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Please take a chance on this. Most looking at my Hip-Hop Quotable posts, are touched by the song, and the lyrics, and how they may have spoken to them during said time period. I can’t remember the last time that a song spoke to, and stuck with me like this (I just heard it today), not even Sia’s striking “My Love” from last year. But the words are so poignant, and actually speak to me and my life, thoughts and feelings, that I had to transcribe and share this today. I knew it, when I heard it during my commute.

Common
“Cloth”
We were from different cities on the same block,
Grew up in different circles in the same spot,
Like rain drops, we fall in love, giving our all,
Showing her ring off, like a player at the ball,
I recall,
The walls that I had up,
Attracted to women for things that didn’t matter,
The clow, boom, pop,
The sound of my heart when it dropped,
The night that I met her,
It might be forever,
I hear people saying that they like us together,
I ain’t afraid to gamble,
Life is getting better with you,
I admit, I had issues,
Like ebony or essence,
Your pedigree, your presence,
Is more than clothes can say for you,
When I shop, I gotta spend more than day for you,
I pray for you and us,
That we infuse through lust,
And accrue the trust,
Lets shake off the dust from the cloth

Hook:
What are you worried about when people stop and stare,
That’s just a tear, on those beautiful clothes you wear,
Cut from the same cloth, you just weren’t aware,,
But that’s just a tear,
Cause girl I can get you fresh,
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la

Verse 2
This is tailor made love,
Fit like a snug,
Anything we can Bear, so let’s have some Cubs,
You were there when my cuz passed away,
Not only does love, but life has its day,
I appreciate the hugs and the days,
I breathe with you,
Strong seeds I conceive with you,
The good word I read with you,
Looking at things that we been through,
Things that seem simple,
I know when to go hard or when to be gentle,
Sentimental laughs and expressions,
Let’s stay in the present, no time for second guessing,
You said it’s this cloth that makes you feel naked,
The truth we addressing, that’s so unexpected,
Yeah that’s the thread that helps us move ahead,
Your hunger for affection will always be fed,
Thank God we never sped,
Let love take its course, cause what’s inside of us,
No need to outsource,

Hook:
What are you worried about when people stop and stare,
That’s just a tear, on those beautiful clothes you wear,
Cut from the same cloth, you just weren’t aware,,
But that’s just a tear,
Cause girl I can get you fresh,
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la

Verse 3
Hey lover, we can cover each other,
(me and you)
Through the coldest nights, tight never smothered,
(to be cool)
Its two things that seems to hold us forever,
God is our tailor and forever,
(See us through)
Its two things that seems to hold us forever,
God is our tailor and forever,
(Beautiful)
Its two things that seems to hold us forever,
God is our tailor and forever,
Its two things that seems to hold us forever,
God is our tailor and forever,

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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