Today’s Rap Appreciation Week winner for is Joe Haftek of Wyckoff NJ (one of my homeboys – literally).
My true appreciation of these lyrics came after Jay-Z did his crappy cover version of this song. The fact that Tupac wrote a lovesong about a gun, and made it sound like a lovesong about a girl, is incredible. He loved his “girlfriend”, but also acknowledged the danger in doing so. His real meaning behind the song was apparently lost, as evidenced by Jay-Z’s take on the song, which actually was about a girl. I appreciate the way he created this metaphor, and wonder if most people understand what the song is about, which is heightened by the fact that this song came out shortly after he was shot and killed.
I was too immature to understand your ways.
Inexperienced back in the days.
Caused so many arguments and strays.
Now I realize how to treat cha.
The secret to keep ya.
Bein faitful cuz now cheating’s leathal.
We closer than the hands of time.
Deeper than the drive of mankind.I trust you dearly,
I shoot blind.
In time I clock figures.
Droppin niggas as we rise.
We all souljas in God eyes.
Now it’s time for war.
Never leave me waitin.
Sleepin with you loaded by my bedside, crazy.
Jealous when you hang wit the fellas.
I wait patiently alone
anticipated for the moment you come home.
I’m waitin by the phone.
This is true love, I can feel it.
I’ve had a lot of women in my bed
But you the realest.
If you need me, call.
I’ll be there.
Through it all.
You’re the reason I could stand tall.
Me and my girlfriend.
Joe Haftek, Wyckoff NJ