Lyrical Anatomy: Keri Hilson / Kanye West / NeYo – Knock You Down

Knock You Down

Keri Hilson / Kanye West/ Ne-Yo

By Terrance Moore.


I never thought I’d be in love like this
When I look at you my mind goes on a trip
Then you came in, and knocked me on my face
Feels like I’m in a race
But I already won first place

Allow me to get sentimental for a moment. But is there anything more exciting or intoxicating than new love? The world seems more at peace, food tastes better and you find it easier to get out of bed in the morning. Okay, scratch the last one, but you get my point! The world seems full of possibilities, and you can’t help but envision those possibilities taking place with your new love by your side. Keri Hilson’s Knock You Down describes these feelings and more as she gives us a front row view to what eventually becomes an emotional rollercoaster.

I never thought I’d fall for you as hard as I did
You got me thinking bout our life our house and kids

It’s interesting how falling in love can change your entire perspective. Your priorities tend to change, and the things you used to live for no longer appeal to you. As Keri states in the lyrics, you begin thinking about the future, and your new love is with you in every thought. And as Ne-Yo states, hunting for new conquests loses its luster, and your willingness to sacrifice hanging out with your friends to be with your significant other increases. You become excited with the thought of raising a family and building a life together.

I never thought I’d, hear myself say, ooh, ya’ll go ahead
I think I’m gonna kick it wit my girl today
I used to be commander and chief
Of my pimp ship flyin’ high
Til I met this pretty little missile that shot me out the sky

Falling in love can be a beautiful thing, but unfortunately the high you feel can disappear just as quickly as it arrived. More often than not relationships come to an end, and the same person you envisioned spending the rest of your life with; you wouldn’t even share a slurpee with on a hot day. Anger and resentment can set in as a result of your failed attempt at love; anger with the other person for not being who they represented themselves to be and anger with yourself for wasting your time on a lost cause.

I was flying, now I’m crashing
This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson
Now I’m mad, real mad, Joe Jackson

When things fail to work out the way we hope, the mature thing to do is analyze the relationship and analyze the role you may have played in its demise. Whether you played a role or not, you can evaluate the lessons learned and use this knowledge to make better decisions in the future.

Say you gotta put the good with the bad, happy and the sad
So will u bring a better future than I had in the past
Oh Cause, I don’t wanna make the same mistakes I did
I don’t wanna fall back on my face again


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