Forgive Them Father

Album: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998)
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  • Forgive us our trespasses
    As we forgive those that trespass against us
    Although them again we will never never never trust

    Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!

    Them not know what them do
    Big out to yi while I'm stickin' like glue
    Fling skin grin while them plotting for you, true!

    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    (Me nah tellin' them no more)
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    (Be real, them not a clue!)
    Beware the false motives of others
    Be careful of those who pretend to be brothers
    And you never suppose it's those who are closest to you
    To you
    They say all the right things, to gain their position
    Then use your kindness as their ammunition
    To shoot you down in the name of ambition, they do
    Oh
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do

    Why every Indian want to be the chief?
    Feed a man 'til he full and he still want beef
    Give me grief, try to tief off my piece
    Why for you to increase, I must decrease?
    If I treat you kindly, does it mean that I'm weak?
    You hear me speak and think I won't take it to the streets
    I know enough cats that don't turn the other cheek
    But I try to keep it civilized like Menelik
    And other African czars, observing stars with war scars
    Get yours in this capitalistic system
    So many caught or got bought you can't list them
    How you gonna idolize the missing?
    To survive is to stay alive in the face of opposition
    Even when they comin', gunnin' I stand position
    L's known the mission since conception
    Let's free the people from deception
    If you looking for the answers then you gotta ask the questions
    And when I let go, my voice echoes through the ghetto
    Sick of men trying to pull strings like Geppetto
    Why black people always be the ones to settle?
    March through these streets like Soweto, uh

    Like Cain and Abel, Caesar and Brutus
    Jesus and Judas, backstabbers do this
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    It took me a little while to discover
    Wolves in sheep coats who pretend to be lovers
    Men who lack conscience will even lie to themselves
    To themselves
    A friend once said, and I found to be true
    That everyday people, they lie to God too
    So what makes you think, that they won't lie to you?
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    (Forgive dem, forgive dem)
    Forgive them father for they know not what they do
    (Forgive dem, forgive dem)

    Gwan like dem love while dem rip you to shreds
    Trample pon yuh heart and lef yuh fi dead
    Dem a-yuh friend who yuh depen pon from way back when
    But if you, gi dem yuh back dem yuh mus meet yuh end
    Dem not know what dem do do
    Dem not know what dem do do
    Dem not know, dem not know, dem not know, dem not know
    Dem not know what dem do do
    (Forgive them father, forgive them father)Writer/s: LAURYN HILL, LAURYN N. HILL
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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