Common The Corner Lyrics

Be Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Be (intro)
  • 2 The Corner
  • 3 GO!
  • 4 Faithful
  • 5 Testify
  • 6 Love Is…
  • 7 Chi-City
  • 8 The Food (live)
  • 9 Real People
  • 10 They Say
  • 11 It's Your World, Parts 1 & 2
  • Memories on the corners with the fo's and the mo's
    Walk to the store for the rose, talking straightforward to hoes
    Got uncles that smoke, and some put blow up they nose
    To cope with the lows, the wind is cold and it blows
    In their socks and their soles, *****s holding they rolls
    Corners leave souls opened and closed, hoping for mo'
    With nowhere to go, *****s rolling in droves
    They shoot the wrong way, cause they ain’t knowin' their goals
    The streets ain’t safe cause they ain’t knowing the code
    By the foes I was told, either focus or fold
    Got cousins with flows, hope they open some doors
    So we can cop clothes and roll in a Rolls
    Now I roll in a Olds, with windows that don’t roll
    Down the roads where cars get broken and stole
    These are the stories told by Stony and Cottage Grove
    The world is cold, the block is hot as a stove
    On the corners

    I wish I could give you this feeling
    I wish I could give this feeling
    On the corners *****s rob or kill
    And dying just to make a living, huh?

    We overstated, we underrated, we educated
    The corner was our time when time stood still and
    Gators and snakeskins and
    Yellow and pink and profiles

    Street lights and deep nights, cats trying to eat right
    Riding no-seat-bikes, with work to feed hypes
    So they can get sweet Nike's, they head and they feet right
    Desires of street life, cars and weed types
    It’s hard to breathe nights, days are thief-like
    The beasts roam the streets, the police is Greek-like
    Game at its peak, we speak and believe hype
    Bang in the streets hats cocked left or deep right
    It’s steep life, coming up where *****s is sheep-like
    Rappers and hoopers, we strive to be like
    G's with three strikes, seeds that need light
    Cheese and recite, needs and BE strife
    The corner, where struggle and greed fight
    We write songs about wrong ‘cause it’s hard to see right
    Look to the sky, hoping it will bleed light
    Reality's a *****, and I heard that she bites
    The corner

    I wish I could give you this feeling
    I wish I could give this feeling
    On the corners *****s rob or kill
    And dying just to make a living, huh?

    The corner was our magic, our music, our politics
    Fires raised as tribal dances and war cries
    Broke out on different corners
    Power to the people
    Black power
    Black is beautiful

    Black church services, murderers, Arabs serving burgers
    As cats with gold permanents, move they bags as herbalists
    The dirt isn’t just fertile, it’s people working and earning this
    The curb getters go where the cash flow and the current is
    It’s so hot that *****s burn to live
    The furnace is, where the money moving, the determined live
    We talk ****, play lotto, and buy German beers
    It’s so black packed with action that's affirmative
    The corners

    I wish I could give you this feeling
    I wish I could give this feeling
    On the corners *****s rob or kill
    And dying just to make a living, huh?

    The corner was our Rock of Gibraltar, our Stonehenge
    Our Taj Mahal, our monument
    Our testimonial to freedom, to peace, and to love
    Down on the corner

    Written by: Umar Bin Hassan, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Leon Moore, Kanye West, Kanye Omari West
    Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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