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LAURYN HILL lyrics : "Forgive Them Father"

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us
Although them again we will never, never, never trust


Dem noh know weh dem do, dig out yuh yei while dem sticking like glue,
Fling, skin, grin while dem plotting fah you,
True, Ah Who???


Forgive them father for they know not what they do
Forgive them father for they know not what they do


Beware the false motives of others
Be careful of those who pretend to be brothers

And you never suppose it's those who are closest to you, to you
They say all the right things to gain their position
Then use your kindness as their ammunition

To shoot you down in the name of ambition, they do

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Why every Indian wanna be the chief?

Feed a man 'til he's full and he still want beef
Give me grief, try to tief off my piece
Why for you to increase, I must decrease?

If I treat you kindly does it mean that I'm weak?
You hear me speak and think I won't take it to the streets
I know enough cats that don't turn the other cheek

But I try to keep it civilized like Menelik
And other African czars observing stars with war scars
Get yours in this capitalistic system

So many caught or got bought you can't list them
How you gonna idolize the missing?
To survive is to stay alive in the face of opposition

Even when they comin' gunnin'
I stand position
L's known the mission since conception

Let's free the people from deception
If you looking for the answers
Then you gotta ask the questions

And when I let go, my voice echoes through the ghetto
Sick of men trying to pull strings like Geppetto
Why black people always be the ones to settle

March through these streets like Soweto

Like Cain and Abel, Caesar and Brutus, Jesus and Judas,

Backstabbers do this

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

It took me a little while to discover

Wolves in sheep coats who pretend to be lovers
Men who lack conscience will even lie to themselves, to themselves
A friend once said, and I found to be true

That everyday people, they lie to God too
So what makes you think, that they won't lie to you


Forgive them father for they know not what they do
Forgive them, forgive them
Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Forgive them, forgive them

Gwan like dem love while dem rip yuh to shreds,

Trample pon yuh heart and lef yuh fi dead,
Dem a yuh fren who yuh depen pon from way back when,
But if yuh gi dem yuh back den yuh mus meet yuh end,

Dem noh know wey dem do,
Dem no know, dem no know, dem no know,
Dem no know, dem no know wey dem do

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