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[Intro:]
When the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

I said when the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

[Verse 1:]
I woke up this morning and figured I’d call you
In case I’m not here tomorrow
I’m hoping that I can borrow a piece of mind
I’m behind on what’s really important
My mind is really distorted
I find nothing but trouble in my life
I’m fortunate you believe in a dream
This orphanage we call a ghetto is quite a routine
And last night was just another distraction
Or a reaction of what we consider madness
I know exactly what happened
You ran outside when you heard my brother cry for help
Held him like a newborn baby and made him feel
Like everything was alright
And a fight he tried to put up, but the type
Of bullet that stuck had went against his will
As blood spilled on your hands
My plans rather vindictive

Everybody’s a victim in my eyes
When I ride it’s a murderous rhythm
And outside became pitch black
A demon glued to my back whispering, “Get em”
I got em, and I ain’t give a f–k
That same mentality I told my brother not to duck
In actuality it’s a trip how we trip off of colors
I wonder if I’ll ever discover
A passion like you and recover
The life that I knew as a young’n
In pajamas and Dun-ta-duns
When thunder comes it rains cats and dogs
Dumb n—as like me never prosper
Prognosis of a problem child
I’m proud and well devoted
This piru s–t been in me forever
So forever I’m a push it, wherever whenever
And I love you cause you love my brother like you did
Just promise me you’ll tell this story when you make it big
And if I die before your album drop I hope –

[Hook:]
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

I said when the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

[Verse 2:]
You wrote a song about my sister on your tape
And called it section.80, the message resemble Brenda’s Got a Baby
What’s crazy was, I was hearin about it
But doubted your ignorance, how could you ever
Just put her on blast and s–t
Judging her past and s–t
Well it’s completely my future
A n—a behind me right now asking for ass and s–t
And I’m a need that 40 dollars even if I gotta
F–k, suck and swallow in the parking lot
Gonzales Park, I’m followed by a married man, a father of three
My titties bounce on the cadence of his tingling keys
Matter of fact he my favorite cause he tip me with E’s
He got a cousin named David and I seen him last week
This is the life of another girl damaged by the system
These foster homes, I run away and never do miss em
See, my hormones just run away and if I can get em back
To where they used to be then I’ll probably be in the denim
Of a family gene that show women how to be woman, or better yet a leader
You need her to learn something, then you probably need to beat her
That’s how I was taught
Three n—as in one room, first time I was tossed
And I’m exhausted
But f–k that “Sorry for your loss s–t”
My sister died in vain, but what point are you trying to gain
If you can’t fit the pumps I walk in?
I’ll wait
Your rebuttal a little too late
And if you have a album date, just make sure I’m not in the song
Cause I don’t need the attention bring enough of that on my own
And matter fact did I mention that I physically feel great?
A doctor’s approval is a waste of time, I know I’m straight
I’ll probably live longer than you and never fade away
I’ll never fade away, I’ll never fade away
I know my fate, and I’m on the grind for this cake
I’m a get or die trying, I’m eyeing every male gender with intentions of buying
You lying to these motherf–kers, talking about you can help with my story
You can help me if you sell this p—y for me, n—a
Don’t ignore me n—a, f–k your glory n—a, this bulls–t…

[Hook:]
When the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

I said when the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

[Verse 3:]
Sometimes I look in a mirror and ask myself
Am I really scared of passing away
If it’s today I hope I hear a
Cry out from heaven so loud it can water down a demon
With the holy ghost till it drown in the blood of Jesus
I wrote some raps that make sure that my lifeline
Rake in the cent of a reaper, ensuring that my allegiance
With the other side may come soon
And if I’m doomed, may the wound
Help me mother be blessed for many moons
I suffer a lot
And every day the glass mirror get tougher to watch
I tie my stomach in knots
And I’m sure not why I’m infatuated with death
My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats
That can come about
Cause the tongue is mighty powerful
And I can name a list of your favorites that probably vouch
Maybe cause I’m dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death
Really stuck in the scheme of, wondering when I’m a rest
And you’re right, your brother was a brother to me
And your sister’s situation was the one that put me
In a direction to speak of something that’s realer than the TV screen
By any means, wasn’t trying to offend or come between
Her personal life, I was like “it need to be told
Cursing the life of 20 generations after her soul”
Exactly would have happened if I hadn’t continued rappin
Or steady being distracted by money drugs and four
Fives, I count lives all on these songs
Look at the weak and cry, pray one day you’ll be strong
Fighting for your rights, even when you’re wrong
And hope that at least one of you sing about me when I’m gone
Now am I worth it?
Did I put enough work in?

[Hook:]
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me

I said when the lights shut off
And it’s my turn to settle down
My main concern
Promise that you will sing about me
Promise that you will sing about me
kendrick-lamar
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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