You are appreciated

When I was young, me and my mama had beef
17 Years old kicked out on the streets
Though back in the time, I never thought I'd see her face
Ain't a woman alive that can take my momma's place
Suspended from school, scared to go home
I was a fool with the big boys breaking all the rules
Shed tears with my baby sister
Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
And even though we had different daddies
The same drama when things went wrong we blamed mama
I reminised on the stress I caused, it was hell
Hugg'en on my mama from a jail cell
And who'ed think in elementary
Hey I'd see the penitentiary
One day
Running from the police, that's right
Momma catch me, put a whoop'en to my backside
And even as a crack fiend mama
You always was a black queen mama
I finally understand for a woman
It ain't easy trying to raise a man
You always was commited, a poor single mother on welfare
Tell me how you did it?
There's no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

Lady, don't you know we love you?
Sweet lady, place no one above you
Sweet lady, don't you know we love you?

Ain't nobody tell us it was fair
No love for my daddy, cause the coward wasn't there
He passed away and I didn't cry
Cause my anger, wouldn't let me feel for a stranger
They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless
But all along I was looking for a father he was gone
I hung around with the thugs and even though they sold drugs
They showed a young brother love
I moved out and started really hanging
I needed money of my own so I started slanging
I ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocks
It feels good, putting money in your mailbox
I love paying rent when the rents due
I hope you got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
Cause when I was low, you was there for me
You never left me alone, cause you cared for me
And I can see you coming home after work late
You in the kitchen trying to fix us a hot plate
Just working with the scraps you was given
And mama made miracles every thanksgiving
But now the road got rough, your alone
Trying to raise two bad kids on your own
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is ta show you that I understand
You are appreciated

Lady, don't you know we love you?
Sweet lady, place no one above you
Sweet lady, don't you know we love you?

Pour out some liquor and I remenise
Cause through the drama
I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I'm hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy theres no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act crazy
I got to thank the lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day
Everything'll be alright if you hold on
It's a struggle
Everyday gotta roll on
And there's no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

Lady, don't you know we love you?
Sweet lady, place no one above you
Sweet lady, don't you know we love you sweet lady?

Lady

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