"The Watcher" as written by and Mathers/young....
Things just ain't the same for gangstas
Times is changing, young niggas is aging
Becoming O.Gs in the game and changing
To make way for these new names and faces
But the strangest things can happen from rapping
When niggas get wrapped up in image and acting
Niggas get capped up and wrapped in plastic
Zipped up in bags: when it happens, that's it
I've seen 'em come, I've watched 'em go
Watched 'em rise, witnessed it and watched 'em blow
Watched 'em all blossom and watched 'em grow
Watched the lawsuits when they lost the dough
Best friends and money: I lost them both
Went visited niggas in the hospital
It's all the same shit all across the globe
I just sit back and watch the show

Everywhere that I go
Ain't the same as befo' (The watcher)
People I used to know
Just don't know me no mo' (The watcher)
But everywhere that I go
I got people I know (The watcher)
Who got people they know
So I suggest you lay low (I watch)

I moved out of the hood for good, you blame me?
Niggas aim mainly at niggas they can't be
But niggas can't hit niggas they can't see
I'm out of sight, now I'm out of they dang reach
How would you feel if niggas wanted you killed?
You'd probably move to a new house on a new hill
And choose a new spot, if niggas wanted you shot
I ain't a thug, how much 2Pac in you you got?
I ain't no bitch, neither
It's either my life or your life
And I ain't leaving, I like breathing
Nigga, we can go round for round
Clip for clip, shit, fo'-pound for pound
Nigga, if you really want to take it there, we can
Just remember that you fucking with a family man
I got a lot more to lose than you, remember that
When you wanna come and fill these shoes

Everywhere that I go
Ain't the same as befo' (The watcher)
People I used to know
Just don't know me no mo' (The watcher)
But everywhere that I go
I got people I know (The watcher)
Who got people they know
So I suggest you lay low (I watch)

Things just ain't the same for gangstas
Cops is anxious to put niggas in handcuffs
They wanna hang us, see us dead, enslave us
Keep us trapped in the same place we're raised in
Then they wonder why we act so outrageous
Run around stressed out and pull out gauges
Cause every time you let the animal out cages
It's dangerous to people who look like strangers
But now we got a new era of gangstas
Hustlers and youngsters living amongst us
Lookin' at us, now calling us busters
Can't help but reminisce back when it was us
Nigga, we started this gangsta shit!
And this the motherfucking thanks I get?
It's funny how time fly
I'm just having fun just watching it fly by

Everywhere that I go
Ain't the same as befo' (The watcher)
People I used to know
Just don't know me no mo' (The watcher)
But everywhere that I go
I got people I know (The watcher)
Who got people they know
So I suggest you lay low (I watch)


Lyrics submitted by oofus

"The Watcher" as written by Andre Young Marshall Mathers

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    General Commentvery coool song!!!
    PyroBoron May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favourite song of Dre’s that he never released as a single. Classic opener to ‘2001’ with a beat that you never forget.
    TheBasheron July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfavorite dr.dre song after forget about dre
    SDRAWKCAB-FOWARDSon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this,I think it's about changes and he's the watcher,such a dope beat
    Hybrid Sinisteron January 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYour interpretation is slightly wrong. This is the actual chorus:

    "Everywhere that I go
    Ain't the same as befo' (The watcher)
    People I used to know
    Just don't know me no mo' (The watcher)
    Everywhere that I go
    I got people I know (The watcher)
    Who got people they know
    So I suggest you lay low (I watch)"
    JARRARD.on July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure it should be "Becoming OG's" not old gees.
    Street Spiriton September 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Niggas ain't made me if niggas they can't be.
    But niggas can't hit niggas they can't see."

    Dre feels like he's untouchable, and I agree with that feeling.
    vjay25on February 05, 2011   Link

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