Common - G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) Lyrics




[Common:]
After bein' 25, you know, just trying to survive in the world
Bout to have a little boy or baby girl. Who knows?
Anyway, just when you start gettin that little age and experience to
you
You start thinkin about stuff...tryin to make the right moves
So bust it out, this is what I was thinkin, check it
Yo, the education of the Lon-chicka-Lonnie Lynn
Began, began with time
Bein my bloodline is one with the divine
In time brotha, you will discover the light
Some say that God is Black and the Devil's White
Well, the Devil is wrong and God is what's right
I fight, with myself in the ring of doubt and fear
The rain ain't gone, but I can still see clear
As a child, given religion with no answer to why
Just told believe in Jesus cuz for me he did die
Curiosity killed the catechism
Understanding and wisdom became the rhythm that I played to
And became a slave to master self
A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health
My mind had dealt with the books of Zen, Tao the lessons
Koran and the Bible, to me they all vital
And got truth within 'em, gotta read them boys
You just can't skim 'em, different branches of belief
But one root that stem 'em, but people of the venom try to trim 'em
And use religion as an emblem
When it should be a natural way of life
Who am I or they to say to whom you pray ain't right
That's who got you doin right and got you this far
Whether you say "in Jesus name" or Hum do Allah
Long as you know it's a bein' that's supreme to you
You let that show towards others in the things you do
Cuz when the trumpets blowin, 24 elders surround the throne
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get home
Only 144,000 gon get it baby
Chorus Cee-Lo:
I've lived and I've learned
I have taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I've cried
I have failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pouring rain
found joy through all my pain
I just wanna be happy with being me
Cee-Lo:
Let me voice my concern
So many of my fellow brothers have given themselves a title
That their actions didn't earn
Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence
Subconciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince
I've finally come to the realization why Black people in the worse
place
Cuz it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know
Who you are in the first place
So I try to find the clue in you
But evidently, White folks know more Black history than we do
Why're we bein' lied to? I ain't know our history was purposely hidden
Damn, somethin' in me wanna know who I am
So I began my search, my journey started in church
It gave my heartache relief when I started to understand belief
Hustlin was like a gift spent my share of time in the streets
Taught me survival from this evil I'm just gonna have to deal with
And I felt like a fool when I tried to learn it in school
It almost seemed like a rehearsal when the only
Science and math are universal
Takin elder advice, read the Bible, the Koran
Searched scrolls from the Hebrew Israelites
Hold on, this ain't right, Jesus wasn't White
Some leads were granted with insight
and it's all in the plan, but it took me some time to overstand
He still created with the imperfection of man
So, with followin' I disagree
By no means have I forgotten or forgiven what's been done to me but
I do know the Devil ain't no White man, the Devil's a spiritual mind
That's color blind, there's evil White folk and evil niggas
You gon surely find there's no positivity without negativity
But one side you gonna have to choose
Any chance to speak I refuse to misuse
So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession
become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and
Can't follow your lesson
If a seed's sown, you make sure it's known, you make sure it's grown
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own
Well, I've lived and I've learned
I've taken and I've earned
I have laughed, I have cried
I failed and I have tried
Sunshine, pourin rain
I found joy through my pain
Just wanna be happy...bein me
Bein me





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Common G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) Comments
  1. Dennis Lwimiko

    People of the venom, try to trim them and use religion as an emblem

  2. Dennis Lwimiko

    Only 144000 are going to make it home ,we need to try very harder,this touches me deeply

  3. tumelo seadira

    The first time I heard CeeLo rapping was on this track. I was 13/14 back then. Sparking my "Knowledge of Self Determination"

  4. dynamic

    I got alot of inspiration from this song.

  5. 87er

    Genius 😍

  6. Neo Senatle

    Had this CD.

  7. Josef Karlsson

    Spoken like a true prodigy, thanks Common

  8. Keiani Baker

    One of my favorite albums of all time.. Chuck thank you so much for having the ear for this.

  9. eidotevil

    God ain't black, God ain't white, God ain't a gal, nor is God a mate.

