Common - God Gaining One's Definition lyrics

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 After bein' 25  you know  just trying to survive in the world
 Bout to have a little boy or baby girl. Who knows?
 Anyway  just when you start gettin that little age and experience to you
 You start thinkin about stuff...tryin to make the right moves
 So bust it out  this is what I was thinkin  check it

 Yo  the education of the Lon chicka Lonnie Lynn
 Began, began with time
 Bein my bloodline is one with the divine
 In time brotha, you will discover the light
 Some say that God is Black and the Devil's White
 Well, the Devil is wrong and God is what's right
 I fight, with myself in the ring of doubt and fear
 The rain ain't gone, but I can still see clear
 As a child, given religion with no answer to why
 Just told believe in Jesus cuz for me he did die
 Curiosity killed the catechism
 Understanding and wisdom became the rhythm that I played to
 And became a slave to master self
 A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health
 My mind had dealt with the books of Zen, Tao the lessons
 Koran and the Bible, to me they all vital
 And got truth within 'em, gotta read them boys
 You just can't skim 'em, different branches of belief
 But one root that stem 'em, but people of the venom try to trim 'em
 And use religion as an emblem
 When it should be a natural way of life
 Who am I or they to say to whom you pray ain't right
 That's who got you doin right and got you this far
 Whether you say "in Jesus name" or Hum do Allah
 Long as you know it's a bein' that's supreme to you
 You let that show towards others in the things you do
 Cuz when the trumpets blowin, 24 elders surround the throne
 Only 144,000 gon get home
 Only 144,000 gon get home
 Only 144,000 gon get it baby

 Chorus Cee-Lo:
 I've lived and I've learned
 I have taken and I've earned
 I have laughed, I've cried
 I have failed and I have tried
 Sunshine, pouring rain
 found joy through all my pain
 I just wanna be happy with being me

 Let me voice my concern
 So many of my fellow brothers have given themselves a title
 That their actions didn't earn
 Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence
 Subconciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince
 I've finally come to the realization why Black people in the worse place
 Cuz it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know
 Who you are in the first place
 So I try to find the clue in you
 But evidently, White folks know more Black history than we do
 Why're we bein' lied to? I ain't know our history was purposely hidden
 Damn, somethin' in me wanna know who I am
 So I began my search, my journey started in church
 It gave my heartache relief when I started to understand belief
 Hustlin was like a gift spent my share of time in the streets
 Taught me survival from this evil I'm just gonna have to deal with
 And I felt like a fool when I tried to learn it in school
 It almost seemed like a rehearsal when the only
 Science and math are universal
 Takin elder advice, read the Bible, the Koran
 Searched scrolls from the Hebrew Israelites
 Hold on, this ain't right, Jesus wasn't White
 Some leads were granted with insight
 and it's all in the plan, but it took me some time to overstand
 He still created with the imperfection of man
 So, with followin' I disagree
 By no means have I forgotten or forgiven what's been done to me but
 I do know the Devil ain't no White man, the Devil's a spiritual mind
 That's color blind, there's evil White folk and evil niggas
 You gon surely find there's no positivity without negativity
 But one side you gonna have to choose
 Any chance to speak I refuse to misuse
 So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession
 become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and
 Can't follow your lesson
 If a seed's sown, you make sure it's known, you make sure it's grown
 If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
 If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
 If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own

 Well, I've lived and I've learned
 I've taken and I've earned
 I have laughed, I have cried
 I failed and I have tried
 Sunshine, pourin rain
 I found joy through my pain
 Just wanna be happy...bein me
 Bein me
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Publisher: Relativity


Released in: 1997

Language: English

Appearing on: One Day It'll All Make Sense (1997)

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