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CunninLynguists - The Gates (ft. Tonedeff)

from Cold​.​Killed​.​Collected. (2005​-​2010) by Tonedeff

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Tell the Reverend Harris to pray for me, Lord
I ain’t gonna live
I don’t believe I’m gonna live to get much older

[Verse:1] Tonedeff
Lights out, so peaceful, stressless
Things used to seem so restless
Forgive me please, see I need to address this
Just haven’t been this breathless since I met this
Woman who lept into my life when I was reckless
Mothered my blessed kid, but was destined to exit early
Guess you can say I’ve been blessed with the best gifts
Reminiscing, holding her neckless in my clench fist
It’s funny how we move in sudden directions
Dedicated my life to the public’s protection
Never remarried cause love’s an investment
Besides, I had a baby girl to worry about
That would struggle to blend in
Now as I think, a weightlessness is interrupting my senses
A pulsing tension carries my very frame
I rise up in ascension- WAIT!
I try to escape, but I arrive at these gates
I see a figure standing guard who invites me to pray

I’ve tried it all
At the gates of Hell
I’m going to lay
Down, down

[Verse:2] Tonedeff
I walk towards the figure that’s standing, extending it’s hand
I move to enter past the gates yet I’m met with it’s grasp
Slow down son, there’s things to discuss, such as family
But first, let us talk about vanity
Vanity?? Man, you’re sadly mistaken
Either that, or your sanity’s shaken
If you’d examined my patiently
You’d retract on your statement
I haven’t sinned flagrantly, I’ve acted as faithfully
As any other single father
Who raised a baby girl graciously
Nakedly, she was at your door after her mother’s death
Ignorant to racial anger and other stress
Later had a mixed baby at her sweet sixteen
How did that fit within your picnic scene?
Sometimes it’s too late to fix these things
The pristine dream was over,
Had to face the fact she split these genes with his sick seed
With skin the darkest pigment seen
And so I kicked and screamed,
Until we found the peace the distance brings
A mixed raced queen, that was your thoughts bout her mamma
Up yonder went her soul, your hate growed from ponders
On life, being less trife with a white wife
So any instances of ya’lls differences it was slice-slice
Oh my, it’s not her race, my daughter’s love flies blind
I couldn’t take her making the same mistakes that crushed my life
I’m dumb struck, by these baseless, allegations
I’ve saved too many lives of all creeds
For you to paint me s a racist
I’ve endangered my own safety to save babies from blazes
Black, white, latino, even asian on occasion
But why so?
How dare you question my motivation!
No need to second guess, your only aim was to be famous
Lord knows, you’ve left behind scorched souls
Black children found chilling, later found burnt whole
So sadly, your glory’s to come urgently
Sentenced to fight fires for eternity


from Cold​.​Killed​.​Collected. (2005​-​2010), released June 21, 2011
Written by: Tonedeff & Deacon The Villain // Produced By: Kno for Knolan Ryan Productions (ASCAP)


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