Stories Left Unfinished

by John Bembry

So much to learn ‘n tell with only one life to live.
Been going through so much sh_t, like something it gotta give
Pray the most highest forgive me for all my sins.
And protect at all cost if I ever have kids
A lot of ppl who gone and they story unfinished.
Never got a chance, some didn’t care to listen
Gotta be a reason to be up in this position
Tell this Dead Man’s Story when I’m no longer living

‘90s baby forever. The golden Era
West Side Cali, you tell me who do it better?
To my unborn, if I don’t make it I leave this letter
That the only wish I wanted was a family  together
Discriminated and hated because of my melanin
If I grew up right, I could have been the president
Beat 5 years cuz they lost the evidence
This world so sick need more than medicine
Lookin’ back, I was young and still confused
But to have a better future I knew what I had to do
Someone died. Sad to Wake up and check and see that it’s you.
Can’t imagine since a child all things I been through
Chapter after chapter. My life was a disaster. Write my own stories and I own my own masters.
Why we live slow when we all die faster.
Armageddon coming be prepared for the rapture.
Tell ‘em quote every Bar I write
So when they feel how I feel they will know my life
I had lost everything, but got back my pride.
If I never have kids, I never found my wife.

Everyday learning new life lessons.
Thanking the most high, counting all my blessings.
The soul in this vessel. Is it sent from heaven? I feel like I died and came back just to tell it.

So much to learn ‘n tell with only one life to live. Been going through so much sh_t like something it gotta give
Pray to the highest forgive me for all my sins. And protect at all cost
If I ever have kids
A lot of ppl who gon and they story unfinished.
Never got a chance, some didn’t care to listen
Gotta be a reason to be up in this position
Tell this Dead Man’s Story when I’m no longer living

To be the best always hoping I could
To find true love always hoping I would
Ima have Venice put this song in a book.
To graduate the way I did, you don’t know what it took
Criticized, always judged by my looks.
Can anyone tell me why I feel more than I should?
I feel the soul inside not as old as I look.
To stand tall in my shoes don’t know if you could.

Every day learning new life lessons.
Thanking the most high counting all my blessings.
The soul in this vessel. Is it sent from heaven? I feel like I died and came back just to tell it.

A lot of ppl who gon and they story unfinished.
I cried and wish I died because I had these feelings
The pride inside me won’t let me diminish.
I found the piece of me that was always missing.

So much to learn ‘n tell with only one life to live. Been going through so much sh_t like something it gotta give
Pray to the highest forgive me for all my sins. And protect at all cost
If I ever have kids
A lot of ppl who gon and they story unfinished.
Never got a chance, some didn’t care to listen
Gotta be a reason to be up in this position
Tell this Dead Man’s Story when I’m no longer living

At Age 15 almost lost it all.
At Age 15 lost my closest dawg.
The pain kept coming, couldn’t shake it off.
Probation for nothing I prayed I’d make it off.
Everybody living got a story to tell.
You can call mine “Life living in Hell.”
Crazy I don’t show it so you won’t even tell.
Cloud did four years, now he out of that jail
My sister, my brothers, my cousins everyone I love ‘em
Picking up pieces in life completed me a puzzle.
Motivated by struggle, that’s why I always hustle.
All this writing and music know I don’t do this sh_t for notin

Everyday learning new life lessons.
Thanking the most high counting all my blessings.
The soul in this vessel. Is it sent from heaven? I feel like I died and came back just to tell it.

A lot of ppl who gon and they story unfinished.
I cried and wish I died because I had these feelings
The pride inside me won’t let me diminish.
I found the piece of me that was always missing.

So much to learn ‘n tell with only one life to live. Been going through so much sh_t like something it gotta give
Pray to the highest forgive me for all my sins. And protect at all cost
If I ever have kids
A lot of ppl who gon and they story unfinished.
Never got a chance, some didn’t care to listen
Gotta be a reason to be up in this position
Tell this Dead Man’s Story when I’m no longer living

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