"Be Thankful For What You've Got" as written by and William Devaughn....
Though you may not drive a big big Cadillac
Gangster whitewalls, TV antenna in the back

You may not have a car at all
But just remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you've got

Though you may not drive a big big Cadillac
(Diamonds in the back, sunroof top diggin' the scene with the gangster lean)
Gangster whitewalls, TV antenna in the back

You may not have a car at all
But just remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you've got

Though you may not drive a big big Cadillac
Gangster whitewalls, TV antenna in the back

You may not have a car at all
But just remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you've got

Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene
With the gangster lean, oh, oh, oh
Diamonds in the back
Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene
With the gangster lean, oh, oh, oh

Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene
With the gangster lean, oh, oh, oh
Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene
With the gangster lean, oh, oh, oh


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"Be Thankful for What You've Got" as written by William E. Edward De Vaughn

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    General CommentIf I had a great big 84 Caddie, I'd blast this song all day.
    phatcaton March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's an ironic statement about black poverty in urban areas. No, i didn't think of it first, i read it somewhere.It is a cover of a Curtis Mayfield song, so it's not a big surprise or anything that the song might have a political meaning.
    aniymon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pure sex
    deeewoohon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's written and originally performed by William DeVaughn
    elwyn5150on July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's digging the scene with a gangster lean. It's a really, really sharp car. Back in the 70's, a big car, with a diamond in the back window and a sunroof top was happening, Jack! A big Lincoln or a deuce and a quarter(Electra 225) maybe. A gangster lean is one hand on the steering wheel and an elbow on the console between the two seats. You do not have to drive a car like this have self-worth.
    Chelsieon July 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics listed are correct -- because Massive Attack did misunderstand the DeVaughn lyric "gangsta lean" and instead sang "gasoline."
    tom2517on February 06, 2013   Link

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