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KENDRICK LAMAR lyrics : "Sing About Me (Part 1)"

Ft. Eddie Peake


When the lights shut off
And it's my turn to settle down
My main concern

Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me
I said when the lights shut off

And it's my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me

Promise that you will sing about me
[Verse 1]
I woke up this morning and figured I'd call you

In case I'm not here tomorrow, I'm hoping that I can borrow
A peace of mind, I'm behind on what's really important
My mind is really distorted, I find nothing but trouble in my life

I'm fortunate you believe in a dream
This orphanage we call a ghetto is quite a routine
And last night was just another distraction or a reaction

Of what we consider madness, I know exactly what happened
You ran outside when you heard my brother cry for help
Held him like a newborn baby and made him feel

Like everything was alright and a fight he tried to put up
But the type of bullet that stuck had went against his will
As blood spilled on your hands, my plans rather vindictive

Everybody's a victim in my eyes
When I ride it's a murderous rhythm and outside became pitch black
A demon glued to my back whispering, ?Get em?

I got 'em, and I ain't give a $#[email protected]
That same mentality that told my brother not to duck
In actuality it's a trip how we trip off of colors

I wonder if I'll ever discover a passion like you and recover
The life that I knew as a young'n in pajamas and Dun-ta-duns
When thunder comes it rains cats and dogs

Dumb ^!$$%s like me never prosper
Prognosis of a problem child, I'm proud and well devoted
This piru %#@! been in me forever

So forever I'mma push it, wherever whenever
And I love you cause you love my brother like you did
Just promise me you'll tell this story when you make it big

And if I die before your album drop I hope ?
[Verse 2]

You wrote a song about my sister on your tape
And called it ?Section.80,? the message resembled ?Brenda's Got a Baby?
Whats crazy was, I was hearin about it

But doubted your ignorance how could you ever just put her on blast and %#@!
Judging her past and %#@!, well it's completely my future
Her ^!$$% behind me right now asking for $$# and %#@!

And I'mma need that 40 dollars even if I gotta
$#[email protected], suck and swallow in the parking lot
Gonzales Park, I'm followed by a married man, a father of three

My [email protected]%$ bounce on the cadence of his tingling keys
Matter of fact he my favorite cause he tip me with E's
He got a cousin named David and I seen him last week

This is the life of another girl damaged by the system
These foster homes, I run away and never do miss 'em
See, my hormones just run away and if I can get 'em back

To where they used to be then I'll probably be in the denim
Of a family gene that show women how to be woman
Or better yet a leader, you need her to learn something

Then you probably need to beat her, that's how I was taught
Three ^!$$%s in one room, first time I was tossed
And I'm exhausted, but $#[email protected] that ?Sorry for your loss? %#@!

My sister died in vain, but what point are you trying to gain
If you can't fit the pumps I walk in? I'll wait
Your rebuttal a little too late

And if you have a album date, just make sure I'm not in the song
Cause I don't need the attention bring enough of that on my own
And matter fact did I mention that I physically feel great?

A doctor's approval is a waste of time, I know I'm straight
I'll probably live longer than you and never fade away
I'll never fade away, I'll never fade away, I know my fate

And I'm on the grind for this cake, I'mma get or die trying
I'm eyeing every male gender with intentions of buying
You lying to these mother$#[email protected], talking about you can help 'em
With my story, you can help me if you sell this #[email protected] for me, ^!$$%
Don't ignore me ^!$$%, $#[email protected] your glory ^!$$%, this bull%#@!?

[Verse 3]
Sometimes I look in a mirror and ask myself
Am I really scared of passing away, if it's today I hope I hear a
Cry out from heaven so loud it can water down a demon

With the holy ghost 'til it drown in the blood of Jesus
I wrote some raps that make sure that my lifeline
Reeking the scent of a reaper, ensuring that my allegiance
With the other side may come soon and if I'm doomed
May the wound, help my mother be blessed for many moons

I suffer a lot and every day the glass mirror
Get tougher to watch, I tie my stomach in knots
And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death
My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats
That can come about cause the tongue is mighty powerful

And I can name a list of your favorites that probably vouch
Maybe cause I'm a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death
Really stuck in the schema, wondering when I'mma rest
And you're right, your brother was a brother to me
And your sister's situation was the one that pulled me
In a direction to speak of something that's realer than the TV screen

By any means, wasn't trying to offend or come between
Her personal life, I was like ?it need to be told?
Cursing the life of 20 generations after her soul
Exactly what'd happen if I ain't continued rapping
Or steady being distracted by money drugs and four
Fives, I count lives all on these songs
Look at the weak and cry, pray one day you'll be strong

Fighting for your rights, even when you're wrong
And hope that at least one of you sing about me when I'm gone
Now am I worth it? Did I put enough work in?
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me
I said when the lights shut off

And its my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

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