Song Project – Rafael

September 17, 2007

I was born in a small city next to Campos do Jordão called Renopolis. I lived there until I was four years old. Then, I moved to the big city. Those days of my life where the best ever. When I lived in Renopolis, I used to live on a big farm, where I was always playing around with my friends who lived in the farms next to mine.When I came to the big city, I had lots of problems, like having to learn how to speak better Portuguese because, on the farm, I was used to speaking Japanese with everybody and adapting to a new environment was very difficult for me. Then, because I was not able to learn Portuguese as fast, I started to become frustrated and I started doing bad things. But then I remebered how was my life when I lived in the farm and I realized that doing bad things woudn’t solve my problems. I remebered the happiness felling which I used to feel, and this was the motivation for me to go extra mile to learn portuguese. And the song which I chose was Ghetto Gospel because in this song Tupac talks about remebering his past and learning with his problems like I did.

Ghetto Gospel

By Tupac Shakur

Hit them with a lil’ ghetto gospel

[Chorus – Elton John
Those who wish to follow me (My ghetto gospel)
I welcome with my hands
And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold
And peace to this young warrior without the sound of guns

If I could recelect before my hood dayz
I’d sit and reminisce, nigga and bliss on that good dayz
i stop and stare at the younger, my heart goes to’em
They tested, it was stressed that fate under
In our days, things changed
Everyone’s ashamed to the youth cuz the truth looks strange
And for me it’s the worst, we left of a world that’s cursed, and it hurts
cause any day they’ll push the button
and yall condemned like Malcolm x and Bobby Hunton, died for nothin
Don’t them let me get teary, the world looks dreary
but when you wipe your eyes, see it clearly
there’s no need for you to fear me
if you take the time to hear me, maybe you can learn to cheer me
it aint about black or white, cuz we’re human
I hope you see the light before its ruined
my ghetto gospel

[Chorus – Elton John]

Tell me do you see that old lady aint it sad
Living out a bag, plus she’s glad for the little things she has
And over there there’s a lady, crack got her crazy
Guess she’s given birth to a baby
I don’t trip and let it fade me, from outta the frying pan
We’re jumping to another form of slavery
Even now I keep discouraged
Wonder if they take it all back while I still keep the courage
I refuse to be a role model
I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle
I make mistakes, I learn from everyone
And when its said and done
I bet this Brotha be a better one
If I’m upset, you don’t stress
Never forget, that God hasn’t finished with me yet
I feel his hand on my brain
When I write rhymes, I go blind, and let the lord do his thang
But am I less holy
Cuz I choose to puff a blunt and drink a beer with my homies
Before we find world peace
We gotta find peace in that war on the streets
My ghetto gospel

[Chorus – Elton John]

Lord can you hear me speak!!
To pay the price of being hell bound…



  1. Hello.My name is Bruna and my blog is http://brms7.wordpress.com/wp-admin/. It is very interesting your story.It might be very difficult to learn portuguese . I couldn´t image me tryng to speak japanese.

  2. Man, I can’t imagine what I would do if I were in your place.You were very hard working and did a amazig job, but you might have forgotten your routs of japan!

  3. Ghetto Gospel 2pac, I like a lot this music and specially tupac shakur.
    Nice to see that people can get lesson just by listening to a song and reflecting about it.
    That’s why I like Tupac, and other rap MCs, they talk about serious things.
    So, take care.

  4. Rafael,

    One more thing that I have learned about you, man. I did not know you were fluent in Japanese as well. I have been trying to learn Japanese since I was a kid and I am still not as fluent as I would like to be. I know how to read and write many kanjis because of Japanese music, but I still far from being able to hold a meaning conversation with another Japanese speaking person. Plus, I have tried to study at several Japanese schools here in São Paulo, but they use very old methods to teach the language so I have given up. Do you know any good private teacher with whom I would be able to resume my Japanese studies?

    Catch you later, man.


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