by 2Pac

Album: Greatest Hits (1998)
Charted: 3 32
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  • Come on come on
    I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
    Is life worth living should I blast myself?
    I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black
    My stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
    Cops give a damn about a negro
    Pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
    Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
    One less hungry mouth on the welfare
    First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal the brothers
    Give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
    It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
    Two shots in the dark now Huey's dead
    I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
    Unless we share with each other
    We gotta start makin' changes
    Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers
    And that's how it's supposed to be
    How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me?
    I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
    But things changed, and that's the way it is

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    I see no changes all I see is racist faces
    Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
    We under I wonder what it takes to make this
    One better place, let's erase the wasted
    Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right
    'Cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight
    And only time we chill is when we kill each other
    It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
    And although it seems heaven sent
    We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh
    It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact
    The penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
    But some things will never change
    Try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game
    Now tell me what's a mother to do
    Bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you
    You gotta operate the easy way
    "I made a G today" But you made it in a sleazy way
    Sellin' crack to the kid. " I gotta get paid,"
    Well hey, well that's the way it is

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    We gotta make a change
    It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
    Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
    And let's change the way we treat each other.
    You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do
    What we gotta do, to survive.

    And still I see no changes can't a brother get a little peace
    It's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East
    Instead of war on poverty they got a war on drugs
    So the police can bother me
    And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
    But now I'm back with the blacks givin' it back to you
    Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up,
    Crack you up and pimp smack you up
    You gotta learn to hold ya own
    They get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone
    But tell the cops they can't touch this
    I don't trust this when they try to rush I bust this
    That's the sound of my tool you say it ain't cool
    My mama didn't raise no fool
    And as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped
    And I never get to lay back
    'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
    Some buck that I roughed up way back
    Comin' back after all these years
    Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is uhh

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    That's just the way it is
    Things will never be the same
    That's just the way it is
    Aww yeah

    Some things will never changeWriter/s: BRUCE HORNSBY, TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR, DEON EVENS
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave
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Comments: 22

  • Amber from San DiegoApply the lyrics in the song ‘Changes’ to the current day environmental crisis –

    Let’s change the way we eat
    Let’s change the way we live
    And let’s change the way we treat each other

    This is basically a roadmap to the actions we need to take to reverse climate change.

    For the full breakdown:
  • Markantney from BiloxeMar 2017,

    Actually the song/RAP is about what you want it to be as an individual listener.

    Me, he's saying there's forces against you-just because, but you could be your own worse enemy sometimes, there's folks just as poor-just as disfranchised as you but don't look like you or come from where you came from and perhaps you should unite instead of fight/H8 each other,...

    He has many, many great songs similar, Incomparable Great Talent, RIP.
  • James from Detroit, MiI think this song isn't totally about racism, but more about us as black people pausing for some self reflection. We, as a people, seem to flock to the negative and try to stomp out the positive. A hustler is "keeping it real" while a studious or successful black man is "acting white". I think Tupac was trying to point out our own path to self destruction. Just sayin'...
  • *darion~jade* from Woodstock, GaYou have to get the message to like this song.
  • Sushi from Chicago, Il2 Pac is the best. There is not a rapper alive who can hold a match to him and what he did to make the rap game what it is.
  • Ryan from Abingdon, Vai think it's funny that 2pac says "even though it seems heaven sent, we ain't ready to see a black president." But now we have a black president who always preaches about CHANGE, which happens to be the name of this song, almost.
  • Eileen from Yucaipa, Ca2pac is the shizznet!!!
  • Aviva from Rockville, Mdi have to disagree with you guys... i still believe tupac is very much alive, living under a false name so as to be avoided getting killed. i will always believe that he is still alive because all his songs have secret messages if you listen closely...
  • Nathan from Christchurch, New Zealandthe retail song is remixed off 2pacs original version of changes which is slower and has a completely different instrumental and speed and was recorded in 1992... and has an outro which is placed in between the 2nd and 3rd verse in the retail version here is a link to the original acapella from that u can tell the speed is different & this is a low quality clip of the original beat and chorus
  • Keriah from Naples, Flthis is a great song my most favorite of tupac's it has amazing lyrics and he will always be the king of hip hop
  • Ryan from Sydney, United StatesTupac Amaru Shakur,,,,,makavelli,,,tha don of all dons,,black jesus,,poet ...revolutionary,,,tha hardest mutherfuker ever born,,,,,who hell could ever top ya,,,love 4 ever ,,,we love you ...
  • Nia from Townsville, Qld, AustraliaR.I.P ma brother!!
    Lopa Reps=)
  • Addison from Alberta, CanadaI feel really sorry for the people who say that Tupac is coming back on the 7/7/07, because I think we shoud let him rest in peace.
  • Steve from Archbald, PaI wouldn't say its his best song but it is his most inspirational i mean i'd say his best is like "So Many Tears"
  • Dave from London (live In Cleveland Now), Ohit amazes me the quality of the verses in each and every song pac recorded... i mean this is a man who recorded multiple songs everyday in his last year or so living. without rehearsals, just spit then and there from notes. any other rapper could spend months trying to pen down verses as vivid and complex as pacs but wouldnt come close to the realest... rip pac, u'll always remain a massive influence to millions.
  • Kiara from Gold Coast, Australiahi there im cool so is tupac we have the same birthday!! luv u 4 eva
    kiara gold coast, Qld, aust
  • Dj from Coventry, Rithis song is great on evry thing and means alot but hopefuly it will be not true I HATE raceisim
  • Chris from Brunswick, Gato me this song is about racial things. it is also about drugs and family. this is one of my favorite songs to listen to when i'm mad
  • Josh from Elkton, MdThis song is powerful, my favorite line in it might be "Its time to fight back thats what Huey said, Two shots in the dark now Hueys dead."
  • Karl from Spokane, WaAnd..."I Wonder if Heaven's Got a Ghetto" was orignally a b-side on the "Keep Ya Head Up" CD Single. The versions on the 2 disc album "R U Still Down" are remixes. the original version sampled EnVouge.
  • Chris from Mechanicsburg, PaWrong, Jeremy. Changes was recorded in 1992 when Tupac was recording the songs for R U Still Down. Tupac never liked the track Changes as a whole, but liked the last two verses, and rerecorded them on I wonder if Heaven got a Ghetto.
  • Jeremy from Brunswick, OhThis song was pieced together after Tupac's death, he never recorded these verses together as a cohesive track. Some of the lyrics are from songs on the "R U Still Down (Remember Me)" album.
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