3 A.M.
Lyrics Eminem

There is no escaping
There's no place to hide
You scream "someone save me!"
But they don't pay no mind
Goodnight, goodbye

[Verse 1]
You're walking down a horror corridor
It's almost four in the morning and you're in a
Nightmare, it's horrible, right there's the coroner
Waiting for ya to turn the corner so he can corner ya
You're a goner, he's onto ya
Out the corner of his cornea, he just saw ya run
All ya want is to rest cause you can't run anymore, you're done
All he wants is to kill you in front of an audience
While everybody is watching in the party, applauding it
Here I sit while I'm caught up in deep thought again
Contemplating my next plot again, swallowing a Klonopin
While I'm noddin' in and out on the ottoman at the Ramada Inn
Holding onto the pill bottle, then
Lick my finger and swirl it round the bottom and
Make sure I got all of it, wake up naked at McDonald's with
Blood all over me, dead bodies behind the counter, sh*t
Guess I musta just blacked out again, not again!

It's 3 A.M. in the morning
Put my key in the door
Bodies laying all over the floor and
I don't remember how they got there
But I guess I must have killed 'em, killed 'em
It's 3 A.M. in the morning
Put my key in the door
Bodies laying all over the floor and
I don't remember how they got there
But I guess I must have killed 'em, killed 'em

[Verse 2]
Sitting nude in my living room, it's almost noon
I wonder what's on the tube, maybe they'll show some boobs
Surfing every channel until I find Hannah Montana
Then I reach for the aloe and Lanolin, bust all over the wall panelin'
Dismantlin' every candle on top of the fireplace mantlin'
Grab my flannel and my bandana then kiss the naked mannequin man again
You can see him standin' in my front window if you look in
I'm just a hooligan who's used to using hallucinogens
Causing illusions again, brain contusions again
Cutting and bruising the skin; razors, scissors and pins
Jesus, when does it end? Phases that I go through
Dazed and I'm so confused, days that I don't know who
Gave these molecules to me, what am I gon' do?
Hey, the prodigal son; the diabolical one
Very methodical when I slaughter them


[Bridge x2]
She puts the lotion in the bucket
It puts the lotion on the skin
Or else it gets the hose again

[Verse 3]
I dump and I slash, slice and gash, last night was a blast
I can't quite remember when I had that much fun
Off a half pint of the Jack, my last Vic and a half
A flashlight up Kim Kardashian's ass
I remember the first time I dismembered a family member
December, I think it was: I was having drinks with my cousin
I wrapped him in Christmas lights, pushed him into the stinkin' tub
Cut him up into pieces and just when I went to drink his blood
I thought, "I oughta drink his bath water, that oughta be fun"
That's when my days of serial murder manslaughter begun
The sight of blood excites me; that might be an artery, son
Your bloodcurdling screams just don't seem to bother me none
It's 3 A.M. and here I come, so you should probably run
A secret passageway around here, man, there's gotta be one
Oh no, there's probably none, he can scream all that he wants
Top of his lungs, but ain't no stopping me from chopping him up, up
Cause it was


Song facts

"3 a.m." is the second official single by American rapper Eminem from his album Relapse. The single was produced by Dr. Dre. The song was released onto the iTunes Store April 28, 2009. The music video was released on May 2 at 10:00 p.m. via Cinemax.

Eminem raps about being a serial killer, questioning his own sanity and recalling a string of murders. The song, according to Eminem, is said to be closer to the overall sound of the album, as opposed to the poppy, fun-poking "We Made You". It features Eminem presumably rapping from the perspective of his alter ego Slim Shady, using both internal and multi-syllabic rhyme schemes in his three verses.

The song contains a line from The Silence of the Lambs. This is the third time Eminem uses a reference to The Silence of the Lambs, to which Eminem also referred in the D12 song "American Psycho" from Devil's Night and the music video for "You Don't Know" from The Re-Up.

The beginning of the song uses a sample of "Ghost of Love" by Timeless Legend.

The song has received mainly positive reviews by critics. Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly gave the song a positive review, as while he said "This is, more or less, the Eminem I've been waiting for. (...) Nobody finds poetry in violence and perviness like Marshall". While noting that "he's still rapping in a silly accent for some reason," Vozick-Levinson concluded that "He's a majorly offensive verbal acrobat, the world's most eloquent sociopath." Joseph Barracato of The New York Post also commented on the song, as well as the other singles from Relapse, giving positive reviews regarding the song and the rapper's comeback. Allmusic chose it as a track pick also.

"3 A.M." debuted at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 66,000 downloads in its first week.


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