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[Verse One: 2Pac]

When I was young me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
With the big boys, breakin all the rules
I shead tears with my baby sister
Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
And even though we had different daddy's, the same drama
When things went wrong we'd blame mama
I reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell
Huggin on my mama from a jail cell
And who'd think in elementary?
Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day
And runnin from the police, that's right
Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside
And even as a crack fiend, mama
You always was a black queen, mama
I finally understand
For a woman it ain't easy tryin to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
There's no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

[Chorus: Reggie Green & "Sweet Franklin" w/ 2Pac]

Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't cha know we love ya?

[second and third chorus, "And dear mama" instead of "Dear mama"]

[Verse Two: 2Pac]

Now ain't nobody tell us it was fair
No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn't there
He passed away and I didn't cry, cause my anger
Wouldn't let me feel for a stranger
They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless, but all along
I was lookin for a father he was gone
I hung around with the Thugs, and even though they sold drugs
They showed a young brother love
I moved out and started really hangin
I needed money of my own so I started slangin
I ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocks
It feels good puttin money in your mailbox
I love payin rent when the rent's due
I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
Cause when I was low you was there for me
And never left me alone because you cared for me
And I could see you comin home after work late
You're in the kitchen tryin to fix us a hot plate
Ya just workin with the scraps you was given
And mama made miracles every Thanksgivin
But now the road got rough, you're alone
You're tryin to raise two bad kids on your own
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated


[Verse Three: 2Pac]

Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, cause through the drama
I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I'm hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy there's no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act craaazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night there's a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold on
It's a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated


Sweet lady
And dear mama

Dear mama
Lady [3X]

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  • Bridg101
    Bridg101Apr 4, 2009 at 7:31 am
    I don't really like tupac but just reading these lyrics i think about all those people out there less fountante then us who live on the streets who dont have a bed but they have a family member or someone special with them or without them thats what keeps em' going. [I think a little tear came to my eye when i read there lyrics]
  • j
    jarojas1225Apr 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm
    even though he didn't like some of the things his mom said and did, he knows she did them out of love, and just wants to show her that now that he's grown, he understands now why she did the things she did and that he appreciates her for doing them, and that he loves her for sacrificing herself the way she did. even when she was on drugs, she still tried to provide for her children, and he understands that. he loves her for everything she's ever done.
  • shawtty
    shawttySep 24, 2008 at 7:13 am
    lOve this bit sad i rekOn.. but it shOws wat mOthers dO fOr der friend used to sing it wit his mum but she died [R.I.P] everyOne lOves der thankful tO have One if yOu dO. † R.I.P 2Pac. †
  • U
    UnregisteredAug 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
    I think of omy mama everyday as i go through life obsticles. She may have not had the educaton of book smarts. But her life educaton is what got me through to where i am today. I miss her so, but she is right now in a better place with god now. But i still feel her presence everyday. I love you mama. Ricky dillon st charles, il
  • U
    UnregisteredSep 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    'i like the concept, the lyrics a very natural.. its all about his life, he didnt hesitate to publish his story, i like it specially how appreciate ang love her mom, the song made me cry, remind me my mom, coz she is not with us, i miss her a lot, i wish i can take the pain away that she feels now,

    thnx tupac for these song, peace up there

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