The song represents the beginning of the Cool saga that prevails on his second album The Cool concerning Michael Young History, who is the “little boy” described in the lyrics...
I can't, I won't, I can't, I won't
Let you leave
I don't know what you want
You want more from me?

She said to him
"I want you to be a father
He's your little boy and you don't even bother
Like "brother" without the are
And he's starting to harbor
Cool and food for thought
But for you he's a starver
Starting to use red markers on his work
His teacher say they know he's much smarter
But he's hurt

Used to hand his homework in first
Like he was the classroom starter
Burst to tears
Let them know she see us
Now he's fighting in class
Got a note last week that say he might not pass
Ask me if his daddy was sick of us

Cause you ain't never pick him up
You see what his problem is?
He don't know where his poppa is

No positive male role model
To play football and build railroad models
It's making a hole you've been digging it
Cause you ain't been kicking it

Since he was old enough to hold bottles
Wasn't supposed to get introduced to that
He don't deserve to get used to that
Now I ain't asking you for money or to come back to me
Some days it ain't sunny but it ain't so hard
Just breaks my heart
When I try to provide and he say, "Mommy that ain't your job"
To be a man, I try to make him understand
That I'm his number one fan
But its like he born from the stands
You know the world is out to get him, so why don't you give him a chance?"

So he said to him
"I want you to be a father
I'm your little boy and you don't even bother
Like "brother" without the are
And I'm starting to harbor
Cool and food for thought
But for you I'm a starver
Starting to use red markers on my work
My teacher say they know I'm much smarter
But I'm hurt
I used to hand my homework in first
Like I was the classroom starter

Burst to tears
Let them know he see us
Now I'm fighting in class
Got a note last week that say I might not pass

Kids ask me if my daddy is sick of us
Cause you ain't never pick me up
You see what my problem is?
That I don't know where my poppa is
No positive male role model

To play football and build railroad models
It's making a hole you've been digging it
Cause you ain't been kicking it

Since I was old enough to hold bottles
Wasn't supposed to get introduced to that
I don't deserve to get used to that
Now I ain't asking you for money or to come back to me
Some days it ain't sunny but it ain't so hard
Just breaks my heart
When my momma try to provide and I tell her, "That ain't your job"
To be a man, she try to make me understand
That she my number one fan
But its like you born from the stands
You know the world is out to get me, why don't you give me a chance?"


Lyrics submitted by xXlastgoodbyeXx

"He Say She Say" as written by Wasalu Muhammad Jaco Hal David

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    MemoryI feel like this is what happened to my brother. Nobody to watch over him.It was hard for my mom.And now he's out of high school , didn't apply to college, no job , and an absolute pothead. Screwed up. What a damn shame
    Inahzi13on December 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat more needs to be said? Great job, Lupe! This song means a lot. The same verse sung through different eyes. Worthless dads should hear it from the kids and the mother. Perfect.
    plurverton November 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.
    Sarah143on December 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song made me cry, Lupe can flow....so original.
    tia_2008on December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo interpretation needs, just praise upon praise
    FlowCrafton December 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song made me tear up too ma no joke...

    Hes saying that they both tryed and his papa was on bullshit so it was like fukk him...
    DasUno773on March 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me of the relationship my ex has with his father and it makes me cry cuz i saw how it affected him
    Linda.Love.on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to portray the absence of a father through the eyes of the mother and the child. It's beautiful.

    The chorus is one of my favourite parts. I think it's like the child saying, I don't want you to leave even if the father already did and the you want more from me? part. I think it's the child thinking, what else do I have to do to get him back? What can get him back here with me?

    This is, without a doubt, a beautiful song.
    Living.Lifeon June 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy friend knows Lupe and went to Lupe's dads funeral. I'm 90 percent sure that Lupe's dad was there for him but it just shows how well he can rap and relate to people. I think we all know people who didnt grow up with a father in their lives and suffer for it. Not to be racist but this is one of the underlining problems for the black community. Is it any wonder why theres an achievement gap in schools when so many black kids grow up without two parents?
    rustyshaklefordon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentrustyshakleford yes African Americans grow up with out their father more. Its some truth to the whole "gap in schools" but then again i do have a supporting mother. Even a supporting "step dad" yet my brother dropped out of school and is doing dumb things. I really cant sit up here and blame my brothers dad on the reason why he dropped out of school.
    Sakuiion November 22, 2007   Link

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