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Kelly Price (Jay-Z)
Talking: Throughout my life (uh huh uh huh uh)
no matter
what I’ve done.(Right)
You’ve been merciful and your love endureth (yeah)
through all
things (ye yeah) For that
I am eternally grateful.

Verse 1
Since my
date of birth
bought you nothing but hurt
play those video games
stole change
from ya purse
Sat on the cold court bench
’til I was arraigned in ya skirt
the pain in ya face
through you maintained a smirk
All you did was motivate me,
don’t let ’em hold you back
What I do I turned around
and I sold you crack,
I was a bastard for that
still I’m drowning in shame
Just remember one thing
you’re not to blame
You was newly separated
tryin’ to escape ya world,
and through my thirst
I didn’t help you
I just made things worse
I hated me
and everybody
that created crack

Had me thinkin’
the newest kicks and the
latest gat
Still haven’t apologized
so please play this back
while I try to
come to terms
with such a heinous act
you know in more than one way
numbs the brain
All I did was think about
how the funds once came
then I ran
across this memory
and it stung the brain
How can you ever destroy the beauty,
from which one came
That’s a savage you’re the reason
why me and these beats make
a marriage
why I rhyme above average and
I ain’t s–t
Glad you got yourself
no thanks to me
Strong and beautiful the way things should be
You must
love me

Chorus (K. Price) (You must love me repeats in background)
Say that
you love me
All I know say that you must love me.
Ohh yeah

Verse 2,
We used to fight every night
but I never would suffer
just smile my big
tryna make me tougher
As we grew fussing and fighting continued
as I
plundered through ya stuff
and snuck ya clothes to school
Got intense real intense,
as we got older
Never believed it would lead
to be popped in one of ya shoulda,
With my rings knew you had it
’cause you took too long
as Mickey, Andy, and the
girl that bought it looked on
Huffin’ and puffin’ gun in my hand
told you step
Hoping you said no but you hurt my pride
made our way down the steps,
maybe you thought it was just a threat
or maybe ya life was just that crazy
you was beggin’ for death
try to justify this in my young mind
but ya drillin’ it,
and my ego hurt combined
drove me berserk
Saw the devil in your eyes
off more than weed
confused I just closed
my young eyes and squeezed
What a
opened my eyes just in time
to see ya stumbling to the ground
Damn what
the f–k I done now
runnin’ around in a circle
thinking I’m assed out
hot gun
burnin’ my waist
ran straight to Jazz’ house
Like a stranger damn I just shot my
and ran off into the night as if it was not my n—a
Left the scene how could I
go out that way
Still you asked to see me in the hospital ya next day
You must love

Chorus (You must love me repeats in background)
What after all the wrong
I’ve done
I know you must

Verse 3 (Starts over last line of chorus),
Everything in my power and within my frame
to protect you from this life and
you away from the game
But you was one of the few people
that I can trust
the fact of the matter I slang
these pies for us
You put the pressure on me dearly,
rarely would you let it go
Was a thousand and one times
I had to tell you no,
When it was one of those days
when nobody was around
and I needed emergency
out of town
Searched my mental rolodex
for all the numbers I know
As you stared in my face
asking me could you go
I’m agreed said sender
everything’ll go smooth
just tell her what to do
and everything’ll go through
Strapped her body with them thangs
as you boarded the plane
Couldn’t explain these
strange feelings
that I caught and the pain
I’m thinkin’ why would I send you
when I knew it ain’t right
I’m thinkin’ what would
make you sacrifice ya life
You must love me

Chorus (You must love me repeats in background)
everything that I’ve done wrong
I know inside you must love me
I know that you love
You showed me I know it
I know
Say that you love me
say that you love
I know you must love me
Oh yes you do
Inside I know it
you’ve always
shown it
you love me yea yeah
Oh yeah
I know that you love me

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.