Common - U, Black Maybe Lyrics

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Can't come around
They gonna wanna bring you down
No one knows just what's inside
Doing dope and doing time
Why they messing with your mind
Black maybe

I heard a white man's yes
Is a black maybe
I was delivered in this world
As a crack baby

Hard for me to pay attention
And I act crazy
Gotta get over from the tip
I watch the fat lady sing a song

On how we guerrillas in warfare
And I'm the kingest kong
They say we dreaming wrong
Them same strips that them older cats lingered on

Now the Walgreen's is gone
Hope is killed fiends are born
We leaning on a wall that ain't that ain't stable
It's hard to turn on the hood that made you

To leave be afraid to the same streets that raised you
Can aid you
What other black births came suit
The rage up in Harlem and the Southside
Brothers is starving with there mouth wide open
Floating across state got the work got plans so they can move weight
The fate of the black man, woman, and child maybe

[Chorus x2]

He had game since he used to hoop at Chatham
Neither the ghetto nor defenders could trap him
The stones had his back and they'd pat him
He was living a life they couldn't fathom

Colleges getting at him with all type of scholarships
Even if he went they knew he'd leave college quick
For the pros the one from the hood that was chose
The black rose that grew in the jungle

But humble stud still had rumble in his blood
Women all around giving him trouble love
You know the love when you up they down
Cause you wrap a ball they round

Your wind is their clown
Dudes in the circle he known for years
Shared biz and cheers but chose different careers
When paper and fame came they ain't know how to react

Them same studs shot him in the back
Now that's black maybe


When we talk about black maybe
We talk about situations
Of people of color and because you are that color
You endure obstacles and opposition

And not all the time from from other nationalities
Sometimes it comes from your own kind
Or maybe even your own mind
You get judged you get laughed at you get looked at wrong

You get sighted for not being strong
The struggle of just being you
The struggle of just being us
Black maybe


Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Intro
  • 2 Start the Show
  • 3 The People
  • 4 Drivin’ Me Wild
  • 5 I Want You
  • 6 Southside
  • 7 The Game
  • 8 U, Black Maybe
  • 9 So Far to Go
  • 10 Break My Heart
  • 11 Misunderstood
  • 12 Forever Begins
  • 13 Play Your Cards Right