Sea, I watched As my youth was charted Like a highway route Crossing all major neighborhoods Pit stopping for the subterranean In the hopes of discovering The truth behind "What's tough enough?"
As a child I was told, Man up! To me, that was tough. Displaying masculinity with the 'cuffs Shooting the five without the interrupts Except that became my familiar route To evaluate the measure of the toughness in my youth
But, Not tough enough is what Got my mother cussed When or if she protested Successfully
Got Ronnie Barnes killed And big Ron's front teeth knocked out After he was put into a sleeper hold
Tough enough Got brothers snuffed for playing tough Got sisters pushed for not being pushovers Got friends locked up for protesting causes Got neighborhoods removed Then moved to somewhere else A place some people call -- A better neighborhood
Tough enough Got babies wanting to be grown before they grow. Got men receding growth cause they can't envision the view.
Tough enough Taught genders to switch roles And, then disregard the meanings of such. Removed the hearts of fathers Causing them to forget to say I love you In the morning afternoon or evening