All Falls Down

Album: The College Dropout (2003)
Charted: 10 7
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  • Oh, when it all (yeah)
    It all falls down (this the real one, baby)
    I'm tellin' you all (uh)
    It all falls down (Chi-Town, stand up)
    Oh, when it all (Southside, Southside)
    It all falls down (we gon' set this party off right)
    I'm tellin' you all (Westside, Westside)
    It all falls down, oh, when it all (we gon' set this party off right)

    Man, I promise, she's so self-conscious
    She has no idea what she doin' in college
    That major that she majored in don't make no money
    But she won't drop out, her parents'll look at her funny
    Now, tell me that ain't insecurr
    The concept of school seems so securr
    Sophomore, three yurrs, ain't picked a carurr
    She like, "Fuck it, I'll just stay down hurr and do hair"
    'Cause that's enough money to buy her a few pairs
    Of new Airs, 'cause her baby daddy don't really care
    She's so precious with the peer pressure
    Couldn't afford a car, so she named her daughter Alexis
    She had hair so long that it looked like weave
    Then she cut it all off, now she look like Eve
    And she be dealin' with some issues that you can't believe
    Single black female addicted to retail, and well

    Oh, when it all, it all falls down (uh)
    And when it falls down, who you gon' call now?
    I'm tellin' you all (c'mon, c'mon)
    It all falls down
    And when it falls down, oh, when it all (and when it all falls down)

    Man, I promise, I'm so self-conscious
    That's why you always see me with at least one of my watches
    Rollies and Pashas done drove me crazy
    I can't even pronounce nothin', pass that Ver-say-see
    Then I spent four hundred bucks on this
    Just to be like, "Nigga, you ain't up on this"
    And I can't even go to the grocery store
    Without some Ones that's clean and a shirt with a team
    It seem we livin' the American Dream
    But the people highest up got the lowest self-esteem
    The prettiest people do the ugliest things
    For the road to riches and diamond rings
    We shine because they hate us, floss 'cause they degrade us
    We tryna buy back our 40 acres
    And for that paper, look how low we'll stoop
    Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe

    Oh, when it all (c'mon, c'mon)
    It all falls down (and when it falls down, who you gon' call now?)
    I'm tellin' you all (come on, come on)
    It all falls down, oh, when it all (and when it all falls down)

    I say, "Fuck the police," that's how I treat 'em
    We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
    We'll buy a lot of clothes, but we don't really need 'em
    Things we buy to cover up what's inside
    'Cause they made us hate ourself and love they wealth
    That's why shorty's hollerin', "Where the ballers at?"
    Drug dealer buy Jordan, crackhead buy crack
    And the white man get paid off of all of that
    But I ain't even gon' act holier than thou
    'Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with twenty-five thou
    Before I had a house and I'd do it again
    'Cause I wanna be on 106 & Park, pushin' a Benz
    I want to act ballerific like it's all terrific
    I got a couple past-due bills, I won't get specific
    I got a problem with spendin' before I get it
    We all self-conscious, I'm just the first to admit it

    Oh, when it all (yeah, c'mon, c'mon)
    It all falls down (and when it falls down, who you gon' call now?)
    I'm tellin' you all (c'mon, c'mon)
    It all falls down (and when it falls down)
    Oh, when it all (Southside, Southside)
    It all falls down (we gon' set this party off right)
    I'm tellin' you all (Westside, Westside)
    It all falls down (we gon' set this party off right)
    Oh, when it all (Chi-Town, Chi-Town)
    It all falls down (We gon' show 'em how we get down)
    I'm tellin' you all (Now, Syleena, you just like a safe belt)
    It all falls down (you saved my life, c'mon)
    Oh, when it all, it all falls down
    I'm tellin' you all, it all falls down

    I's can't keep workin' like this
    This grave shift is like a slave ship Writer/s: Kanye West, Lauryn Hill
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Nikki from Chicago, IlSyleena Johnson WAS seen in this video, Debra. She played the "Scout Airline" ticketing agent giving Stacey Dash directions to the checkpoint area. He also had other Chicago celebs make cameos in this video; Common, Kells (from the dual Keenan and Kell), GLC and Consequence.
  • Nikki from Chicago, IlThis song also full of wisdom about how we seek approval from others with material things, and we even go deep in debt just for 'a compliment'.
  • Anonymousshe was, she's the woman behind the counter who gives s. dash directions or something
  • Debra from Littleton, NcWhy was Seelena Johnson not seen in this video?
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