  10. Nathaniel Birth

    A Beautiful Song created by two highly intelligent Black Men

  11. Blood4Beats

    After bein' 25 you know just trying to survive in the world 
    Bout to have a little boy or baby girl. Who knows? 
    Anyway just when you start getting that little age and experience to you 
    You start thinking about stuff, trying to make the right moves 
    So bust it out this is what I was thinking check it

    Yo the education of the Lon chicka Lonnie Lynn 
    Began, began with time 
    Being my bloodline is one with the divine 
    In time brother, you will discover the light 
    Some say that God is Black and the Devil's White 
    Well, the Devil is wrong and God is what's right 
    I fight, with myself in the ring of doubt and fear 
    The rain ain't gone, but I can still see clear 
    As a child, given religion with no answer to why 
    Just told believe in Jesus 'cause for me he did die 
    Curiosity killed the catechism 
    Understanding and wisdom became the rhythm that I played to 
    And became a slave to master self 
    A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health 
    My mind had dealt with the books of Zen, Tao the lessons 
    Koran and the Bible, to me they all vital 
    And got truth within 'em, gotta read them boys 
    You just can't skim 'em, different branches of belief 
    But one root that stem 'em, but people of the venom try to trim 'em 
    And use religion as an emblem 
    When it should be a natural way of life 
    Who am I or they to say to whom you pray ain't right 
    That's who got you doing right and got you this far 
    Whether you say "in Jesus name" or Hum do Allah 
    Long as you know it's a bein' that's supreme to you 
    You let that show towards others in the things you do 
    'cause when the trumpets blowing, 24 elders surround the throne 
    Only 144, 000 goin' get home 
    Only 144, 000 goin' get home 
    Only 144, 000 goin' get it baby

    I've lived and I've learned 
    I have taken and I've earned 
    I have laughed, I've cried 
    I have failed and I have tried 
    Sunshine, pouring rain 
    Found joy through all my pain 
    I just want to be happy with being me

    Let me voice my concern 
    So many of my fellow brothers have given themselves a title 
    That their actions didn't earn 
    Our ignorance is in the same breath as our innocence 
    Subconsciously, seeking to find an impressionable mind to convince 
    I've finally come to the realization why Black people in the worse place 
    Cause it's hard to correct yourself when you don't know 
    Who you are in the first place 
    So I try to find the clue in you 
    But evidently, White folks know more Black history than we do 
    Why're we bein' lied to? I ain't know our history was purposely hidden 
    Damn, somethin' in me want to know who I am 
    So I began my search, my journey started in church 
    It gave my heartache relief when I started to understand belief 
    Hustling was like a gift spent my share of time in the streets 
    Taught me survival from this evil I'm just gonna have to deal with 
    And I felt like a fool when I tried to learn it in school 
    It almost seemed like a rehearsal when the only 
    Science and math are universal 
    Taking elder advice, read the Bible, the Koran 
    Searched scrolls from the Hebrew Israelites 
    Hold on, this ain't right, Jesus wasn't White 
    Some leads were granted with insight 
    And it's all in the plan, but it took me some time to over stand 
    He still created with the imperfection of man 
    So, with followin' I disagree 
    By no means have I forgotten or forgiven what's been done to me but 
    I do know the Devil ain't no White man, the Devil's a spiritual mind 
    That's color blind, there's evil White folk and evil niggas 
    You goin' surely find there's no positivity without negativity 
    But one side you gonna have to choose 
    Any chance to speak I refuse to misuse 
    So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession 
    Become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and 
    Can't follow your lesson 
    If a seed's sown, you make sure it's known, you make sure it's grown 
    If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own 
    If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own 
    If you God, then save your own, don't mentally enslave your own

    Well, I've lived and I've learned 
    I've taken and I've earned 
    I have laughed, I have cried 
    I failed and I have tried 
    Sunshine, pouring rain 
    I found joy through my pain 
    Just want to be happy, being me 
    Being me

    Jas

    Thanks!

    dynamic

    Blessing

  12. Motho Moso

    Evidently white people know more Black history than we do...

