Common (feat. Cee-Lo) "Between Me, You & Liberation"
[First Verse] She rested her head upon my chest Sensed liberation in between breaths Wonder if sex is what she found it in Peace, found it laying down with men Wasn't there to judge her, many ways I loved her It was more than bodies we shared with each other We layed under the cover of friends A place where many lovers began I began, to feel her body shake in my hand Body language, it's so hard trying to understand Usually after sex, it's a good feel Took by silence, emotion stood still I could feel, her tears spill, from her grille Hurt from before that began to build She told me hold me, a story she assembled it Tellin' it, trying not to remember it It was a story of innocence taken Thought she could redeem, through love makin' When she was eight she was raped by her father And tried to escape through multiple sex partners Felt pitiful, she had only learned, To love through the physical, inside it burned My heart turned, I thought of what this man did She forgave him, she grew to understand it Her soul was tired and never really rested Only with men through aggression Said it was a blessing and it happened for a reason By speaking it, she found freedom Between me and you (echo)
[Chorus - Cee-Lo] Sometimes I wish a, careless whisper Serenade her, without speaking a word Because of you I'm stronger, I'm afraid no longer I feel so alive in me, you have liberated me
[Second Verse] She laid, I watched her breathe Happy to be here, not afraid to leave I couldn't concieve her not being here Death in her face her not having fear Less than a year she was diagnosed with it Memories of that year, so close and vivid Happiness, would only visit, once in a while To watch an adult, becoming a child Somehow, I knew she'd make it The life of one so given early would God take it? Hurt she placed in, hope and prayer Hurt she placed in chemo and lost hair I stare with my eyes closed Wonder when the body leave does the mind go Watchin' Jordan became less important Seeing this disease eat away my aunt's organs According to doctors theres no cure We went through doubt, and cases of insure Wish I knew then how to heal with herbs Knew a part of her I could heal with words But the (?) was (?) What seemed like the end was the beginning for her Like that, she didn't want us to remember her No more medication did she want us to give to her It spread from her liver to her lungs to her last breath Only to be freed through death Between me and you (echo)
[Third Verse] He spoke with his eyes, tear-filled A lump in his throat, his fear built My whole life it was in steel This ain't the way that men feel A feeling, he said he wish he could kill A feeling, not even time could heal This is how real life's supposed to be? For it to happen to someone close to me? So far we'd come, for him to tell me As he did, insecurity held me I felt like he failed me To the spirit, yelled help me I'd known him for like what seemed forever About going pro we dreamed together Never knew it would turn out like this For so long he tried to fight this Now there was no way for him to ignore it His parents found out and hated him for it How could I judge him? Had to accept him if I truly loved him No longer he said had he hated himself Through sexuality he liberated himself Between me and you (echo)