It's hard to breathe and hard to run when your lungs blackened Coughing up blood like, what the f*ck happened? Raising my risk of cancer's the answer homie But after drinking something it's nothing like puffin a bogie Now I could blame the same product placements in movies All the commercials, or scarface in a jacuzzi But now I'm living it, damn I shoulda never took that first cigarette (I made a mistake) I f*cked up, like your girl was riding on top of me I shoulda took her to trial, and never copped a plea But this ain't a Christian nation, motherf*cker please America never taught me to turn the other cheek Cause I'm from Harlem, the north of Manhattan, We knock niggas out, and make 'em bounce like Ricky Hatton But wildin' on the corner got me turned back from the Canadian border (I made a mistake) I knew she was a virgin when I first met her Rockin' stocking, popping out of the Catholic school sweater Mom told me she could do better than a criminal Seventeen year old psychotic trying to be lyrical I never meant to break her heart or f*ck up her life But I was careless instead of treating her right I seen her again at some club, stripping And wondered if I could have made her life different (I made a mistake, yes I did, yes I did) (Repeat 2X) I joined the army looking for money to go to college But they didn't pay me a quarter of what they f*cking promised Extended my tour, treated me like a sucker That's the reason offices get fragged, motherf*cker Don't give me speeches on how you respect and you love me But no body armor in a lightly armored Humvee My family's lonely, and you want me to re-enlist for thirty grand homie? No (I made a mistake) When I was young I got signed to a record label The deal looked so good when it was on the table It paid for my cable, cribs, cars and jewelry, the studios, the women There's nothing they wouldn't do for me Except stop screwing me for publishing the royalties How the f*ck are you my dog when there's no loyalty Word to the street, I shoulda gone independent like Immortal Technique (I made a mistake) Some people learn from mistakes and don't repeat them Others try to block the memories and just delete them But I keep them as a reminder they not killing me And I thank God for teaching me humility Son remember when you fight to be free You see things how they are, and not how you like 'em to be 'Cause even when the world is falling on top of me Pessimism is an emotion, not a philosophy Knowing what's wrong, doesn't imply that you right And its another when you suffer to apply it in life But I'm no rookie, and I'm never gonna make the same mistake twice, pussy (I made a mistake, yes I did, yes I did)
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