|Lyrics||Open they eyes to the lies
History’s told foul
But I’m as wise as the old owl
Plus the gold child.
|Rhyming Words||eyes and lies
told foul and old owl
wise and child
|Explanation|| 1) to “open someone’s eyes” is to help or make them see or understand something. He should say *open their* eyes, but he’s using slang. He wants to make people understand the lies that have been told.
2) Here, “foul” means incorrectly with bad intentions. He’s saying that in textbooks and in media, Black history is often ignored or told in an incorrect way by people that don’t want the truth to get out.
3) Owls are usually portrayed as very wise. They perch on a high branch and watch all, so they know many details about many things.
4) He may be talking about “The Golden Child,” a movie character from an Eddie Murphy movie. The boy has mystical powers and knows all. He is the key to saving humanity. Nas might have shortened Golden to Gold to help the lyric flow better.
|What is this song about?||This song is about Nas imagining a world where he (and others that have been held down) was in charge.|
|When did this song come out?||The summer of 1996|
|What’s one memory you have about this song?||I remember this song being number 1 on the radio and on BET video countdown shows for a long time. At the time, I just thought it was cool to have a world ruled by people like me. Now that I’m older, I understand what Nas is talking about more. When I see some of the awful things that go on in the US with the lower and middle class, I really do wish that we (the intelligent and well-meaning people) ruled the world.|