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Verse One: 2Pac 
When I was young me and my mama had beef 
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets 
Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face 
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place 
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool 
with the big boys, breakin all the rules 
I shed tears with my baby sister 
Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids 
And even though we had different daddy's, the same drama 
When things went wrong we'd blame mama 
I reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell 
Huggin on my mama from a jail cell 
And who'd think in elementary? 
Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day 
And runnin from the police, that's right 
Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside 
And even as a crack fiend, mama 
You always was a black queen, mama 
I finally understand 
for a woman it ain't easy tryin to raise a man 
You always was committed 
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it 
There's no way I can pay you back 
But the plan is to show you that I understand 
You are appreciated 
Chorus: Reggie Green & "Sweet Franklin" w/ 2Pac * 
Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady 
Dear mama 
Place no one above ya, sweet lady 
You are appreciated 
Don't cha know we love ya? 
* second and third chorus, "And dear mama" instead of "Dear mama" 
Verse Two: 2Pac 
Now ain't nobody tell us it was fair 
No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn't there 
He passed away and I didn't cry, cause my anger 
wouldn't let me feel for a stranger 
They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless, but all along 
I was lookin for a father he was gone 
I hung around with the Thugs, and even though they sold drugs 
They showed a young brother love 
I moved out and started really hangin 
I needed money of my own so I started slangin 
I ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocks 
It feels good puttin money in your mailbox 
I love payin rent when the rent's due 
I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you 
Cause when I was low you was there for me 
And never left me alone because you cared for me 
And I could see you comin home after work late 
You're in the kitchen tryin to fix us a hot plate 
Ya just workin with the scraps you was given 
And mama made miracles every Thanksgivin 
But now the road got rough, you're alone 
You're tryin to raise two bad kids on your own 
And there's no way I can pay you back 
But my plan is to show you that I understand 
You are appreciated 
Verse Three: 2Pac 
Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, cause through the drama 
I can always depend on my mama 
And when it seems that I'm hopeless 
You say the words that can get me back in focus 
When I was sick as a little kid 
To keep me happy there's no limit to the things you did 
And all my childhood memories 
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me 
And even though I act craaazy 
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me 
There are no words that can express how I feel 
You never kept a secret, always stayed real 
And I appreciate, how you raised me 
And all the extra love that you gave me 
I wish I could take the pain away 
If you can make it through the night there's a brighter day 
Everything will be alright if ya hold on 
It's a struggle everyday, gotta roll on 
And there's no way I can pay you back 
But my plan is to show you that I understand 
You are appreciated 
Sweet lady 
And dear mama 
Dear mama 
Lady (3X)
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