We Could Be Free

Album: The Autobiography (2017)
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  • We could be free
    If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
    One thing I believe I can learn
    To see my enemy as my brother
    Then we could be free, truly
    Then love could wash away all the sorrows
    I'm not afraid to bleed
    If it means, we'll make a better today not tomorrow

    One day I dream of telling my mama
    "You ain't gotta work no more"
    Same for my father, born in Ghana, down on that dirt road floor
    Far as he came I can't complain, but pain is so subjective
    Spend so much time countin' issues, I forget to count my blessings
    Watch my cousins back at home, getting water out a well
    While I watch my brother stacking stone, whippin' water by the scale
    Tryna' get a mill' on the other side
    They ain't got a meal, we don't recognize, we in heaven
    So we think we live in hell
    It's been getting kinda hard to tell
    But

    Sometimes I wake up and I look up in the sky
    Asking why I'm alive when so many niggas died
    And my pride won't let me give up, Lord as hard as I try
    In those times I try to remember

    That we could be free
    If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
    One thing I believe if I can learn
    To see my enemy as my brother
    Then we could be free, truly
    Then love could wash away all the sorrows
    I'm not afraid to bleed
    If it means, we'll make a better today not tomorrow

    Love, love, love
    We'll make a better today not tomorrow

    I don't want to wait for the afterlife
    I don't want a vigil by candle light
    I don't want to be the new sacrifice
    I don't want to turn into a poltergeist
    Be a ghost at night full of broken dreams
    Mama cryin' at a open casket
    Cold as ice in a suit, three piece
    All dressed up for Sunday masses
    Pastor say, "put faith in God"
    But faith alone can't make things right
    Fuck is you to patronize
    Somebody son who daddy died?
    Why they flood Baton Rouge?
    Why the city singing Alton's blues?
    Why, why, why, why?
    I feel like Jadakiss every time I watch the news
    What the fuck I got to lose?
    So I'm down to bleed if it means things improve
    You fools, saying "all lives matter"
    But it's black lives you refuse to include
    Blocked from the polls
    Locked in the hood, trying to stop you from voting and stop you from growing
    And cops keep blowing and blowing
    Keep black people rocking the cotton
    They don't want you to own, but

    Sometimes I wake up and I look up in the sky
    Asking why I survived all the days that I could have died
    Who am I in my place
    To contemplate suicide?
    In those times I try to remember

    That we could be free, truly
    If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other
    One thing I believe I can learn
    To see my enemy as my brother
    Then we could be free, you and me
    And love could wash away all the sorrows
    I'm not afraid to bleed
    If it makes a better today than tomorrow

    'Cause only
    Love (tells somebody)
    Love (to make my enemy my brother)
    Love (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
    Make a better today, not tomorrow

    Whoa, yeah
    Whoa, yeah
    Oh oh oh, yeah
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
    Make my enemies my brother
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeah yeah yeah yeah Writer/s: BRAXTON CARTER, CARTER LANG, GLENDA PROBY, LARRANCE DOPSON, MALIK YUSEF, MEKKE'L CARTER, ORLANDO WILDER, TYRONE WILLIAM GRIFFIN JR, VICTOR MENSAH
    Publisher: Missing Link Music, Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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