They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

Album: Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)
  • I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back
    22 years ago to keep it on track
    The birth of a child on the 8th of October
    A toast but my granddaddy came sober
    Countin' all the fingers and the toes
    Now I suppose, you hope the little black boy grows, huh
    18 years younger than my mama
    But I really got beatings cause the girl loved drama
    In single parenthood there I stood
    By the time she was 21, had another one
    This one’s a girl, let’s name her pam
    Same father as the first but you don’t give a damn
    Irresponsible, plain not thinking
    Papa said chill but the brother keep winking
    Still he won’t down you or tear out your hide
    On your side while the baby maker slide
    But mama got wise to the game
    The youngest of five kids, hon here it is
    After 10 years without no spouse
    Momma’s gettin' married in the house
    Listen, positive over negative for the women and master
    Mother queen’s risin' a chapter
    Deja vu, tell you what I’m gonna do
    When they reminisce over you, my god

    When I date back I recall a man off the family tree
    My right hand poppa doc I see
    Took me from a boy to a man so I always had a father
    When my biological didn’t bother
    Taking care of this so who am I to bicker
    Not a bad ticker but I’m clocking pop’s liver
    But you can never say that his life is through
    5 kids at 21 believe he got a right too
    Here we go while I check the scene
    With the Portuguese lover at the age of 14
    The same age, front page, no fuss
    But I bet you all your dough, they live longer than us
    Never been senile, that’s where you’re wrong
    But give the man a taste and he’s gone
    Noddin' off, sleep to a jazz tune
    I can hear his head banging on the wall in the next room
    I get the pillow and hope I don’t wake him
    For this man do cuss, hear it all in verbatim
    Telling me how to raise my boy unless he’s taking over
    I said pop maybe when you’re older
    We laughed all night about the hookers at the party
    My old man standing yelling good god, almighty
    Use your condom, take sips of the brew
    When they reminisce over you, for real

    I reminisce so you never forget this
    The days of wayback, so many bear witness the fitness
    Take the first letter out of each word in this joint
    Listen close as I prove my point
    T to the r-uh-o-y, how did you and I meet?
    In front of big lou’s, fighting in the street
    But only you saw what took many time to see
    I dedicate this to you for believing in me
    Rain or shine, yes in any weather
    My grandmom pam holds the family together
    My uncle doc’s the greatest better yet the latest
    If we’re talking about a car, uncle sterling got the latest
    I strive to be live ’cause I got no choice
    And run my own business like my aunt joyce
    So pete rock hit me, nuff respect due
    When they reminisce over you, listen

    Listen, just listen
    To the funky song as I rock on
    And that’s word is bond
    I’m not playin
    Everybody, just coolin
    This song we dedicate
    To the one and only
    Never be another
    He was my brother
    Trouble t-roy
    It’s like that y’all
    And you don’t stop
    Pete rock and cl smooth for ’92
    And we out, later Writer/s: Corey Brent Penn, Peter O. Phillips
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Neil from Yonkers, NyThis song was released in 1992 not 1990. It mentions the year in the latter part of the song, "Pete Rock and CL Smooth for 92."
  • Mark from New Orleans, LaThis is the highest state of hip-hop, like Stairway To Heaven is to rock. I'd play this for anyone who doesn't even like rap and defy them to not like it. The song is very robust as it is tender, with its overall impressions giving way to a very calm and deep sense of retrospection.
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