Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my guns to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray the Lord, my soul to take
As God as my witness
When Thugz Cry
Sometimes it's hard
[Verse 1]
Born thuggin' and loving the way I came up
Big money clutchin, busting while evading cocaine, bust my po's rushing
Semi-clutching into insanity, they shot at my cousin now we bustin' at they whole family
The coppers wanna see me buried, I ain't worried
I got a line on the DA cause I'm fucking his secretary
I black out and start cussing, bust em and touch em all
They panic and bitches duck and I rush em and fuck em all
I'll probably be an old man before I understand, why I had to live my life with pistols close at hand
Kidnapped my homies sister, cut her face us bad, they even raped her so we blaze they pad
Automatic shots rang out, on every block
They putting hits out on politicians even cops, I ain't lyin'
They got me sleeping with my infrared beam
And in my dreams I hear mother fuckers screamin', what is the meaning?
When Thugz Cry

Oh why should you send your child off too die
In the streetz of chalk where they lie
And no thugz cry when thugz cry
Dear God
Oh why does it have to be this way, I
Children of today won't stay wise
Let the children hear when thugz cry
Dear God, alright

[Verse 2]
Maybe my addiction to friction got my buggin'
Where is the love? Never quit my ambition's to thug
Ain't shed a tear since the old school years, of elementary
Niggaz I used to love, enclosed in penitentiaries
Still homey keep it real, how does it feel to lose your life over something that you did as a kid
You all alone, no communication, block on the phone
Don't get along with your pops, and plus your mom is gone
Where did we go wrong?
I put my soul in this song, to help us grow in time
But now our minds is gone
We went from brothers and sisters, to niggaz and bitches
We went from welfare living, to world-wide riches
But something's changed in this dirty game, everything's strange
I lost all my homies over cocaine, man
See they asked me if I shed a tear, I ain't lie
See you gotta get high or die
Cause even thugz cry


[Verse 3]
Will I see if these paranoid bitches, illegal inventions
Bustin' mother fuckers with uppercuts, I leave em with dentures
Cause in my criminal mind nobody violates the Don,
I write your name on a piece of paper and now your family's gone
While approach and shake like you can handle me team
So merciless in my attack it'll take command of your dreams
Leaving mother fuckers drowning in they own blood
Clownin, taking pictures
Later, laugh at them punk bitches, that turned snitches
Regulate my area the terror I represent
Make your people disappear, you wondering where they went
I am I cold or is it just I sold me soul
Addicted to these streets to find true peace, I'm told
Come take my body God, don't let me suffer any longer
Smoke a pound of marijuana so I know it ain't long
Where is the end to all my misery?
Is there a close, I suppose that's why I murder my foes
When Thugz Cry

I shed tattoo tears for years
My dead homeboyz and my in prison niggaz
Y'all ain't never heard my cries
Now you wonder why would you die?

[Chorus] 2x

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    General CommentWhere is the end to all my misery?
    Is there a close, I suppose that's why I murder my foes
    That bit is really powerful
    MillionDollarBabyon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, this song is about how even though he's a thug, he still cries. And that everything in the world is still fucked up. . . Well, that's just my opinion I guess.
    langeslayer3887on September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was a reply to Nas's song "When Thugs Die" when Pac had beef with Nas. This version of the song off of Until The End Of Time had some changes from the OG (new Chorus, complete 3rd verse, different music, no dedication/Nas dis in the end). I felt this version wanted to make the song sound sad whereas the OG conveyed more of a painful feeling musically. Lyrically Pac gives a powerful presentation with his lyrics writing about the life of a thug and its repercussions resulting in not tears shed but blood shed. This song is at the top of my list of favorite 2Pac songs.
    FaithFromHellon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat does it mean when he sais:
    Still homey keep it real, how does it feel to lose your life over something that you did as a kid

    what did he do as a kid? why is it deadly when you're grown up?

    StayTrueOrFailon September 05, 2009   Link

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