Tell it like it is

People everywhere so disillusioned, 'bout the way the world is today

Everybodies talkin' 'bout who did what to who, how and when it got that way

I'm looking for an answer, Sometimes I wanna quit

But I still got to try 

When I see a baby girl caught up in that world

It brings a tear to my eye

 

She may not wanna hear what I got to say

I was guilty of making that same mistake

Standing here tryin' to tell her what its about 

Does she hear me ( does she hear me)

I remember his name from back in the day

Holding me hugging me ,  lovin' just the same

Used to swear that I was his only one

Then I gave him some and it was done

I tell it like it is ( Tell it like it is) mm

Oh i got to tell it like it is 

Oh oh oh Tell it like it is

 

Read it in the paper, a young brother

with a bright future's been shot and killed

Saw it on the news, a brothers been accused

How's that supposed to make me feel

Pain deep in my heart, God please hear my cry

When I see a young brother lost in the world

It brings a tear to my eye

You may not wanna hear what I have to say

But I witness the same old things everyday

Precious lies, Family ties, being thrown away

Do you feel me ( do you feel me)

I remember the good times back in the day

laughin, jokin' thought it would never change

Mothers cry, children die this is not the way

Now we're putting flowers at his grave 

I tell it like it is ( tell it like it is) yeah

Ooo  ooh  I'm gonna tell it like it is

oh  I got to Tell it like it is

i"m gonna tell it like it is

Oh I got to tell it like it is

(Talking)

Im so tired of seeing the same old things everyday

Tired of seeing my brothers and sisters being hurt and in pain

 

 

 

 

Money

Theres a man with a bruise on his hand and he got there from breaking his back sowing seed on another's man land, oh damn

There s a woman at home and it hurts to the bone, rips out her soul why he does it he don't even know, oh no

Theres a child in the womb and he's already doomed, ghetto consumes and he probably won't see twenty two, and that ain't cool

Help me

Tell me what could ever be wrong with that, never seeing what we could have achieved with the weight of the world on our back.

Money makes the world go round

Build us up to break us down

Can we last another round

Long enough to break that chain

 

Money makes the world go round

Build us up to break us down

Can we last another round

Long enough to break that chain

 

There's a boy in a core on a strange foreign shore

fighting a war but don't know what he's fighting it for, no more

There's a fence surrounding the project housing, people are drowning they can't get in and can't get out

and the jar is filled you could swallow the pill but you'll never get better the money is keeping you ill

and that's for real

Help me 

Tell me what could ever be heavier than that

Never seeing what we could have achieved

with the weight of the world on our backs

 

Money makes the world go round

Build us up to break us down

 can we last another round

 Long enough to break that chain

 

Money makes the world go round

Build us up to break us down

Money makes the world go round

Can we last another round long enough o break that chain

I said that money money makes that world go round

yes they want that money, yes they want that money

 

 

Jackson Avenue

Uptown on the block where I come from 

We got nothing but love

Where ya'll at put your hands in the air

and get on up now

Shout out all my girls round the way

and the good times back in the day 

on Jackson avenue

 

Back in the day on the block we'd be playing 

Handball till the street lamps came on

Planet rock on the radio

Fat laces and shell toes

Kool Moe dee and KRS-one

They had us bouncing like 

abc and lmnop cause "I want you"

"Supersonicmotivatin' rhymes on the corner"

"Make 'em clap to this, make em clap to this"

Hey ey ey

Uptown on the block where i come from 

We got nothing but love

Where ya'll at 

Put your hand sin the air and get on up now

Shout out all my girls round the way

and the good times back in the day

on Jackson Avenue

 

B- boys round the way

They'd be calling our names

trying to get us to freak in the hall

Meanwhile my girls keep it fly

Our "Sergios" creased and tight

 you know we don't give 'em no play at all

but they keep sayin', sayin'

Que tu quiere mami cause you know that I want you

Pops is working late so do you wanna come over

and then it never too much, never too much

playing all night long

 

Uptown on the block where I come from

We got nothing but love

Where ya'll at put your hands in the air and get on up now

Shout out all my girls round the way

and the good times back in the day

on Jackson Avenue

 

I remember the day, this crew called Rocksteady would play

Red alert would spin them old 45's and all the crews would come down from the the other side of town

Just to hear the mc rock the mic right

They say it to you

all the people on the side let me see you slide

all the people in the middle let me see you wiggle

all the people up top let me see you rock

Everybody in the house say HO! .. HO!

 

Uptown on the block where i come from 

We got nothing but love

Where ya'll at

put your hand in the air and get on up now

Shout out all my girls round the way

And the good times back in the day on 

Jackson Avenue

 

Uptown on the block where i come from

We got nothing but love

Where ya'll at

Put your hands in the air and get on up now

Shout out all my girls round the way

And the good times back in the day

on Jackson Avenue

(Make 'em clap to this) 

 

Say what you feel

(Drop that beat)

Hmm Hmm

Like a baby whose starved in the night I scream out loud when I'm hungry to get a reaction

When the man says the sky is falling I question whether he has the best intention

(Alright yeah)

When you got what I want, and I got what you need

And we're living hand to mouth

Thinking love is all we need

 

Be who you are and Say what you feel

Those who mind don't matter, Those who matter don't mind

Let me tell you know now

Be who you are 

and Say what you feel

Time will keep on ticking, Tables keep on turning

Let me tell you now

 

When you can kiss me where the sun don't shine it feels so good but i won;t get sentimental

Pulled a white rabbit out your hat but it still can't separate the true fact from fiction

Alright , yeah

When you got what I want and I got what you need

And we're living hand to mouth 

Thinking love is all we need

 

Be who you are and say what you feel

This who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind

Let me tell you now

Be who you are and say what you feel

Time will keep on ticking tables keep on turning 

Let me tell you now

 

When you got what What i want

and i got what you need

 and we're living hand to mouth

thinking love is all we need

 

Be who you are and say what you feel

This who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind

Let me tell you now

Be who you are and say what you feel

Time will keep on ticking tables keep on turning 

Let me tell you now

Be who you are and say what you feel

This who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind

Let me tell you now

Be who you are and say what you feel

Time will keep on ticking tables keep on turning 

Let me tell you now