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The Sacrifice of Victor
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Verse 1
What is sacrifice?
(we s... we s... we s... we sacrifice)
Verse 2
Npg in mass attack, sonny, please
Verse 3
(we sacrifice)
Verse 4
Church if you will, please turn 2 the book of victor (we s, we s)
We like 2 start at the top if you don't mind
Verse 5
(we sacrifice)
(don't say it, preacher)
Verse 6
I was born on a blood stained table
Cord wrapped around my neck
Epilectic 'til the age of 7
I was sure heaven marked the deck
Verse 7
(we sacrifice)
I know joy lives 'round the corner
{joy for sale down on the corner} (we sacrifice)
One day I'll visit her I'm gonna
{out on my block I'm just a loner} (we sacrifice)
When she tell me everything {tell me}
That's when the angels sing {sacrifice}
That's when the victory is sho 'nuff {sho 'nuff down with the sacrifice}
(we sacrifice)
(help me)
(don't say it, preacher)
Verse 8
Mama held up her baby for protection
From a man with a strap in his hand
Ask the victor 'bout pain and rejection
You think he don't when he do understand
Verse 9
(we sacrifice)
I know joy lives 'round the corner
{joy for sale down on the corner} (we sacrifice)
One day I'll visit her I'm gonna
{out on my block I'm just a loner} (we sacrifice)
When she tell me everything {tell me}
That's when the angels sing {sacrifice}
That's when the victory is sure 'nough {sure'nough down with the sacrifice}
(we sacrifice)
(help me)
{s.a.c.r.i.f.i.c.e}
(we-we-we sacrifice)
(don't say it preacher)
(sac-sacrifice)
(we-we-we sacrifice)
Verse 10
(we-we-we sacrifice)
(sacrifice, if you turn the page)
(don't say it, preacher)
Verse 11
1967 in a bus marked public schools
Rode me and a group of unsuspecting political tools
Our parents wondered what it was like to have another color near
So they put their babies together to eliminate the fear
We sacrifice yes we did
Fighting one another, (we sacrifice) (don't say it preacher)
All because of color
The angel of hate, she taught me how to kick her
If she called me anything but victor (you mean like nigger?)
If the only thing that tells me is father time
Then sacrifice is the mother sublime, we love it
Verse 12
Listen mother, we sacrifice
Verse 13
(don't, don't, don't say it preacher)
Verse 14
(we sacrifice)
Verse 15
(well, well, well, well)
Verse 16
(what is sacrifice?)
Verse 17
Hold yo' text, deacon
Verse 18
Never understood my old friends laughing
They got high when everything else got wrong (pass the booze up here)
Dr. king was killed and the streets
They started burnin'
When the smoke was cleared, their high was gone
Education got important, so important 2 victor
A little more important than ripple and weed
Bernadette's a lady, and she told me (what she say?)
"whatever you do son, a little discipline is what you need,
Is what you need, you need to sacrifice"
Verse 19
(we sacrifice)
I know joy lives 'round the corner
(joy for sale down on the corner) (we sacrifice)
One day I'll visit her I'm gonna
(out on my block I'm just a loner) (we sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (tell me)
That's when the angels sing (sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho 'nough (sure 'nough down with the sacrifice)
(we sacrifice)
Verse 20
(what is sacrifice?)
(we sacrifice)
Verse 21
(s.a.c.r.i.f.i.c.e)
(we sacrifice) (joy around the corner)
Hey wendy, how come we (we sacrifice)
'scuse me y'all (we sacrifice)
We don't don't mean 2 take up yo time (joy around the corner)
But we got something
Heavy on our minds (we sacrifice)
Yes, we do (we sacrifice)
Sometimes, you gotta leave the one you love
Somebody, anybody, everybody wave your hand
Around the corner, there's another sacrifice (joy around the corner)
But you got to do the best you can y'all (we sacrifice)
Say you got to go through it (go through it)
You got to go through it all (go through it all)
High glory, yeah
Sell it, don't tell it, don't tell me (joy around the corner)
Nice at my feet
Verse 22
Lord I might get tired,
But I, I've got 2 keep on (we sacrifice)
Walkin' down this road, (we sacrifice)
Keep on walkin' down this road (joy around the corner)
When I reach my destination (we sacrifice)
My name will be victor
Verse 23
Amen

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