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Dear Mama
2Pac Lyrics


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You are appreciated

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, breaking 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 reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell
Huggin' on my mama from a jail cell
And who'd think in elementary?
Hey, 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

Lady
Don't ya know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't ya know we love ya?

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 looking 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 hanging
I needed money of my own so I started slanging
I ain't guilty 'cause even though I sell rocks
It feels good putting money in your mailbox
I love paying 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 coming 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 Thanksgiving
But now the road got rough, you're alone
You're trying 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

Lady
Don't ya know we love ya, sweet lady?
And dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't ya know we love ya?

Pour out some liquor and I reminisce '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 crazy
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

Lady
Don't ya know we love ya, sweet lady?
And dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't ya know we love ya?

Sweet lady
And dear mama

Dear mama
Lady, lady, lady

Overall Meaning

"Dear Mama" is a tribute song to 2Pac's mother, Afeni Shakur. The song talks about 2Pac's struggles growing up, his mistakes, and his triumphs. It reflects on how his mother was always there for him and loved him unconditionally despite everything. The lyrics also apologize for the trouble he caused her and the sacrifices she made for him. In the chorus, 2Pac assures his mother that she is appreciated and loved, and he understands now what she went through.


The song stands out in the rap industry as a heartfelt homage to a mother figure, and it has become a classic among fans of the genre. This emotional and truthful approach to his artistry was a hallmark of 2Pac's music, and "Dear Mama" is one of the best examples of this. The song is an important part of his legacy and continues to inspire and move new generations.


Line by Line Meaning

You are appreciated
The artist recognizes and appreciates all that his mother has done for him throughout his life


When I was young me and my mama had beef
When I was young, I had a lot of arguments with my mother


Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
I was kicked out of my house and had to live on the streets at the age of seventeen


Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face
At the time, I thought I would never see my mother again


Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place
No other woman could ever take my mother's place in my life


Suspended from school, and scared to go home, I was a fool
I was suspended from school and too scared to go home, which I now realize was foolish


With the big boys, breaking all the rules
I was hanging out with older boys and engaging in rebellious behavior


I shed tears with my baby sister
I cried with my younger sister


Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
We were much poorer than the other kids in our community


And even though we had different daddy's, the same drama
Even though we had different fathers, we had the same traumatic experiences in our household


When things went wrong we'd blame mama
When things went wrong, we would blame our mother for everything


I reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell
I look back on all the stress I caused my mother and feel guilty about it


Huggin' on my mama from a jail cell
I give my mother a hug from a jail cell


And who'd think in elementary?
Who would have thought when I was in elementary school


Hey, I see the penitentiary, one day
That I would end up in the penitentiary one day


And runnin' from the police, that's right
And I was running from the police, which is true


Mama catch me, put a whoopin' to my backside
My mother would catch me and discipline me for my bad behavior


And even as a crack fiend, mama
Even when I was addicted to crack, my mother still loved me


You always was a black queen, mama
My mother was always a strong and beautiful black woman


I finally understand
I finally understand all that my mother went through in raising me


For a woman it ain't easy tryin' to raise a man
It is difficult for a woman to raise a man on her own


You always was committed
My mother was always dedicated to taking care of her children


A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
She managed to raise us all as a poor single mother on welfare, and I don't know how she did it


There's no way I can pay you back
I know I can never repay my mother for everything she has done for me


But the plan is to show you that I understand
But my plan is to show my mother that I understand and appreciate everything she has done for me


Don't ya know we love ya?
We love you, mom!


Now ain't nobody tell us it was fair
No one ever said life was going to be easy for us


No love from my daddy 'cause the coward wasn't there
My father was not there for me and did not show his love


He passed away and I didn't cry, 'cause my anger
When my father passed away, I didn't cry because I was too angry


Wouldn't let me feel for a stranger
I couldn't feel sadness for someone who was a stranger to me


They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless but all along
People say I'm wrong and heartless, but deep down I am looking for something more


I was looking for a father he was gone
I was searching for a father figure, but he was gone


I hung around with the thugs, and even though they sold drugs
I hung around with some bad people, even though they were drug dealers


They showed a young brother love
Despite their flaws, these people showed me affection and acceptance


I moved out and started really hanging
I moved out and started spending more time with these dangerous people


I needed money of my own so I started slanging
I started selling drugs to make my own money


I ain't guilty 'cause even though I sell rocks
I don't feel completely guilty for selling drugs because it has helped me provide for my family


It feels good putting money in your mailbox
It makes me feel good to provide for my mother and put some money in her mailbox


I love paying rent when the rent's due
I am proud to be able to contribute to my family and pay the rent on time


I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
I hope you received the diamond necklace that I sent to you as a gift


And I could see you coming home after work late
I remember you coming home from work late every night


You're in the kitchen tryin' to fix us a hot plate
You would always be in the kitchen trying to prepare us a meal, even when you were tired from work


Ya just workin' with the scraps you was given
You always made the most of what you had, even if it was not much


And mama made miracles every Thanksgiving
You always managed to pull together an amazing meal for us every Thanksgiving


But now the road got rough, you're alone
Now that things have gotten tough, you are alone and struggling


You're trying to raise two bad kids on your own
You are trying your best to raise two difficult kids on your own


Pour out some liquor and I reminisce 'cause through the drama
I pour out some liquor and look back on all that we have been through together


I can always depend on my mama
I know that I can always depend on my mother, no matter what


And when it seems that I'm hopeless
When I feel like things are hopeless


You say the words that can get me back in focus
You always know what to say to help me focus and keep going


When I was sick as a little kid
When I was sick as a child


To keep me happy there's no limit to the things you did
You did everything possible to keep me happy and comfortable


And all my childhood memories
All of my childhood memories


Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
Are full of all the sweet and loving things you did for me


And even though I act crazy
Even though I sometimes act crazy


I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
I am grateful to God that you are my mother and made me who I am today


There are no words that can express how I feel
I cannot find the words to express how much you mean to me


You never kept a secret, always stayed real
You were always honest and never kept secrets from me


And I appreciate how you raised me
I appreciate how you raised me and taught me to be a good person


And all the extra love that you gave me
I appreciate all the extra love and attention that you gave to me


I wish I could take the pain away
I wish I could take away all the pain and hardship that you have faced


If you can make it through the night there's a brighter day
If you can make it through this trying time, there will be better days ahead


Everything will be alright if ya hold on
Everything will be okay if you just hold on and keep going


It's a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
Life is a struggle every day, but we have to keep moving forward


Don't ya know we love ya?
We love you, mom!




Lyrics © DistroKid, BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons, Joseph Jefferson, Tony Pizarro, Tupac Shakur, Joseph Sample

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Tsepoo West

My mom has passed away 2 weeks ago and I'm only 23 years old I was listening to this song and crying under the blanket since my Mama gone 💔😭 Rip to my mom my world 💔

Samia

Rip bro ❤️💔💔

GMSirLawrence

Condolences brother. Praying for her.

Stéphanie Faye

❤️❤️❤️

JP Giles

I'm sorry to hear that, rest in peace to your mom. I'm sure she was a wonderful woman.

Samuel Mendenhall

Rip

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niv

"Don't cry because he died. Smile because he was born" RIP LEGEND

Kaden Crow

Don't cry because it's over smile because it happens Dr Seuss

John Awalla

I lost my mum 17 years ago, the pain never goes away...but this song by Tupac is my pill

Phenomenal_kaz

Damn

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