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I didnt know (where) there'd be troubles along the way,
nobody told me nothing (nobody told me nothing)nothin 

yeah (x31) 

i went through 8 different schools and 12 different years 
thats 30 different teachers over 10,000 different peers 
and i dint for new one got suspended every time 
besides a few were feelin me and commited dirty crimes 
but never braggin 
i just want you to see me where i have been 
i never proud of it 
so i dont have to go back ther again 
and i used to go like house to house 
sleeping on couch to couch 
walk around sticking out my hands 
looking for a hand out 
only thing got handed out was more bills 
only thing that pulled me out was my will 
god told me the sun dont chill 
told me to make use of one of these skills 
aint for that our or go and beat the block 
aint no way u can heat the cops 
aint no way i could beat the clock 
its just a matter of time shut down you shot 
stay up day and night, livin this way of life 
i was young and restless 
all my children came and then i had a guiding light 
no more that sittin main 
sitting and waiting and thinkin 
that somebody coming to take me up off the streets 
but now i know 

nobody told me that road would be easy 
i dont beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 
nobody told me that the road would be easy 
i cant believe i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 

i say and now im saying 
i can stay here and count on one hand 
how many people see me graduate 
i know a few that did betta bunch that eight 
seeing folks showin up in swarms 
waiting for me to go on 
wanna see nelly perform 
buts whats all before 
i becam this house hold name 
i was playin on little league games 
nobody cared if i go on for three 
nobody out here routin for me 
and my mama supported me in everything 
while she did everything 
some people got the nerve to ask 
yall kiss my ass, that my mama 
that sister didnt need my help 
in a game we soght no wealth 
give anythin that i had just to see her in perfect health 
now we out here complaining i got work to do 
how bad you think you got it 
somebody else got i worse then you 
and i had a up n dont plan on coming back down 
dont plan or leaving her no time soon 
when i got to comfortable now 
wont have no knowledgable wealth 
without no knowledge urself 
no i keep walking this road 
my mind body and soul 
(and i know and i know and i know) 

nobody told me that road would be easy 
i dont beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 
nobody told me that the road would be easy 
i cant beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 

i didnt know therd be toubles along the way 
nobody told me nothing 
ther was nobody to ease my pain 
and ive been walking this road 
for forever and a day 
now im in search for something 
for someone to help me find my way 

and now i know 
nobody told me that road would be easy 
i dont beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 
nobody told me that the road would be easy 
i cant beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 

nobody told me that road would be easy 
i dont believe i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 
nobody told me that the road would be easy 
i cant beleive i made it this far 
my whole life and i've been working so hard 
and i know 

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