Retrospect For Life

Album: One Day It'll All Make Sense (1997)
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  • Yo we gotta start respecting life more y'all
    You look at your brother man you gotta see yourself
    Gotta see the God within him
    Brothers getting changed real quick over nothing
    We losing too many of ours
    Gotta recreate y'all

    Yo check it,
    Knowing you the best part of life do I have the right to take yours
    Cause I created you irresponsibly
    Subconsciously knowing the act I was a part of
    The start of something, I'm not ready to bring into the world
    Had myself believing I was sterile
    I look into mother's stomach, wonder if you are a boy or a girl
    Turning this woman's womb into a tomb
    But she and I agree, a seed we don't need
    You would've been much more than a mouth to feed
    But someone, I would of fed this information I read
    to someone, my life for you I would of had to leave
    Instead I lead you to death
    I'm sorry for taking your first breath, first step, and first cry
    But I wasn't prepared mentally nor financially
    Having a child shouldn't have to bring out the man in me
    Plus I wanted you to be raised within a family
    I don't want to, go through the drama of having a baby's momma
    Weekend visits and buying J's ain't gon' make me a father
    For a while bearing a child is something I never wanted to do
    For me to live forever I can only do that through you
    Nerve I got to talk about them niggas with a gun
    Must have really thought I was God to take the life of my son
    I could have sacrificed going out
    To think my homies who did it I used to joke about, from now on
    I'ma use self control instead of birth control
    Cause $315 ain't worth your soul
    $315 ain't worth your soul
    $315 ain't worth it

    [Lauryn Hill]
    I, never dreamed you'd leave, in summer
    You said you would be here when it rained

    [Common] Yo
    Why didn't you stay
    Seeing you as a present and a gift in itself
    You had our child in you, I probably never feel what you felt
    But you dealt with it like the strong black woman you are
    Through our trials and tribulations, child's elimination
    An integration of thoughts I feel about the situation
    Back and forth my feelings was pacing
    Happy deep down but not joyed enough to have it
    But even that's a lie in less than two weeks, we was back at it
    Is this unprotected love or safe to say it's lust
    Busting, more than the sweat in somebody you trust
    Or is it that we don't trust each other enough
    And believe, having this child'll make us have to stay together
    Girl I want you in my life cause you have made it better
    Thinking we all in love cause we can spend a day together
    We talking spending the rest of our lives
    It's too many black women that can say they mothers
    but can't say that they wives
    I wouldn't chose any other to mother my understanding
    But I want our Parenthood to come from Planning
    It's so much in my life that's undone
    We gotta see eye to eye, about family, before we can become one
    If you had decided to have it the situation I wouldn't run from
    But I'm walking, finding myself in my God
    So I can, discipline my son with my writing
    Not have a judge telling me how and when to raise my seed
    Though his death was at our greed, with no one else to blame
    I had a book of African names, case our minds changed
    You say your period hasn't came, and lately I've been sleepy
    So quit smoking the weed and the beadies and let's have this boy

    [Lauryn Hill]
    I, never dreamed you'd leave in summer
    You said you would be here when it rained
    You said you would be here when it rained
    Oh I, never dreamed you'd leave in summer
    Now the situation's made things change
    Things change
    Why, didn't you stay
    Why didn't you stay
    I, never dreamed you'd leave, in summer
    In summer
    You said you would be here when, it rained
    When it rained, it rained
    Oh I, never dreamed, you'd leave in summer
    You said you wouldn't leave
    Now the situation's made things change
    Things change, why didn't you stay?
    Stay, stay stay stay stay stay stay
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
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