Little somethin' for my godson Elijah
And a little girl named Corinne

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots
I give a holla to my sisters on welfare
2Pac cares, if don't nobody else care
And, I know they like to beat you down a lot
When you come around the block, brothers clown a lot
But please don't cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don't forget, girl, keep your head up
And when he tells you you ain't nothin', don't believe him
And if he can't learn to love you, you should leave him
Cause sister, you don't need him
And I ain't tryin' to gas ya up, I just call 'em how I see 'em
You know what makes me unhappy
When brothers make babies, and leave a young mother to be a pappy
And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies that make the babies
And since a man can't make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up

Keep ya head up, ooh, child, things are gonna get easier
Keep ya head up, ooh, child, things'll get brighter
[x2]

Aiyyo, I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me
He had me feelin' like black was the thing to be
And suddenly the ghetto didn't seem so tough
And though we had it rough, we always had enough
I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rules
Ran with the local crew and had a smoke or two
And I realize Momma really paid the price
She nearly gave her life to raise me right
And all I had to give her was my pipe dream
Of how I'd rock the mic and make it to the bright screen
I'm tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents
It's hard to be legit and still pay the rent
And in the end it seems I'm headin' for the pen
I try to find my friends but they're blowin' in the wind
Last night my buddy lost his whole family
It's gonna take the man in me to conquer this insanity
It seems the rain'll never let up
I try to keep my head up and still keep from gettin' wet up
You know it's funny when it rains it pours
They got money for wars but can't feed the poor
Say there ain't no hope for the youth and the truth is
It ain't no hope for the future
And then they wonder why we crazy
I blame my mother for turning my brother into a crack baby
We ain't meant to survive cause it's a setup
And even though you're fed up
Huh, ya got to keep your head up

Keep ya head up, ooh, child, things are gonna get easier
Keep ya head up, ooh, child, things'll get brighter
[x2]

And uh, to all the ladies havin' babies on they own
I know it's kinda rough and you're feelin' all alone
Daddy's long gone and he left you by your lonesome
Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want 'em
Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I'm sure
And if you fall, stand tall and come back for more
Cause ain't nothin' worse than when your son
Wants to know why his daddy don't love him no mo'
You can't complain you was dealt this
Hell of a hand without a man, feelin' helpless
Because there's too many things for you to deal with
Dyin' inside, but outside you're looking fearless
While tears is rollin' down your cheeks
Ya steady hopin' things don't fall down this week
Cause if it did, you couldn't take it, and don't blame me
I was given this world I didn't make it
And now my son's gettin' older and older and cold
From havin' the world on his shoulders
While the rich kids is drivin' Benz
I'm still tryin' to hold on to surviving friends
And it's crazy, it seems it'll never let up, but
Please, you got to keep your head up


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar, edited by mrgoat86

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  • +1
    General Commentfiction_we_live

    Shut up.

    Great point.
    Moronic Execution.
    Keep your homophobic ass comments to yourself before implying anyone else's stupidity or ignorance like that, I'm gay, and I don't objectify anybody, you dumb prick, so what point are you trying to make there?


    Anyways, this song is really very good, and I can imagine very inspiring as well. The best thing about 2Pac was that he didn't merely talk about himself, he spoke OUT to the people, gave them a positive message, and something to hold onto.

    R.I.P, Tupac Shakur
    brain_stewon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttupac actually had a lot of messages in his songs. obviously this is all about like how people should respect woman more than they do. and to the woman that they just need to be strong because what they have to go through is terribly hard and harsh. "tupac cares" is a nice lil thing to add in there.

    and with how he has songs about demeaning woman as well, i think some of his songs, how they kind of contradict each other with the messages, i think he almost pokes fun or makes fun of people that are serious about that. (wow run on sentence).

    anyway i love this song
    toocoolqueeniexxon June 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClassic. Every line in this song is truth. It's a goddamn shame he lost that rape case because I don't believe the mind of a rapist could write this.
    FaithFromHellon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love Tupac, and I love this song, & i don't understand why this song has so few comments on it. :(

    Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want em
    Cuz I think we can make it, in fact Im sure
    & if ya fall stand tall and come back for more

    how inspirational..... i love this man!!! R.I.P.

    And i dont think Tupac contradicts himself, u just gotta understand him. He a G regardless, but he know the way that he & everyone else alike livin is self-destructive & eventually gotta change, but its on us to make that step.

    He said it himself: Im not gonna change the world, but i garauntee you i will spark the mind that does
    aneblett08on February 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this ong cause when i'm down i listen to this n kno that i gotta keep my head ^
    FeMaLe_RaP_LoVeRon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite tupac songs, the lyrics are great and the beat is off the hook, he brings up some crazy subjects that relate the the real world so well, all in all, this song is the shit.
    kelsta182on June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love theh sample of "Ooh child" - the original version of the song is much better than the sample they use in this one, but it's good anyways. This song has such a positive flow.
    Sunnyon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not really a rap fan and don't like to many of his songs, but damn this is one amazing song.
    SoakedInBleachon October 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of TUPAC's best songs but the thing I don't understand is he talks about respecting woman and shit like that but in other songs he talks about things that are demeaning to them...

    Like he has one song changes about how black people should be not fighting and have peace but then he has a song called HIT EM UP, which is mainly about killing people that are black, sometimes he makes no sense...
    PoLaK_4_LiFeon July 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJust a clarification, 'hit em up' was written after he was shot. Tupac thought Biggie had arranged the hit attempt and so wrote this song out of justifiable anger. At the same time, he was self-critical when it came to how blacks kill blacks instead of turning their anger against institutional racism.

    Back to the song, it's definately a classic. It's nice to hear a song that affirms women when so much of the genre speaks of them as T&A. One of the things I really like about Tupac is the way he's able to step back from the whole gangsta culture and see how it's ultimately self-destructive.
    blackemmaon February 05, 2006   Link

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