Kendrick Lamar Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst Lyrics

good kid, m.A.A.d city Track Listing
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Sherane A.K.A Master Splinter’s Daughter
  • 2 Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
  • 3 Backseat Freestyle
  • 4 The Art of Peer Pressure
  • 5 Money Trees
  • 6 Poetic Justice
  • 7 good kid
  • 8 m.A.A.d city
  • 9 Swimming Pools (Drank) (extended version)
  • 10 Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
  • 11 Real
  • 12 Compton
  • 13 Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (remix)
  • 14 Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (International remix)
  • Part 1 - Sing About Me

    [Produced by Sounwave and Skhye Hutch]

    [Intro/Hook]
    When the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me

    I said when the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me

    [Verse 1]
    I woke up this morning and figured I'd call you
    In case I'm not here tomorrow, I'm hoping that I can borrow
    A peace of mind, I'm behind on what's really important
    My mind is really distorted, I find nothing but trouble in my life
    I'm fortunate you believe in a dream
    This orphanage we call a ghetto is quite a routine
    And last night was just another distraction or a reaction
    Of what we consider madness, I know exactly what happened
    You ran outside when you heard my brother cry for help
    Held him like a newborn baby and made him feel
    Like everything was alright and a fight he tried to put up
    But the type of bullet that stuck had went against his will
    As blood spilled on your hands, my plans rather vindictive
    Everybody's a victim in my eyes
    When I ride, it's a murderous rhythm and outside became pitch black
    A demon glued to my back whispering, "Get 'em"
    I got 'em, and I ain't give a fuck
    That same mentality that told my brother not to duck
    In actuality, it's a trip how we trip off of colors
    I wonder if I'll ever discover a passion like you and recover
    The life that I knew as a young'n in pajamas and dun-ta-duns
    When thunder comes it rains cats and dogs
    Dumb niggas like me never prosper
    Prognosis of a problem child, I'm proud and well devoted
    This piru shit been in me forever
    So forever I'mma push it, wherever, whenever
    And I love you 'cause you love my brother like you did
    Just promise me you'll tell this story when you make it big
    And if I die before your album drop, I hope (gunshots)

    [Hook]
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me
    I said when the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me

    [Verse 2]
    You wrote a song about my sister on your tape
    And called it Section.80, the message resembled "Brenda's Got a Baby"
    What's crazy was, I was hearing about it
    But doubted your ignorance how could you ever just put her on blast and shit
    Judging her past and shit, well, it's completely my future
    Her nigga behind me right now asking for ass and shit
    And I'mma need that forty dollars even if I gotta
    Fuck, suck and swallow in the parking lot
    Gonzales Park, I'm followed by a married man, a father of three
    My titties bounce on the cadence of his tinkling keys
    Matter of fact, he my favorite 'cause he tip me with E's
    He got a cousin named David and I seen him last week
    This is the life of another girl damaged by the system
    These foster homes, I run away and never do miss 'em
    See, my hormones just run away and if I can get 'em back
    To where they used to be then I'll probably be in the denim
    Of a family gene that show women how to be woman
    Or better yet, a leader, you need her to learn somethin'
    Then you probably need to beat her, that's how I was taught
    Three niggas in one room, first time I was tossed
    And I'm exhausted, but fuck that "Sorry for your loss" shit
    My sister died in vain, but what point are you trying to gain
    If you can't fit the pumps I walk in? I'll wait
    Your rebuttal a little too late
    And if you have a album date, just make sure I'm not in the song
    'Cause I don't need the attention bring enough of that on my own
    And matter fact, did I mention that I physically feel great?
    A doctor's approval is a waste of time, I know I'm straight
    I'll probably live longer than you and never fade away
    I'll never fade away, I'll never fade away, I know my fate
    And I'm on the grind for this cake, I'mma get it or die trying
    I'm eyeing every male gender with intentions of buying
    You lying to these motherfuckers, talking about you can help 'em
    With my story, you can help me if you sell this pussy for me, nigga
    Don't ignore me, nigga, fuck your glory, nigga...

    [Hook]
    When the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me
    I said when the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me

    [Verse 3]
    Sometimes I look in a mirror and ask myself:
    Am I really scared of passing away? If it's today, I hope I hear a
    Cry out from heaven so loud it can water down a demon
    With the holy ghost 'til it drown in the blood of Jesus
    I wrote some raps that make sure that my lifeline
    Reeking the scent of a reaper, ensuring that my allegiance
    With the other side may come soon, and if I'm doomed
    May the womb help my mother be blessed for many moons
    I suffer a lot, and every day the glass mirror
    Get tougher to watch; I tie my stomach in knots
    And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death
    My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats
    That can come about, ’cause the tongue is mighty powerful
    And I can name a list of your favorites that probably vouch
    Maybe 'cause I'm a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death
    Really stuck in the schema of wondering when I'mma rest
    And you're right, your brother was a brother to me
    And your sister's situation was the one that pulled me
    In a direction to speak of something that's realer than the TV screen
    By any means, wasn't trying to offend or come between
    Her personal life, I was like, "It need to be told"
    Cursing the life of twenty generations after her soul
    Exactly what'd happen if I ain't continued rappin'
    Or steady being distracted by money drugs and four-
    Fives, I count lives all on these songs
    Look at the weak and cry, pray one day, you'll be strong
    Fighting for your rights even when you're wrong
    And hope that at least one of you sing about me when I'm gone
    Am I worth it?
    Did I put enough work in?

