West explained in the book Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Story Behind The Song
that this song concerns his desire to live a normal life despite his celebrity status. He said: "I don't have to be what a celebrity is supposed to be. I don't want to be a superstar shell of myself. I need to know "Who's the real person?" I don't want to simply be a caricature of myself. 'Real life, what does it feel like? I ask you tonight, I ask you tonight. What does it feel like, I ask you tonight. To live a real life. I just want to be a real boy.'"