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“Changes” (Featuring Talent) by 2Pac

“You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.”

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“It’s time to fight back,” that’s what Huey said
Two shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead

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Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers
And that’s how it’s supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?
I’d love to go back to when we played as kids
But things change… and that’s the way it is

That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah
That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah

We under, I wonder what it takes to make this
One better place, let’s erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people, they’ll be acting right
‘Cause both Black and White are smoking crack tonight
And the only time we chill is when we kill each other
It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven-sent
We ain’t ready to see a black president
It ain’t a secret, don’t conceal the fact:
The penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacks
But some things will never change

That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah
That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah

And still I see no changes
Can’t a brother get a little peace?
It’s war on the streets and a war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty
They got a war on drugs so the police can bother me

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And I ain’t never did a crime I ain’t have to do
But now I’m back with the facts giving it back to you
Don’t let ’em jack you up, back you up
Crack you up and pimp-smack you up
You gotta learn to hold your own
They get jealous when they see you with your mobile phone
But tell the cops they can’t touch this
I don’t trust this, when they try to rush I bust this

That’s the sound of my tool
You say it ain’t cool, my mama didn’t raise no fool
And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped
And I never get to lay back
‘Cause I always got to worry ’bout the payback
Some buck that I roughed up way back
Coming back after all these years
“Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!” That’s the way it is

That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah
(You’re my brother, you’re my sister)
That’s just the way it is
Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is
Aww yeah

Some things’ll never change


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