Dear Mama / Dear Mama (Instrumental) (1995)
2Pac: Dear Mama
You are appreciated

When I was young me and my mama had beef. 17 years old kicked out on the streets. Though back at the time I never thought I'd see her face. Ain't a woman alive that could take my mamas place. Suspended from school, scared to go home. I was a fool with the big boys, breaking all the rules. Shed tears with my baby sister. Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids. And even though we had different daddies. The same drama, when things went wrong we blamed mama. I reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell. Huggin' on my mama from a jail cell. And who'd think in elementary, hey I'd see the penitentiary. One day, running from the police that's right. Mama catch me, put a whoopin' to my backside. And even as a crack fiend mama. You always was a black queen mama. I finally understand for a woman it ain't easy trying to raise a man. You always was committed, poor single mother on welfare. Tell me how you did it, there's no way I can pay you back. But the plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated

(Chorus). LaAAAAdy, don't ya know we love ya. Sweet laAAAAdy, place no one above ya. Sweet laAAAdy, don't ya know we love ya

Now ain't nobody tell us it was fair. No love for my daddy 'cos the coward wasn't there. He passed away and I didn't cry. 'Cos my anger wouldn't let me feel for a stranger. They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless. But all along I was looking for a father, he was gone. I hung around with the thugs and even though they sold drugs. They showed a young brother love. I moved out and started really hangin'. I needed money of my own so I started slangin'. I ain't guilty, 'cos even though I sell rocks. It feels good putting money in your mailbox. I love paying rent when the rent's due. I hope you got the diamond necklace that I sent to you. 'Cos when I was low you was there for me. You never left me alone 'cos you cared for me. And I can see you coming home after work, late. You're in the kitchen tryin' to fix us a hot plate. Just working with the scraps you was given. And mama made miracles every Thanksgiving. But now the road got rough, you're alone. Tryin' to raise two bad kids on your own. And there's no way I can pay you back. But my plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated

(Chorus)

Pour out some liquor and I reminisce. 'Cos through the drama, I can always depend on my mama. And when it seems that I'm hopeless. You say the words that can get me back in focus. When I was sick as a little kid. To keep me happy, there's no limit to the things you did. And all my childhood memories. Are full of all the sweet things you did for me. And even though I act crazy. I got to thank the Lord the you made me. There are no words that can express how I feel. You never kept a secret, always stayed real. And I appreciate how you raised me. And all the extra love that you gave me. I wish I could take the pain away. If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day. Everything will be alright if you hold on. It's a struggle, everyday gotta roll on. And there's no way I can pay you back. But my plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated

(Chorus)

Sweet lady, lady, lady, lady
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