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I've Got Life (Version)

This song is by Lauryn Hill and appears on the compilation Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone (2015).

This song contains a sample from "Ain't Got No (I Got Life)" by Nina Simone.
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I ain't got no home, ain't got no shoes
Ain't got no money, ain't got no class
Ain't got no friends, ain't got no schoolin'
Ain't got no hurt, ain't got no job
Ain't got no money, no place to stay
Ain't got no

Programmed inequity, it's in the nervous system
Listen, watch the words, how they twist 'em
Two thirds of the world turned victim
Subtle energy, they capture and block chi
The unseen violence behind the democracy

Some call it hypocrisy, turn freeman into property
And logically justify not treatin' 'em properly
Invisible ink in the Constitution
Meant to preserve the institution, unequal distribution
Of wealth, goods and services
Revolvin' door, no floor, just anxiety and nervousness
Trapped in circuses

Herds of us, not understandin' our purposes
When appetites and psychological types
Get caught in the hype, it's tight from morning till night
I'm demanding my rights, women's suffrage then black suffrage
Or Jim Crow, the KKK, American terrorism
Murders and beatings on television

It's in the cells now, you thought that was yesterday?
But the compression stays, trauma still got most afraid
Stuck in the memory, fear gives birth to lethargy
Generations of children in jeopardy
History written in jealousy, scribes full of heresy
Full of barbarians, ch-ch-check out my melody

Musical therapy, reprogram
Africa full of coal tan, Coltrane was a cold man
Black genius in a cold land, tryna be the whole man
Heal the homeland, pastime for our own land
Where a grown man can be a grown man

The system has benefit for robbery is robbery
You can't run from it, God is a natural monopoly
Divine creator stuck in monotony
Bureaucracy, psyche on poverty
Self-esteem broken like pottery
No more, not me, Code Name: Anomaly
'Cause there's just no match for the prodigy
Sovereignty, the God in me
Walking university, living cosmology
Without apology

I've got life
I've got laughs
I've got headaches and toothaches
And bad times too like you, you, you, you, you

Okay, the more you suppress life the stronger it gets
With death life the longer it gets
I know it's hard to admit
That you follow some bullshit
Swallow the wrong pill looking for Mr. Bill
Repression, oppression: same thing (same thing)
Fear the shadow that's the main thing (main thing)
They keep running from
Every action yields an equal and opposite one
Yes that means the consequence comes

Fields of cumbersome back breaking labor
Can't be healed with just a cummerbund
I was homecoming queen call me number one
Yep, that's another one, now give the drummer some

Tell every mother's son expression can be far more powerful than a hundred guns
See my Kalashnikov, lyrics with the safety off
Now dance around these niggas like Baryshnikov
Street sweeper, my words are my keeper
It's in the ether, now put your talent, tell the preachers
It's done let loose your tongue
Gifted, black and young
Watch these devils run

They knew a change was gonna come
Sinner man looking for a place to run
Tell the truth in tongues enemy reduced by one's
Thousands, two can put 10,000 in flight
Speak truth to power every 24 hours

No one, no serious
No goals, no concrete
No class, no schoolin'
No friends, no nothin'
We got no love

(Aye, let me tell you)
Imperialism was a form of jihad
They killed and enslaved millions for gold bullion in the name of God
The children of Mammon called it spiritual famine
Can we examine, how they stole bauxite, rubber, labor, diamonds and platinum?

The building blocks of society and economy
Broke humanity to build the colonies
Using reverse psychology
To keep us from knowing our quality
No more human tragedy, no more misrecognition, no more addiction
Let's accurately diagnose our condition

Listen, 400 years of the abuse and misuse of religion
Don't give me another person's prescription
I need what I need, my deeds are my deeds
As a man thinketh so is he, Mezanmi

Take the land back, every child, woman and man back
Reevaluate history, expeditiously
Can't live my life in apostasy
Emulate the apostrophem Sand no less can rock with me
I come in love and truth
Look at what I went through
Now it's time to acknowledge just what I give you:

Ain't got no earth, no oil
No food, no hole
I said I ain't got no clothes, no
No bed, ain't got no fear
I ain't got no love
Ain't got no

There's a whole lotta wrong to be righted, I get excited
I'mma kick this shit off like I'm on Manchester United
And my attention is undivided, so you can't divide and conquer me
I'm sitting comfortably in a SUV
Up in my SUV taking artistic liberties
Making musical history

A little acupuncture, structural integration
My meditation, liberating a generation
And beyond that I'm taking the bomb back
I'm splitting atoms for freedom, America needs more freed men
Able to talk right, not prone to greed men
(It's just not what you need, man)

Let your words and your deeds line up
Master the mind, young king man, put your signs up, intelligent designs up
Plant your seeds, keep your dimes up
'Cause no man knows when the time's up

It's elemental like Solomon in the temple, Ark of the Covenant
Accountable to a higher government
I'm looking for love (in all the wrong places)
Somebody tell me, where them brothas went

Reclaim your wealth, no more giving the enemy help
No more sympathy for the devil, let him hang himself
Get all the billion black people out of these bottles
Suffer while grown people get coddled, you know the novel

What have I got
Ah, what have I got
Let me tell ya what I got
You know that's gonna take away
Let the world know

I got my hair on my head
My brains, my ears
My eyes, nose and my mouth
I got my smile

I got my tongue, chin
Neck, my boobies
My heart, soul and my back
I got my sex

I got my arms, my hands
My fingers, my legs
My feet, my toes and my liver
Got my blood

I've got life
I've got laughs
I've got headaches and toothaches and bad times too
Like you

I've got life
I've got laughs
I've got headaches and toothaches and bad times too
Like you


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