Life
I wonder
Will it take me under
I don't know

Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassin'
Imagine going to court with no trial
Lifestyle cruising blue behind my waters
No welfare supporters, more conscious of the way we raise our daughters
Days are shorter, nights are colder
Feeling like life is over, these snakes strike like a cobra
The world's hot my son got not
Evidently, it's elementary, they want us all gone eventually
Troopin' out of state for a plate, knowledge
If coke was cooked without the garbage we'd all have the top dollars
Imagine everybody flashin', fashion
Designer clothes, lacing your click up with diamond vogues
Your people holdin' dough, no parole
No rubbers, go in raw imagine, law with no undercovers
Just some thoughts for the mind
I take a glimpse into time
Watch the blimp read, "The World Is Mine"

If I ruled the world, imagine that
I'd free all my sons, I love 'em love 'em baby
Black diamonds and pearls
Could it be, if you could be mine we'd both shine
If I ruled the world
Still livin' for today, in these last days and times

The way to be, paradise like relaxin', Black, Latino and Anglo-Saxon
Armani, exchange the reins
Cash, Lost Tribe of Shabazz, free at last
Brand new whips to crash then we laugh in the ill'er path
The Villa house is for the crew, how we do
Trees for breakfast, dime sexes and Benz stretches
So many years of depression make me vision
The better livin', type of place to raise kids in
Open they eyes to the lies, history's told foul
But I'm as wise as the old owl, plus the Gold Child
Seeing things like I was controlling, click rollin'
Trickin' six digits on kicks and still holdin'
Trips to Paris, I civilized every savage
Gimme one shot I turn trife life to lavish
Political prisoner set free, stress free
No work release purple M3's and jet skis
Feel the wind breeze in West Indies
I'd make Coretta Scott-King mayor o'the cities and reverse themes to Willies
It sounds foul but every girl I meet to go downtown
I'd open every cell in Attica send em to Africa

If I ruled the world, imagine that
I'd free all my sons, I love 'em love 'em baby
Black diamonds and pearls
Could it be, if you could be mine we'd both shine
If I ruled the world
Still livin' for today, in these last days and times

And then we'll walk right up to the sun
Hand in hand
We'll walk right up to the sun
We won't land
We'll walk right up to the sun
Hand in hand
We'll walk right up to the sun
We won't land

You'd love to hear the story how the thugs live in worry
Duck down in car seats, heat's mandatory
Runnin' from Jake, gettin' chased, hunger for papes
These are the breaks, many mistakes go down out of state
Wait, I had to let it marinate we carry weight
Tryin' to get laced, flip the ace stack, the safe
Millionaire plan to keep the gat with the cock hammer
Makin' moves in Atlanta, back and forth scrambler
'Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich
Still nobody want a nigga havin' shit
If I ruled the world and everything in it, sky's the limit
I push a Q-4-5 infinite
It wouldn't be no such thing as jealousies or be felony
Strictly living longevity to the destiny
I thought I'd never see, but reality struck
Better find out before your time's out, what the fuck

If I ruled the world, imagine that
I'd free all my sons, I love 'em love 'em baby
Black diamonds and pearls
Could it be, if you could be mine we'd both shine
If I ruled the world
Still livin' for today, in these last days and times

If I ruled the world, if I ruled, if I ruled
I'd free all my sons, if I ruled, if I ruled
Black diamonds and pearls, black diamonds, black diamonds
Could it be, if you could be mine, we'd both shine
If I ruled the world
Still livin' for today, in these last days and times

If I ruled the world, if I ruled, if I ruled
I'd free all my sons, black diamonds
I love em love em baby
Black diamonds and pearls, if I ruled
If I ruled the world

If I ruled the world
I love em love em baby


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If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) Lyrics as written by Allan Wayne Felder Samuel J. Barnes

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    General Commenti want to rule
    bman322on January 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentawesome song....can't believe there aren't more ratings
    ozpicson September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLove the Scarface reference (which I know most every rapper has, but Nas' was really clever)-

    "I take a glimpse into time
    watch the blimp read 'The World Is Mine'"
    GrtOne41on February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Whodini sample works perfectly in here.
    jusorkon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pure art. it works on two inter-twining levels, one is him hoping and wishing how life could really be, in a perfect world, at the same time, its the acknowledgement that this world is far from perfect hence the lines 'Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich Still nobody want a nigga havin shit' pure genius.....
    oasis147on November 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. The guy that typed the lyrics to this song made a few errors.
    Realityon February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe only line a have a problem with is "I'd open every cell in Attica, send 'em to Africa."

    I'm African and this line rubs me the wrong way. You can look at it as he's saying that Africa is the most beautiful place on earth so he'd open all the cells to those that have done wrong and send them somewhere that can change their lives. Or you can look at it like he's saying that Africa is a place of lions, animals and savages so he'd open all the cells of a prison that confines some of the worst in society and send them a place where they can run rampant and wild, killing each other off.
    Realityon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSolid song.
    iWin4Prepon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dont usually listen to Nas, but i heard a cover of this song on Jtv and fell in love with it. I downloaded the real version and found it was 10 times better than the cover =]]
    dietcocaineon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentreality, I really feel like that line has the intent of the first interpretation you made. The interpretation being that African Americans really don't have a sense of our past, specifically in this country, and that by taking us back to the continent, there will be some sort of realization of past greatness and thus empowerment. Nas is a genius
    thescenestboyaliveon August 01, 2007   Link

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