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[Nelly Talking] 
Free City 
This is a shout out to every young brother ya know 
Thats doin his thing right now 
Keep ya head up... 
Hes walkin the yard wishin he had wings 
Ya know so he could fly up out that joint 
Man 

[Intro] 
If I could, fly away 
Ooo and I wouldn't come back no more 
I, I,d turn around, 
Just to see you for the last time, 
See,now I know 
Hey, that it won't be easy 
I done fought in a battle, and I done made it this far 
I gotta few more feet, but its still the longest yard 

[Verse 1] 
Man, it's the longest yard i ever had to get in my life 
And see my life ain't right, if my wife don't write 
My niggas can't eat if the fish don't bite 
Might raise the gross sales, like Mike and Ike 
Now big brother almighty 
I keep a gamma ray, I'ma G-5 G 
Take a G-5 jeep, G-5 deep 
Too some of their bare feet 
And thet deep don't speak 
Listen maybe they lock it down right herre 
See body bag and gag and your found right herre 
This as serious as it sounds right herre 
The guards guard the ground, 4 pounds right herre 
And they ain't playin, their just lettin you know 
That anything they want to happen, niggahappen real slow 
Get the word from upstairs, put you in that hole 
I can't take it, I'm justready to go 

[Chorus] 
If I could, fly away 
Ooo and I wouldn't come back no more 
I, I'd turn around, 
Just to see you for the last time, 
See, now I know 
Hey that it won't be easy 
I done fought in a battle, and done made it this far 
I gotta few more feet, but its still the longest yard 
Yeah yeah, its still the longest yard 
Uh uh, its still the longest yard 
Um um, its still the longest yard 
I done fought in a battle and I done made it this far 

[Verse 2] 
I'm in my cell 20 hours a day 
And doin push-ups every hour a day 
Cause I'm tryin to keep the cobwebs away 
that's why I'm markin off the calender days 
Tryin to get out of the way 
And im just tryin to keep a piece of mine 
And I'm gonna shame a motherfucker with a piece of mine 
Cause he's tryin to take a piece of mine 
So im gonna slice his ass a piece at a time 
But now that they close the door 
Lock me in a cell 30 deep but its built for 10 
Tell me what kind of world they got you in 
With the barb wire fences, box you in 
From now, till they turn off the lights 
I'ma read anything in sight 
Its kinda hard tryin to read at night 
But I'ma change my life 
And hope another brother take this flight 

[Chorus] 

(Oohh no) I gotta make it out this place some how 
(Oohh no) Man I really believe that i done turne it around 
(Oohh no) You see, all I need is that second chance to show, 
since I crossed the ration, my obligationof rehabilitation 
(Oohh no) They can punch me high, and they can kick me low 
(Oohh no) But i mean its gonna take more thatn that for them to break my soul 
(Oohh no) Man its hard for people to understand what its like to be, gated, incarcerated, I just can't take it, but I'ma make it man to see better days 

[Chorus] 

[Hook] 
If i could fly away, 
If I could I turn around, 
If I could fly away