"I Seen A Man Die" as written by Joseph Johnson and Brad Jordan....
(So what you gonna do when you get outta here cat daddy?)
I don't know dawg, just trying to live it one day at a time, ya know?
(I hear you talkin' man, live it one day at a time, it ain't nothing but a thang though, bro
Yeah I hear you fool
Well let me get up outta here, my ride out here waitin' for me
(Alright cat, take it easy baby)
You stay up fool
(Peace)

He greets his father with his hands out
Rehabilitated slightly, glad to be the man's child
The world is different since he's seen it last
Out of jail been seven years and he's happy that he's free at last
All he had was his mother's worth
Now she's gone and he's gotta make a change and make it for the beddah
But he's back so he's got one strike against him
And he's young plus he came up in the system
But he's smart and he's finally makin' eighteen
And his goal's to get on top and try to stay clean
So he's calling up his homie who dun came up
Livin' like this now they dealin' with the same stuff
And had that attitude that who he was was worth it
And with that fucked up attitude he killed his first mate
Now it's different, he's in dead dirt
And realized that the name ain't coming up but it still hurt
And can't nobody change this
It's nineteen-ninety-four and we up against the same shit

I never understand why
I could never seen a man cry, 'til I seen a man die
Man cry

Imagine life at it's full peak
Then imagine lying dead in the arms of your enemy
Imagine peace on this earth when there's no grief
Imagine grief on this earth when there's no peace
Everybody's got a different way of endin' it
And when your number comes for service then they send it in
Now your time has arrived for the final touch
I see the fear in your eyes and hear your final breath
How much longer will it be 'til it's all done?
Total darkness and ease be in all one
I watch him die and when he dies let us celebrate
You took his life, but your memory he'll never take
You'll be headin' to another place
And the life you used to live will reflect in your mother's face

I still got to wonder why
I never seen a man cry, 'til I seen a man die

I hear you breathin' but your heart no longer sounds strong
But you kinda scared of dying so you hold on
And you keep on blacking out, and yo pulse is low
Stop trying to fight the reaper just relax and let it go
Because there's no way you can fight it, though you'll still try
And you can try it 'til you fight it but you'll still die
Your spirits leave your body and your mind clears
The rigor mortis starts to set, now you outta here
You start your journey into outer space
You see yourself in the light but you're still feeling outta place
So you standing in the tunnel of eternal light,
And you see the ones you never learn to love in life
Make the choice let it go but you can back it up
If you ain't at peace with God you need to patch it up
But if you're ready close your eyes and we can set it free
There lies a man not scared to die, may he rest in peace

I still got to wonder why,
I never seen a man cry til I seen a man die


Lyrics submitted by XeF4, edited by jdwalkerr

"I Seen a Man Die" as written by Brad Jordan Joseph Johnson

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    General CommentOriginal style.

    Done with feeling.
    DewdManon June 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationAfter I heard this song I sat there with my mouth wide open for 20 minutes. It just hit me that hard. "I never seen a man cry til I seen a man die." It tells us two big things. Scarface tells you how everybody puts on a hard face and tries to act tough, concealing any feelings from fear of being seen as weak. And you instantly understand the type of people he faced in his neighborhood, and the attitude of gangbangers and these lost souls, the type of person the main character in this song is. Secondly, Scarface tells us how often people die. Crying is a very common thing for people to do and see everywhere. At first glance it seems like he's saying that people cry very rarely. He actually means that people die very often.

    Leave it to Face to put a couple of the most powerful messages in one line. Beautiful
    gobberpooperon August 07, 2011   Link

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