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2Pac - Keep Ya Head Up

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Little something for my godson Elijah and a little girl named Corinne.

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots I give a holla to my sisters on welfare. 2Pac cares, if don't nobody else care. And I know they like to beat you down a lot when you come around the block. Brothers clown a lot. But please don't cry. Dry your eyes. Never let up.

Forgive but don't forget, girl. Keep your head up. And when he tells you you ain't nothing, don't believe him. And if he can't learn to love you, you should leave him. 'Cause sister you don't need him. And I ain't trying to gas you up. I just call them how I see them. You know what makes me unhappy? When brothers make babies and leave a young mother to be a pappy.

And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman. I wonder why we take from our women. Why we rape our women? Do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women. Be real to our women. And if we don't we'll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies that make the babies. And since a man can't make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one. So will the real men get up. I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up.

Ooh, child! Things are going to get easier. Ooh, child! Things'll get brighter. Keep your head up! Ooh, child! Things are going to get easier. Keep your head up! Ooh, child! Things'll get brighter.

I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me. He had me feeling like black was the thing to be. And suddenly the ghetto didn't seem so tough. And though we had it rough, we always had enough. I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rules. Ran with the local crew and had a smoke or two.

I realize Momma really paid the price. She nearly gave her life to raise me right. And all I had to give her was my pipe dream. of how I'd rock the mic and make it to the bright screen. I'm trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. It's hard to be legit and still pay the rent. And in the end it seems I'm heading for the pen. I try to find my friends, but they're blowing in the wind.

Last night my buddy lost his whole family. It's going to take the man in me to conquer this insanity. It seems the rain'll never let up. I try to keep my head up and still keep from getting wet up. You know, it's funny. When it rains, it pours. They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor. Say there ain't no hope for the youth, and the truth is It ain't no hope for the future. And then they wonder why we crazy. I blame my mother for turning my brother into a crack baby. We ain't meant to survive 'cause it's a setup. And even though you're fed up. Keep your head up!

Ooh, child! Things are going to get easier. Keep your head up! Ooh, child! Things'll get brighter. Keep your head up! Ooh, child! Things are going to get easier. Keep your head up! Ooh, child! Things'll get brighter.

To all the ladies having babies on they own. I know it's kind of rough and you're feeling all alone. Daddy's long gone, and he left you by your lonesome. Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want them. 'Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I'm sure. And if you fall, stand tall and come back for more. 'Cause ain't nothing worse than when your son wants to know why his daddy don't love him no more. You can't complain you was dealt this hell of a hand without a man. Feeling helpless. Because there's too many things for you to deal with.

Dying inside, but outside you're looking fearless. While tears is rolling down your cheeks. You steady hoping things don't fall down this week. 'Cause if it did, you couldn't take it, and don't blame me. I was given this world. I didn't make it. And now my son's getting older and older and cold from having the world on his shoulders. While the rich kids is driving Benz. I'm still trying to hold on to surviving friends. And it's crazy. It seems it'll never let up. But please. You got to keep your head up.

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 28 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Views: 871
Posted by: on Jun 13, 2013

This video is part of's learning series. Every Friday, a new 2Pac song is presented, and students can learn English vocabulary and grammar.

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