But I'd rather live tellin' the truth and be judged for my mistakes
Than falsely held up, given props, loved and praised

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses & Macklemore) – Starting Over Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Macklemore would prefer to be honest and be judged for his relapse, rather than lie to his fans and be praised for his sobriety.

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