"The Light" as written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn, James Dewitt Yancey, Robert E. Caldwell, Norman Ray Harris and Bruce Malament....
I never knew a luh, luh-luh, a love like this
Gotta be something for me to write this
Queen, I ain't seen you in a minute
Wrote this letter, and finally decide to send it
Signed sealed delivered for us to grow together
Love has no limit, let's spend it slow forever
I know your heart is weathered by what studs did to you
I ain't gon' assault em cause I probably did it too
Because of you, feelings I handle with care
Some niggas recognize the light but they can't handle the glare
You know I ain't the type to walk around with matching shirts
If relationship is effort I will match your work
I want to be the one to make you happiest and hurt you the most
They say the end is near, it's important that we close
To the most, high
Regardless of what happen on him let's rely

There are times, when you'll need someone
I will be by your side
There is a light, that shines
Special for you, and me

Yo, yo, check it
It's important, we communicate
And tune the fate of this union, to the right pitch
I never call you my bitch or even my boo
There's so much in a name and so much more in you
Few understand the union of woman and man
And sex and a tingle is where they assume that it land
But that's fly by night for you and the sky I write
For in these cold Chi night's moon, you my light
If heaven had a height, you would be that tall
Ghetto to coffee shop, through you I see that all
Let's stick to understanding and we won't fall
For better or worse times, I hope to me you call
So I pray every day more than anything
Friends will stay as we begin to lay
This foundation for a family, love ain't simple
Why can't it be anything worth having you work at annually
Granted we known each other for some time
It don't take a whole day to recognize sunshine

There are times, when you'll need someone
I will be by your side
There is a light, that shines
Special for you, and me

Yeah yo, yo, check it
It's kind of fresh you listen to more than hip-hop
And I can catch you in the mix from beauty to thrift shop
Plus you shit pop when it's time to, thinking you fresh
Suggesting beats I should rhyme to
At times when I'm lost I try to find you
You know to give me space when it's time to
My heart's dictionary defines you, it's love and happiness
Truthfully it's hard trying to practice abstinence
The time we committed love it was real good
Had to be for me to arrive and it still feel good
I know the sex ain't gon' keep you, but as my equal
It's how I must treat you
As my reflection in light I'mma lead you
And whatever's right, I'mma feed you
Digga-da, digga-da, digga-da, digga-digga-da-da
Yo I tell you the rest when I see you, peace

There are times, when you'll need someone
I will be by your side
There is a light, that shines
Special for you, and me

(I'll) take my chances before they pass
Pass me by, oh darling
You need to look at the other side
You'll agree


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"The Light" as written by James Dewitt Yancey Lonnie Rashid Lynn

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BENDAN MUSIC

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  • +2
    General Commenti love this song! i don't know if there's a better song to dedicate to a girl. woah! where did Common come up w/ these lyrics?
    i'd cry (in a good way) if a guy rapped this song to me!!
    ogsportoon November 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is beautiful, not your typical "love song".
    playgirlon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReplying over a year later BUT!

    The song in the chorus is Bobby Caldwell "Open Your Eyes"
    c0nstant1neon October 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyay! no blinging, degradation, or violence! i like this song.
    DymondDivaon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song still gets to me every single time i hear it. simply beautiful.
    runtothesunon March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great.
    Common's lyrics are great but it's also one of j dilla's best productions.
    The funny thing with this song is if you listen to the instrumental to this song, in the beat j dilla takes a line from the original bobby caldwell song that says, "you may never find a love thats right" and just repeats it, so while common is talking about this awesome love, j dilla's just contradicting him in the background.
    its funny to me, but i love common and j dilla(rip) and this is probably one of my favorite all time songs.
    DallasKon June 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song exemplifies hip hop love song(s). its real on so many levels. About a man writing a love letter, who else in hip hop could do this beside com sense!
    nrocon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh MY gosh. this song rocks.
    annelansberryon March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know the name of the song that he samples in the chorus, ive been trying to figure it out forever, cant find anything on it
    mirrorsreflectionon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim into punk music but this is the best rap/hip hop songs of all time just read those lyrics thats straight from the heart
    cheisgodon June 25, 2003   Link

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