"Keep Ya Head Up" as written by Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin, Rufus Cooper, Malcolm R Greenidge and Tupac Amaru Shakur....
Baby don't cry
I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby don't cry
I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (Keep ya head up)

Now here's a story 'bout a woman with dreams
So picture perfect at thirteen, an ebony queen
Beneath the surface it was more than just a crooked smile
Nobody knew about her secret so it took a while
I could see a tear fall slow down her black cheek
Sheddin' quiet tears in the back seat
So when she asked me: "What would you do if it was you?"
Couldn't answer such a horrible pain to live through
I tried to trade places in the tragedy
I couldn't picture three crazed niggas grabbin' me
For just a moment I was trapped in the pain
Lord, come and take me
Four niggas violated
They chased, and they raped me
Even though it wasn't me, I could feel the grief
Thinkin' with your brains blown that would make the pain go
No! You got to find a way to survive
'Cause they win when your soul dies

Baby, please don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (never give up)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up (never give up)
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry

Forget him, girl, (forget him, girl) he ain't gon' never change
I ain't no hater, but that nigga lost in the game
After the bright lights and big thangs
He probably could love you, but he in love with the struggle
Everyday, his mind on gettin mo' (gettin' mo')
And never your feelings, he's chasin' millions fo' sho'
Uh oh (uh oh), now you 'bout to have his baby? (damn)
Another wild-ass nigga that's gon' drive you crazy
You got too much mo' livin' to do
I'm spittin' this to you
'Cause you deserve more than what he givin' to you (that's right)
Beautiful, black, precious, and complicated
A new millennium dime-piece, so fine she
Got 'em all stuck, standin' still when she come through
Baby, take a little mo' time
Love'll find you and show us the sky's blue
Somebody other than me gon' give you everything you need, feel me? (Don't cry)

Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (you'll be alright)
Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (you'll be alright)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (keep your head up)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up (never give up)
Even when the road is hard, never give up (no, no, oh)
Baby, don't cry

I'm tryin' to do all that I can, from jump
Now you losin', you was choosin' the wrong man
Dealt the wrong hand, you was young and beautiful
Lost and turned out, what you let that nigga do to you? (Damn)
I knew her since elementary, she blew a kiss to me
Wrote me a note in crayon, wantin' to get with me
We was kids, now she got three kids
They see their father e'ryday, and they don't know who he is
Seen him last night, homey roll a E-class
Mad cheese in the stash, still a deadbeat dad
I bring her Pampers and food, just to stop through
But those ain't my seeds, nothin' really I could do (nah)
I feel pity for you, you ain't even his wife
Seventeen with three kids
Locked down for life
Shoulda chose me
She 'bout to O.D. from the pressure
Hell nah, I won't let her
Baby don't cry

Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (you'll be alright)
Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (baby, don't cry)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (baby, baby, baby)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up (no)
Even when the road is hard, never give up (no-oh)
Baby, don't cry, I gotta keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry, you got to keep your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up (oh, baby)
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up (keep your head up)
(Keep your head up, never give up)
Even when the road is hard, never give up, baby, don't cry

Uh, uh, yeah, don't give up (you'll be alright)
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry

Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up
Baby, don't cry, I hope you got your head up
Even when the road is hard, never give up, baby, don't cry

For all the ladies (Soulshock, Karlin)
Baby, don't cry
Got to keep your head up {keep your head up}
Makaveli the Don
(Head up)
Aight?


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head up II)" as written by Tupac Amaru Shakur, Malcolm Greenidge, Rufus Lee Cooper, Kenneth Karlin, Carsten Schack

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  • +1
    General Commentfiction_we_live

    Shut up.

    Great point.
    Moronic Execution.
    Keep your homophobic ass comments to yourself before implying anyone else's stupidity or ignorance like that, I'm gay, and I don't objectify anybody, you dumb prick, so what point are you trying to make there?


    Anyways, this song is really very good, and I can imagine very inspiring as well. The best thing about 2Pac was that he didn't merely talk about himself, he spoke OUT to the people, gave them a positive message, and something to hold onto.

    R.I.P, Tupac Shakur
    brain_stewon March 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttupac actually had a lot of messages in his songs. obviously this is all about like how people should respect woman more than they do. and to the woman that they just need to be strong because what they have to go through is terribly hard and harsh. "tupac cares" is a nice lil thing to add in there.

    and with how he has songs about demeaning woman as well, i think some of his songs, how they kind of contradict each other with the messages, i think he almost pokes fun or makes fun of people that are serious about that. (wow run on sentence).

    anyway i love this song
    toocoolqueeniexxon June 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClassic. Every line in this song is truth. It's a goddamn shame he lost that rape case because I don't believe the mind of a rapist could write this.
    FaithFromHellon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love Tupac, and I love this song, & i don't understand why this song has so few comments on it. :(

    Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want em
    Cuz I think we can make it, in fact Im sure
    & if ya fall stand tall and come back for more

    how inspirational..... i love this man!!! R.I.P.

    And i dont think Tupac contradicts himself, u just gotta understand him. He a G regardless, but he know the way that he & everyone else alike livin is self-destructive & eventually gotta change, but its on us to make that step.

    He said it himself: Im not gonna change the world, but i garauntee you i will spark the mind that does
    aneblett08on February 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this ong cause when i'm down i listen to this n kno that i gotta keep my head ^
    FeMaLe_RaP_LoVeRon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite tupac songs, the lyrics are great and the beat is off the hook, he brings up some crazy subjects that relate the the real world so well, all in all, this song is the shit.
    kelsta182on June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love theh sample of "Ooh child" - the original version of the song is much better than the sample they use in this one, but it's good anyways. This song has such a positive flow.
    Sunnyon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not really a rap fan and don't like to many of his songs, but damn this is one amazing song.
    SoakedInBleachon October 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of TUPAC's best songs but the thing I don't understand is he talks about respecting woman and shit like that but in other songs he talks about things that are demeaning to them...

    Like he has one song changes about how black people should be not fighting and have peace but then he has a song called HIT EM UP, which is mainly about killing people that are black, sometimes he makes no sense...
    PoLaK_4_LiFeon July 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJust a clarification, 'hit em up' was written after he was shot. Tupac thought Biggie had arranged the hit attempt and so wrote this song out of justifiable anger. At the same time, he was self-critical when it came to how blacks kill blacks instead of turning their anger against institutional racism.

    Back to the song, it's definately a classic. It's nice to hear a song that affirms women when so much of the genre speaks of them as T&A. One of the things I really like about Tupac is the way he's able to step back from the whole gangsta culture and see how it's ultimately self-destructive.
    blackemmaon February 05, 2006   Link

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