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by 2Pac
# Debut Chart
3 Mar '95 R&B
9 Mar '95 Hot 100

Lyrics

When I was young Me and my mama had beefs Seventeen years old Kicked out on the streets Though back at the time I never thought I'd see her face Ain't a woman alive That could take my mama's place Suspended from school Scared to go home I was a fool with the big boyz Breaking all the rules She'd tears with my Baby sister over the years We was poorer than The other little kids


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And even though We had different daddys The same drama When things went wrong We'd blame mama I reminisce on The stress I caused It was hell Hugging on my mama From a jail cell And who'd think in elementary Hey, I see the penitentiary one day One day, running from the police That's right, mama catched me Put a whooping to my back side And even as a crack fiend, mama You always was a black queen, mama I finally understand For a woman, it ain't easy Trying to raise a man You always was committed A poor single mother on welfare Tell me how you did it There's no way I can pay you back But the plan is to Show you that I understand You are appreciated Lady, don't you know we love you (Dear mama) sweet lady Place no one above you (You are appreciated) sweet lady Don't you know we love you Now ain't nobody Tell us it was fair No love from my daddy 'Cause the coward wasn't there He passed away And I didn't cry 'Cause my anger wouldn't Let me feel for a stranger They say I'm wrong And I'm heartless But all along I was looking For a father, he was gone I hung around with the thugs And even tho they sold drugs They showed a young brother love I moved out and Started really hanging I needed money of my own So I started slinging I ain't guilty 'cause Even though I sell rocks It feels good putting Money in your mailbox I love payinf rent When the rent's due I hope you got the diamond necklace That I sent to you 'Cause when I was low You was there for me You never left me alone Because you cared for me And I could see you Coming home after work late You're in the kitchen trying To fix us a hot plate You're just working With the scraps you was given And Mama made miracles Every Thanksgiving But now the road got rough You're alone You're trying to raise Two bad kids on your own And there's no way I could pay you back But the plan is to Show you that I understand You are appreciated Lady, don't you know we love you (And dear mama) sweet lady Place no one above you (You are appreciated) sweet lady Don't you know we love you Pour out some liquor And I reminisce Cause through the drama I can always depend on my mama And when it seems That I'm hopeless You say the words that can Get me back in focus When I was sick as a little kid To keep me happy There's no limit To the things you did And all my childhood memories Are full of all the Sweet things you did for me And even though I act crazy I gotta thank the Lord That you made me There are no words That can express how I feel You never kept a secret, Always stayed real And I appreciate How you raised me And all the extra love That you gave me I wish I could take the pain away If you can make it through the night There's a brighter day Everything will be all right If you hold on It's a struggle every day Gotta roll on There's no way I can pay you back But the plan is to Show you that I understand You are appreciated Lady, don't you know we love you (Dear mama) sweet lady Place no one above you (You are appreciated) sweet lady Don't you know we love you Sweet lady (and dear mama) (Dear mama) lady, lady, lady....

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