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A Ballad For The Fallen Soldier

This song is by Jay-Z and appears on the album The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse (2002).

This here's a ballad for all the fallen soldiers
I'm about to show you how a hustlers life (this is life man)
And a soldie's life, parallel
And the one thing they got in common is pain (forget about me for a second)
Picture split screen
On one side we got a hustler getting ready for the block (human beings)
Other side you got the soldier getting ready for bootcamp (soldiers)
They're both at war (this is life)
Stay with us

Did you ever notice, before you think, life goes fast
So don't you worry, about what you see, it will pass

You lost him mama, the wars calling him
Feel it's his duty to fall in line with all of them
He's a soldier
Rose through the ranks as the head of your house hold
Now it's time to provide bank
Like he's supposed to
Now just remember while he's gone till November
There's part of him growing up
His shirt's soaks up your tears as he holds ya
You heart beatin' so fast speeding his pulse up
Yeah, I know it sucks, life ain't a rose bud
A couple of speed bumps
You gotta take your lumps
Off to bootcamp, the world's facing terror
Bin Laden been happenin' in Manhatten
Crack was anthrax back then, back when
Police was Al'Qaeda to black me
While I was out there hustling sinning with no religion
He was off the wall killing for a living

Days turn to nights, nights turn to years
Years turn to how the fuck we make it in here
My barracks average couple fights a day
Get you locked in a hole won't see the light of day
And I feel like I'm just writing my life away
I never thought shit could end up quite this way
There's a war goingon outside no man is safe from
I'm here for the good fight only the fakes run
I'm here for the purple heart, if I can't take one
For my team or my siblings what's my reason for living
I love my niggas more than anything else
This war's about my family, me needin' the wealth
You don't understand how useless as me we felt
Till you become a five-star general
Shout out to my niggas that's locked in jail
P.O.W.'s that's still in the war for real

Your baby boy is getting grown
So your baby boy is moving on
I've gotta chase (gotta chase it)
If I'm gonna make it (gonna make it)
Your baby boy is getting down
So your baby boy is moving on
I'm gonna make it
Eve if I gotta take it (gotta take it)

Mama said pray your son's becoming a man
This war's taxin' to 'em like Uncle Same
Hear the noise make the right choice, understand
Ever choice that he make he makes it for his fam
It's death before dishonor
And if he's gone you should honor his memory
Don't cry we all gonna die eventually
But if he's locked in the penetentiary send his some energy
They all winners to me
(What's up kid?)