Coulda Been Me Lyrics

Vervaardig deur: Gawvi
Bykomende Vocals deur: J. Paul
kunswerk deur: Alex Medina
Gemeng en bemeester deur: Jacob “Biz” Morris

vers 1:
Moenie niemand wil hoor ons pyn
Dit is hoe ek voel wanneer ek daarby deur hulle twitter kommentaar, al wat ek voel is reën
Hulle vertel my kry oor dit ou
Daardie dinge nie nie meer bestaan ​​nie
Maar dit het nie lui ware as ek kyk in die strate
Dit is dus ware toe ek voel my coulda was

Die mens kan ek vertel jou hoe ek nou voel
Ag hulle wil weet hoe ek nou voel
Ek voel my coulda was
Ek voel my coulda was
Ons het almal gemaak na God se beeld jy weet
Al ons lewens saak, Ons visie is gebreek
Ons voel pyn veroorsaak dat ons hier voor
Wie is onskuldig Ek weet nie
Maar dit coulda my nie
Ek voel my coulda was

vers 2:
Ek het nie geweet Mike Brown
Ek is nie Trayvon
Ek het nie geweet Sean Bell
Maar ek weet hulle gaan
Ek is nie geweet Oscar Grant of Tamir Rice
Ek het nie geweet Eric Garner
Maar ek weet dat hulle lewe
Is meer werd as hulle sê op die TV-skerm
Ek haat ek het 'n lang lys, jy Finna sien my skree
Want ek voel asof hulle nie sien ons konings
Gemaak om te heers soos Hy, Hulle dink ons ​​behoeftige bose geeste
Ek was nie daar toe hulle geskiet by die man
Ek kan nie gevalle op te los, sal nie sê dat ek kan
Maar ek weet die lewe as 'n jong swart man
Dink ek kan nie kwaad dat sommige nie verstaan ​​nie
Maar miskien sou jy
As jy kyk na my lewe en jy staan ​​waar ek staan
Gebruik my oë te kyk na die strate
Dit is te ware toe ek voel my coulda was

Die mens kan ek vertel jou hoe ek nou voel
Ag hulle wil weet hoe ek nou voel
Ek voel my coulda was
Ek voel my coulda was

vers 3:
Stel my as 'n tiener
Pluk uit drankies in die winkel toe ek gesien
Die kassier kyk na my, dan skree hy
Wys na my heup en sê vir my ek gesien
Maar hou, Ek is nie geweet dat ek dit scary
En ek is nie erken dat Ek jou kan skiet met 'n BlackBerry
baie vreemd, that he saw me as a thug
Toe ek nog nooit 'n geval sou gevang, nooit gesteel of gekoop dwelms
Of how bout die tyd dat ek gevlieg na 'n show
Vol vreugde, Finna rap vir 'n kamer vol mense
Buite dan vind ek dit 'n geweer in my gesig
Boeie op my hande, klop af by die middellyf
Dit is dieselfde ol, dieselfde ol
Ek pas die beskrywing van 'n kriminele wat hulle weet
Hulle het vir my gewys prentjie, kom op
Speel jy? Ons kyk nie 'n soortgelyke
Well the cops thought we did if you looking right
Elke swart man wat ek ken
Het jy stories soos dié, maai wat hulle nie saai
Toe hulle aanneem dat jy 'n boef uit die sprong
Dit maak nie saak as jy gegord met 'n pomp
Kyk ek weet nie of Mike Brown het sy hande in die lug
Maar ek skryf sê homie Ek is opstaan
En Ek is jou vertel ek voel ek kyk in die strate
En sê dit is werklik wanneer ek voel soos dit my coulda was


vers 4:
Skies voel grys, oë rooi
Swart en wit botsing, wolke oor kop
Hoe lank totdat hulle hoor wat ons sê
Hoe lank totdat hulle hoor wat ek sê?
Skree uit na al die goeie polisie
Veg slegte ouens, maak goeie punte
Ek haat dit op die enjinkap blokke
Op die ou end kan hulle probeer om jou knop in met al die skelms
Ek wil sê aan al my jong swart mans
Ek weet dit is gevoel asof ons net nie kan wen
Maar in u toorn nie sonde
Moenie bevestig wat hulle dink
Moenie toelaat dat niemand ons vertel ons is nie die moeite werd het
Sommige sal probeer om ons gesluit dit sal nie werk nie
Ek weet dit is nie regverdig nie, maar ons weet dat Hy omgee
En eendag sal hy afvee trane

Waar is jou hoop op? Myne is in hom
Waar is jou hoop op? Myne is in hom
Ons het werk om te doen, maar my hoop is op Hom
Hulle het werk om te doen, maar my hoop is op Hom


32 kommentaar

  1. melding: Coulda Been Me — TRIP LEE

  2. Jordanantwoord

    I see some of the points made in the lyrics, and I know this song is personal, but it feels like it’s a song that’s giving in to this chaos.

