On The Otherside

from by Ashley Sorrell

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The reality between the good life and the everyday struggle of the average African American when it comes to survival through poverty and misguidance.

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Hook
Lets take a trip to the otherside/Where kids witness homicides/ Domestic violence in their sight/Know every song can't read or write/ Young boy with a pistol on his hip/Young girl with lipstick on her lips/ Daddy ain't there/Can't teach 'em sh*t/Mother do drugs to escape from it/Life just ain't fair/Living in these streets/Moving too fast/Can't even dream/Too scared to sleep/Gotta watch yo back 'cause the enemy/They like to creep/They plot and sneak/Sh*t just ain't right/ Hard to survive/When you living on the otherside

Verse
It's sunny on the bright side where the grass is greener/Where you see all the shiny rides and the air is much cleaner/Where children play together/Their parents buy them whatever/And they think they're so much better/But on the otherside the grass just can't get right/ People can't survive so they kill and rob at night/And boys are slanging on the street/To buy their family food to eat/They barely have a place to sleep

Hook
Lets take a trip to the otherside/Where kids witness homicides/ Domestic violence in their sight/Know every song can't read or write/ Young boy with a pistol on his hip/Young girl with lipstick on her lips/ Daddy ain't there/Can't teach 'em sh*t/Mother do drugs to escape from it/Life just ain't fair/Living in these streets/Moving too fast/Can't even dream/Too scared to sleep/Gotta watch yo back 'cause the enemy/They like to creep/They plot and sneak/Sh*t just ain't right/ Hard to survive/When you living on the otherside

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Around here/They get it how they live/Girl 12 years old messing with them grown men/Not using protection/13 years old now the girl is pregnant/Her mother a Christian/Abortion not a option/So kids having kids/Don't know what to do now/'Cause the man vanished/Now she's forced to be grown/Raise her baby on her own/Grandma does the best she can/Call the babydad he won't answer the phone/Life can be so cold/When you think that you know/Everything you need to know Give yourself time to grow/Learn to listen when ya told/You need to live your life slow, baby/Baby/Baby/Baby

Hook
Lets take a trip to the otherside/Where kids witness homicides/ Domestic violence in their sight/Know every song can't read or write/ Young boy with a pistol on his hip/Young girl with lipstick on her lips/ Daddy ain't there/Can't teach 'em sh*t/Mother do drugs to escape from it/Life just ain't fair/Living in these streets/Moving too fast/Can't even dream/Too scared to sleep/Gotta watch yo back 'cause the enemy/They like to creep/They plot and sneak/Sh*t just ain't right/ Hard to survive/When you living on the otherside

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from Take It From Here, released February 20, 2014

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