"13th Floor/Growing Old" as written by and Ruben Bailey Rico Wade....
Conceive true deception multiplied a million fold
Visualize the yin and yang in a battle so intense
That we get em confused
The resident evil specialize in misconstruing
We wanna be at a presidential level, what are we doing?
Fooling our self, clowning our self, playing our self
By not being our self
We can't babble no more than we can bob our head offbeat
Nimrod by the time we forty cause we can't get our meat
While we ask no reason for the misplacement of the season
Look at the picture that's painted
Tainted as the mind who's blinded to the point
Where Sodomites get all the rights
We fall for fights with fisticuffs
Get pissed enough to miss the bus
It disgusts me to see my folks run up on
I say stand up on deception of time all of Revelations
And recognize this mind on the reality of horror
Known as mankind
Jesus and his twelve disciples make thirteen
A righteous number of righteous men
Even Judas the Betrayer came true in the end
The Devil say the end is the beginning
They teach that we were the product of incest
Invest no level of self into their system of Paganomics
Stand with us and don't look back upon it
Just face this mind state
Otherwise Babylon

(My memories of yesterday)

"Ninety-six gonna be that year"

I bet you never heard of a player with no game
Told the truth to get what I want but shot it with no shame
Take this music dead serious while others entertain
I see they making they paper so I guess I can't complain, or can I?
I feel they disrespecting the whole thing
Them hooks like selling dope to black folks
And I choke when the food they serve ain't tasting right
My stomach can't digest it even when I bless it
I'm confessing one mo' lesson from the South we in the house tonight
Now hootie who wants to oppose? Suppose
We rolls through Headland and Delowe
Where me and my niggas surpassed the flow
And got down for ours like hind catchers
My mind catches flashbacks to the black past
While my close niggas laugh at
The Southern slang, finger waves and Mojo chicken wings
I grew up on booty shake we did not know no better thing
So go 'head and, diss it, while real hop-hippers listen
Started by African Bambaata, so you and your partner
Gather your thoughts

(Something's gotta change
Sounds of laughter and happiness turns my teardrops to rain
Been bearing this burden for too many of my days
Looks like breezes of Autumn done finally blew my way
Like memories of yesterday)

Born Antwan Patton but my partner they call me Big Boi
It's the nigga the B-I-G, be speaking the truth not talking that shit boi
I'm thinking of checking my traps and busting my raps and throwing them craps
Seven-eleven is no convenience, you pumping your gas, they're watching yo' back
For the robbing crew, thinking they robbing you, you must be cautious
To stand up on yo' game and pimping these crows you must be flawless
Like Mortal Kombat, but fucking these wombats got you dizzy
My nigga you know of I wanna be playing but running up on me like you miss me
You catching the wrong vibe, packing yo' shit and rolling yo' eyes back
Flexing up on the corner tossing your dice and rolling your Cadillac
But man it seems I'm reaching out and touching the wrong nigga
Don't expect me to be pimping get your index off the trigger
As we bust, us, we leaving 'em in the dust
So keep that clean up out of your nose I said my piece and then I hush
As the candidate keeps flipping, niggas dipping

(Something's gotta change
Sounds of laughter and happiness turns my teardrops to rain
Been bearing this burden for too many of my days
Looks like breezes of Autumn done finally blew my way
Like memories of yesterday)

I really be love it we are gathered to life
So pissed to lather we come clean
Some issues need to be addressed like envelopes I mean
Oh like Liberty Bells yes them bullets keep on ranging
On fire like the Georgia mass choir we keep on singing
Bringing our folks closer together cause they severed us from the get green
Light and we ain't gon' stop until we hit the big screen
Psych because no one is free when others are oppressed
So, we hit the stage and then we fly back to our nest
Growing old

Like some eagles, people don't understand
Just like their parents don't be caring
I'm speaking about you playing with that phony stuff you sharing
In your raps Mercedes Benz and all your riches
Thinking you got it, but get it get it, but you ain't pimping no bitches
Cause you flaw, in, falling like leaves into driveways
Isn't it lovely smoking good and sloppy head on highways
Friday's are tight but Saturday just makes it old
Winter night's are hot warm enough to feed your soul
Growing old

(Something's gotta change
Sounds of laughter and happiness turns my teardrops to rain
Been bearing this burden for too many of my days
Looks like breezes of Autumn done finally blew my way
Like memories of yesterday)

(Something's gotta change
Sounds of laughter and happiness turns my teardrops to rain
Been bearing this burden for too many of my days
Looks like breezes of Autumn done finally blew my way
Like memories of yesterday)

See all them leaves must fall down, growing old

Fat titties turn to teardrops as fat ass turns to flab
Sores that was open wounds eventually turn to scab
Trees bright and green turn yellow brown
Autumn called 'em, see all them leaves must fall down, growing old
Fat titties turn to teardrops as fat ass turns to flab
Sores that was open wounds eventually turn to scab
Trees bright and green turn yellow brown
Autumn called 'em, see all them leaves must fall down, growing old
Fat titties turn to teardrops as fat ass turns to flab
Sores that was open wounds eventually turn to scab
Trees bright and green turn yellow brown
Autumn called 'em, see all them leaves must fall down, growing old


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"13th Floor/Growing Old" as written by Antwan Patton Andre Benjamin

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    General CommentSometimes Outkasts beats are so powerful they crowd out the deeper meaning in the their songs -myself, I could not agree more with the comments above. I think their eailier works like 13th floor are full of cool images, reminding me of friends I have had as we have grown old.
    bigberton January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy the hell aint there any comments on this song. it's amazing. -_-
    PinkFloydrulezon March 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're right. This is a great song. He's seems to be talking about not being superficial and accepting people for who they are, and who they will become.

    Not only that, but time eventually heals wounds and makes us wiser.
    ophelia219on April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPsych because no one is free when others are oppressed
    So, we hit the stage and then we fly back to our nest
    Growing old

    so beautiful
    DubC4Lifeon February 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy fave hip hop track ever as i dont follow this type of music anymore. it reminds me of the first time i heard the song, in my room at my parents house and just repeating it over and over again so i knew the words. i wasnt too far off either!? every tape/cd i did after getting this album, had this song on it. how did i go from this to now loving rosie thomas!!!???
    evenfunnieron July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last big boi verse just makes it..
    mattchamberson October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the most beautiful songs ever written. It seriously makes me cry every time I hear it.
    filmgirl79on July 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnd the interlude goes like this:

    Something's gotta change
    Sounds of laughter and happiness turns my teardrops to rain
    Been bearing this burden for too many of my days
    Looks like breezes of Autumn done finally blew my way
    Like memories of yesterday...
    filmgirl79on July 13, 2009   Link

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