  13. dynamic

    Inspiring n inspired me to seek Knowledge of Self

  14. Hip-hop Rap

    I need the instrumental to this !!

  15. Roxane Steiger

    brilliant lyrics and good sound

  16. MajorChoices Miggas

    Truest form of some G shit. Literally miggas.
    If ya God then save ya own don't mentally enslave ya own miggas.

  17. mydreamsisvivid

    Cee lo on the chorus though

  18. TheAndykibz

    Beautifully perfect

  19. dan clay

    man dis song here deep hearing it now take's me back when it came out album of course this song make me think of all da people I've lost y don't konw just sum bout it an when i here cee lo part especially at da very end he killed dat part an i would rewind dat part an just zone out plus it was on repeat an when dat part of da song come's I'm stuck again classic

  20. Mxolisi Mathe

    Favourite common song of all time. The truth and beauty in this song.

    Casey Walker

    He has classics and this one of them...

  21. agosinter

    I need to learn how to play this on the piano

  22. Sylvanius Ross

    chi town righteous 👑 well learned.

  23. Edmond Taverdyan

    this song turned me into an atheist @ 16 after being raised in the church lols

    Matthew Muli

    hey man i jus wana say, God loves u dude

  24. Nathaniel Rossi

    Iv'e heard a lot of music in my 15 years of life and iv'e never had a feeling like this from a song :') so beautiful <3

    Myaa Diamante

    Nathaniel Rossi I began listening to this song at 15. I’m 27...

  25. cul2cat

    THIS SONG THO! SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO THE EARS!

    chillydotjeff

    +cul2cat One of my favorite songs of all time! On tha real!! LOL!!

  26. nrzagbay

    "A rich man is one with knowledge, happiness and his health."

  27. U.S. Michael Harrell [Emperor TUT]

    As We Pharaohs [ELs... ELohims] Prophesied eOns ago... The EThereAL ATLantean & Kemet.eK Sphinx Tribe of 13... are The RoyAL 144,000 Crystallized Bla.eK Light Bringers of Divine BluBla.eK Auras of Isis RA & EL [Israel]... known as the MU.

  28. Lerato Malimabe

    This song is Number 7 in the playlist of my life. Common is a philosopher 

    Me Today

    +Lerato Malimabe absolutely a philosopher! :)

    Casey Walker

    Cee Lo though... Incredible on here. Plus his verse on Soul Food (Goodie Mobb)

    Malcolm PADMORE

    What's 1 - 6?

  29. dseer13

    Godammit a perfect song until the last verse where that one dude  raps with complete disregard for the beat.

    thakozhani

    :/..do u understand that this is poetry set to music and not just a rap song..smh

    dseer13

    they shudnt have done it that way. because then it justs sounds like noise...

    sjkelly34

    +dseer13 you are very worng Cee Lo kills the second verse

    thakozhani

    @sjkelly34
    thank u

    Jason Ism

    +dseer13 haha that one dude is Cee Lo Green but yes i tend to agree with you its an off kilter flow

  30. Gambinotubee

    And this is not single from One Day It'll All Make Sense ... damn such a mistake

    Simon Dilling Christiansen

    It goes too deep to be a single. Unfortunately. In 1997 P. Diddy and Jay Z was the kind of hip pop that got a lot of air play.

    Oval

    +Simon Dilling Christiansen How the fuck was Jay-Z's music being on the radio unfortunate???

    JiggaJ1979

    Its not? its on my CD......must be a bonus song 😐😐😐😐

    Owen Featherstone

    JiggaJ1979 nah he means that it wasn’t released as a single. It was on the album yeah

  31. T Amazin

    TIMELESS ! PHUCKING TIMELESS

  32. LaSandra Jennings

    I always said no matter what religion you believe in, if it makes you a better person then so be it! Very nice song.

  33. Timothy Smith

    Uploaded 4 years ago on my bday..and im enjoying it again on my bday. Thanks for the gift : )

  34. Air Force Skateboarding

    thanks for this explaination

  35. Thekkur Thudur

    Love this album!

