Can I Live
Lyrics J. Cole

[Verse 1]
Pussy my passion, never been a fan of flashing
Probably cuz' I never could so if I had it, never would
Then I got my first little taste of paper, and I splurged
I guess it's just the n*gga urge, this is the Boondocks
I swear yo I'm like Huey mixed with Riley
Thursday I be trynna save the world, then on Friday I hit the club
Hoping that my d*ck get rubbed by some fat asses
N*ggas get to scraping then you hear the gats blasting
Damn, older n*ggas ain't got no problems with me
My momma told me to speak like you got a college degree
You see I can, but I won't
Plus I'm saying what I won't
Plus this slang that I speak don't change that I'm deep
As the throat, on a certified freak, will she choke?
As we headed to the crib, yes I let her give me head so she wont remember where I live
My game is tight, baby no need to bring pajamas, you ain't staying the night
No disrespect, I just say it polite
I drop her off before I sleep, I be praying for life
Like Hov said it "Can I live?"
Aye dear Lord, "Can I live?" Hey

Now am I Living to get paid just slaves for a wage (all week)
I cant do no 9 to 5 told my momma ("sorry")
I cant do no suit and tie, no I want the (glory)
If you knew me know my life is like a movie starring me
Pardon me, if it seems that I'm following my dreams
I ain't reading off the script that they picked (for me)
I ain't pissed, naw couldn't give a sh*t (hardly)
I be sh*tting on them n*ggas that was sh*tting on me
Will I live or will I die before they get to know me
If I go I know the ones that's pouring liquor for me
And I know the fake n*ggas really hating on me
Knew that I was bout' to blow so they was waiting on me
But Oh-No, Lord
See I'm smarter then they know-oh-oh
So hold on, Lord, cuz I ain't quite ready to go-oh –oh
Can I live
Somebody told me that it's only one shot, so I'll be God damn,
If I'm ever gonna stop
Promise to my momma I'ma make it to the top
So I'ma keep climbing to my heartbeat drop

[Verse 2]
Like the phone when she heard the news
Her sister on the other line talking to her shoes
The only son, what a thing to lose
More blacks singing more blues
More n*ggas pouring more brews
Poor dude he was young like 21, straight up out that city that I'm from
A real smart N*gga, but his n*ggas they was dumb
He ain't even get a chance to run
Before it landed in his lung
God, breathe n*gga.
His partner screaming "Don't you f*cking leave n*gga!!"
Took off his shirt tryna stop the bleeding n*gga, "Don't you go!"
But his life fading slow
Did I tell my mom I love her, do she know?
Did I tell my baby sorry from befo'
Won't get to see my son grow
Lord I ain't ready to go
Can I live? Can I live? Dear Lord, Can I live?
Can I live? Yea


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