(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
I reminisce, I reminisce, uh
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce) yeah
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce, I reminisce-nisce)
(I reminisce)

I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back (yeah)
Twenty-two years ago to keep it on track (uh-huh)
The birth of a child on the eighth of October (it's like that)
A toast but my granddaddy came sober (crazy facts)
Countin' all the fingers and the toes
Now I suppose (uh), you hope the little black boy grows, huh (yeah)
Eighteen years younger than my mama (mama)
But I really got beatings 'cause the girl loved drama (yeah)
In single parenthood there I stood (uh)
By the time she was twenty-one, had another one (yeah)
This one's a girl (what?), Let's name her Pam
Same father as the first but you don't give a damn (alright)
Irresponsible, plain not thinking (yeah)
Papa said, "Chill" but the brother keep winking (uh-huh)
Still he won't down you or tear out your hide (right)
On your side while the baby maker slide (slide)
But mama got wise to the game (uh)
The youngest of five kids, hon' here it is (yeah)
After ten years without no spouse (yeah)
Momma's gettin' married in the house (word?), Listen
Positive over negative for the women to master
Mother queen's risin' a chapter (yeah)
Déjà vu, tell you what I'm gonna do (do it)
When they reminisce over you, my God

My God
It's so
Yeah, so lovely
That's how we like to do it in the 90s
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth comin' atcha

When I date back I recall a man off the family tree
My right hand Poppa doc I see (woo)
Took me from a boy to a man so I always had a father
When my biological didn't bother (yeah)
Taking care of this, so who am I to bicker? (bicker)
Not a bad ticker but I'm clocking Pop's liver (yeah)
But you can never say that his life is through (uh-huh)
Five kids at twenty-one, believe he got a right to (that's right)
Here we go while I check the scene
With the Portuguese lover at the age of fourteen (tell 'em)
The same age, front page, no fuss
But I bet you all your dough, they live longer than us (that's right)
Never been senile, that's where you're wrong (uh-huh)
But give the man a taste and he's gone
Noddin' off, sleep to a jazz tune
I can hear his head banging on the wall in the next room
I get the pillow and hope I don't wake him (yeah)
For this man to cuss, hear it all in verbatim (uh-huh)
Telling me how to raise my boy unless he's taking over
I said, "Pop maybe when you're older" (older)
We laughed all night about the hookers at the party (ahh)
My old man standing yelling, "Good God, Almighty" (uh-huh)
Use your condom, take sips of the brew (that's right)
When they reminisce over you, for real

For real, baby
Like that
We for real
Comin' atcha
In '92
Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Yeah, c'mon, hit me

I reminisce so you never forget this
The days of way-back, so many bear witness the fitness (yeah)
Take the first letter out of each word in this joint
Listen close as I prove my point (my point)
T to the R the-O-Y, how did you and I meet?
In front of Big Lou's, fighting in the street (street)
But only you saw what took many time to see
I dedicate this to you for believing in me (uh)
Rain or shine, yes, in any weather (yeah)
My Grandma Pam holds the family together (uh-huh)
My Uncle Doc's the greatest, better yet the latest
If we're talking 'bout a car, Uncle Sterling got the latest (yeah)
I strive to be live 'cause I got no choice
And run my own business like my Aunt Joyce (yeah)
So Pete Rock hit me, nuff respect due (uh-huh)
When they reminisce over you, listen

Listen, just listen
To the funky song as I rock on
And that's word is bond
I'm not playin'
Everybody, just coolin'
This song we dedicate
To the one and only
Never be another
He was my brother
Trouble T-Roy
It's like that y'all
And you don't stop
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth for '92
And we out, later


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They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) Lyrics as written by Peter O. Phillips Corey Brent Penn

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    General Comment

    Yes, this song is great. the song is about somebody named Troy. The first letters in the song's title spell it out. "Take the first letter out of each word in this joint Listen close as I prove my point" More specifically, it seems that it is about "Trouble T Roy, a member of Heavy D and the Boyz, who died in a senseless "horseplay" accident while on tour with Kid and Play in 1990"

    nufan312on February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    OMG how can no one have commented on this song... its fricken great

    PinkFloydrulezon January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    What's this song about? "T"rouble-R.O.Y. makes me think that the person being remembered is named Roy. CL raps about Roy as if he was his brother, but is he rapping as Pete Rock? Any one know? This song brings back memories of Air Jordans and Starter jackets!

    Acquiesce2005on September 09, 2005   Link
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    this is a song that makes me remininse about some of the people i've known throughout my life. awesome.

    cienfuegoson December 07, 2005   Link
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    Too bad they split, CL got a big head and Pete got mellow. They could have gone on to be the best hip-hop artists of all time. I'll let the Guru that that crown through.

    Acquiesce2005on December 14, 2005   Link
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    I agree that the song is a memorial song, yet I have to think that this song is more than just a song of to remember a single person. I feel this song is a testament to the daily struggle in the life of one man. I feel that this individual's struggle can be applied to a larger audience. I feel the lines that lead the song out are very important: "Just Listen Listen Listen, Just Listen." I think that this song is has grown into a song for general reminiscence. By just listening to this song I feel a lot can be learned about how memories appreciate when time passes. By this I mean the general "suck factor" of life fades away in time. For example one line: "Telling me how to raise my boy unless he's taking over. I said pop maybe when you're older." I feel this line shows how even the advice of an over reaching parent, which is usually annoying and overbearing, can grow to hold nostalgia overtime. This song is amazing and will only grow in relevance as memories grow in the mind of the listener. This song makes me remember my past as a positive over negative and I am very thankful for it.

    sbradley1989on March 18, 2009   Link

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