City High - What Would You Do

Boys and girls wanna here a true story
Saturday night was at this real wild party
They had the liquor overflowin' the cup
About 5-6 strippers tryin' to work for a buck
Took one girl outside with me
Her name was Lonnie
She went to junior high with me
I said, "Why you up in there dancin' for cash?"
I guess a whole lot has changed since I seen you last

What would you do if your son is at home
Cryin' all alone on the bedroom floor
Cause he's hungry
And the only way to feed him
Is to sleep with a man for a little bit of money
And his daddy's gone
Somewhere smokin' rock now
In and out of lockdown
I ain't gotta job now
So for you this is just a good time
But for me, this is what I call life

Girl the only one with a baby
That's no excuse to be livin' all crazy
And then she looked me dead square in the eye
And said everyday I wake up hopin' to die
She said, Nigga I know about pain cause
Me and my sister ran away so my daddy wouldn’t rape us
Before I was a teenager
I've done been through more shit you can't even relate to

(what would you do if)
Get up on my feet and let go of every excuse (What would you do if)
Cause I wouldn't want my baby to go through what I went through (What would you do if)
Get up on my feet and stop making tired excuses (What would you do if)
Girl if my mamma can do it, baby you can do it