2Pac – Changes

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  2. Follow the lyrics by reading the below
  3. Answer the question below

2PAC – Changes
[1]Come on come onI see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myselfis life worth living should I blast myself?I’m tired of bein’ poor & even worse I’m blackmy stomach hurts so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatchCops give a damn about a negropull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a heroGive the crack to the kids who the hell caresone less hungry mouth on the welfareFirst ship ’em dope & let ’em deal the brothersgive ’em guns step back watch ’em kill each otherIt’s time to fight back that’s what Huey said2 shots in the dark now Huey’s deadI got love for my brother but we can never go nowhereunless we share with each otherWe gotta start makin’ changes learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangersand that’s how it’s supposed to beHow can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?I’d love to go back to when we played as kidsbut things changed, and that’s the way it is
[2]I see no changes all I see is racist facesmisplaced hate makes disgrace to racesWe under I wonder what it takes to make this one better place, let’s erase the wastedTake the evil out the people they’ll be acting right’cause both black and white is smokin’ crack tonightand only time we chill is when we kill each otherit takes skill to be real, time to heal each otherAnd although it seems heaven sentWe ain’t ready, to see a black President, uhhIt ain’t a secret don’t conceal the factthe penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacksBut some things will never changetry to show another way but you stayin’ in the dope gameNow tell me what’s a mother to dobein’ real don’t appeal to the brother in youYou gotta operate the easy way”I made a G today” But you made it in a sleazy waysellin’ crack to the kid. “I gotta get paid,”Well hey, well that’s the way it is
We gotta make a change…It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we liveand let’s change the way we treat each other.You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to dowhat we gotta do, to survive.
[3]And still I see no changes can’t a brother get a little peaceIt’s war on the streets & the war in the Middle EastInstead of war on poverty they got a war on drugsso the police can bother meAnd I ain’t never did a crime I ain’t have to doBut now I’m back with the blacks givin’ it back to youDon’t let ’em jack you up, back you up,crack you up and pimp slap you upYou gotta learn to hold ya ownthey get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phoneBut tell the cops they can’t touch thisI don’t trust this when they try to rush I bust thisThat’s the sound of my tool you say it ain’t coolmy mama didn’t raise no foolAnd as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped& I never get to lay back’Cause I always got to worry ’bout the pay backssome buck that I roughed up way backcomin’ back after all these yearsrat-tat-tat-tat-tat that’s the way it is uhh

Questions:
1. In verse #1 2Pac says we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.  What does 2Pac mean by saying we can never go nowhere?  What does 2Pac imply is needed for people to succeed?
2. In the beginning of verse #2 2Pac says misplaced hate makes disgrace to the races.  What does misplaced hate mean?  Has there been misplaced hate throughout history?  Is there misplaced hate in today’s society?

3. In the middle of verse #2 2Pac say we ain’t ready to see a black president.  Why does 2Pac claim that we ain’t ready for a black president?

4. Towards the end of verse #2 2Pac says lets change the way we treat each other.  What does he mean?  How do we treat each other?  What is the old way?

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