Thursday, April 26, 2007

I Was Born

Listen Closely. This is me. This is the truth...
"Dear Mama"

You are appreciated

[Verse One: 2Pac]
When I was young me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
with the big boys, breakin all the rulesI shed tears with my baby sister
Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
And even though we had different daddy's, the same drama
When things went wrong we'd blame mama
I reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell
Huggin on my mama from a jail cell
And who'd think in elementary?
Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day
And runnin from the police, that's right
Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside
And even as a crack fiend, mama
You always was a black queen, mama
I finally understand
for a woman it ain't easy tryin to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
There's no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

[Chorus: Reggie Green & "Sweet Franklin" w/ 2Pac]

Lady... Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't cha know we love ya?

[second and third chorus, "And dear mama" instead of "Dear mama"]

[Verse Two: 2Pac]
Now ain't nobody tell us it was fair
No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn't there
He passed away and I didn't cry, cause my anger
wouldn't let me feel for a stranger
They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless, but all along
I was lookin for a father he was gone
I hung around with the Thugs, and even though they sold drugs
They showed a young brother love
I moved out and started really hangin
I needed money of my own so I started slangin
I ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocks
It feels good puttin money in your mailbox
I love payin rent when the rent's due
I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
Cause when I was low you was there for me
And never left me alone because you cared for me
And I could see you comin home after work late
You're in the kitchen tryin to fix us a hot plate
Ya just workin with the scraps you was given
And mama made miracles every Thanksgivin
But now the road got rough, you're alone
You're tryin to raise two bad kids on your own
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated


[Verse Three: 2Pac]
Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, cause through the drama
I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I'm hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy there's no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act craaazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night there's a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold onIt's a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated


scotchbiscuits said...

someone sure is glad you were born!

nahjaj said...

im guessing i wouldn't be wrong in assuming its ur birthday soooooo... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

The 27th Comrade said...

Hmm ... photo looks old. Maybe your Mum? And ... is that a swollen tummy I see? Lil' Iwaya kickin' away in there?

You've taken on a cryptic turn, of late. Maybe it is part of the Iwayan Enigma.

broccoli said...

Okay, where is the party at.

Princess said...

Happy B'day!!

Duksey said...

Age is a number and it is all those things people say it is not when one's bd comes knocking.So dont be dazed by any of those consolation texts.

Happy Birthday,belated

ish said...

Beautiful. wondering why the picture makes me strangely nostalgic. for better blacker-and-whiter times. and just in case, have a good one

Iwaya said...

thank you all! the beautifulness of your messages overwhelms me. It was my birthday!

and yes, that is Mummy. An extraordinary woman. I marvel everyday I'm in her presence.

Heaven! said...

am not so late, am i?
happy new year!! :)

countryboy said...

wait...checking up this works, and then i'll b back!

Savage said...

Happy belated Birthday.

Keitetsi said...

Hi! I am back but i forgot my i had to get a new blog....thanks for everything...

belated but, happy happy happy birthday to you.

countryboy said...

while we cry out good wishes 2 iwaya 4 another year, we must examine why 2pac was 2pac. read those lyrics again. his foes say he was heartless, but was he? if 2pac had shifted all his life into writing, what kind of writer wud he have made? if 2pac e father he was lookin had been there all along, would he have gone thuggin'? would he have dated hip-hop? or would be have gone 2 college, university, and become a politician like his folks? would he be dead now? or mayb a movie star? preacher?
go back 2 those lyrics: cd his hasslin have been a blessing? or shd we shed tears that he hassled & died so young? would he hav sold u that necklace? by the way do u still have it?2pac surely remains an enigma!!

Samantha said...

Sorry I am late. I'm so glad you were born, Iwaya.