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Tha Payroll (Stay Strong)
Michael Franti & Spearhead

Gramma, this one's for you

(Stay strong)


He's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' brothers being treated ill

He's strong


They say to chill

They say my homey's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got him working on tha payroll


She's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' sistas being created ill

She's strong


They say to chill

They say my homegirl's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got her workin' on tha payroll


At twenty one, the brother Smooth, he got a record deal

Been working hard, been writin' songs about the things he feels

He says it's real 'cause I got skills but I got bills

My deck is stacked if I could only get my shit on wax


When it was ripe he took his tape up to the rec execs

They smoked cigars and rolled their eye's at him behind their specs

Your shit is phat but I don't hear it in the format Jack

What's all this black crap? Check page twenty one of your contract


He's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' brothers being treated ill

He's strong


They say to chill

They say my homey's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got him working on tha payroll


She's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' sistas being created ill

She's strong


They say to chill

They say my homegirl's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got her workin' on tha payroll


A friend of mine Roberta, she got a job at the post office

She was college edjamacated but got fired up at the law office

I'm all alone two kids at home, I need a job, just any job

So I can get back on my feet like Tina Turner


The boss came up to her said, Why don't you come home with me?

I'd like to see you take off your clothes for me

She said, No way, man

He said, You don't understand

You lose your life, you lose your job if you don't do this shift



He's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' brothers being treated ill

He's strong


They say to chill

They say my homey's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got him working on tha payroll


She's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' sistas being created ill

She's strong


They say to chill

They say my homegirl's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got her workin' on tha payroll


I met a black man who became a police officer

Officer, officer, officer, officer, officer, overseer

He tried to tell me it was the only job available

Either rob or join the mob 'cause I'm not salable


One night he went out on an undercover stinging

Bought some smack tried to break the heroin ring, ring

Two cops, white cops saw juggling goin' down

They spilled his brain like homey the fuckin' clown

He's gone


Mama, mama, mama, mama, I couldn't say no

Got sick and tired of seein' people bein' treated ill

Picked up my nines, walked up from behind

Tapped two of them on the neck

So I could meet their eyes direct


Pom, pom

I didn't do it for tha payroll


He's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' brothers being treated ill

He's strong


They say to chill

They say my homey's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got him working on tha payroll


She's strong

Mama, mama, mama

Mama, I couldn't say no

So strong


Got sick and tired

Of seein' sistas being created ill

She's strong


They say to chill

They say my homegirl's not available

Stay strong

I hear, mama, they got her workin' on tha payroll


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