    [Hook]
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me
    I said when the lights shut off
    And it's my turn to settle down
    My main concern
    Promise that you will sing about me
    Promise that you will sing about me

    (Promise that you'll sing about me forever
    Promise that you'll sing about me for-ooooh)
    Promise that you'll sing about me forever
    Promise that you'll sing about me for-ooooh
    Promise that you'll sing about me forever
    Promise that you'll sing about me for-ooooh

    [Skit]
    (On the phone:)
    [?]
    "Nigga, the homie's brother-- nigga, right here, he gone, my nigga, he gone!"
    [?]
    "Nigga-- they just killed the homie's brother, my nigga. We right here on the block, my nigga."
    "Al- alright, nigga-- nigga just come-- alright, alright, just call me back, man, just call me back."
    (Hangs up)
    "Arghh... *fuck!*
    ...So what we gon' do, my niggas? What we gon' do?"
    "Bro, we can go back right now, my nigga. Like... nigga, I don't give a FUCK, my nigga. We can go back right now.*"
    "Fuck! I'm tired of this shit! I'm tired of fuckin' runnin', I'm tired of this shit! My brother, homie!"

    Part 2 - I'm Dying of Thirst

    [Produced by Like from Pac Div]

    [Verse 1]
    Tired of running, tired of hunting
    My own kind but retiring nothing
    Tires are steady screeching, the driver is rubbing
    Hands on the wheel, who said we wasn't
    Dying of thirst, dying of thirst, dying of thirst

    [Verse 2]
    Dope on the corner, look at the coroner
    Daughter is dead, mother is mournin' her
    Strayed bullets, AK bullets
    Resuscitation was waiting patiently but they couldn't
    Bring her back, who got the footage?
    Channel 9, cameras is looking
    It's hard to channel your energy when you know you're crooked
    Banana clip, split his banana pudding
    I'm like Tre, that's Cuba Gooding
    I know I'm good at
    Dying of thirst, dying of thirst, dying of thirst

    [Verse 3]
    How many sins? I'm running out
    How many sins? I lost count
    Dreams of balling like Spalding
    But only shotty bounce
    The reaper calling, I'm cottonmouth
    Money is power (money is power)
    Yours is ours (yours is ours)
    Lay with a snitch, die with a coward
    Hope we get rich, hope we can tower
    Over the city with vanity with the music louder
    The same song, a black flower
    I'll show you how to dye your thirst, dye your thirst, dye your thirst

    [Verse 4]
    What are we doing? Who are we fooling?
    Hell is hot, fire is proven
    To burn for eternity, return of the student
    That never learned how to live righteous but how to shoot it
    Tired of running, choirs is hummin'
    Tell us to visit, we lying 'bout comin'
    Now back to business, loading the guns in
    Back of the Buick, your hood is feuding, and the beef is bubblin'
    It's no discussion
    Hereditary, all of my cousins
    Dying of thirst, dying of thirst, dying of thirst

    [Verse 5]
    Too many sins, I'm running out
    Somebody send me a well for the drought
    See, all I know, is taking notes
    On taking this life for granted, granted, if he provoke
    My best days, are stress days
    (Lord, forgive me for all my sins for I not know...)
    My best days, are stress days
    Say "Fuck the world," my sex slave
    Money, pussy and greed; what's my next crave
    Whatever it is, know it's my next grave
    Tired of running, tired of running
    Tired of tumbling, tired of running
    Tired of tumbling
    Back once my momma say
    "See a pastor, give me a promise
    What if today was the rapture, and you completely tarnished
    The truth will set you free, so to me be completely honest
    You dying of thirst, you dying of thirst
    So hop in that water, and pray that it works"

    [Skit/Outro]
    “Fuck! I’m tired of this shit! I’m tired of fuckin' runnin', I’m tired of this shit! That’s my brother, homie!”("Young man, come talk to me! Is that what I think that is?)
    I know that's not what I think that is
    Why are you so angry? See you young men are dying of thirst
    Do you know what that means? That means you need water, holy water
    You need to be baptized, with the spirit of The Lord
    Do you want to receive God as your personal savior? Okay, repeat after me
    "Lord God, I come to you a sinner" (Lord God, I come to you a sinner)
    "And I humbly repent for my sins" (And I humbly repent for my sins)
    "I believe that Jesus is Lord" (I believe that Jesus is Lord)
    "I believe you raised him from the dead" (I believe you raised him from the dead)
    "I would ask that Jesus come into my life" (I would ask that Jesus come in my life)
    "And to be my Lord and Savior" (And to be my Lord and Savior)
    "I receive Jesus to take control of my life" (I receive Jesus to take control of my life)
    "And that I may live with him from this day forward" (And that I may live with him from this day forward)
    "Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me with your precious blood" (Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me with your precious blood)
    "In Jesus name, amen" (In Jesus name, amen)
    "Alright now, remember this day: the start of a new life
    Your REAL life."

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