Artist: Nas f/ Bravehearts Album: I Am... (Cassette Tape Only) Song: Pray Typed by: Mad_Dawg_2020@yahoo.com [Nas] "What we need to be thinkin' about is the future! We don't know what's in store tomorrow! All we can do is just guess! We want the best for tomorrow; for our family, for our children, for our future but if we don't get up andact like we want it, we gotta pray to somebody! We ain't to tough to pray! You walkin' around like a gangsta, gangstas pray! Thugs pray! Tell me somethin'; if you ain't prayin', where would y'all be today? Where would y'all momma be today? How would you be here? Somebody prayin' for you, nigga!" [Horse] I never thought bein' a man you could hang in the end Facin' life with no parol and consecut' sentencin' Got people witnessin', your co-defendent snitchin', your back against the wall, your left eye is twitchin' Loyal ladies usual, a D-and A's the mutual Scared to face the light of a courtroom site Racist cops on each side 'cause the know I just might make a break for the door but I give it my all If I die in this struggle, give my momma a call 'cause she always left these jewels: what goes up must fall Since I fell dead broke, landed in jail Refused to face the facts, how wifey skipped to town with the bail I'm on my own now, V8, far away from home now Palmer wealth state, the law changes each date Secret inditements got me knocked, there ain't no price I can pay to get me the fuck up out this shit, so to Allah I pray for forgiveness - Yes, I sinned and I need to be held and jail ain't no place a black man wanna be killed Amen I only pray when shit is fucked up! I only pray when my life is lookin' bad luck! I only pray when I'm in mothafuckin' handcuffs! Callin' out for someone, somewhere! Is there anybody out there? [Wiz] I look up at the sky, why do young niggas die? Felt the stray hit me, somebody stay with me Fallin' to the ground with the sound of a four-pound near me Bitches screamin', wish I was dreamin' I fought a thousand gun fights, near one bullet skipped me on the morning run to get my little sisters Rice Krispies Played the numbers knowin' that I got my lucky dice wit' me See some niggas I know I can roll - Uh, uh! Get them bitches, left all of them broke, left what they smoke Hoes yellin', 'Watch ya back!' But before I could turn around, before I could I react, blaow! Blaow! Blaow! Would you look at me now? Is this blood that I feel as I fell to the ground? Feel like a head shot but maybe just grazed my temple Niggas diggin' in my pockets, sayin' I just rolled a pimple Yo, my mouth was movin' but it was nothin' I was sayin' Only if they knew deep inside my mind, I was prayin' Amen I only pray when shit is fucked up! I only pray when my life is lookin' bad luck! I only pray when I need his help the most, what?! Callin' out to someone, somewhere! Yo, is anybody out there? [Jungle] Ain't nothin' stoppin' me - Untouchable - Hoes, I fucked a few Style like The Greatest, Ali - Check what the knuckle do Rock bubblegoose to mink, big links, yellow ice, live the ghetto life, 'fuck y'all think? Bravehearted; fuck around, get graveyarded Dearly departed - The word on the street, I'm a target I ain't runnin', I ain't hidin', I'm ridin' I be gunnin', y'all be duckin' and divin' when I come through buckin' this four-fivin' Revenge you sayin' you gettin' but shit is gettin' too wild, this lifestyle of sprayin' weapons so I check out the preacher - Life is off the meter Thoughts of homicide, tryin' to dodge the reaper Confessions in a church 'cause it hurts, behind a curtain Nigga talkin' to me, but I ain't certain Voice sound familiar so I pulled the shade back It was this stupid nigga that I popped way back He set me up, he just got to the preist I tried to reach but he had his heat pointed my way and said, 'Pray' [Nas] "You've got to pray, huh! I mean pray, pray, and when you pray, you got to look up to the lord, huh! You got to look up and you got to pray for your children, huh! You got to pray for that man in front of the liquor store, huh! You got to pray for that man on the corner! He know he doin' wrong, but somebody gotta pray for him, huh! You know we doin' wrong, but we gotta pray for ourselves! You know we are headin' to this new millennium, goddamnit! They say a comet is comin' to this world by the year two-thousand, I say it's God! It's up to you to pray to that higher power higher than yourself and humble yourself and, and, and beg for forgiveness 'cause it comes back to you! A man told me that while he was in jail, all he did was pray. All he did was stay in his jail cell and pray to God..."