status. The song ends with Kanye West repeating the chorus, and thanking the person who never let him down, God.

One interesting fact about "Never Let Me Down" is that it features Jay-Z performing one of his most famous verses. The verse, where he lyrically destroys his haters, has been called one of the greatest rap verses of all time. Another interesting fact is that Kanye West originally wanted Jay-Z to have the last verse of the song, but Jay-Z insisted that Kanye close the track with his verse. "Never Let Me Down" also features background vocals by J.Ivy, who performed a spoken word piece at the Def Poetry Jam TV show, impressing Kanye West and leading to their collaboration. The song was initially not included on Kanye West's first album "The College Dropout," but was added later when he found a way to clear the sample of the 1973 song "We Almost Lost Detroit" by Gil Scott-Heron. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2005, but lost to Jay-Z's "99 Problems."

Chords: Gb // Abmaj7 // E maj7 // Abmaj7 // Dbmaj7 // Ebmin7 // Gb // Abmaj7 // E maj7 // Abmaj7

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: James Richardson, Michael Bolton, Shawn C. Carter, Bruce Kulick, Kanye West

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found


on Stronger

Killer mix

Lauri Des Marais

on Stronger


Lauri Des Marais

on Stronger

LdM Classical Technology BMI

Lauri Des Marais

on New Slaves

LdM Classical Technology BMI

Lauri Des Marais

on I Wonder



on Gold Digger

can you hear it


on Hurricane



on Jail


Ridwaan Ahmed

on Black Skinhead


Ajesam George

on Hell of a Life

great song : please check this and say anything thanks :

More Videos