Graduation Day Lyrics - Kanye West

Kanye West The College Dropout cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: John Legend, Kanye West, Miri Ben Ari
release date: 2004-2-10
genres: Hip Hop
styles: Pop Rap/Conscious/Contemporary R&B
length: 1:22
producer: Kanye West
piano: John Legend
vocal: John Legend
mixer: Manny Marroquin
recording engineer: Anthony Kilhoffer and Eugene A. Toale
violin: Miri Ben‐Ari
guitar: Eric "E-Bass" Johnson and Ken Lewis
percussion: Frank "Knuckles" Walker
violin arranger: Miri Ben‐Ari
composer: Miri Ben‐Ari, John Legend, Kanye West
What in the **** was that Kanye
I told you to do some **** for the kids
You can give me your **********ing graduation ticket right now
You will not walk across that stage, you won't slide across that stage
A ************ can't pull you across that stage Kanye
Who told you see, I told you to do something up lifting
I'm trying to get you out here with these white people and this how you gone do me
You know what us a *****
And I don't mean that in no nice way
Had little kids sing about the ****, the jokes on you
You throw your mother hands in the air, and wave good-bye to everybody
Cause you getting the **** out of this campus
Mother what you gone 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 momma would kill me but don't anybody.
She wants me to get a good *** job just like everybody.
She ain't walked in my shoes I'm just not everybody.

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CD 1
  • 1 Intro
  • 2 We Don’t Care
  • 3 Graduation Day
  • 4 All Falls Down
  • 5 I’ll Fly Away
  • 6 Spaceship
  • 7 Jesus Walks
  • 8 Never Let Me Down
  • 9 Get Em High
  • 10 Workout Plan
  • 11 The New Workout Plan
  • 12 Slow Jamz
  • 13 Breathe In Breathe Out
  • 14 School Spirit (skit 1)
  • 15 School Spirit
  • 16 School Spirit (skit 2)
  • 17 Lil Jimmy (skit)
  • 18 Two Words
  • 19 Through the Wire
  • 20 Family Business
  • 21 Last Call