    Casey Walker

    A classic

  36. PoeticXposure

    listening to this song and saw a familiar face in the comments :) Hey Prince

  37. GoodMusicOrNothing

    I've lived and I've learned
    I have taken and I've earned
    I have laughed, I've cried
    I have failed and I have tried
    Sunshine, pouring rain
    found joy through all my pain
    I just wanna be happy with being me

  38. Dlezinye

    Lonnie lynn and Gnarls Barkley dropping the 48 keys of life!

  39. Deborah Brand

    love it

  40. Dennis Villanueva

    The number one thing of why I like this song because it's basically the whole "Think before you Talk." Many people from whatever religion believe their way is the right way. Now if anyone wishes to convert it's because they understand the basic concept of living in another person's shoes. Whether you're Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, etc. we are all the same on the outside. It's not the religion or the skin color but it's our actions that make us different.

    illy heke

    Preach bruh

    illy heke

    Love it

  41. lazygirl490

    This is music. Its much better than all these stupid songs out today. #real music

  42. vickthashredder

    I.just heard this song, its so soothing

  43. CircusofPython

    Ameen brother. And peace be with you. Even Allah in the Qur'an says that Christians and Jews are Ahl-al-kitaab (people of the Scripture) and that they still worship Him. We are all brothers and sisters

  44. gmd5133

    A rich man is one with knowledge happiness and his health

  45. Ibraheem

    144,000 people from Israeli tribesm,
    Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.

  46. akaBrilliant26

    So what is the Biblical meaning homie?

  47. Ibraheem

    it has biblicle meaning

  48. Ricky Ray

    "You've just been blessed with beautiful music"-Rapsody

  49. akaBrilliant26

    144,000?

  50. Mr.Calculus/TheUnBiasedDude

    lol, what's your other two favorite then? Retrospective For Life(Featuring Lauryn Hill) and Making Names for Ourselves(Featuring Canibus)?

  51. TCC

    You mean eternity?
    This is one of my top 3 fav songs from the album.

  52. Mr.Calculus/TheUnBiasedDude

    One Day It'll Make Sense is my favorite album by Common. I could listen to this for eternally.

  53. 1121fatboy

    @ old school type soul 144, 000 are not the final numberz...Thatz' z talking about 12,000 from each tribe 0f the 24 tribez ov israel. If that were the case there wouldn't have been a need ov a saviour!!!

    Motho Moso

    Notice how the numbers all give you the numbers that mAke the triangle of vortex maths vault? 3,6 & 9.... Funny how 144 000 does round up to 9, which is the number that governs all the numbers in the numbers system... Very deep

  54. Nick Ritzer

    meanwhile, LMFAO has millions of views...

  55. trubrahbull

    Their verses were soo true. I miss THIS CEE-LO AND COMMON!!! Not no bullcrap ''Lady Killer''!!!

  56. trubrahbull

    I am so dissapointed in Common & Cee-Lo. I hate the fact they sold out. This song had me in tears it was soooo dang real. They were my NIGGAS, but then they HAD to sell out the people. It's a shame, a crying shame. WHY DID THEY SELL THEIR SOUL?!?!?!! It's a crying shame. And yet Common still makes somewhat positive music, but he is misleading the children. He's promoting Obama, who is the puppet on the strings. Being a politician won't benefit the black community, just create more puppets.

  57. Lutah79

    @OldshcoolTypeSoul Thanks, I've got a bible I need to look through now, learn something new everyday... Stay blessed.........

  58. 503305 Podcast

    @ChaseGr33n is it in the bible??? thats all that matters...regardless of religion...is it in the book

  59. Lutah79

    @OldshcoolTypeSoul don't u think it's funny how only 144, 000 out of the billions or trillions of souls that have been here, and the billions that are here now... get to go to heaven. What about the tribes like bushmen who live so godly, give thanks for every little drop of water and mouthful of food? Never came across a holy book but live so peacefully, grow old, pass on and then what... damnation? Just a question I ask as I watch the "righteous" tear each other apart over god.........

