2PAC LYRICS "Dear Mama" You are appreciated [Verse One: 2Pac] 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, breakin 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 reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell Huggin on my mama from a jail cell And who'd think in elementary? Heeey! 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 [Chorus: Reggie Green & "Sweet Franklin" w/ 2Pac] Lady... Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama Place no one above ya, sweet lady You are appreciated Don't cha know we love ya? [second and third chorus, "And dear mama" instead of "Dear mama"] [Verse Two: 2Pac] 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 lookin 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 hangin I needed money of my own so I started slangin I ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocks It feels good puttin money in your mailbox I love payin 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 comin 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 Thanksgivin But now the road got rough, you're alone You're tryin 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 [Chorus] [Verse Three: 2Pac] Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, 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 craaazy 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 [Chorus] Sweet lady And dear mama Dear mama Lady [3X] [Thanks to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org for correcting these lyrics] [ www.azlyrics.com
BLINDSIDE LYRICS "Sleepwalking" Words so secure screaming like an alarm Are you trying to wake me up Now what was that you were trying to pull Is it my arm I do believe you're trying to wake me up Now could it be maybe It's not me sleeping Could it be maybe you awakening Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk in the light Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk out of sight
Now here I am, but I'm just sleepwalking Yes here I stand But I guess I'm just sleeptalking for myself Now could it be maybe It's not me sleeping Could it be maybe you awakening Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk in the light Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk out of sight
One day this world will see me at the horizon One day from a distant light And just before I stand to face my love I'll turn around And with a smile I'll say my goodbyes Just one last goodbye Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye Sleepwalk in the light Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk out of sight Sleep this time tonight Sleepwalk in the light
Bob Wickman has been on the disabled list all month. The Braves haven't missed him a bit. The Atlanta closer went on the DL April 30 with upper back pain, but the rest of the bullpen has easily picked up the slack. The relievers are 4-0 with six saves and a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings since Wickman went down. Wickman's late-inning replacements have been dominant. Rafael Soriano is 5-for-5 in save opportunities, pitching six hitless innings with five strikeouts. Mike Gonzalez has a win, a save and five strikeouts in five shutout innings. ... Jeff Francoeur 's teammates couldn't resist taking a jab at the excitable outfielder after he stole his first base of the season in the second inning. Francoeur had only one stolen base in all of 2006, so he has the same amount of thefts since the start of last season as good friend Brian McCann, the Braves' notoriously slow-running catcher. When Francoeur got to the clubhouse after the game, someone had left a base in his locker with this message written on it: ``On the heels of Ricky Henderson (baseball's career stolen base leader). This ties you with McCann.''
Bryant, Nowitzki, Duncan also part of All-NBA team
Stoudemire NashNEW YORK -- Steve Nash was a unanimous selection to the All-NBA team Thursday and was joined by Phoenix Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire on a squad made up entirely of Western Conference players.Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki , San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant , the league's leading scorer, rounded out the first team."It's a tough conference," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.Nash, the league's two-time defending MVP, received 129 first-place votes and 645 total points from the panel of 129 media members."You're playing with best players in the world, and to be mentioned in the top group is something I'm very proud of," the point guard said.Nash and Stoudemire are the first teammates to make the first team since Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in 2003-04.Stoudemire's selection caps an impressive comeback after two knee operations limited him to three games in 2005-06. The center averaged 20.4 points and a career-best 9.6 rebounds for the Pacific Division champions."I appreciate everyone who voted for me," Stoudemire said, "because behind closed doors, it's been a lot of hard work."Nash called Stoudemire's selection "a tremendous tribute." Duncan Nowitzki Bryant"To not play a whole season and come back and be first-team all-league is just unbelievable," Nash said.Nash led the NBA in assists during the regular season with a career-high 11.6 per game. He became the first NBA player to average at least 18 points (18.6) and 11 assists since Magic Johnson in 1990-91.Former teammate Nowitzki, also making his third straight first-team appearance, led the Mavericks to an NBA-best 67-15 record. But he struggled in the playoffs, and the Mavericks became the third No. 1 seed to lose in the first round since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams and the first since the opening round became a best-of-seven in 2003.It was Duncan's ninth first-team selection, most of any active player."He's able to focus year-in and year-out," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He loves the game, he plays it well and it's a real tribute to him to continue to be on that first team."Cleveland's LeBron James , the top vote-getter for last year's All-NBA team, dropped to the second team this season. He was joined by Washington's Gilbert Arenas , Houston's Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, and Toronto's Chris Bosh .The third team was: Miami's Dwyane Wade , Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett , Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Orlando's Dwight Howard .Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas did a double-take when told James wasn't selected to the first team."For us, he's our MVP and that's all that matters," he said. "There are not a lot of guys better than him, if any, period. There's nobody I would rather have."The voting panel of writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada voted for the three teams by position, with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.Also worth noting:• Since the two-conference format was instituted in 1970-71, all five members on the All-NBA first team have been from the same conference only twice -- 2000 and 2007. • All five players on the first team are from the same conference for the first time since 2000. That season, it was Gary Payton (Seattle), Jason Kidd (Phoenix), Kevin Garnett (Minnesota), Duncan and O'Neal (Lakers). • O'Neal is not on an All-NBA team for the first time since 1993, his rookie year. • Duncan's nine first-team selections are the most of any active player. Only seven players have been on the All-NBA first team more than Duncan (10 times or more): Karl Malone , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Michael Jordan , Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor. • Rebounding leader Garnett has not been on the first team since 2004.
