This song is written as the perspective of the boys in the street, as a whole, and what path they are going to choose as they get older and grow into men. (This is why the music video takes place in an orphanage.) The seen, and unseen collective suffering is imbedded in the boys’ mind, consciously or subconsciously, and is haunting them. Which path will the boys choose? Issac Hayes is the voice of reason, maybe God, the angel on his shoulder, or the voice of his forefathers from beyond the grave who can see the big picture and are pleading with the boys not to continue the violence and pattern of killing their brothers, but to rise above. The most beautiful song and has so many levels. Racism towards African Americans in America would not exist if everyone sat down and listened to this song and understood the history behind the words. The power, fear, pleading in RZA and Ghostface voices are genuine and powerful. Issac Hayes’ strong voice makes the perfect strong father figure, who is possibly from beyond the grave.
you tell me i should not be all by myself, that's good advice i'll hum a tune and break the ice 'cos i'm lonely everyone looks good to me but i'm afraid that i can see that good intent and honesty do not redeem stupidity when all is said and all is done you either know or down you go into the pit of shallow wit with all the other hypocrites you're not bad, you're not good you're a solid block of wood you have eyes but cannot see why i despise your company i am lonely people come, people go they put on their little shows see them laugh, see them cry see them live their little lies i'm alone with you and i'm lying too i'm alone with you and you're lying too oh, we are all liars and that's all that's true i'm alone with you i'm alone with you i'm lonely lonely lonely just a lonely guy. yup, that's me...
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