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BRIDGING THE GAP (FEAT. OLU DARA) Lyrics

by Nas

[Olu Dara]
see i come from Missisippi,
(Bam bam babam)
I was young and running wild,
(Bam bam babam)
in and out of New York City
(Bam bam babam)
where i had my first child
(Bam bam babam)
I named the boy Nasir,
(Bam bam babam)
all the boys call him Nas
(Bam bam babam)
I told him as a youngster,
(Bam bam babam)
he'll be the greatest man alive
(Bam bam babam)

[Nas]
Let's go.....
heh heh heh heh,
Tribrary of these rap skits, styles I mastered
many brothers smashed it up
'n tried to match it
but i'm still number one everyday real
speak what i want i don't care what they feel
coz i'm my ownnn master
my pop told me be your own boss
keep integrity at every cost
and his home was Natches Missisippi,
get it like "Miles" and "Dizzy"
now we gettin' buzy - Bridging the gap
from the blues to Jazz to Rap
the history of music on this track
born in the game
discovered my father's music
like Prince searches thru Rock in the 'Purple Rain'
but Minneapolis was the bridge
home to the "Super Kid" some were well known
some doing bids,
I might of ended up on the wrong side of the tracks
If pops wouldn't of pulled me back and said Yo!

(Greatest man alive .. Great-Great-Great-Great-Greatest man alive!)

Blues came from Gospel, Gospel from Blues
Slaves were harmonizin' them ah's and ooh's
old skool new skool no skool rules
all these years i've been voicin' my blues
I'm an artist from the start, Hiphop got in my heart,
Graffiti on the wall, coulda ended in (laughs)
Juvenile Delinquent
but pops gave me the right type of tools to think with
books to read like 'S' n' stuff
coz the skool's said the kids had Dislexia
in art class i was a compulsive sketcher of.. teachers
in my homeroom i drew pictures to mess 'em up
coz none of them would like my style
read more books than a curriculum profile
saying "Mr Jones please come get your child"
"Coz he's writing mad poems and his verses are wild"
(haha)

(Greatest man great great greatest man alive....)

Heh heh heh,
My Pop was not a Rollin' Stone
He been around the world blowin' his horn, still he came home
Then he got grown, changed his name to Olu
Come on, tell 'em 'bout the places you gone to

[Olu Dara]
Saudi Arabia, Mozambeke, Madagascar, Paris, Greece,
(Uh huh)
The Middle Africa is where we lived
better known as "Queensbridge"

Nas, Nas, you don't stop
'Olu Dara' in the house, you don't stop,
'Muddy Waters,' 'Howlin' Wolf,' you don't stop,
from the Blues to street hop, you don't stop
Tell 'em Pa,

[Olu Dara]
see i come from Missisippi,
(Bam bam babam)
I was young and running wild,
(Running wild!)
(Bam bam babam)
in and out of New York City
(Bam bam babam)
where i had my first child
(Bam bam babam)
I named the boy Nasir,
(Bam bam babam)
all the boys call him Nas
(Bam bam babam)
I told him as a youngster,
(Bam bam babam)
he'll be the greatest man alive
(Bam bam babam)

(You're the greatest pop,)
Greatest man alive

(You're the greatest pop,)
Great great great great greatest man alive

(Rest In Peace 'Ray Charles')




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Daddy Yankee
Y me gusta tanto cuando se pega pega
Y me guaya guaya
Y se pega pega
Cuando le sueltan el dembow
Dembow bow bow
Papoose
So before leavin', yo it's a wise man I'm repeatin'
Two wrongs don't make a right, I believe in it makes a even
Paul Hardcastle
In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war but it wasn't
It was different in many ways, as so were tose that did the fighting
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26
In Vietnam he was 19
In-in-in Vietnam he was 19

The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today
25 miles west of Saigon
I really wasn't sure what was going on

Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served
A twelve month tour of duty
But was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday
Ni-ni-ni 19, Ni-ni-ni 19

Hundreds of thousands of men who saw heavy combat
In Vietnam were arrested since discharge
Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age
There are no accurate figures of how many of these men
Have been incarcerated

But a Veterans Administration study
Concludes that the greater of vets
Exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances
Of being arrested or convicted

This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen
Destruction of men in their prime
Whose average was 19

De-de-destruction
De-de-destruction
War, war

De-de-destruction, wa, wa, war, wa, war, war
De-de-destruction
War, war

After World War II the men came home together on troop ships
But the Vietnam vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between
World War II and Vietnam was coming home
None of them received a hero's welcome

None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them
Ne-ne-ne, ne-ne-ne, none of them, none of them, none of them
None of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a hero's welcome

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what
Psychiatrists call
Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder

Many vets complain of alienation, rage or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to ten years after coming home
Almost eight hundred thousand men are still fighting the Vietnam War

De-de-destruction
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni19 19
19, 19, 19, 19
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

When we came back it was different, everybody wants to know
"How'd it happened to those guys over there?
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do

There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home

All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for?
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
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