Beside You Ft. William Manukia

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[Verse 1]

Imagine growing up poor, it's only part of another story,
The one that I hold really dearly, when I'm on 5th storey,
But I just wanna know what you felt when you did deploy me,
To another part of the town when you couldn't afford me,
But fuck it all, I was the kid that was adamant,
I know you always gon' cry and I ain't never up having it,
I'm really proud of it,
Had no reception on our telly, had to tell you when you ain't never ever gon' let me,
Hiding in shelter for 2 weeks with this canned food,
Young hopeless kid with his dreams going to Cancun,
Never reality when it struck,
That I would ever make it home, know it's fucked,
And I just wanted to give it up,
Lining up for a week for a litre of milk,
You slapped me if I ever messed around and it gon' spilled,
And I'm sorry if I ever caused you pain and the burden,
Deeper inside I just can't see that you were really up hurtin',
Bombs eventually scared the ruthless outta me,
The young visionary was frightened so excuses pardon me,
But I never had time to learn about all these manners,
Become a man before I ever learnt about that Santa.

[Chorus x2]

But no matter what you had to go through,
You've always got somebody here to hold you,
Yeah, my heart will find you,
Be right beside you.

[Verse 2]

I was lost didn't know who the fuck to blame,
Was it the Government, was it somebody else in this game,
Leaving dead bodies and innocent people burnt,
It's not humility I learnt, but rather agility that I worked,
Not a lick of English when I moved over and it was really hard,
Never complaining cause we were blessed and we were so far,
Doing what we can as a family with all the strong unit,
Handing out papers at 11 and I was not fluent,
Understanding it but always wanting that Buick,
But I always helped you out when you were sitting their viewing,
The 6 o clock news, fucking with the murder and war,
I ignored that shit and was just bumping that Tupac Shakur,
It was helping me out no matter what you could tell me,
Always had to work hard when I was up here and selling,
While my people back home they had to force feed,
Couldn't afford things,
Media covering up like a smoke screen.

[Chorus x2]

But no matter what you had to go through,
You've always got somebody here to hold you,
Yeah, my heart will find you,
Be right beside you.

[Verse 3]

All I ask is for forgiveness to whatever had happened,
I did the best I could to provide when I was just rapping,
You saw that as a hobby at first, until I made that shit work,
Paradigm flip, thinking like a damn immigrant,
But, if you could go to another country and do it,
Why can't I chase all my dreams, make them believe and learn it,
But you always had that title of the toughest of mothers,
And I thank you for it, taught me how to stand out from others,
It's a trait that you can't get from nobody else,
Rent we couldn't afford, the emotions that I felt,
Hungry to survive as a young kid with all these politics,
Did the best I could to treasure it over the lotteries,
And the fucken hypocrisies that I dealt with on the daily,
And I always turned my back when you ever wanted to pay me,
Cause I can't accept money from somebody that gave me lots,
Promise when my stocks go up Ima get you to the top.

[Chorus x2]

But no matter what you had to go through,
You've always got somebody here to hold you,
Yeah, my heart will find you,
Be right beside you.

credits

from D​.​R​.​A​.​W. (Do Right And Win), released August 25, 2014

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