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G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) Lyrics

Artist: Common
Album: One Day It'll All Make Sense

featuring Cee Lo

Common:
After bein' 25 you know just trying to survive in the world
Bout to have a little boy or baby girl. Who knows?
Anyway just when you start gettin that little age and experience to you
You start thinkin about stuff...tryin to make the right moves
So bust it out this is what I was thinkin check it

Yo the education of the Lon chicka Lonnie Lynn
Began, began with time
Bein my bloodline is one with the divine
In time brotha, you will discover the light
Some say that God is Black and the Devil's White
Well, the Devil is wrong and God is what's right
I fight, with myself in the ring of doubt and fear
The rain ain't gone, but I can still see clear
As a child, given religion with no answer to why
Just told believe in Jesus cuz for me he did die
Curiosity killed the catechism
Understanding and wisdom became the rhythm that I played to
And became a slave to master self
A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health
My mind had dealt with the books of Zen, Tao the lessons
Koran and the Bible, to me they all vital
And got truth within 'em, gotta read them boys
You just can't skim 'em, different branches of belief
But one root that stem 'em, but people of the venom try to trim 'em
And use religion as an emblem
When it should be a natural way of life
Who am I or they to say to whom you pray ain't right
That's who got you doin right and got you this far
Whether you say "in Jesus name" or Hum do Allah
Long as you know it's a bein' that's supreme to you
You let that show towards others in the things you do
Cuz when the trumpets blowin, 24 elders surround the throne
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get it baby

Chorus Cee-Lo:
I've lived and I've learned
I have taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I've cried
I have failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pouring rain
found joy through all my pain
I just wanna be happy with being me

Cee-Lo:
Let me voice my concern
So many of my fellow brothers have given themselves a title
That their actions didn't earn
Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence
Subconciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince
I've finally come to the realization why Black people in the worse place
Cuz it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know
Who you are in the first place
So I try to find the clue in you
But evidently, White folks know more Black history than we do
Why're we bein' lied to? I ain't know our history was purposely hidden
Damn, somethin' in me wanna know who I am
So I began my search, my journey started in church
It gave my heartache relief when I started to understand belief
Hustlin was like a gift spent my share of time in the streets
Taught me survival from this evil I'm just gonna have to deal with
And I felt like a fool when I tried to learn it in school
It almost seemed like a rehearsal when the only
Science and math are universal
Takin elder advice, read the Bible, the Koran
Searched scrolls from the Hebrew Israelites
Hold on, this ain't right, Jesus wasn't White
Some leads were granted with insight
and it's all in the plan, but it took me some time to overstand
He still created with the imperfection of man
So, with followin' I disagree
By no means have I forgotten or forgiven what's been done to me but
I do know the Devil ain't no White man, the Devil's a spiritual mind
That's color blind, there's evil White folk and evil niggas
You gon surely find there's no positivity without negativity
But one side you gonna have to choose
Any chance to speak I refuse to misuse
So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession
become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and
Can't follow your lesson
If a seed's sown, you make sure it's known, you make sure it's grown
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own

Well, I've lived and I've learned
I've taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I have cried
I failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pourin rain
I found joy through my pain
Just wanna be happy...bein me
Bein me
Comments/Interpretations
by Johnny on 7/1/2008 3:09am
"A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and wealth"
Sick quote!
by Joe on 7/8/2008 1:39am
he actualy said health. lol i love common too much to not know that was a mistake before i went back to the lyrics. and yeah dude be droping some sick rhyms
by Stevie on 7/15/2008 1:00am
Illest hip-hop artist since the creator himself (Gil-Scott Heron).
by Megan on 1/2/2009 9:40pm
Common is sick! Real Hip Hop.. can't get no deeper
by ben on 1/11/2009 1:48pm
why cant more rappers do stuff thats a little more meaningful, not all the time but at least occasionally. I'm not going to lie, i like to listen to some gangster rap every once in a while. common verses are so crazy
by Pete on 1/21/2009 7:23pm
Thats what is all about! Great! The boy from chi city shows the way again.
by Jura on 2/13/2009 4:24am
He is the one!
what megan said is right
REAL HIP-HOP!
by Common-Sense on 2/16/2009 6:03pm
'Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence
Subconciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince'! Deep Lyrics from cee-lo. But yo commons on a different plateu to most rappers
by LoMarkidaVe on 4/24/2009 10:27am
"I've finally come to the realization of why black people are in the worse place because it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know who you are in the first place
by Smooth on 7/18/2009 8:03am
Sick combo, Cee-lo and Common
by CHINKDAT NAYBA on 9/30/2009 2:53pm
GREATESTR SONG EVER
by James L. on 6/24/2010 8:39am
My man Common dropping that knowledge. No better lyrics that deal with religion than this one.
by Lebogang Mawelela on 7/9/2010 9:46am
I'm like a mad scientist,this music is too good.(feeds my intellectual capacity).
Common,when are you coming to South Africa????
by Tinashe Masawi on 12/7/2010 1:25pm
these lyrics are deep . Worth an ear. Hip hop with meaningful content . Make you realise we got a few talented and brainy rappers
by wandile sobekwa on 5/9/2011 10:10am
well all i was to say is already said so thankx to you common my nigga u made it clear that we all bellive in one god and no one knwows which colour was god.
by Kali on 5/10/2011 10:59pm
The guy is nothing for than an idiotic, venom spewing, racist thug...
by uhdgvuhfg on 5/11/2011 4:05pm
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by Derrick on 12/13/2011 8:32am
Common's the man i love his rhymes they r deep n inspirational
by Isaya Gideon Ngwijo on 1/3/2012 3:17pm
common you are so deep my brother it will be better if you come AFRIKA for more projects about AFRIKANS consciouness
by Vincent matemane on 1/25/2012 3:24pm
well common u realy knw hw 2 re present ur slf i min ur common-sense and ur always puting yourself in common sense!
by Asafa Lafeat on 4/3/2012 1:12pm
Her dreams always meant want they needed them to mean, what made them real was the action in between
by Nino from Los Angeles... on 5/2/2012 5:09am
I respect common as a man. But there is ONLY ONE WAY, AND THATS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST ! And I know deep down inside all of you know it too. Jesus was rissing frum tha dead. Wut about them other false gods. Jesus is God, and he will return to judge tha world. People I come with Christ like love. Repent and recieve Jesus as tha Son of God Tha Father. Read tha Bible not tha quron. Stop being decieved common and people. Theres is only ONE LORD AND ONE FAITH ! Jesus died for our sins. Them other false gods didnt cuz they cudnt. Cuz theyre not tha ONE TRUE GOD ! U want real hip hop. then get sum LECRAE,FLAME,TEDASHI, JSON,TRIP LEE,PRO,SHOBORAKA,UPWORDZ,AMBASSADOR,and CROSS MOVEMENT. THeyre reppin THA ONE TRUE GOD,JESUS CHRIST...GOD BLESS U ALL, TURN TO THA TRUTH...
by DRVM on 6/8/2012 5:11pm
Common knows we (african americans) are the true israellites the bible speaks of. listen towhat he is saying yall must wake up
by Sihle Bhengu on 6/26/2012 10:44am
Ilov common wth hz crazy rhymes uknw common's dope ...hs conditional wth hz imotional rhymes...nw im listen 2hz album ONE DAY IT'LL MAKE ASENCE Uknow it kwl
by jd on 11/1/2012 11:11pm
The piano
by Mawande Mawii Madolo on 12/9/2012 9:07am
You know, Common is one of the legendary rappers I without any doubt relate to.
Thanks to Common for these touching lyrics.


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