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a minute to pray and a second to die lyrics

Artist: scarface
Song: a minute to pray and a second to die
Album: Mr. Scarface is Back
Year: 1995
Life goes on in the streets of my hood when you die
But some cry, and gets by, while others choose to wonder why
His life was took at such an early age
A young nigga who lived in a rage died by the gage

He used to hustle on the street corners
His mom would always beg him to quit, but he didn't wanna
As he got older, he got even worse
'Til a real nigga showed him the purpose of a hearse

A cold night in his hood, he had a tangle
The brother he was squabblin' with, had broke his ankle
Laid him out in the driveway
Some people knew he wouldn't survive, but hey

I ain't the one to speak up on another's
All I can do is try to open his eyes and help the brother
He chose the wrong way and that's the route he took
Born and brought up as an angel but he died as a crook

He had a baby that he couldn't raise
And she will never see her father again, 'cause he's in a grave
I always think about [Incomprehensible]
"My daddy was a dopeman, so I'ma be a dope dealer"

How will the family explain it?
"My daughter had a baby for a 'caine head"
He ain't around to see her walk
Dry her eyes when she cries, pick her up when she falls

Just the thought of a kid livin' fly fucks me up
When his girl has to raise a bastard child
It gets deeper, he used to punch her and beat her
She was loyal to his ass but accused as a cheater

She had a good deck but she picked the wrong card
Had a kid, now she's realizin' life is hard
A big time dope dealer's all she wanted
Who drove a Jag or a Benz so she could flaunt it

The situation's got me guessin'
But the answer remains to be a question
He lived his life in a lie
I guess you only get a minute to pray, and a second to die

It was crazy how it happened
Some niggaz rolled by in the Riviera cappin'
All I could see was a pistol spittin' rounds
And the boy was just screamin' as he fell to the ground

A woman yelled, "Get an ambulance"
But I knew he was dead, he didn't stand a chance
You shoulda seen him, he was scared
A bullet goes to his chest, and one to his head

He just laid there in silence
And all I heard was the siren
Paramedics pulled up
Followed by a law man and in came a firetruck

Put his ass on the stretcher
But if he survives, I'm willin' to betcha
He'll be out for revenge
They patched him up within a week, he was back at it again

Went to his brother on the North side
Grab your shit, it's a hit, we're gonna take a long ride
Packed it up in the trunk
AK-47, M-11 and a pump

Rolled by [Incomprehensible] on Scott Street
School was lettin' out
"Yo you ain't gonna shoot yet?", Watch me
Opened his trunk and grabbed a shotgun, he shot him

Put his tooly on the front seat
Continued his mission, as he headed down the street
The kids was just starin' at each other
J.D. rolled by and smoked black's brother

Reached in his coat and grabbed a 'port
Full speed down Reed, shot his mom on the porch
On his way down Collard
His brother was just dazed in a shock, "Why you do it?"

Why you shot his moms Jay? Shit
Hah, man fuck that bitch
Went to the store to use the pay phone
Called up Mack, "Aiyyo, J.D. homey"

Hung it up and rolled down Dagger
Headin' for the nigga he was after
By the time he arrived at the scene
Malcolm was ready for anything

He tried to sneak around the back way
Never thought of bein' taken out on that day
Black boy, black coat
Stood around the corner as he passed slit his throat

He didn't fall so he fired
One to the middle of his skull, he's expired
A whole army came out
Twenty-seven niggaz all strapped out of one house

That how it happens in the acre
One nigga died in the park in the paper
Shit gets deeper but why?
I guess you only get a minute to pray, and a second to die
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