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Jonylah Forever-Lyrics

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There is no actual entry today.

Instead, below are the transcribed lyrics to the song dedicated to Jonylah Watkins from Chicago rapper/activist Lupe Fiasco.

I figured if a song could have me near tears at 4 in the morning, the words are probably worth posting.

If you haven’t heard the song yet, go here.

See y’all Monday.



(You live)

How ‘bout them bullets ain’t slow you up

You ain’t really die and we watched you grow up

At twelve months you took your first steps

Uncle Lee across the kitchen floor to your best

Your first breaths that we can call words

Were in your fathers’ lap on November 23rd

And they would live for me

And he did for you, flipped a neutron and stayed inside the crib for you

And this commitment from your father imparted a deep sense of value you’d forever harbor

We were all so proud as we seen you getting smarter

And the bond grow deep between a mother and a daughter

‘Cause you were not a martyr

You live


At 6 you started reading whole books

At 7 you knew how a brain looked

And could roughly describe all the different regions

Could tell when we were sick, and even knew the reasons

The world wasn’t at peace, gunfire every weekend

But you were hardly there, ‘cause you were always leaving

Field Museum, planetarium, aquarium

You saw something special in the tank you were staring in

And in those moments, as a little girl

You realized there was a bigger world

Bigger than the South Side, bigger than Chicago

You were bigger still wanted rims on your car though

And big-ass woofers in your car door

So you could wang like your daddy at the park eatin’ Sharks

Went to King where you were teached to being smart

When you bumped into Hadiya teaching art

You live



At 16 is when you got your scholarship

At 22 is when you got your doctorate

Even now it’s kind of hard to believe

But your father taught you work hard, and achieve

And you complied, accepted by every medical school you applied

But the coolest thing is when they offered you that high paying slot you replied

“They need me in the hood,” and that’s where you reside

Free clinic, nobody denied

That’s when you heard the shots and quickly ran outside

And saw a man in a van with a bleeding baby in his hands

Fading fast but you knew she could survive

Did everything you could to keep this girl alive

Stabilized until the ambulance arrived

And in that moment where you gave your help

I bet you didn’t know that you saved yourself

You live


Written by aceviewblogger

March 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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