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You Grew Up

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Verse One
Let me take it back to my childhood/
When six flags was still called wildwood/
Where I had every race as a neighbor/
We were all working class trying to make it out of our hood/
My best friend back then was a white kid/
we were tight he liked the same things I did/
Despite us being different colors/
We were tight as Elmer's, & we called each other brothers/
While I was trying to keep my Nikes clean/
He was trying to scuff his Chucks scuffed up/
He was grunge
I was fresh we were young/
Cuss along to rap while we're sneaking into punk clubs/
But things changed when his pops got laid off/
He blamed my father for the loss of his job/
He said immigrants robbed citizens jobs/
& I better never set foot again in his yard/
As we became adults in a cult called America he got himself a job as an officer of law/ My thoughts got blacker & his views got cracker/
There was no way backwards/
To the roots at heart/
Many years part recognized him in the news/
He shot a black man that was sitting in car/
Near same park where we used to shoot hoops/
& all I blame as the cause/
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/ Cause you grew up/
Verse Two
You ever have a friend that became a fanatic/
Most of you all haven't/
But if you ever did/
You'd understand the one thing they all have in common/ That somebody took advantage of their damage as a kid/ I knew a guy who's folks were professors/
Proof in the flesh that Allah was a blesser/ Grew up in a midwestern town/
Where there weren't many brown/
People he could seek reflection/
Got picked on in school during lectures/ Graduated hating everybody in his class/
Picked on because he prayed five to the east/
& he didn't eat meat that Allah said was bad/
One day a man approached him in mosque/
& changed his life when he asked him a question/ Do you ever feel your was a loss/
& what if I could teach you that life is a weapon/ Attracted strong to the feeling acceptance/
He was soon gone to delusions of a cause/ People of the present had faces of the past/ Make them easier than blast/
If he feel they did him wrong/
You can raise a child in a house full love/
But can't keep them safe from a world full of hate/ So he blew up/
The only mistake that could hold all the blame/
Is he grew up/
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/ Cause you grew up/
Verse Three
My heart's a jug & when I was born it was filled with love/ It ranith over, life ran me over till I spilled the blood/
I poured the cups & left it up you to say enough/
Never ending, never quenching, I sealed it up/
Tried to change my reality but settled for, real enough/
Life is better when you're thinking lesser go on give up/
When I was younger I was so determined I would change it all/ Couldn't fly but wasn't chained to fall/
So where is it I put the blame & cause/
I grew up
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/
Cause you grew up/

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from The Iceberg, released February 24, 2017

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