[Verse 1]
They told me I would never make it, I would never achieve it
Reality is nourishment, but people don't believe it
I guess its hard to stomach the truth like a bulimic
It's a dirty game and nobody is willing to clean it
But this is for the paraplegic people dreamin' of runnin'
Ladies married to men who don't please 'em, dreamin' of comin'
Verbally murderous like David Berkowitz when I'm gunnin'
Some cowards on the internet didn't think I would sell
Scared to talk shit in person, cuz they stuck in a shell
And couldn't understand the pain of being stuck in a cell
Hell is not a place you go, if you're not a Christian
It's the failure of your life's greatest ambition
It's a bad decision to blindly follow any religion
I don't see the difference in between the wrong and the wrong
Soldiers emptyin' the clips at little kids and they moms
Are just like a desperate motherfucker strapped to a bomb
Humanity's gone, smoked up in a gravity bong
By a Democrat-Republican Cheech and Chong
Immortal Technique, you never heard me preach in a song
I'm not controversial, I'm just speakin' the facts
Put your hands in the air like you got the heat to your back
And shake your body like a baby born addicted to crack
And since life's a gamble like the craps tables at Vegas
I freestyle my destiny, it's not written in pages

[Verse 2]
I hate it when they tell us how far we came to be
As if our people's history started with slavery
Painfully I discovered the shit they kept us secret
This is the exodus like the black Jews out of Egypt
I keep it reality based with the music I make
Blow up the truth in your face with the style I run with
Like the navy missile that shot down flight eight hundred
I'm like the Africans who came here before Columbus
And from the 1500s until after the morrow
I watch Latin America get raped in the sorrow
You see the Spaniards never left despues de Colon
And if you don't believe me, you can click on Univision
I never seen so much racism in all of my life
Every program and newscaster, all of them white
It's like Apartheid with ten percent ruling the rest
That type of stress will make me put the fucking tool to your chest
Step in my way nigga, I wouldn't wanna be ya
I burn slow like pissing drunk with gonorrhea
I'll do a free show in North Korea, burning the flag
While J. Edgar Hoover politicians dress up in drag
Try to confuse you, makin' it hard to follow this:
Capitalism and democracy are not synonymous
You swallow propaganda like a birth control pill
Sellin' your soul to the eye on the back of the dollar bill
But that will never be me, cuz I'm leavin' the past
Like an abused wife with the kids, leavin' your ass
Like a drug addict clean and sober, leavin' the stash
Unbreakable Technique, leavin' the plane crash
I'm out with the black box and I refuse to return
I spit reality, instead of what you usually learn
And I refuse to be concerned with condescending advice
Cuz I 'm the only motherfucker that could change my life

[Ending]
Some people think I won't make it, but I know that I will
Escape the emptiness cuz that shit is slow and it kills
The flow and the skill, I made y'all believe that it last
You can make the future, but it starts with leaving the past



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  • +2
    General Commentlook, we owe it this incredibly conscious MC to get his lyrics straight. this is what i hear:

    [Verse 1]
    They told me I would never make it, I would never achieve it
    Reality is nurishment, but people don't believe it
    I guess its hard to stomach the truth like a bulimic
    It's a dirty game and nobody is willing to clean it
    But this is for the paralygic, people dreamin' of runnin'
    Ladies married to men who dont please 'em, dreamin' of comin'
    Verbally murderous like David Berkowitz when I'm gunnin'
    Some cowards on the internet didn't think I would sell
    Scared to talk shit in person, cause they stuck in a shell
    And couldn't understand the pain of being stuck in a cell
    Hell is not a place you go if you're not a christian
    It's the failure of your lifes greatest ambition
    It's a bad decision to blindly follow any religion
    I don't see the difference in between the wrong and the wrong
    Soldiers emptyin' the clips at little kids and they moms
    Just like a desperate motherfucker strapped to a bomb
    Humanity's gone, smoked up in a gravity bong
    By a democrat republican Cheech and Chong
    Immortal Technique, you never heard me preach in a song
    I'm not controversial, I'm just speakin' the facts
    Put your hands in the air like you got the heat to your back
    And shake your body like a baby born addicted to crack
    And since life's a gamble like the craps tables at Vegas
    I freestyle my destiny, it's not written in pages

