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Poetic Justice cover

Poetic Justice
byDrake, Kendrick Lamar
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Hip-Hop/Rap
2013
3K

Poetic Justice Lyrics

Every second, every minute, man I swear that she can get it
Say if you a bad bitch put your hands up high, hands up high, hands up high
Tell 'em dim the lights down right now, put me in the mood
I'm talking 'bout dark room, perfume
Go, go!

I recognize your fragrance (hol' up!)
You ain't never gotta say shit (woo!)
And I know your taste is
A little bit (mmm) high maintenance (ooh)
Everybody else basic
You live life on an everyday basis
With poetic justice, poetic justice
If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?
I mean I write poems in these songs dedicated to you
When you're in the mood for empathy, theres blood in my pen
Better yet where your friends and them?
I really wanna know you all
I really wanna show you off
Fuck that, pour up plenty of champagne
Cold nights when you curse this name
You called up your girlfriends and
Y'all curled in that little bitty Range I heard that
She wanna go and party, she wanna go and party
Nigga don't approach her with that Atari
Nigga that ain't good game, homie, sorry
They say conversation, rule a nation, I can tell
But I could never right my wrongs
'less I write it down for real, P.S

You can get it, you can get it
You can get it, you can get it
And I know just, know just, know just, know just, know just what you want
Poetic justice, put it in a song

You can get it, you can get it
You can get it, you can get it
And I know just, know just, know just, know just, know just what you want
Poetic justice, put it in a song

I really hope you play this
'Cause ol' girl you test my patience
With all these seductive photographs and all these one off vacations
You've been taken
Clearly a lot for me to take in
It don't make sense
Young East African Girl, you too busy fucking with your other man
I was trying to put you on game, put you on a plane
Take you and your mama to the motherland
I could do it, maybe one day
When you figure out you're gonna need someone
When you figure out it's all right here in the city
And you don't run from where we come from
That sound like poetic justice, poetic justice
You were so new to this life but God damn you got adjusted
I mean I write poems in these songs, dedicated to the fun sex
Your natural hair and your soft skin, and your big ass in that sundress (ooh!)
Good God, what you doing that walk for?
When I see that thing move, I just wish we would fight less
And we would talk more
And they say communication save relations, I can tell
But I can never right my wrongs unless I write them down for real
P.S

You can get it, you can get it
You can get it, you can get it
And I know just, know just, know just, know just, know just what you want
Poetic justice, put it in a song

Every time I write these words they become a taboo
Making sure my punctuation curve, every letter is true
Living my life in the margin and that metaphor was proof
I'm talking poetic justice, poetic justice
If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?
I mean you need to hear this
Love is not just a verb, it's you looking in the mirror
Love is not just a verb, it's you looking for a maybe
Call me crazy, We can both be insane
A fatal attraction is common
And what we have common is pain
I mean you need to hear this
Love is not just a verb and I can see power steering
Sex drive when you swerve, I want that interference
It's coherent, I can hear it, mmhmm
That's your heartbeat
It either caught me or it called me, mmhmm
Breathe slow and you'll find gold mines in these lines
Sincerely, yours truly
And right before you go blind
P.S

You can get it, you can get it
You can get it, you can get it
And I know just, know just, know just, know just, know just what you want
Poetic justice, put it in a song

Writer(s): Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, JANET JACKSON DBA BLACK ICE
Copyright: AUBREY GRAHAM, TERRY LEWIS, JAMES HARRIS III, JANET JACKSON, ELIJAH BLUE MOLINA, KENDRICK DUCKWORTH
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Kendrick is just trying to show the truth behind an unhealthy relationship by being raw and sharing his personal struggles between wanting an unhealthy physical relationship based off of sex, phyiscal touch and sight ("fatal attraction is common and what we have common is pain")and between keeping it real and building a relationship off of communication ("communication save relation") Throughout the song he shares his mental struggle of wanting to give in to his human nature or trying to stick it out for this girl he really likes. Because the definition of poetic justice is the fact of experiencing a fitting or deserving retribution for ones actions. And kendrick knows this so to stay accountable with himself he puts it it in a song. "But i could never right my wrongs 'less i write it down for real". The flower hes talking about is the relationship and hes asking; how can you trust it if it was grown in a dark room, basically off of the wrong foundation and intentions. And he knows so many people struggle with this so he wrote this in hopes of saving others relationships "breathe slow and you will find gold mines in these lines"

People fair what they can't understand and what they think is impossible. A flower that blooms without light is unheard of to many people. At first we may feel a slight disbelief after being told it is possible for a flow to bloom in the dark. Trust is essential for overcoming our disbelief.

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