G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) Lyrics - Common

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[Featuring Cee-Lo]
Common:
After bein' 25, you know, just trying to survive in the world
Bout to have a little boy or baby girl. Who knows?
Anyway, just when you start gettin that little age and experience to
you
You start thinkin about stuff...tryin to make the right moves
So bust it out, this is what I was thinkin, check it
Yo, the education of the Lon-chicka-Lonnie Lynn
Began, began with time
Bein my bloodline is one with the divine
In time brotha, you will discover the light
Some say that God is Black and the Devil's White
Well, the Devil is wrong and God is what's right
I fight, with myself in the ring of doubt and fear
The rain ain't gone, but I can still see clear
As a child, given religion with no answer to why
Just told believe in Jesus cuz for me he did die
Curiosity killed the catechism
Understanding and wisdom became the rhythm that I played to
And became a slave to master self
A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health
My mind had dealt with the books of Zen, Tao the lessons
Koran and the Bible, to me they all vital
And got truth within 'em, gotta read them boys
You just can't skim 'em, different branches of belief
But one root that stem 'em, but people of the venom try to trim 'em
And use religion as an emblem
When it should be a natural way of life
Who am I or they to say to whom you pray ain't right
That's who got you doin right and got you this far
Whether you say "in Jesus name" or Hum do Allah
Long as you know it's a bein' that's supreme to you
You let that show towards others in the things you do
Cuz when the trumpets blowin, 24 elders surround the throne
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get it baby
Chorus Cee-Lo:
I've lived and I've learned
I have taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I've cried
I have failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pouring rain
found joy through all my pain
I just wanna be happy with being me
Cee-Lo:
Let me voice my concern
So many of my fellow brothers have given themselves a title
That their actions didn't earn
Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence
Subconciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince
I've finally come to the realization why Black people in the worse
place
Cuz it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know
Who you are in the first place
So I try to find the clue in you
But evidently, White folks know more Black history than we do
Why're we bein' lied to? I ain't know our history was purposely hidden
Damn, somethin' in me wanna know who I am
So I began my search, my journey started in church
It gave my heartache relief when I started to understand belief
Hustlin was like a gift spent my share of time in the streets
Taught me survival from this evil I'm just gonna have to deal with
And I felt like a fool when I tried to learn it in school
It almost seemed like a rehearsal when the only
Science and math are universal
Takin elder advice, read the Bible, the Koran
Searched scrolls from the Hebrew Israelites
Hold on, this ain't right, Jesus wasn't White
Some leads were granted with insight
and it's all in the plan, but it took me some time to overstand
He still created with the imperfection of man
So, with followin' I disagree
By no means have I forgotten or forgiven what's been done to me but
I do know the Devil ain't no White man, the Devil's a spiritual mind
That's color blind, there's evil White folk and evil niggas
You gon surely find there's no positivity without negativity
But one side you gonna have to choose
Any chance to speak I refuse to misuse
So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession
become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and
Can't follow your lesson
If a seed's sown, you make sure it's known, you make sure it's grown
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
Well, I've lived and I've learned
I've taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I have cried
I failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pourin rain
I found joy through my pain
Just wanna be happy...bein me
Bein me






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No Title | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/18/09

Sometimes I, or probobly "we", regres our choices, or some kind of obligatory choices of religion from our parents, neighbors and many other people surrounding us. Let me tell you guys my experience. I used to believe in Christianity, but somehow, I've been sitting at my sofa on Sundays watching TV. I don't know- it's maybe because some kind of religious belief inside me "shrinked".
After I listend to this-
I said "sorry god, I knew that I was doing something to be regretted later"
And I said "thank you god, for creating such meaningful people, whose lyrics make my eyes wet."



defination | Reviewer: kaziboni shadreck | 6/25/09

common truly defines himself from the rest in the rap game.this brother gave me insight into something i never thought of through the years.g.o.d was an eye opener the first time i heard it.a lot of people overlook what common is saying in this track.the whole album makes my day.



Powerful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/09

The lyrics to this song are so powerful you have to stop and think to yourself, "Is he really saying this?" I love Common and he continues to amaze me with his brillant use of the language and his awareness of his surroundings! We need more brothers out there like him that are uplifting our people and not making them look like fools! This is a beautiful song!



Soulful | Reviewer: Thulani | 3/3/08

This song is an astounding work of genius. There is nothing I love more than when a rapper takes the time to reflect on crucial societal issues that due to a feeling of powerlessness, some choose to ignore. As Blacks, we often undergo huge perplexities when it comes to religious affiliation. Speaking now, I have been in such a maze where I am bewildered as to which religion to follow particularly between Islam and Christianity. As the song suggests, one's historical and self-awareness is the focal point. Common makes the issue so simple as he says: "as long as you know it's a being that's supreme to you". Cee-lo brilliantly executes the last chorus of this song, so much so that it brought tears to my eyes the first couple of times I heard it. This is truly something special and the kind of hip hop that I will make sure that my own progeny are acquainted with. Thank you Common and Cee-lo.



wow | Reviewer: Elisa | 9/24/07

I love this song because it points out so many things that need to be talked about. Black people can't always blame white men for our short-comings. Not to say injustice does not happen but if fail to educate ourselves, we are responisble for our own short-comings. Common is lyrically brillant and so is Cee-lo.



individuality | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/11/07

I love this song, common is very intellectual. Few people value self knowledge and gain.





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