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"Changes," by Tupac Shakur

Author: Tupac Shakur

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[2Pac:]
I see no changes, wake up in the morning and I ask myself:
"Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?"
I'm tired of being poor and, even worse, I'm black
My stomach hurts so I'm looking for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he's a hero
"Give the crack to the kids: who the hell cares?
One less hungry mouth on the welfare!"
First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal to brothers
Give 'em guns, step back, watch 'em kill each other
"It's time to fight back," that's what Huey said
Two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother
But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other
We gotta start making changes
Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers
And that's how it's supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
But things change... and that's the way it is

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May 16
Quantel Branch (May 16 2019 2:03PM) : 2 pac always been a express type of person/ emotional person and talking about the world
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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 1:49PM) : I understand that line 100%, like sometimes I ask my self what the point in living if where gonna die one day and all this is gonna be over, like we as human been doing some much to die in 60 or 70 years. so this lines is relatable. [Edited]
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May 16
OMAR RAMIREZ (May 16 2019 1:40PM) : Suicide more

I understood the last two sentences perfectly, and it is in fact a very controversial comment to be said. Suicide is not a joke, and you need to be in a very deep and dark place to even think of something like that, and I relate.

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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 1:52PM) : this is a big problem in society and the world. people that are black or less likey to not get treated as fair or equal as white people they see blackness as a weapon, which is terrible because it doesn't matter what color you are,white black we are equal
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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:00PM) : This a true but terrible thing in America, some cops not all but most are bad and treat people different because there black lately a-lot of people have died from white cops shooting a black person b/c they thought they had a gun like "The Hate You Give"
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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:06PM) : Even those police are part of the problem us as black people have to stand for ourself instead of killing each other making us look to society we are who they say we are but where not.
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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:08PM) : This is the realtiy of things, tupac knows things changed thats why he's trying to make a difference by making a song and trying to show black people whats happening because some are not aware there color is a weapon to cops even black cops.

[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac:]
I see no changes, all I see is racist faces
Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under, I wonder what it takes to make this
One better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people, they'll be acting right
'Cause both Black and White are smoking crack tonight
And the only time we chill is when we kill each other
It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven-sent
We ain't ready to see a black president
It ain't a secret, don't conceal the fact:
The penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
Try to show another way, but you staying in the dope game
Now tell me, what's a mother to do?
Being real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way
"I made a G today," but you made it in a sleazy way
Selling crack to the kids
"I gotta get paid!", well hey, but that's the way it is

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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:10PM) : Yeah i agree we as a society say we want change but we don't do nothing and all be do is be racist to each other when we need to realize we are equal and all the same just because of are different color it doesn't mean were worst or better then each other
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SAPPHIRE NEBLETT (May 16 2019 1:34PM) : Evil, and acting right more

I really like this sentence because I feel like everyone would be acting right if everyone didn’t have so much hatred in their hearts or mind.

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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:13PM) : There's a saying that we don't see the problem until we face the consequences of the issue, and we need to change that because we can't just keep waiting for other black man to get shot by a white cop we need to make a change.
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EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:15PM) : Sometimes people sell drugs because that's the only way they could eat or rase there kid and i know its bad but that's just the way it is

[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac talking:]
We gotta make a change
It's time for us as a people to start making some changes
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
And let's change the way we treat each other
You see the old way wasn't working
So it's on us to do what we gotta do to survive

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May 15
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:17PM) : I agree as a young teen i feel we need to make a change for my generation and the next one and so on don't go through what we're going through now.
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[2Pac:]
And still I see no changes
Can't a brother get a little peace?
It's war on the streets and a war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty
They got a war on drugs so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the facts giving it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up
Crack you up and pimp-smack you up
You gotta learn to hold your own
They get jealous when they see you with your mobile phone
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this, when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool
You say it ain't cool, my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped
And I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the payback
Some buck that I roughed up way back
Coming back after all these years
"Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!" That's the way it is

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EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:24PM) : and that's the reality of it.
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EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:20PM) : Instead of focusing on drugs they should focus on more important issue like poverty drugs are an issue because cops make it an issue.
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EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 15 2019 2:23PM) : He's saying that as long as he's black and this problem is not solved he gotta be protected and have a gun, i understand but that just makes it worst for his imagine but this terrible society.
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[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
(You're my brother, you're my sister)
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac:]
Some things'll never change

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Writers: Buce Randall Hornsby, Deon Evans, Tupac Amaru Shakur

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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