    The second section of the 3rd verse, talking about being patted down because hefitsthe description of the criminal. I’ve been patted down before, on the side of the interstate after being tailed for 3 miles, because I wore a beanie and a sweatshirt that made me look like I was from the harsher side of town. Not just that, but I was driving my grandfathers Impala with my dad in the passenger seat, and they checked our stories about us heading back from the local Apple store where I dropped off my Macbook to be fixed. Call it profiling, call it whatever, but it was anything but the color of my skin. One officer was white, the other was black. That was me.

    First line of the first verse: “Moenie niemand wil hoor ons pyn”. Pretty sure I know what it means. The word “ons” in that phrase, to me feels like alienation from the song, like I won’t understand what the struggle is, or how you feel. I may not be able to understand, but God gave me the means to support, through Prayer.

    Continuing on that thought, “Ons het almal gemaak na God se beeld jy weet”. There’s the whole counter to the song. God created us in His image, and no color, disabilities, gender or origin of nation has ever made God look at any individual He created any differently, so why should we? Why should I look at myself any differently from you, and vice versa?

    I could get further, but I feel I’ve said enough. Trip, as a follower of Christ we wear our faith, we don’t look at any person any differently or treat them differently. We throw away Self, and focus and put the attention on Him, and regardless of how any one of us feels, when we say we are Christians, the way we act and the things we say reflect how people see Him through us. So if it could have been you, should I look at you any differently? What if it was me?

    My point is, beColorblindin this world.

    • Toryantwoord

      Brother Jordan, can I just express thatcolorblindnessis not the answer to these issues? Let me switch it quickly from race to gender. Men and women are very different, en dit is 'n goeie ding! To begender blindwould be very detrimental, because it would naturally cut off the importance of our differences, and make us miss out on God. What I mean in that is that as men, mercy tends to not come as naturally as it does for women (notice the word tends!). If we only looked at men, we would miss out on the mercy of God. We would read about it, but see no tangible, human example of His mercy (I’m know I’m speaking in aggressive generalities, but only to make a point).

      Race is the same way. We are actually very different, naturally! Blacks, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, we are usually very different in our worldview, personalities, culture, ens. This is a beautiful thing. By looking at one cultures passion over another, we can see that God is a passionate God (passionate about the right things). By looking at one culture’sslow to anger(ness),” we can see that God is patience with us, and is slow to anger. By looking at different cultures, we actually get to see many pictures of God.

      Without question, we are all to be treated the same, because we are all created in the Imago Dei. Maar, we are different, en dit is okay! I’m half black, half white, and have a ton ofblack traits,” en “white traits.Okay. That’s great! Hopefully they show us something about God! I vote for celebration and learning of differences rather than colorblindness, and a true celebration can only happen in the gospel.

      • Nateantwoord


        Your words have inspired me to write a song using a variation of your words: “We are all created in the Imago Dei, egter, we are different and that’s more than OK”. Thank you for your initiative to speak and spark wisdom. The rest of the song has turned out to prove itself as purely an undeserved gift of words to express our unity in diversity and in Christ.

        Mag genade en vrede,

    • Taevanantwoord

      Well said Jordan. I will say this one thing: Instead of being colorblind, could we instead see our different ethnic backgrounds as God’s creativity? We stand together with Him under the name of Jesus. He is our bannerno matter if we’re from Ferguson, Cali, Oregon, Alabama or New York. Jesus is our focal point. And in a culture that wants to separate us intominoritiesand different groups, we stand as Christ’s body, underneath Him.

      But I do appreciate your insight on the song. Thank you for building the Kingdom up for His glory!

    • Joshantwoord

      trip, thanks for these thoughts. I appreciate your sharing your experience as a man of color who thinks of his identity and the tragic state of our culture through the Lens of the Gospel. May the Lord continue to build his Kingdom and fame through your work. Dankie.

  3. Michaelantwoord

    It’s saddening reading all the events going now in the world. Right from NYC to Kenya. Painfull issues yet we don’t learn from them and keep doing the same things. It’s time we truly became our brothers keepers

  4. Richardantwoord

    really sad to hear, still can’t really imagine how y’all feel but I see that a lot of black ppl just get just really to fastfeel sad for u al, I feel powerless at all

  5. Toddantwoord

    Powerful statement, beautifully crafted. Brought years to my eyes when I least expected it. I only recently discovered your music and it has been a wonderfully inspirational discovery at the time in my life God deemed it so. Much praise to you, young brother.

