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This song is by Mos Def and appears on the album Black On Both Sides (1999).

When I think of home, I think of a place where there is

We all got to have, a place where we come from (Home, a place where someone lives, a residence)
This place that we come from is called home (A residence, the physical structure within which one lives, such as a house)
We set out on our travels, we do the best we can (A dwelling place with the social unit that occupies it, a household)
We travel this big earth as we roam (An environment offering security and happiness, a valued place a native habitat)

We all got to have, a place where we come from (A place where something is discovered, founded, developed or promoted, a source)
This place that we come from is called home (A headquarters, a homebase)
And even though we may love, this place on the map (Of or relating to a teams place of origin)
Said it ain't where ya from, it's where ya at (On or into the point at which something is directed to the center or the heart)

I come up in the street around some real wild brothers
With more than one name and more than one baby mother
More than one case, been on more than one run
Got more than one enemy and more than one gun
Partner, all that's left to want is more
While these cats that's less privileged is just more raw
Less space 'cause the projects laced with more flaws
Less sleep 'cause the nights ain't peace, it's more war
The can is raw like thirsty, rainy season thunder claps
On the block with your old pop pleading number act
To the spot with the red top fiends is huddled at
To the crib where the little kids spend their summers trapped
With the jungle cats, lions and tigers, leopards and cheetahs
For gazelle you get chased like a zebra, they blaze cheeba-cheeba
And dominate the weaker on the street
Hungry bellies only love what they eat and it's hard to compete
When they smile with your heart in they teeth
And the odds is stacked high beyond and beneath
Son I been plenty places in my life and time
And regardless where home is, son home is mine

We've all got to have, a place where we come from (In this world, travelin', travelin', travelin')
This place that we come from is called home (So many places I go)
We set out on our travels, we do the best we can (In this world, travelin', travelin')
We travel this big earth and we roam (Roam, roam, roam)

We all got to have, a place where we come from (Livin' all over the world)
This place that we come from is called home (Got to have someplace they call home)
Even though we may love, this place on the map (Yeah, place on the map)
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at (Yeah, hey)

Some people live out in New York City
And some people live out in Atlanta
And some people got to live Chicago
And some people do live Miami
And all my people at California
And other people got to live London
And everybody got to live in the whole big world
Together just you and me

When I think of home, my remembrance of my beginning
Laundromat helping ma dukes fold the bed linen
Chillin' in front my building with my brother and them
Spending nights in Bushwick with my cousins and them
Wise town and Beat Street, uh federal relief
Slowly melting in the morning grits we used to eat
Sticking to your teeth and teeth is hard to keep
With every flavor Now and Later only a dime apiece
Old timers on the bench playing cards and thangs
Telling tales about they used to be involved in things
Start to drinking, talking loud, cussing up and showing out
On the phone, call the cops, pick 'em up, move 'em out
And it's all too common to start wildin'
I'm a pirate on an island seeking treasure known as silence
And it's hard to find, block parties in dark lobbies
Funeral homes packed but only dark bodies
I can't sleep hardly, stirred up like Bob Marley
Marley Marl played the symphony, remember we recall
Son I been to many places in my space and time
And whatever my home is, son home is mine

We've all got to have, a place where we come from (In this world, travelin', travelin', travelin')
This place that we come from is called home (So many places I go)
We set out on our travels, we do the best we can (Set on our travels, do the best I can)
We travel this big earth and we roam (The best I know)

We all got to have, a place where we come from (We all got to have, someplace to call home)
This place that we come from is called home (Someplace to call home)
Even though we may love, this place that's on the map (This place on the map)
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at (Where you at, where you at)

Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at, say what, say what?
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at, where to hang your hat
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at, where to hang your hat
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at, where to hang your hat
Said it ain't where you from, it's where you at, where you at, where we at

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