She was on her way to becoming a college graduate
Wouldn't even stop to talk to the average kid
The type of latina I'd sit and contemplate marriage with
Fuck the horse and carriage shit, her love was never for hire
Disciplined, intellectual beauty's what I desire
Flyer than Salma Hayek or Jennifer Lopez
Everyone told me, kickin' it to her was hopeless
At first I just thought, she didn't mess with broke kids
The thug niggas always talking about, how they smoke kids
But the rich sniff coke kids got no play
"I'm not even interested" is what her body language would say
Everyone around the way, gave up trying to get in it
It didn't matter how good your game was, she wasn't with it
On the block, bitches was jealous, but wouldn't admit it
Talk shit, and deny to everyone that they did it
'Cause they regreted the long list of niggas that they let hit it
And no one ever gave them shit except McDonald's and did-dick
Smoking weed with thoughts of envy, whenever they lit it
She smoked intelligently and they bit it, always trying to copy
But when they tried to use her vocab, they sounded sloppy
She had a style, all her own, respectful and pure
I was sick in the head for her, and there wasn't a cure

Don't you know that, time waits for no man
Not fate, it's all planned
I'm blessed just to know you
I've loved and I've lost just to hold you all night
Can't find, a reason why
God came, to you and I
If I had the chance again, I'd never let you go
Hold tight to your love, 'cause you never know

Her eyes are brown and beautiful, yet empty and sad
I used to talk to her occasionally, and she was glad
That I wasn't just another nigga trying to get in it
So every now and then we'd stop and talk for a minute
I didn't have a gimmick so the minutes turned to hours
On her birthday, I gave her a poem with flowers
Then I took her out to dinner after her cousin's baby shower
We talked about, power to the people and such
We spent more time together but it was never enough
I never tried to sneak a touch, or even cop a feel
I was too interested, in keeping it real
Perfectly honest and complete, she would always call me cariño
And never Technique, bought me a new book to read every 2 or 3 weeks
Forever changing the expression of my thoughts when I speak
It was because of her, I even deaded all of my freaks
She convinced me, to stop hangin' out on the streets
To stop robbin' and stealin', from people like you
Instead I took her out to the Apollo and the Bronx Zoo
We sailed el Barrio and the Metropolitan too
Got to the point when I was either with her or my crew
So I decided one day, to tell her my feelings was true
I couldn't live without her so I told her, facing my fears
But honey's only response, was a face full of tears
She could only sob hysterically, holding me tight
I tried to speak, but she wouldn't stop until I left sight
I felt like a moth who got himself too close to the light
Except I didn't burn, I turned cold after that night

Don't you know that, time waits for no man
Not fate, it's all planned
I'm blessed just to know you
I've loved and I've lost just to hold you all night
Can't find, a reason why
God came, to you and I
If I had the chance again, I'd never let you go
Hold tight to your love, 'cause you never know

I went on with my life, college and my career
Ended up locked up like an animal for a year
Where the C.O.'s talk to you like they were the overseer
Then I got sent to the hole, when my exit was near
At night in my cell, I'd close my eyes and I'd see her
Hold her close in my dreams, but when I woke she disappeared
Just an empty cell until the state gave me parole in the summer
Came back, in tact and on track
But the fact of the matter, is I still felt cold
Even after my mother, hugged me, cryin' at home
My real niggas would catch me thinkin', out of my zone
Fuckin' lots of different women, but I still felt alone
Relatively well-known around the New York underground
But I kept thinking of her and how we used to be down
The sound of her voice, and the beautiful smell of her hair
Though gone physically, somehow it was still there
I had to do something, because the shit was too much to bear
So I went and visited the building where she used to live
The world looks a lot different after you do a bid
The way your life done changed
While primitive minds are still stuck in the same game
Like her cousin who was on the corner slingin' cocaine
Stepped in the lobby and tapped the button next to her last name
Her mom buzzed me up and hugged me up, like a mother oughta
But her facial expression changed, when I asked about her daughter

Time waits for no man
Not fate, it's all planned
I'm blessed just to know you
I've loved and I've lost just to hold you all night
Can't find, a reason why
God came, to you and I
If I had the chance again, I'd never let you go
Hold tight to your love, 'cause you never know

