Words to live by – Pop’s Reprise by Common

Common’s album Be is a favorite. And this song is the last song of the album. These words make my soul sing. Different lines speak to my heart at different times, but two of my favorites right now are: Be high when you’re low, be on-time and know when to go. And a life goal is to:  Be loved by God as much as God loved Ghandi and Martin Luther King.

After the jump, the lyrics in their entirety. I hope they bring you comfort and inspiration as they have done for me.

Pop’s Reprise by Common

Be, be here, be there, be that, be this
Be grateful for life, be grateful to life
Be gleeful everyday, for being the best swimmer among 500,000
Be-nign, be you, be mom’s mean pie, be little black sambo with bad hair
Be aware of what a lynch is,

Be, be boundless energy
Be a four star ghetto general, be no one except I
Be a strong academic student, be an A student in sociology
Be food for thought to the growing mind,

Be the author of your own horoscope
Be invited, be long-living, be forgiving, be not forgetful
Be a proud run, only to return to fight another day
Be peaceful if possible, but justice in ways
Be high when you low, be on time but knowing to go
Be cautious of the road to college, taking a detour through Vietnam or the middle east

Be absent of wars at any past or present fought amongst themselves
Be visual of foreclosure over your shoulder while begging
A nation built on free labor for reparation, Be a cartopogropher
Be a map maker, be able to find afro-american man
search thoroughly it may be close to black man
Be ammended 5/5ths, be ammended 5/5ths human
Be the owner of more land than is set aside for wild life
Be cupid, to world government
Be found among the true lost tribe
Be at full strength when walking through the valley
Be not foolish as tender 18 of the mountain tops
Be a brilliant soul, sparkling in the galaxy while walking on earth
Be loved by God as much as God loved Ghandi and Martin Luther King
Be that last one of 144,000, be the resident of that twelfth house
Be….eternal!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. B Dye
    Mar 21, 2010 @ 09:28:57

    Timely. Keep on keepin’ on. Thanks!

    Reply

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