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Six a.m. getting out of bed again Can't get back in 'cause sleep ain't gonna pay the rent Ohh day to day they got you working like a slave Taking credit for the work you gave And stealing your raise but I...
Chorus I know you're down but when you gon get up I see you're down but when you gon get up (Repeat)
People try to pull the wool over your eyes Don't know why they want to profit from your demise Oooo they lie to cover up how weak they are inside Oh baby baby don't you cry All you got's your pride so I I I I
Chorus I see you're down
(Mos Def) Hey now I'm going for mine Said even though they trying to hold me down You know I'm a shine Put your hurdles up but still I'm hopping over the nine I stay ahead of the race because I'm setting the pace Hop on my feet I caught a ? like I'm a federal case Cause there's incredible stakes Brooklyn incredible place for all the seminal waste Who make their memorable case Who got the measure and grace Amongst the pressure and snakes Sometimes I'm still to stay(?) competitive Do whatever it takes To all my folk who understand that NYC is the way For overseas or anywhere inside the 50 you stay So if you really know the really really really real-ly Wave your hands in the space It's time to build and create Me and my squad is on the job So that the children's is straight To understand the higher plan And to expand my estates I can't give hardly give up my motivation a must Amel Larrieux and M-O-S'll make the people GET UP!
(Amel) I want you to get get up I want you to get get up I want you to get get up Not down not with a frown
(Amel) After all the work you gave Stealing your raise Stealing your raise Steal-ing your raise