We are at war
With the universe
The sky is falling
and the only thing that can save us now
is sensitivity and compassion

But I know one thing's for sure
I'm gonna get my kicks before it all burns down

Lil Wayne Parts:
Some say tragedy is hard to get over
But some time that tragedy means its over, soulja
from the academy, league of rollers
I deny being down though they seem to hold us
my shoulders are strong, i prove them wrong
I ain't doing nothin but movin on, let the truth be known
But they talk that freedom matters, and didn't even leave a ladder, damn

I work at the corner store
We all got problems problems
No one's gon save us now
How you feel, you're not alone
We're all just jealous jealous
We don't reach the sky no more
We just can't overcome no

Tie my hands
What am I gonna be
What have I done so bad
What is my destiny
Tie my hands
What am I supposed to see
What have I done so bad
What am I gonna be

I, knock on the door, hope isn't home,
fates not around, the lucks all gone
don't ask me whats wrong, ask me whats right
and ima tell you whats life
and did you know?
I lost everything, but I ain't the only one
first came the hurricane, then the morning sun
Excuse me if I'm on one, and don't trip if i light one, i walk a tight one
They try to tell me keep my eyes open
my whole city under water, some people still floatin
then they wonder why black people still voting, cause your presidents still chokin
Take away the football team, the basketball team
now all we got is me to represent New Orleans
no governor, no help from the mayor
just a steady beatin heart, and a wish and a prayer

These friends they come and go
but I got family family
These kids so fast they grow
They learn so quickly now
But there's no way to go,
but there's future future
Don't make this seem so low
That we can't overcome


and if you come from under the water then theres fresh air
just breathe baby, gods got a blessing to spare
yes, i know the process has so much stress
but its the progress that fills the best
cause i came from the projects straight to success
and your next, so try they cant steal your pride its inside
then find it and keep on grinding
cause in every dark cloud theres a silver lining
I know...

Right now we just riding on love
And shining dark, we aint tryna do nothing be at the heart
We need love, that's all now

You tie my hands, what am i gonna be
What have i done so bad, what is my destiny
You tie my hands, what am I going to see
What have I done so bad, what am I gonna be

Born right here in the USA
But due to tragedy, looked on by the whole world as a refugee
So, accept my emotion, do not take it as an offensive gesture
It's just the epitome of my soul
And I must be me
We got spirit y'all
We go spirit
We got soul y'all
We got soul
They don't want us to see, But we already know

Lyrics submitted by halifaxer12

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  • +1
    General Comment:"Some say tragedy is hard to get over
    But some time that tragedy means its over, soulja"

    The deepest line on tha carter III. He's referring to the fact that only 1/3 of low income housing that was available pre-Katrina in New Orleans will be rebuilt. Huge numbers of New Orleaneans will have to move away or become homeless because of gentrification.

    Basically, Wayne is saying that things are looking grim for the lower-class population in post-Katrina New Orleans. The poor people of New Orleans aren't just dealing with all the innocent people who died; they are fighting to stay in the land they've lived in their whole life.
    LennonFiascoon August 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Love this song... even though i'm the type of person who hears the overall sound of the music first (played in band for 10 years), when you get past that, the lyrics are absolutely sick awesome. Good shit.
    aussiechic2oo6on June 29, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:this is my favorite song on tha carter 3
    phs1234on June 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:where it says "???"
    Robin Thicke says: "who was gon' fight alone"
    PYT suckaon September 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I know this song was meant for katrina but it means so much more to me last year i lost my best friend to a gun shoot to the head. I never listened to lil wayne nothing but rock but this was my friends hero so i bought his cd and heard this song. its helped me not give up cause every time i hear it i think my friend and how he fought for what he belived in and it gives me hope that mabey this world anit so bad after all Right now we just riding on love
    And shining dark, we aint tryin do nothing be at the heart
    We need love, that's all now
    DarthSmileyon January 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:This song is deff about Katrina. Love this song. But im amazed w/ the chorus, it refers to slavery. We all know that the response to Katrina was outragously slow. Katrina was planed to hit Florida though, in 3 days it changed course for Louisiana. How can a plan be made that fast? Naygon did not evacuate w/ the buses, Blanco did not send the Guard soon enough, and Bush and FEMA were even further behind. The cause of the slow response was politics, which involves $$ not race.(We can assume)
    JudeBug191on September 27, 2011   Link

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