"What Would You Do" as written by Andre Young, Melvin Bradford, Brian Anthony Bailey, Calvin Broadus, David Axelrod, Ryan Toby and Robby Pardio....
Boys and girls, wanna hear a true story?
Saturday night was at this real wild party
They had the liquor overflowin' the cup
About 5 or 6 strippers trying to work for a buck
And I took one girl outside with me
Her name was Lonnie, she went to Junior High with me
I said, "Why you up in there dancing for cash?
I guess a whole lots changed since I seen you last"
She said

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone
On the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry and the only way to feed him is to
Sleep with a man for a little bit of money?
And his daddy's gone somewhere smokin' rock now
In and out of lock down
I ain't got a job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me this is what I call life

Girl, you ain't the only one with a baby
That's no excuse to be living all crazy
Then she looked me right square in the eye
And said, "Everyday I wake up hopin' to die"
She said, "Nigga, I know about pain
'cause me and my sister ran away
So my daddy couldn't rape us
Before I was a teenager
I done been through more shit
You can't even relate to!"

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone
On the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry and the only way to feed him is to
Sleep with a man for a little bit of money?
And his daddy's gone somewhere smokin' rock now
In and out of lock down
I ain't got a job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me this is what I call life

Hold up!
Then she said, what would you do?
Get up on my feet and let go off every excuse
What would you do?
'Cause I wouldn't want my baby to go through what I went through
C'mon, what would you do?
Get up on my feet, stop making tired excuses
What would you do?
Girl, I know if my mother can do it, baby, you can do it

Oooo, oooo, oooo

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone
On the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry and the only way to feed him is to
Sleep with a man for a little bit of money?
And his daddy's gone somewhere smokin' rock now
In and out of lock down
I ain't got a job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me this is what I call life

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone on the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry and the only way to feed him is to
Sleep with a man for a little bit of money?
And his daddy's gone somewhere smoking rock now
In and out of lock down
I ain't got a job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me this is what I call life
Come on

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone
On the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry and the only way to feed him is to
Sleep with a man for a little bit of money?
And his daddy's gone somewhere smokin' rock now
In and out of lock down
I ain't got a job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me this is what I call life


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"What Would You Do" as written by Robby Pardlo, Ryan Toby

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentWhen I was 15, I heard this song for the first time. At that time, I had never imagined my life could be anything like this.

    From my personal experience, I was engaged to someone I was blindly in love with. Our son was planned. I am intelligent, educated, and attractive. It doesn't matter what great qualities I have, my son and I could never compete with my son's dad's drugs. I have been raising my son 100% on my own for 7 years now. Not a cent in support from "B". He's married two other women, and has left state. I was 22 with a 2 year old, no one I could trust or was willing to watch my son for extended period of time. I made a choice. I started dancing. I worked 12 hours a week making enough to pay bills and also enough time to raise my son. If you've never been there, you can't judge. I walked away from the dance life when I was 25. And I have attempted to do everything the right way. I couldn't keep a "real" job due to irresponsible baby sitters. Now, I'm 28 and am worse off by doing all the right things. I moved to a town where you have to be someone's relative to get a damn job. And I am the most motivated person you could ever meet. I have a terrific resume, but when there are no jobs, no family (I cut ties due to their drug and alcohol use and mistreatment towards their children), no support, no one I trust with my child, options are limited. I chose to have my child, "B" chose to walk away. I choose to make sure, even at the price of my "integrity" to never have my son look back and see how bad things really were. To look back with memories of us, not of some cheap self absorbed babysitter who sits him in front of the tv, or worse yet, abuse him while I'd be slaving away at a meaningless job making someone else rich. He will look back and see that I was ALWAYS there with him. It doesn't make me a bad person. And in no way would I be ashamed if my son ever found out.
    loveleigh85on June 27, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis songs so sad its so scarey how easily people can end up that way but whats so great about this song is it sends the message out very clear and i think that is a very big inspiration for young people to try hard in school and just look after themselves and its given me a real wake up call because im so used to having a loving family etc and then i have realised some people dont have that their parents dont have any money and are constantly abusing them so they never want to go home because of how harrassed they get andthose poor children have to struggle through that for all/or most of their child hood because their parents are so screwed up and these children just end up getting so traumistised for the rest of there life because of the way they were raised so dont take your happy family for granted but if you really want a song that kind of send this type of message accross you should check out these kids by joel turner but besides from all of that i loves this song so much and i also love the city high antham city high are cool as
    goosy1281on March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI THINK EVERY PERSON SHOULD HEAR THIS SONG CUZ IT MEANS SUMTHIN 2 ME!
    kittieluvr1314on July 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey this song is about someone that had sex and a young age got pragnet and the father left now she has no money so she sells herself.She cant go home cuz her father raped her i dont now about the mom or anything but it is a really good song and i think that more people should listen to it cuz this kind of stuff can really happen and thats right stay in school
    creed_rockson July 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It means so much to me. If I didn't have this song... i dunno what i would do. This song tottally is truthfull and has the greatest moral
    AliTheMusicon September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim not all into R&B but this song cought my attention
    xpunkersk8terxon September 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks. :)
    dopeydopeon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "Somewhere smoking rock now."
    ValIsAllThaton April 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. when i first heard this song, it hit me really hard. this just goes to show how there needs to be more jobs. The enviorment this son has to live in will be bad and basically the meaning of this song is don't make a commitment unless your positive about it and know the consequences and w/ the consiquences know how to take care of yourself...also don't have sex until ur older and can take of urself and outta school.
    Aurora99on June 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song. And I believe it's allowing this woman to prove her morals. Her morality is being questioned, and she's basically telling them to look at things through her eyes. To put themselves in her shoes. I think it's just telling people to look at things from another point-of-view before judging somebody.

    "Well, yeah. All those people are right. There's no doubt about it, you're the one in the wrong. Keep in mind, though Setsuna, none of your prosecutors has ever been in your shoes. These people are all observing from the gallery, smugly dispensing the smart but unoriginal moralist cliché. You really love Sara, don't you? Then you can't help it. You're the one who go hurt, the one who does the suffering. It's not something anybody else can understand...." - Kira, Angel Sanctuary
    Konekonosumuieon October 07, 2004   Link

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