Day and night is to be
Successful and to succeed
I came up and came down
When it was all said and done
I was rumbling pound to pound
In my darkest nightmare
Something I ask for
An really got what I wanted
But it was not being successful
It was being the person inside
Of me what I was not trying
Fight on them streets because
I was scared of what the
World would say that was around me
It was tearing me apart
From my family and tryna be successful.
Now it’s a fed travel plan that goes from prison to prison
South Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, California
An where does it stop
It never stops, we all have plenty of opportunity
To get back up and be successful and succeed.
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