[intro: A friend's voicemail to Dave] Dave, whattup man? It's me Umm.. just callin to see, if possible, if you have any Time today or within the next couple of days If, if, you're in the studio.. or if you're at home.. or car, whatever That song.. that.. it's called trying or something, Mase Was tellin me that I needed to hear? He said it was amazing Whoo.. the way he was talkin.. man I want to hear it!
[Dave] Am I just another lost in the pack? We for shack ship, you know laugh it off Years just blow by My eyes stay fixed but the picture's kinda outta focus I cry a lot but admit to it Enjoyin life now but I've been through it Sometimes I wish that I can go back No bills no kids just getting tore back I want a wife, I love women How could I front like I don't be in love wit em? A li'l man that I can teach A li'l sand but not the beach I figure excess'll only bring an excessive amount of fussin So when I'm gone, make sure the head stone reads, 'He did it for us' I'm like your modern day Jesus I cherish warm thoughts like a gray goose And float soft kisses to my baby (yo ain't that Dave's little girl?) Yeah, respect her for that She gon be somebody Instead of somebody-baby-mama You see young minds are now made of armor I'm tryin to pop a hole in your Yankee cap Absorb me The skies over your head ain't safe no more And Hip Hop ain't your own And if it is then you fuckin up the crib son You make life look like I don't want to live one You might as well hold your breath until you die in a Corner somewhere bent over in the crevice This God Theory overcomes the worst of weathers As long as you willin to try, you on a good start homie .. you on a good start.. see nigga tryin
[Chorus: Dave & Children] [Dave] People are you ready? [Children] Yes we're ready!
Are you really ready? We want to be ready!
Ready for the change that may approach you? Yes!
Follow down the path that you supposed to? Yes!
People are you ready? Yes we're ready!
Are you really ready to try? We want to try harder!
You know mistakes are trials that we learn from? Yes! I order to live life, you must earn one? Yes!
People are you ready? [Pos] Throughout my change to grow, Some of my people got left behind They didn't listen for the gun, as I leaped from off the line Thirteen years deep in this marathon I'm runnin Paid dues and still got bills to pay When I came back around the way Old friends gave me dead eyes And fake smiles, half wide We were supposed to rid the world of danger These days we nod heads and small talk like polite strangers It's natural to fall off, just land close to the tree I'll be there if they need me to be And I know all my local shorties 'cause they all know who I am And latey want to flip grammar instead of grams Like that's the only choice they got They tell me how they gonna shake up the game But came to me to see if I could give em guidance for change Shit why'all, I need guidance myself And I chisel right words to make gems Got fans around the world, but my girl's no one of em And my relationship's a big question 'cause my career's a clear hindrance to her progression Said she needs a man and our kids need a father I'm not at all ready to hear her say don't bother And break And this I know I can't take But uhh C. Smith said to hold on My brother Luck said to hold on My nigga Dave said to hold on My nigga Mase said to hold on Yo, Maseo, we need to hold on Eh, yo, why'all we need to hold on
[Chorus: Pos & Children] [Pos] People are you ready? [Children] Yes we're ready!
Well, what you want to be? We want to be ready!
Do you want to lose hate for love? Yes!
Do you want to see these gates above? Yes!
I said people are you ready? Yes we're ready!
But are you willing to try? We want to try harder!
Do you really want to carry some weight? Yes!
Are you ready to design your fate? Yes!
Yo, people are you ready? Yes we're ready!
Well what you want to be? We want to be ready!..
[outro: AOI computer honey] Operation complete. Preparing for.. Installment three