Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those that trespass against us
Although them again we will never never never trust

Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!

Them not know what them do
Big out to yi while I'm stickin' like glue
Fling skin grin while them plotting for you, true!

Forgive them father for they know not what they do
(Me nah tellin' them no more)
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
(Be real, them not a clue!)
Beware the false motives of others
Be careful of those who pretend to be brothers
And you never suppose it's those who are closest to you
To you
They say all the right things, to gain their position
Then use your kindness as their ammunition
To shoot you down in the name of ambition, they do
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Why every Indian want to be the chief?
Feed a man 'til he full and he still want beef
Give me grief, try to tief off my piece
Why for you to increase, I must decrease?
If I treat you kindly, does it mean that I'm weak?
You hear me speak and think I won't take it to the streets
I know enough cats that don't turn the other cheek
But I try to keep it civilized like Menelik
And other African czars, observing stars with war scars
Get yours in this capitalistic system
So many caught or got bought you can't list them
How you gonna idolize the missing?
To survive is to stay alive in the face of opposition
Even when they comin', gunnin' I stand position
L's known the mission since conception
Let's free the people from deception
If you looking for the answers then you gotta ask the questions
And when I let go, my voice echoes through the ghetto
Sick of men trying to pull strings like Geppetto
Why black people always be the ones to settle?
March through these streets like Soweto, uh

Like Cain and Abel, Caesar and Brutus
Jesus and Judas, backstabbers do this
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
It took me a little while to discover
Wolves in sheep coats who pretend to be lovers
Men who lack conscience will even lie to themselves
To themselves
A friend once said, and I found to be true
That everyday people, they lie to God too
So what makes you think, that they won't lie to you?
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
(Forgive dem, forgive dem)
Forgive them father for they know not what they do
(Forgive dem, forgive dem)

Gwan like dem love while dem rip you to shreds
Trample pon yuh heart and lef yuh fi dead
Dem a-yuh friend who yuh depen pon from way back when
But if you, gi dem yuh back dem yuh mus meet yuh end
Dem not know what dem do do
Dem not know what dem do do
Dem not know, dem not know, dem not know, dem not know
Dem not know what dem do do
(Forgive them father, forgive them father)

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    I think the Soweto line is a comment about aparthied. She is saying that we (black people) should fight for our rights, instead of settling and being mistreated. As for the song itself, I think that it is about forgiving those that use you for their own gain. It's about recognizing and not falling intot he trap those that clainm to be friends but actually are simply manipulating you for higher status.
    shan4shorton May 13, 2005   Link
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    This song is Lauryn's realization that there are people so self-interested that they will hurt anyone to improve their place in life. On the one hand, you want to hate these people, but Lauryn makes you realize that you shouldn't -- they're just naive or weak. Lauryn is both wise and supremelly compassionate because she chooses to ask for their forgiveness instead of wanting vengeance. I think this song might have been inspired by Wyclef Jean. I know that Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Prakazrel (Pras) were the trio called The Fugees. They broke up because Lauryn and Wyclef are very independently-minded people. I've also heard though that Lauryn thought Wyclef was jealous of her fame -- that he thought Lauryn got all the credit for the Fugees. Whatever the case, each member of the group went their own way and I know Lauryn and Wyclef haven't collaborated since Wyclef's The Carnival, back in 1997.
    jpockon May 21, 2002   Link
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    listen to the melody line in this song, it's the same as in Bob Marley's Concrete Jungle. Fits perfectly, love this song
    fighting starlighton May 31, 2002   Link
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    does anyone know what the line, "march through those streets like Soweto" means?
    HannahOrange7on April 14, 2003   Link
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    I dunno what the line means...but I know for sure that Soweto is a township in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    jpockon December 02, 2004   Link
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    this is what Jesus said during the passion after he was betrayed
    hfkdsldkhfon March 25, 2013   Link

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