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Penitentiary Philosophy Lyrics Meanings
by Erykah Badu

R&B/Soul
2000
647

Penitentiary Philosophy Lyrics

Here's my philosophy
Livin' in a penitentiary
Brothers all on the corner
Tryin' to make believe
Turn around ain't got no pot to pee make me
Mad, when I see ya sad
Can't stand to see ya hustle' doin' bad
But you, can't win when your will is weak
When you're, knocked on the ground

Evil, don't you test me
Evil, You won't win

Oh, why, world, why world? (Aah)
Do you want me to be so mad? (Aah), yeah
So mad, yeah
Oh, why, world, why world? (Aah)
Do you wan' see mama mad? (Aah), yeah
So mad, ay

I'm tellin' you the truth, I hope I'm not being too cruel
Since you ain't playing by the rules (ay ay)
I'm 'bout to kick you off your stool (ooh yeah, ooh ooh, oh, oh)

Evil, don't you test me
Evil, You won't win

Oh why, why, why world?
Do you want me to be so mad? Yeah
So mad, yeah
Why in the world, world, why world?
Do you want me be so mad? Yeah
Say why

(La la la) I, am a warrior princess
I have come from the other sun
(La la la) gather all of your members
Unite them as one
(La la la) move together in harmony
(Ooh) build a bridge, now destroy a bridge (la, la)
Eliminate your weakness
(La, la, la) conquer evil, the demon
(La, la) and live forever (and ever)
(La, la) together (ooh)

Oh why can't we get along and
Take all the funky tones
And make up a funky song
That be bangin' on and on
Make me, mad when I see ya sad
With the same look ya momma had
But ya can't win when your will is weak
But ya get out ya seat

Oh why, why, why you want me to be so mad? Yeah
So mad, yeah
Why in the world, world, why why you want me to be so mad? (Why?)
So mad, yeah
Why in the world, world, why world, do you want me to be so mad? Yeah
So mad
Why in the world, world (aah), why world, (aah) do you wan' see me so mad? Yeah, ay
Oh Ah! Make me, (aah) make me, make me, make me, (aah) make me, make me, oh why
Why in the
Why yeah (aah), why yeah, why yeah (aah), why oh, yeah

Writer(s): Erica Wright, Ahmir K. Thompson, Pino Palladino, James Jason Poyser
Copyright(s): Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Penitentiary Philosophy Meanings

I interpret our beloved prisoners in the system doing time where it can make their mom sad, and make us feel mad for a lot of reasons! It’s a shame peace

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