Intro: D# Dm D# Dm Poverty's paradise D# Dm I don’t think I could find a way to make it on this earth N.C. I've been hungry all my life Voicemail: Carl Duckworth N.C. What's up, family? Yeah, it’s yo cousin Carl, man, just givin' you a call, man. I know you been havin' a lot on yo mind lately, and I know you feel like, you know, people ain't been prayin' for you. But you have to understand this, man, that we are a cursed people. Deuteronomy 28:28 says, "The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart." See, family, that's why you feel like you feel like you got a chip on your shoulder. Until you finally get the memo, you will always feel that way… Bridge : Charles Edward Sydney Isom Jr. D# Why God, why God do I gotta suffer? D# Pain in my heart carry burdens full of struggle D# Why God, why God do I gotta bleed? D# Every stone thrown at you restin' at my feet D# Why God, why God do I gotta suffer? D# Earth is no more, won't you burn this muh’fucka? D# I don’t think I could find a way to make it on this earth (Reversed) verse 1 D# I beat yo ass, keep talkin' back Dm I beat yo ass, who bought you that? D# (Let ring) You stole it, I beat yo ass if you say that game is broken I beat yo ass if you jump on my couch I beat yo ass if you walk in this house D# (Let ring) With tears in your eyes, runnin’ from Poo Poo and Prentice Go back outside, I beat yo ass, lil nigga D# (Let ring) That homework better be finished, I beat yo ass Your teachers better not be bitchin' 'bout you in class That pizza better not be wasted, you eat it all That TV better not be loud if you got it on Dm Cm Them Jordans better not get dirty when I just bought 'em D# Better not hear ’bout you humpin' on Keisha's daughter D# (Let ring) Better not hear you got caught up I beat yo ass, you better not run to your father D# I beat yo ass, you know my patience runnin' thin D# I got buku payments to make Dm(Let ring) County building's on my ass Tryna take my food stamps away D# I beat yo ass if you tell them social workers he live here D# (Let ring) I beat yo ass if I beat yo ass twice and you still here Seven years old, think you run this house by yourself? D# (Let ring) Nigga, you gon' fear me if you don't fear no one else D# Dm(Let ring) If I could smoke fear away, I'd roll that mothafucka up And then I'd take two puffs D# I'm high now, I'm high now D# I'm high now, I'm high now N.C. Life's a bitch, pull them panties to the side now D# I don't think I could find a way to make it on this earth verse 2 Dm I'll prolly die anonymous Cm I'll prolly die with promises D# (Let ring) I'll prolly die walkin' back home from the candy house I'll prolly die because these colors are standin' out D# I'll prolly die because I ain't know Demarcus was snitchin' Dm Cm I'll prolly die at these house parties, fuckin' with bitches D# (Let ring) I'll prolly die from witnesses leavin' me falsed accused I'll prolly die from thinkin' that me and your hood was cool N.C. Or maybe die from pressin' the line, actin' too extra Or maybe die because these smokers Are more than desperate I'll prolly die from one of these bats and blue badges Body slammed on black and white paint, my bones snappin' Or maybe die from panic or die from bein' too lax D# Or die from waitin' on it, die 'cause I'm movin' too fast D# (Let ring) I'll prolly die tryna buy weed at the apartments I'll prolly die tryna diffuse two homies arguin' D# I'll prolly die 'cause that's what you do when you're 17 Dm Cm All worries in a hurry, I wish I controlled things D# Dm If I could smoke fear away, I'd roll that mothafucka up D# (Let ring) And then I'd take two puffs I've been hungry all my life D# I'm high now, I'm high now D# I'm high now, I'm high now D# Life's a bitch, pull them panties to the side now Now… D# Dm Cm verse 3 D# (Let ring) When I was 27, I grew accustomed to more fear Accumulated 10 times over throughout the years My newfound life made all of me magnified Dm How many accolades do I need to block denial? D# (Let ring) The shock value of my success put bolts in me All this money, is God playin' a joke on me? Is it for the moment, and will he see me as Job? Dm Cm Take it from me and leave me worse than I was before? D# (Let ring) At 27, my biggest fear was losin' it all Scared to spend money, had me sleepin' from hall to hall D# Scared to go back to Section 8 with my mama stressin' D# 30 shows a month and I still won't buy me no Lexus D# (Let ring) What is an advisor? Somebody that's holdin' my checks Just to fuck me over and put my finances in debt? I read a case about Rihanna's accountant and wondered Dm Cm How did the Bad Girl feel when she looked at them numbers? D# (Let ring) The type of shit'll make me flip out and just kill somethin' Drill somethin', get ill and fill ratchets with a lil' somethin' I practiced runnin' from fear, guess I had some good luck Dm Cm At 27 years old, my biggest fear was bein' judged D# (Let ring) How they look at me reflect on myself, my family, my city What they say 'bout me reveal If my reputation would miss me D# (Let ring) What they see from me Would trickle down generations in time Dm What they hear from me Cm Would make 'em highlight my simplest lines verse 4 D# I'm talkin' fear, fear of losin' creativity D# I'm talkin' fear, fear of missin' out on you and me D# I'm talkin' fear, fear of losin' loyalty from pride D# 'Cause my DNA won't let me involve in the light of God D# I'm talkin' fear, fear that my humbleness is gone D# I'm talkin' fear, fear that love ain't livin' here no more D# I'm talkin' fear, fear that it's wickedness or weakness Dm Cm Fear, whatever it is, both is distinctive D# (Let ring) Fear, what happens on Earth stays on Earth And I can't take these feelings with me So hopefully they disperse Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax Dm Searchin' for resolutions until somebody get back D# (Let ring) Fear, what happens on Earth stays on Earth And I can't take these feelings with me So hopefully they disperse D# (Let ring) Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax Wonderin' if I'm livin' through fear or livin' through rap Damn Bridge: B?kon D# Goddamn you D# Goddamn me D# Goddamn us D# Goddamn we D# Goddamn us all Outro: Carl Duckworth Verse two says, "You only have I known of all the families of the Earth, therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities." So until we come back to these commandments, until you come back to these commandments, we're gonna feel this way, we're gonna be under this curse. Because He said He's gonna punish us, the so-called Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American Indians, are the true children of Israel. We are the Israelites, according to the Bible. The children of Israel, He's gonna punish us for our iniquities, for our disobedience, because we chose to follow other gods that aren't His son, so the Lord, thy God, chasten thee. So, just like you chasten your own son, He's gonna chastise you because He loves you. So that's why we get chastised, that's why we're in the position we're in. Until we come back to these laws, statutes, and commandments, and do what the Lord said, these curses are gonna be upon us. We're gonna be at a lower state in this life that we live here in today, in the United States of America. I love you, son, and I pray for you. God bless you, shalom.