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​The Dope Man

This song is by Smooth and appears on the album Smooth & Legit (1990).

Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that dope are showing you
Where are you going to

Take a deep breath, aren't you scared of the crime that's filling the air
Well, boy oh boy what's the world coming to
Turn on the news to see who killed who
See the dope man wherever you're going
Seeing young girls turning into the dope hoes
Well yo yo, it's time check it out
You're being self destroyed, you're being played out
And with guns your lives are being laid out
And jail's a place you never stay out
This is on a positive tip
So listen close if you don't wanna slip

I knew this one guy, his name I won't mention
Sex and money was his main intention
The jimmy hat, it could have been his invention
Robbing and stealing, murdering and killing
Losing his mind now he's in jail billing
It all started with slinging four bends
Knowing that their lifestyle would have to end
But he would pretend with all of his friends
He was the big time spend double spending a spend
But yo, that's not the was it would go
The feds cold busted with a couple of kilo
Ten to twenty five plus some gun pull jive
Now his woman kids as tears come down his eyes
Aw, because he's really getting care about the crime that's filling the air

Stay away from the dope man
Stay away from the dope
Stay away from the dope man
Learn how to say no

I take a trip down memory lane
This was my homey and ???
Got hooked to 'cane thought she'd gain, what came was pain
The dope man
I went to a house and dope move then
She was looking so frail and just to the thin
I said girl, girl, look how you're changed
You're mind rearranged 'cause they're heading for danger
The dope changed her
She used to be a scholar making big dollars
But dope moved in, I tried to warn her
She was smoking, doing coke and just into doping
She wouldn't listen, now she's missing
Every time I see her she starts denying, living a lying
I've seen her not long ago standing on a corner she turned into a ho
I said, oh no, that's how she went?
Now her life on dope is spent

Stay away from the dope man
Stay away from the dope
Stay away from the dope man
Learn how to say no

Guys, girls gangbangers, dope slinger
Whoever that you may be
Listen close to Smooth the MC
Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that dope is showing you
Where are you going to

Where is it leading, where are you headed?
It seems to me into a permanent bedding
You better turn back or your life you'll lack
Oh, is that how it should stay?
Smoke your dope dope, get your dope pay?
Go on and have a dope day?
That's how you want it to be?
You'd rather sell dope to your brothers who live legally?
Or die and make your mother cry?
All of this for a five second high?
So many die

Stay away from the dope man
Stay away from the dope, well all right
Stay away from the dope man
Learn how to say no
All you out there who don't wanna slip
Remember the positive tip
Stay away from the dope man

Written by:

Smooth, Chris Stokes