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This song is about the racial issues on the streets, and how everyone knows that it will never change; there will always be poverty and homeless people and violence on the streets, "Some things will never change." (thanks, Kevin - SL, WI)
This is based on Bruce Hornsby's 1986 song "The Way It Is
," which also deals with race relations.
When Tupac was shot to death in 1996, he left behind a great deal of unreleased material. This is one of many songs that surfaced after his death.
The song is pieced together from several other songs. The verses themselves were even pieced together from other material. Some of said material is from the R U Still Down (Remember Me) album. (thanks, Jeremy - Brunswick, OH)
The "Huey" referred to in this song is Huey P. Newton, the co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party. (thanks, Sean - Aldergrove, Canada)
The Vatican surprisingly included this as part of their playlist on MySpace Music. The other eleven songs include "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, the Vatican's own "Advocata Nostra," featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI, "Uprising
"by Muse and "After The Rain
" from Dame Shirley Bassey's 2009 album, The Performance
. The Vatican explained on its official MySpace Music page: "The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people." The list was put together by Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of St Paul's Multimedia, a church publisher. It is not known if the Pope has listened to all of the songs.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
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