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Talib Kweli - Get By

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We sell crack to our own out the back of our homes. We smell the musk of the dusk in the crack of the dawn. We go through episodes, too, like Attack of the Clones. Work 'til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone.

To get by, just to get by. Just to get by, just to get by.

We commute to computers. Spirits stay mute while your egos spread rumors. We survivalists turned to consumers.

Just to get by, just to get by.

Ask Him why some people got to live in a trailer. Cuss like a sailor. I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer. Mi Abuela raised three daughters all by herself with no help. I think about her struggle and I find the strength in myself. These words melt in my mouth. They hot like the jail cell in the South. Before my nigga CORE bailed me out.

To get by, just to get by. Just to get by, just to get by.

We do or die like Bed-Stuy through the red sky. With the window of the red eye. Let the lead fly. Some G. Rap shit, "Living to Let Die."

This morning, I woke up feeling brand new. I jumped up! Feeling my highs and my lows in my soul and my goals. Just to stop smoking and stop drinking. I've been thinking. I've got my reasons. Just to get by, just to get by.

We keeping it gangster. Say fo shizzle, fo sheezy and staying crunk. It's easy to pull a breezy. Smoke trees, and we stay drunk. Yo, I activism: attacking the system. The Blacks and Latins in prison. Numbers of prison. They victim black in the vision. Shit! And all they got is rapping to listen to. I let them know we missing you. The love is unconditional. Even when the condition is critical, when the living is miserable Your position is pivotal. I ain't bullshitting you.

Now, why would I lie? Just to get by? Just to get fly? We get fly.

The TV got us reaching for stars. Not the ones between Venus and Mars. The ones that be reading for parts. Some people get breast enhancements and penis enlargers. Saturday sinners - Sunday morning at the feet of the Father. They need something to rely on. We get high on all types of drug. When all you really need is love.

To get by, just to get by. Just to get by, just to get by.

Our parents sing like John Lennon. Imagine all the people watch. We rock like Paul McCartney. From now until the last beat'll drop.

This morning, I woke up feeling brand new. I jumped up! Feeling my highs and my lows in my soul and my goals. Just to stop smoking and stop drinking. I've been thinking. I've got my reasons. Just to get by, just to get by.

Some people cry, and some people try. Just to get by for a piece of the pie. You love to eat and get high. We deceive when we lie, and we keeping it fly. When the people decide to keep a disguise Can't see the eyes, see the evil inside. But there's people you find strong or feeble in mind. I say reading the signs.

Some people cry, and some people try. Just to get by for a piece of the pie. You love to eat and get high. We decieve when we lie, and we keeping it fly. When the people decide to keep a disguise Can't see the eyes, see the evil inside. But there's people you find strong or feeble in mind. I stay reading the signs.

Video Details

Duration: 3 minutes and 51 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Views: 203
Posted by: eslhiphop.com on Jun 17, 2013

This video is part of ESLhiphop.com's learning series. Learn English with hip-hop and rap! Talib Kweli is a socially-conscious rapper from Brooklyn, New York.

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