Come on come on I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself, "Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?" I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black. My stomach hurts, so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch. Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he's a hero. Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare. First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal to brothers. Give 'em guns, step back, and watch 'em kill each other. "It's time to fight back", that's what Huey said. 2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead. I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin' changes. Learn to see me as a brother 'stead of 2 distant strangers. And that's how it's supposed to be. How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me? I'd love to go back to when we played as kids but things changed, and that's the way it is [Bridge w/ changing ad libs] Come on come on That's just the way it is Things'll never be the same That's just the way it is aww yeah [Repeat] I see no changes. All I see is racist faces. Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races we under. I wonder what it takes to make this one better place... let's erase the wasted. Take the evil out the people, they'll be acting right. 'Cause both black and white are smokin' crack tonight. And only time we chill is when we kill each other. It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other. And although it seems heaven sent, we ain't ready to see a black President, uhh. It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact... the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks. But some things will never change. Try to show another way, but they stayin' in the dope game. Now tell me what's a mother to do? Bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you. You gotta operate the easy way. "I made a G today" But you made it in a sleazy way. Sellin' crack to the kids. "I gotta get paid," Well hey, well that's the way it is. [Bridge] [Talking:] 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 live and let's change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive. And still I see no changes. Can't a brother get a little peace? There's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East. Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me. And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do. But now I'm back with the facts givin' 'em back to you. Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up, crack you up and pimp smack you up. You gotta learn to hold ya own. They get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone. But tell the cops they can't touch this. I don't trust this, when they try to rush I bust this. That's the sound of my tool. You say it ain't cool, but mama didn't raise no fool. And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped and I never get to lay back. 'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the payback. Some buck that I roughed up way back... comin' back after all these years. Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat. That's the way it is. uhh [Bridge 'til fade:] Some things will never change
The song lyrics analysis
The song is sung by a great artist Tupac Shakur. He is loud with his words in the lyrics crying for unity and changes. He makes good use of literary devices to indicate his thoughts about racial desperation, the song and time correlations and the advantages of unity. The message shows that Tupac is struggling for many people. Through the song, Tupac became a spokesman for the young African American men and women during his generation.
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The whole song communicates about being an African American and the struggles they face as they suffer in poverty. He says how African Americans are hopeless as they live in bad condition. As a result, they end up being desperate, regardless of morals. There is a part in the song that speaks about how the blacks are desperate to feed their families thus they end up being thieves and doing the wrong things. The blacks are willing to do whatever it takes them as long as they have whatever it takes them. He then says that being a thug does not mean that you cannot rap and give the community a positive message about the trending issues. Thus he ends up being a different rapper from the rest.
Tupac uses various literally elements to indicate his harsh reality of the world that we are currently in. He uses allusion in his song. The remark refers to one of the famous black panther founders who said it is time to fight back. The other mention that he uses is the one relating to the war in the Middle East. That part of the song shows his calling for peace between the blacks and the whole world. The other device Tupac uses is onomatopoeia. He says “Rat-a-tat-tat-tat.” Those sounds are used to indicate gunshots. Therefore, he signifies the rough life that they live in. The other device is irony. He says ‘we aren’t ready for a black president.' Ironically Barrack Obama is the Black president at that time.