She told me that there was a note for me, that was left behind
She had left it there waiting, for such a long time
I was inclined to ask about it but she brought it up first
I saw a tear swelling up in her eye, and then she cursed
She told me where the letter was and I started thinking the worst
Reversed my position, stepped over and opened the door
And sure enough there was an envelope with my name on the floor
"Nobody loves you more than me carino" is what the letter said
"By the time you get to read this, I'll probably be dead
But when you left in '97 a part of me went to Heaven
I thank God at least I got to know what love really was
But it hurt me, to see what true love really does
'Cause even though we never made love, you were all that there was
It was because I loved you so much that I had to make you leave
You made me doubt the way I thought, you made me want to believe
And then I slipped up, and I let you get close to me
It was hard to not be openly when people spoke to me
This was not the way I thought my life was supposed to be
Baby don't you see, I had a blood transfusion that left me with HIV
Hoped didn't exist for me since late in 1993
I died a virgin, I wish I could've given myself to you
I cried in the hospital because there was no one else but you
Promise that you'll meet me in paradise inevitably
No matter what, I'll keep your love forever with me"

What happened for the rest of the day is still a blur
But I remember wishing that I was dead, instead of her
She was buried on August 3rd
The story ends without a sequel
And now you know why Technique, don't fucking fall in love with people
Hold the person that you love closely if they're next to you
The one you love, not the person that'll simply have sex with you
Appreciate them to the fullest extent, and then beyond
'Cause you never really know what you got, until it's gone

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  • +2
    General Comment

    For a while, I started to lose my faith in rap and just started shaking my head every time I listened to the radio. I grew up with rap and rock and can't believe what it's turned into on the mainstream. I gave up hope --- that is, until I started listening to Tech.

    The song itself is straightforward, but that's what makes it so powerful. Coming from a dude, by the end of this song, I shed quite a few tears. It's a song that goes beyond the rhyming, past the typical, "OMG, you cheated on me, let me make a song with a heavy-ass dance beat to compensate for how I can't capture the feeling properly!"

    Listening to Tech's brought back hope for me in the rap game... people want to party all the time, forgetting there's a lot of shit that's still wrong in the world, especially here in mine and Tech's shared home of New York City. They say talking about these hardships get old after a while, but they don't --- as long as people are hurting from society, as long as they're trying to get out from under the heel of strife, it never gets old.

    Keep it real, Tech. You've earned your place with 'Pac, B.I.G., Big L and the rest of the icons. The diamond in the rough of rap.

    charish2k1on May 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think this is the saddest damn song I've heard in ages. Me and my friends drove around one day listening to this album, chatting, and shit, and when this song came on we all just gradually fell silent.... listening. As it ended, we just sat there. It was obvious that we'd all been moved by the song. Somehow, though, Tech still manages to make the song feel cathartic, not just depressing. I'm a big fan.

    gregoeon February 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    This song is absolutely amazing. The lyrics are great, the background music is depressing, however it suits the song perfectly. Whenever I get to the part with the letter tech reads I get goosebumps on my neck and arms. Tech really paints an image in your mind with this song and in a way makes you love the girl he's describing as well. I wish that people realized how much better underground music is, because all the mainstream music we hear is total garbage. But either way this is a great song and if it is completely true I have to feel sorry for Immortal Technique. Major props to him.

    DJAlzheimerson September 03, 2010   Link
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    this was the first immortal technique song iever heard. a guy introduced it to me, simply sent it to me and told me this is how he felt about me. he said i'm "the kind of girl guys make rap songs about" i asked him what he meant by that and he sent me this song. he told me this song described my entire self being. the moment the song finished i burst into tears.

    as a few years have now passed, i've become a major supporter of his music, and now completely obsessed with underground hip hop. but this was the song that started it all. hearing this changed my life drastically. introduced me to his amazing talent. i am forever thankful.

    euph0ricon February 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Beautiful yet tragic song, I love how Immortal Technique has a soft side.

    LurkerAbysson December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love this made me cry the first time. I agree with Lurker about Tech's soft side, it's a beautiful thing.

    DubC4Lifeon February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    hes awesome, just gettin into underground bc rap, someoff it, is good beats, verybad lines and alot of gold and platinum Alot of the southern rap is ok, but has no meaning, how many songs are they gonna write about the record deal got them the big house and nice cars? tech is really good though, talking about life storys and experiences, and puts in word that are amazing,Thats wht rap is to me.Just like biggie. I also like mos def.

    scarpon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i knew a girl like this once...

    narfoon February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    dude is fucking awsome, this song is the shit, that is all that needs to be said. the first time i heard this song (2 minutues ago) i cried, and not because it was depresing or anything. It just made me think, fucking insane

    Bman89on May 04, 2006   Link
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    Song hit me hard when a first herd it, excellent delivery. Beautiful build up to a tragic ending, as with others i did cry, just shows how much talent and thought goes into his lyrics

    Dazed363on May 15, 2006   Link

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