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While They’re Red:
Written by JEREMIAH BLIGEN
If you never did another thing,
youve done enough for us,
wish I could give you more
but since I have your ear for a short while,
I just thought I'll,
give em to you now,
Though life knocked you down it didn’t stop your fight,
so we could be more, you worked day and night,
You scratched and clawed and with all of your might,
you have served, showed love with your life.
While Theyre Red.
I just want to say thank you for who you have been,
for what youve done, and who you are.
While Theyre Red.
and as sure as the Lord lives I will honor your stand,
you stood in faith, your light will last.
Rose. The hustle and bustle,
Rose. The Pain, No Gain,
Rose. You fought through the struggle,
Rose. We Remember Your Name,
Rose. Too often we wait,
Rose. Until it’s too late,
Rose. To give people their roses,
Yeah. I’ll give you yours today.
You always told me to clean my plate,
but before I touched a scrap, I better say my grace,
Thanks the Lord
before I go to bed, wash them dishes,
cant be a dirty man, looking for a misses,
That’s for growth
and when my execution wasn’t there,
you dealt with me in love, it was tough, but it was fair.
I needed both.
though we only ever had a little,
what we had came from you,
working your hands to the gristle. thats for sure
cutting grass after a long week,
you taught me to wear pants to fend off the weeds,
double shifts and multiple jobs,
fighting to make it,
to say that you worked hard:
supported family by any means,
and the years of sweat and tears
were the makings of me
I'll never despise my humble beginnings,
so take these roses while theyre red, it means thank you.
Kool-Aid and Sugar,
With out the water,
Mixed and Pitched,
it for a couple quarters,
hustled hard I,
was just trying to make some juice money,
you saw the risk
what it could come to, down the road to 20,
yanked me quick
punishment for like the whole year,
I shed a tear, remember clear,
not to do it I feared,
the lesson sticked.
didn’t get it fully then,
but now as a man,
I look back thankful,
for what you did.
I remember you saving to pay off a debt,
Walk in honor,
OlÈ man stole and spent it on him,
That was sour,
I saw you broken over that, I cried,
Angry and bitter I couldn't help,
Man it Burned me inside.
I was young, but I could see and know
But you didn't let it stop you,
You started again, and finished paying.
I could never grasp why you stayed,
But now I do,
Your covenant to love was true,
Down to the root,
So you fought and stood.
Even though he never came through,
You never played him.
See for you the example to your daughters,
So no men ran through our home.
And I respect it.
Taught me to make my own meals,
Wash my own clothes,
Everyone smiling in your face,
Ain't your friend, you watch them close
.Never bought a single a single jordan,
But what we needed you would find,
Drug me to church every Sunday,
To meet God and give him time,
Went without didn't complain,
couldn't make it to every game,
because you were working so that we could pay,
for me to play,
Remember when I said is never leave you.
I was child. But that sentiment man it was real,
That love is real
and though I left and Cleaved to my wife. I'll honor you,
By loving her, treating her right.
.Putting her first
under God, consider her feelings,
Work hard. Comfort her heart,
Walk and Be the leader.
Of my home,
I may never buy you a house,
While on this earth,
But our father see he has many mansions,
that’ll work, yeah that’ll work.
Im thankful that you know the Lord
you’ll live forever,
but Your legacy here live on,
endure the weather,
You weren’t perfect,
You were exactly what I needed,
for me to be me,
and just want to let you know Im forever grateful,
so take these roses while they’re red, it means thank you.
from When Ravens Cry,
released December 11, 2015
Produced by DIGIANLG, Additional Production by BLIGEN for MSP, Wontel, and TJ Pompeo. Saxophone by MPax for MPax Productions.