    [Verse 2]
    I hate it when they tell us how far we came to be
    As if our peoples history started with slavery
    Painfully I discovered the shit they kept a secret
    This is the exodus like the black jews out of Egypt
    I keep it reality based with the music I make
    Blow up the truth in your face with the style I run wit'
    Like the navy missile that shot down flight eight hundred
    I'm like the africans who came here before Colombus
    And from the 15 hundreds until after tomorrow
    I watch Latin America get raped into sorrow
    You see the spaniards never left después de Colón
    And if you don't believe me, you can click on Univison
    I never seen so much racism in all of my life
    Every program and newscast, all of em' white
    It's like apartheid with 10 percent rulin' the rest
    That type of stress'll make me put the fuckin' tool to your chest
    Step in my way nigga, I wouldn't wanna be ya
    I burn slow like pissin'drunk with gonnorrhea
    I'll do a free show in North Korea burnin' the flag
    While Jay Edgar Hoover politicians dress up in drag
    Try to confuse you, makin' it hard to follow this
    capitalism and democracy are not synonymous
    You swallow propaganda like a birth control pill
    Sellin' your soul to the eye on the back of the dollar bill
    But that will never be me, cause' I am leavin' the past
    Like an abused wife with the kids, leavin' your ass
    Like a drug addict clean and sober, leavin' his stash
    Unbreakable Technique leavin' a plane crash
    I'm out with the black box and I refuse to return
    I spit reality instead of what you usually learn
    And I refuse to be concerned with condecending advice
    Cause' I am the only motherfucka that can change my life

    [Ending]
    Some people think I won't make it but I know that I will
    Escape the emptiness cause' that shit is slow and it kills
    the flow and the skill I made y'all believe it at last
    You can make the future but it starts with leavin' the past
    monohaloon October 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentcrab stables in vegas?? musta missed that one at the bellagio hahaha
    imtechoneon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Hell is not a place you go, if you not a christian
    it's the failure of your lifes greatest ambition"
    wimplucyon November 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favourite song by immortal technique, you never know is another. immortal technique owns
    wilsonjon October 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'But this is for the paralygics, people dreamin' of runnin''

    wtf is paralygic?
    paraplegic maybe?

    who ever typed these lyrics has a problem with spelling and making up words. like "crabstables!"

    and how can you be urbanly murderous.
    hahah
    mcmadam06on August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has so much insight it's ridiculous. everyone likes the christian and hell line, but i think others are far more powerful.

    "Reality is nourishment, but people don't believe it
    I guess its hard to stomach the truth like a bulimic" - people don't want to admit that they can do whatever they want. it's more convenient for them to say i can't do it, factor xyz means i can't, etc.

    "You can make the future
    but it starts with LEAVING THE PAST" - just some crazy shit right there.
    buggie92on March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnever heard it said any better than that, he says it so well with politics, culture, life philosophy...
    wimplucyon November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It's like a part tide with 10 percent ruling the rest." Apartheid, not a part tide. also, i think the song's called "Leaving the Past"
    wimplucyon November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentImmortal Technique is tight because they are actually educated, which is very rare in the rap world. However, i am not making fun of all the other rap because i like it all, but this is a nice change for once. They really know how to rap powerfully, with actual relevancy.
    RonArtest 91on December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey ronny, immortal technique is a guy, not more than one. if you want some good info go to viperrecords.com/imtech/…
    And to this song, what can i say, Immortal captures it and as always, he knows what the hell he is talking about! rock on immortal, saw you at the abbey in the chi
    femmerockloveron May 01, 2005   Link

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