ARTIST(s):      Kanye West f/ Connie Mitchell
SONG TITLE:   Champion
ALBUM:            Graduation
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Kanye West]
Yes I did!
So I packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin show you how we lived
E'rybody want it but it ain't that serious
Mm-hmm~! That's that shit
So if you're gon' do it, do it just like this
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Kanye West]
You don't see just how wild the crowd is
You don't see just how fly my style is
I don't see why I need a stylist
When I shop so much I can speak Italian
I don't know, I just want it better for my kids
And I ain't sayin we was from the projects
But everytime I wanted layaway or a deposit
My dad would say, when you see clothes close your eyelids
We was sorta like Will Smith and his son
In the movie, I ain't talkin 'bout the rich ones
Cause every summer, he'd get some
brand new hairbrained scheme to get rich from
And I don't know what he did for dough
But he'd send me back to school with a new wardrobe
And ayyy, ayyy, ayyy, ayyy...
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Kanye West]
I think he did
When he packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin show you how we lived
E'rything I wanted man it seemed so serious
Mm-hmm~! That's that shit
So if you're gon' do it, do it just like this
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Kanye West]
When it feel like living's harder than dyin
For me, giving up's way harder than tryin
Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion
I wish her heart still was in rhymin
Cause who the kids gon' listen to
HA~?! I guess me if it isn't you
Last week I paid a visit to the institute
They got the dropout keepin kids in the school
I guess I cleaned up my act like Prince'll do
If not for the pledge, at least for the principal
They got the CD then got to see me
Drop gems, like I dropped out of P.E.
They used to feel invisible
Now they now they invincible
Ayyy, ayyy, ayyy
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Connie Mitchell]
This is the story of a champion
Runners on the mark and you pop the gun
Stand up, stand up, here he comes
Tell me what it takes to be #1
Tell me what it takes to be #1
This is the story of a champion
Runners on the mark and you pop the gun
Stand up, stand up, here he comes
Tell me what it takes to be #1
Tell me what it takes to be #1
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
[Kanye West]
Yes I did!
So I packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin show you how we lived
E'rybody want it but it ain't that serious
Mm-hmm~! That's that shit
So if you're gon' do it, do it just like this
Like this
[sampled vocals from "Kid Charlemagne"]
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes

 

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