Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Wings

The song is a single released by Seattle rapper Macklemore and his producer, Ryan Lewis.

The song “Wings” is about the pursuit of identity through the means of consumerism. The attempt is to dissect our infatuation and attachment to logos, labels, brands and the fleeting happiness that is intrinsically linked to the almighty power of the purchase. The subject I use in the song is shoes, but its aim is to paint a broader picture of being a consumer and tracing the lineage back to my first memory of retail infused desire.

-Taken directly from the blog written by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


[blockquote source=”Name of the soruce”][Verse 1]
I was seven years old
When I got my first pair

And I stepped outside
And I was like, Momma
This air bubble right here
It’s gonna make me fly
I hit that court
And when I jumped, I jumped
I swear I got so high
I touched the net, Mom I touched the net
This is the best day of my life

Air Maxes were next
That air bubble, that mesh
The box, the smell, the stuffing, the tread,
In school
I was so cool

I knew that I couldn’t crease em
My friends couldn’t afford em
Four stripes on their Adidas

On the court I wasn’t the best
But my kicks were like the pros

Yo, I stick out my tongue so everyone could see that logo
Nike Air Flight, book bag was so dope

And then my friend Carlos’ brother got murdered for his fours, whoa
See he just wanted a jump shot
But they wanted a Starter coat, though

Didn’t wanna get caught
From Genesee Park to Othello

You’d get clowned for those Pro Wings, with the velcro
Those were not tight

I was trying to fly without leaving the ground
Cause I wanted to be like Mike, right
Wanted to be him
I wanted to be that guy
I wanted to touch the rim
I wanted to be cool
And I wanted to fit in
I wanted what he had, America, it begins

I want to fly
Can you take me far away
Give me a star to reach for
Tell me what it takes
And I’ll go so high
I’ll go so high
My feet won’t touch the ground
Stitch my wings
And pull the strings
I bought these dreams
That all fall down

[Verse 2]
We want what we can’t have
Commodity makes us want it

So expensive, damn
I just got to flaunt it
Got to show em
So exclusive, this that new shit

A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes
I would never hoop in

Look at me, look at me
I’m a cool kid

I’m an individual, yeah
But I’m part of a movement

My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
They told me to just do it
I listened to what that swoosh said
Look at what that swoosh did

See it consumed my thoughts
Are you stupid
Don’t crease em, just leave em in that box

Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk
That’s my air bubble and I’m lost, if it pops

We are what we wear
We wear what we are

But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all
Will I stand for change
Or stay in my box

These Nikes help me define me
But I’m trying to take mine


[Verse 3]
They started out
With what I wear to school
That first day
Like these are what make you cool

And this pair, this would be my parachute
So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth

This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins

And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Wings Lyrics


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