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Ghetto Prisoners - Lyrics by Melissa Etheridge


Lyrics
[
Nas]

Uhh.. regulate nigga

Bravehearts nigga

Live for this

Some of y'all don't live at all

Get yours nigga

Get yours baby

Uhh, yo.. yo..


As the night close down on the Earth like gray dark rings

Light of cities in the nights, destination for Kings
with big dreams, like Castro, overthrew Bautista
from Cuba, and pointed nukes toward the U.S.

About to shoot us for revolution; that's how you gotta move
A lot of rules, some locked in solitude

Curse the day of they birth confused, who's to be praised?

The mighty dollar -- or almighty Allah
I'm like the farmer, plantin words, people are seeds

My truth is the soil; help you grow like trees

May the children come in all colors, change like leaves
but hold before you, one of those, prophetic MC's
with blunted flows, seven hundred souls in me

Each channelin, from past to present times, heaven shines
light on those, innocent to how the world grows

Some men become murderers, and some girls become hoes

And you accounted for, everything that you heard

Do not speak to fools; they scorn the wisdom of your words

My heart is wise, bloodshot eyes, the saga never dies

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners..


Yo we gotta be God's children, habitats in tall buildings

Rats crawl in filthy hallways, incinerators

Sinners who faithless, still there's hope, pray it's answered

Dreams turned real - what's a wicked nation?

One with blind men - not takin charge of the situation

Empty arguments and real conversations needed

The world'll need it, to hear it

Evil tries to weaken my spirit - it's chronic herb

This hurt come from the honest word
I now try hardest to serve my maker, what I learned
find it's way on the paper, so I could dictate it

Articulate it, luckily - I was put on one of the ships that made it
through strong currents and winds that left the others stranded
to sink in the Atlantic

Satan jigs the planet, not to get too religious, but
who decides when and if your life is finished?

If Christ is in this, for the sake of your name, oh Lord
may we break away from the chains abroad


Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners.. get up, wake up, rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners..


You wanna buy time? I'm the seller of minutes
I give you every second low-priced, if I so lies; the truth is

Time waits for none of you, in fact
he can't wait for the date to snatch the ground right from under you

Small visions of better life if cheddar was right
lurk in the mind, of young ones ahead of they time

Trapped in the slums, beggin for nuttin but takin

Headed for nuttin but the state pen, where they cousins be waitin

Judges is not relatin to pleas, guns bustin where the kids play

Richochet off lamp poles and leave damp holes
in bystanders, get cancelled, D.O.A.

Around the way where we from

Hope the future reduce the rate of those buried young

Life is every man's kingdom, a dyin man's past
and a newborn's, first time to be here at last

And shouldn't have to grow up fast, and suffer our pain

Hustlin harder than the generations here before he came

Goin through the same bullshit as our fathers

Readin history, but who's the authors?

For some the game is easy, for most of us the game is much harder

But never lose faith; through the years just get smarter

Ghetto prisoners.. ghetto prisoners..

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners.. get up, wake up, rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners rise rise rise

Ghetto prisoners..