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[Verse 1]
You tell me that there's love here
But to me it's blatant
That with all the blood here

I'm dealin with Satan
Plus with all the hatin'
It's hard to keep peace (uh huh)
Thou shall not steal
But I will to eat

I tried doin' good, but
Good's not too good for me

Why you chose the hood for me
Me? I'm aight
I just had to work hard at it

Went to grandma for the answer
And she told me that God had it

So now here I am
Confused and full of questions

Am I born to lose
Or is this just a lesson?

And who is goin' choose
When it gets turned around

And will it be
Layin' in my own blood
And on the ground?

My child
I've watched you grow up
And I've been there (uh huh)
Even at those times
You least suspected it
I was there
And look at what I've given you
A talent to rhyme
I may not come when you call
But I'm always on time

[Hook repeat x2]
Somebody's knockin'
Should I let em in

Lord we're just startin
But where will it end

[Verse 2]
But when the funds are low
The guns'll blow
Lookin' for that one that owe
Make em run that dough
Put down the guns
And write a new rhyme
You'll get it all in due time
You'll do fine
Just have faith
Cause you mine (uh huh)

And when you shine
It's gon' be a sight to behold

So don't fight to be old
Or lose sight when it's cold
See that light down the road
It's goin' guide you there

Two sets of footsteps
I was right beside you there
But what about them times I
Only saw one
Those were the times when I was
Under the gun
It was then I carried you my son

Led you to safety
It just wasn't your time to face me (uh huh)
Ayo a few of them times I thought you would erase me
But all you did was embrace me
Prepared me for the worst
Offered me eternal life
And scared me with the hearse
And the curse
Turned to grace
When the hurt
Turned to faith
No more runnin', (uh huh)
I'm slidin' in the dirt
Cuz I'm safe


[Verse 3]
So if I'm yo' man
I'm in yo' hands
What's yo' plan

Never had a friend
Cause you couldn't trust your man

Learned to stand before I crawled
Things were twisted!
And if you showed me anything at all
Then I missed it
Looked the wrong way (uh huh)
I've done some wrong things (true)
Kept a bad attitude
But that's what wrong brings

And now you mean to tell me that
After all this time
It was you that kept the dog from goin' out of his mind

It was you that breathed life
Into my lungs when I was born
And it was you that let me know
What was right
From what was wrong
And it was you that let me do
What I knew what could be done
And it was you that gave me a good wife
And a beautiful son
And it's been you speakin' to me
Inside my mind
And it's been you who has forgiven
Time after time

It was you who opened my eyes
So I could see

And it was you that shined yo'
Light on me

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