Latin Food at Yankee Stadium. Now, How About That!
By MANNY FERNANDEZ
Published: May 11, 2007
In the Bronx, Latin food has always been easy to find. But not in Yankee Stadium. It has been one place in the majority-Hispanic borough where the only thing that came close to qualifying as authentic Latin fare was an order of nachos.
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Daniel R. Garcia, in front of the Latin food stand operated by his company at Yankee Stadium, only the second one in the stadium’s 84 years.
This season, however, the stadium’s menu — hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, fries, pork fried rice, peanuts and even sushi and baked ziti — has some spicy new additions. They read like the day’s specials at a Washington Heights restaurant: ground beef or cheese empanadas; chicken in salsa with sweet plantains, rice and beans; Cuban sandwiches with plantain chips; and papas rellenas, or fried stuffed potatoes.
Yankee fans at Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers who might have otherwise walked out of the food court behind left field with a slice of pizza or a foot-long hot dog carried empanadas and Cuban sandwiches back to their seats.
“ It’s a big surprise,” said Natalia Messineo, 23, a student at the College of Staten Island, who had her hands full taking a tray of six empanadas to her husband and her friend. “It’s good to know they’re branching out.”
The food is served at a concession stand called Salsa on the Go. It is only the second time in the 84-year history of the stadium that Latin food has been sold there. A concession stand that sold burritos was open for just one season a few years ago.
The new stand illustrates the team’s eagerness to find ways to win Hispanic fans and bring the flavor of its home borough into the stadium. Another stand, now in its third season at the stadium, reflects the borough’s Italian roots: Mike’s Deli, a branch of the popular establishment on Arthur Avenue, serves meatball parmigiana heroes and other Italian sandwiches.
“ It’s silly to think that each person out of the 50,000 fans that come to a game want to eat the same food,” said Jason Zillo, a spokesman for the Yankees . “The Latin community is a huge part of our fan base. As we evolve as an organization, we’re looking to cater to the needs of the diverse number of people that come through the turnstiles.”
The food at Salsa on the Go is prepared by the Bronx-based Salsa Caterers and Special Events, using ingredients and products from Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the country. The stand, which is operated by Salsa Caterers, started serving on April 2, when the Yankees opened their season at home against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .
For some Hispanic fans and those involved in running the stand, Salsa on the Go is a kind of milestone, earning Latin food a prominent place among the stadium’s traditional ballpark fare. For others, it is long overdue.
“ Considering the demographic changes in the city, it’s something they should have done a long time ago,” said Angelo Falcón, the president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, a research and advocacy group based in New York.
The stadium’s 44 food stands feed a large and hungry crowd: The team’s average home-game attendance as of Wednesday was 49,294, the highest in Major League Baseball. Hot dogs, not surprisingly, are the stadium’s top seller. About 30,000 are sold at each game, in addition to about 8,000 pretzels, according to managers at Centerplate, the company that oversees the stadium’s concessions.
While the sales of empanadas are nowhere near those of hot dogs, Daniel R. Garcia, 45, the president of Salsa Caterers and Special Events, said he was confident that Latin food would become a stadium staple. Sales at Salsa on the Go have steadily increased from one game to the next, he said.
Mr. Garcia, who grew up about three miles from the stadium, in the Hunts Point neighborhood, is particularly proud of his empanadas, fried pockets of dough usually filled with meat, cheese or fruit. The empanadas, which are cooked at Salsa Caterers’ headquarters on Third Avenue in the Bronx and delivered to the stadium, are based on his Uncle Julio’s recipe.
“ They’re tasting them, and we’re getting the return customer coming back for them,” Mr. Garcia said.
The stand is in the field-level food court in Section 20, in a tight space where corned beef and pastrami sandwiches used to be sold. Midway through Tuesday’s game, a long line formed to its left at a concession stand serving order after order of chicken fingers and fries. Another line formed to its right at Beers of the World. There was no waiting at Salsa on the Go.
Mr. Garcia stood to the side in a Yankees cap and tan suit. He is already considering changes to the menu, including adding Latin-style fried chicken strips to draw in more chicken lovers. Though there is a large variety of food at the stadium, one thing remains the same — the prices. The empanada costs $5 and the Cuban sandwich with plaintain chips costs $9.75. Next door, the chicken fingers and fries are $9.50.
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