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  7. Amandaantwoord

    To say that God doesn’t see color is unBiblical. (Jordan) The Bible says that God created different nations and tongues to showcase His majesty. We shouldn’t pretend that it doesn’t exist! If you say you want to be there for a believer who deals with these things by prayer or whatever avenue then why are you trying to argue his song? He is sharing his hurt. His pain. Stuff that black people, go through. Why do you have to feel alienated for him saying that. Why does your ONE example of a bad experience have to rule out or invalidate the hurt and frustration that many black people have to face daily. Not just that one time. My husband always has to go above and beyond to make sure he comes off as non threatening to people!! Hoekom? Why is it that he is black so he is considered scary and threatening. Why is it that he talks articulate that people feel they need to make the comment, wow you are not what I expected, or you are not like other black people. Do people go up to you and are they surprised by the way you speak? Stop for a min and just hear people out, you don’t have to agree or understand. Just show some empathy and help be a part of the solution! Thanks for sharing your heart Trip Lee.

  8. Abigailantwoord

    Trip, this is good.
    My heart is hurting because there is still a reason to write songs like this. There is still a fight for black lives.
    Maybe one day we can make it right.


  9. salantwoord

    Keep up the good work Trip! Your words and your witness are powerful! May the Lord bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you!

  10. Charlotteantwoord

    Trip Lee man,

    Can I just state that I have grown to love the major authenticity in your voice?! Ahh it’s so raw and real! This is a great feat. Bro. Very true, I am very saddened to hear about all of the corruption in which has been shown here on the air and it is crazy how bias and upside down this world can beI’m very disappointed in my own race in which has been stereotyped and broadcasted upon. The video from Brooklyn NY is one of the most saddening things I’ve seen in a long time.

  11. Victoriaantwoord

    I love what Jordan is saying. I myself am a black America, a woman, but in my opinion, gender doesn’t play a huge role, black woman can be targeted in discriminatory ways also. I have never been targeted personally for the color of my skin, but I like to think I’d never hate or wish bad things to someone who was to harm me or kill me in a circumstance like the ones we are talking about. Being a Christian, I’m constantly reminded of the verse where Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. If someone hates you, you love them despite that. Racism will never stop happening, but if someone attacks you, turn the other cheek. You can’t make anyone accept you, stuff like this isn’t going to stop. But we need to stop thinking that blacks are the only race targeted. The only difference is, the white on black crime is the only crime being brought up in the news. What about a white guy killing a Hispanic? Or an Asian killing a black? We are all created equally. Ja, there was a time when slavery was all black people knew, but today there’s slavery and racism happening among every race. God does not see the deaths of these black men any differently than he sees the death of anyone else. I think we are forgetting that concept, no person’s life matters more than another. And let’s also not forget that we really don’t know the exact facts of these crimes. Trip, I’m not hating on your song at all, it’s great that every person has their own opinion and this is yours. Although, I will say, yes it could’ve been you, but it also could’ve been a white man. Us black people are not the only targets. Let’s try to see each other the way God sees us, 100 percent equal.

  12. Danielleantwoord

    As a biracial, Color blind(Ja, because my heritage and culture include too many different races to start focusing on one at a time. I celebrate THEM none the less) woman I can’t imagine anything that a black man is going through. Especially when people jump straight on race and leave God out of it. But I’m glad that you put God in it where he belongs. He belongs in this situation, He belongs as the Justice giver. We belong and trust in Him.

  13. Anthonyantwoord

    I played this song for a room full of people trying to hear their brothers and sisters cries yesterday. There were about 18 of us and 6/8 were white. Your words cemented things.

    Know that your words are reaching people in deep, beautiful ways. Thank you for your honest reflection.

  14. Johnnyantwoord

    If you are making this about yourself or about a specific race then it has nothing to do with God. Your song only shows why the racism issue continues the way it does because no one is willing to change the cycle only cry about how they are treated poorly white, Mexican, Asiatiese, people die in the same ways all the time by committing crimes and being stopped by someone we have accepted as a protector. Your either for justice completely or you aren’t there is no fine lines or excuses. You bring up fears and anger, Gods not in those yet you choose to be. You put God in this so g just so Christians keep listening to you rather then making the right stand for God instead your our lyrics say your gonna stand up for racism that your going to make tis song about racism and not God. You can’t sit at 2 tables you either sit at the table if the Father or you sit at the table of the fallen. Either way you’ve lost a fan. I hope you can come to terms with your fear and see how simple respect would change fear into shared respect and working together. If it coulda been you, then maybe you need to rethink your life choices.

  15. Jonantwoord

    He isn’t against the cops right? I don’t think. I love trip and can’t wait till his next album, whenever that maybe. Great song.

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  17. Kiannaantwoord

    I just listened to this song and the lyrics are powerful. “Waar is jou hoop op?” -Trip Lee. ek was mal daaroor!

  18. Markantwoord

    Do all my brothers, sisters, disillusioned, and hurting. I am sorry. I am a part of this as an American. But I am listening. I hear your pain.
    I am sorry.
    The word is getting out. No criticism, only love.