True gangsta did everything the right way
So why I feel so wrong
With the homeboy gone days feel so long
That’s why we cry when the killer dies
Tattoo tears so we could see the world with clearer eyes

from Murs (Ft. 9th Wonder) – Funeral For A Killer Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The practice of tattooing teardrops hold multiple meanings. The drops can represent lost loved ones, fallen gang members, prison terms, etc. Most often lives lost in violence.

Whatever the reason, it’s permanent. In doing so, you’re remembering their life and some kind of lesson of their passing. And maybe then you’ll see (with your actual eyes) the world differently.

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