    Motho Moso

    Numerology gives the answer to why 144000 souls... not literal

    Selmar St.Peteboy

    @Motho Moso i always wondered

  60. BoxOfOranges84

    Ok that was Cee-Lo on the second verse. Killed the mood of the song completely

  61. BoxOfOranges84

    I think Common was really confused when he wrote this in 1997. I'm a Christian, and while I don't believe other religions like Islam and Bhuddism an whatnot, nothing is more ridiculous than making the claim that all of them are right when they clearly contradict each other. This really sucks because I love the flow of this song (at least the first half, before whoever fxcks it up), and Cee-Lo singing the chorus was phenomenal, but I don't agree with the message at all

    Terrence Mayes

    He is saying that it's truth in each religion and that there are valid points in each

    Caju

    Islam recognizes Christ and all the previous prophets... being the last, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, whom the message of Allah was told by Gabriel. Quran is our last chance of redemption. Is not new, is the real message on how we should live, respect each other and put Allah above all, the only way of salvation. :)

    Jonathan Henry

    BoxOfOranges84
    He not talking about religion listen carefully

    Tina Fields

    Jonathan Henry please explain what he's talking about.

  62. Jamison Avery

    Truly Inspirational.

  63. tkal17

    @tkal17 Amazing song btw :)

  64. tkal17

    "So how can you call yourself God when you let a worldly possession become an obsession and the way you write your rhymes and Can't follow your lesson"
    I have been saying this for a long time now. But ppl look at me like I'm on crack. I just think that if God is saying killing is wrong, then it is wrong period. He should practice what he preaches. Lead by example. God should try to follow his/her/its own teachings and not be a hypocrite.

  65. HAKKING20

    real hip-hop, a poetic conversation between a couple of brothers tryin 2 enlighten the minds of the people

  66. thisusernameshalldo

    Love this song. I really enjoy Common's songs because you can tell he is a deep thinker. I respect that.

  67. Melvin Batchan

    this could be a natural way of life? who am i or they to say to whom you prayin aint right?

  68. David Stormborn

    Look within for what you need. God is everywhere in everything at all times.

  69. stunna flex

    we need more brothers like common...and more Hip Hop LP's with concept and
    meaning

  70. kalif151byccrew

    I can't count how many times I've leaned on this song for inspiration. Classic in my world

  71. fizaceman

    bout the most powerful lyrics ever put down on paper

    praise Common Sence you have a gift

    thanks for uploading cuz

  72. Amaan

    @dseer13 its poetry

  73. MRM53

    This chorus WILL be tatted on me VERY soon!!!!!

  74. Prince Williams

    This is 2 dopee!!! Is common a converted muslim or some

  75. poyapoya86

    GREAT SONG

  76. dseer13

    why is ceelo so off beat. or does that not matter to him anymore?

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    if ya dig good music checkout my channel

  78. Steven Borges

    three cheers for Common !!!!
    Chicago's man has spoke the truth and this will always live on

  79. Matt Dull

    Deep song. This is one of those songs that if you listen to it when you are throwed or blazed it can really stimulate thought. Makes you think... that's the power of good music.

  80. Josue Lagos

    Real Music With a Real Message.. people need to start listening to this instead of today rappers that talk about nothing but selfglorification greed and nonsence..

  81. jubeidamasta

    @karanvir93 cee-lo is only half of gnarles barkley

  82. jubeidamasta

    Common was great before he got lame and started making movies with Queen Latifah.

  83. aldair hernandez

    mi canción favorita... la que me pone de buenas siempre =)

  84. aldair hernandez

    esta es clasica

  85. Ryan Evans

    Is that gnarles barkley?

  86. DesiDes Doe

    wow....dats the single word to sum up this piece of art

  87. TheTruthUnderTheHood

    If you love poetry you will love this poem search " Is the cross Christian" IT will blow your mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Deeeeeeeeeeepp!!!

  88. EricPowellAKAELPJ

    Luv Common, man. He speak the truth. THIS VIDEO NEED TO GET MO VIEWS! INSTANT FAVORITE!