Musical Interlude

Big Boi feat. Mary J. Blige and DJ Drama – “Something’s Gonna Have to Give

Lyrics (below the jump):

(Intro – DJ Drama)
It’s funny right?
They say things that changed.
No more messages in the music.
Record sales down. Gas prices up.

No more love from your love. No more love for your love.
Change is overdue. Something’s gotta give! Big Boi!!

(Big Boi – Verse 1)

You can try to run the planet
Or watch it on the news
Somebody’s getting shot
The weatherman’s looking confused
He’s reporting to a nation full of zombies
Strung out on Starbucks and bitching Abercrombie

Don’t get it mixed up
me too I have insomni-a
at times
but don’t be walking around here blind
feeling all around trying to find a righteous path.

It’s appealing when I rhyme
so every time I hit the Bass-ist.
You know, the common folk, blue collar
day to day workers that squeeze a dollar
so maybe they can swallow,
a little, not a lot, just enough to fill that bottle

But its a million dollars a gallon for gas to get to work tomorrow.
Thats if you gotta get it
can’t swim and carpool

you rob Peter to pay Paul to make due
make you wanna write a note and take a pistol to that bank too
then pass it on the teller
But you know better

(Chorus– Mary J Blige)

They try to tell us to stay strong,
but every day we losing jobs,
from College Park down to Beverly Hills,
Something’s Gonna Have to Give

Across the world they live in fear
but its the same thing over here.
If you can hear me on Capitol Hill,
Something’s gonna have to give.

(Big Boi – Verse 2)
The great debaters debate about who’s the greatest MCs
subject matter don’t matter because the verse is empty.
No food for thought, nothing for the brain to digest
so I guess it be about who can jive talk the best

but I give them light like the traffic I direct
inspiring they life like they was actors on my set
as if I was a politic
I’m higher than a tent
I’d be a liar if I wasn’t sick and tired of this mess.

(Chorus)

(Mary J Blige – Verse 3)
Single mother in the struggle and its no fun
but you don’t really understand until you are one
a child’s sick and hes losing his endurance
she wanna fix him but she ain’t got no insurance.

Now we don’t even wanna talk about the man’s plight
Out on parole with the promise that he’ll do right
but a felon has no chance for a new start
so its back to doing hand to hand on his own life
and at night we’re all the same
and I know you feel my pain

and the only hope I have
that helps me deal with the drama
is that maybe in November
I’ll be cheering for Obama.

(Chorus)

(Deep Voice)

The world is too big

(Big Boi – Verse 4)
Free ya mind or be stuck like porcupine
left behind
that’s the bottom line
gotta find that grind
because the time won’t come back around
get it now!

(Deep Voice)
The world is too big

(Big Boi)
Step on the stars
while you’re reaching for the sun
but never burn a bridge
each one teach one
If you lend a helping hand
you may never need one

(Deep Voice)
The world is too big

(Mary J Blige – Final Verse)

And I heard him say that every man, women, child was gonna be ok
I heard him say that they would bring home our soldiers home in one piece today, hey!

(Deep Voice)
The world is too big

(Mary J Blige)
But its not that way
They been selling us a dream
Telling us were on the same team
Now we all gotta deal with the lies.

(Chorus)

(H/T Todo Mundo)

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