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The Exodus Has Begun
Recorded May 15, 1994 (w/ The NPG) and released as the 20th track on NPG album Exodus (March 27, 1995). Written by Prince.

 
Have mercy, uh
The exodus has begun
Have mercy, uh
The exodus has begun

Now these r the names of the New Power Generation
The funkiest suckers of the new gold nation
Polyvinyl acetate new power soul
Guaranteed 2 stick 2 the roof of your Oldsmobile, muthafucka

Long live the new power, have mercy
Generation after generation
The soul will never die (The exodus has begun)
Long live the new power, have mercy
We don't cry, we don't die, we just multiply

Polyvinyl acetate new power soul (Mercy)
The exodus has begun
These r the names of the children of the sun
Pumpin' the love sign n the days of wild
Tearin' shit up with a vengeance and still they smile
Tho their lives were made bitter with hard labor and no pay
These r the children that will come 2 save the day
The exodus has begun, have mercy

Long live the new power, have mercy (Uh)
Generation after generation
The soul will never die (The exodus has begun)
Long live the new power, have mercy
We don't cry, we don't die, we just multiply
La da da da, da da daaa (U ain't gonna hurt me)
Sho do do do do doo (Have mercy)
La da da da, da da daaa (U ain't gonna hurt me)
Have mercy

Behold the children of the new power
R more and mightier than U (Mighty, mighty)
U that have scorned and held back the inevitable
Must now come 2 grips with the Truth
All that is good n the eyes of heaven
Will rebuke ur powder monkey ways (Have mercy)
And let that same heaven have mercy (Mercy)
When the wrath of the Son knocks upon ur gate (Mercy)
Have mercy (The exodus has begun)
Uh (New power)
Brothers and sisters (Stop me if U want, it's between U and me)
The exodus has begun
Uh (New power)

Just cuz it's nasty it don't mean a thing {looped sample}
(Have mercy) (Boo hoo)
All that is good is nasty
All that is good, all that is good (Have mercy)
All that is good n heaven (The exodus has begun)
All that is good, all that is good (Have mercy)
All that is good n heaven (The exodus has begun)

Long live the new power, have mercy
Generation after generation
The soul will never die (The exodus has begun)
Long live the new power, have mercy (Live a little while)
We don't cry, we don't die, we just multiply

Spatchcocks n black face offer us pennies
When it's millions and millions upon millions they reap
(Pluck his eye again!)
How n the world can we call ourselves equal
When their wages outweigh...
When their wages outweigh the time that they keep?
(Pluck his eye again!)
And if they stood up and behaved like the humans they're supposed 2
As opposed 2 the way they r not
Then this new power soul, it would not b so soulful
And the water they're n would not b so hot
The exodus has begun
(The name's on the King of Kings)
Have mercy, uh (The exodus has begun)
The exodus has begun
Now sing

Long live the new power
(Long live a new power where all that is good n heaven)
Brothers and sisters
Long live the new power
Long live a new power where... (The exodus has begun)
Have mercy!
Come on!
Uh (The exodus has begun)
Ooh (Long live, have mercy!)

Play muthafuckas!
Uh (The exodus has begun)
New power, have mercy!
Yes muthafuckas, yes (Long live the new power, the exodus has begun)
Have mercy (Generation after generation, the soul will never die)
Yes muthafuckas, yes (Long live the new power, the exodus has begun)
Have mercy (We don't cry, we don't die, we just multiply)
La da da da, da da daaa (Yes muthafucka, yes)
Sho do do do do doo (The idol of sin)
Have mercy (Uh)
La da da da, da da daaa (Yes muthafucka, yes)
(The idol of sin) (New power, have mercy)

Oh yeah, U can sing
But what the fuck r U complainin' about, baby?
Oh yeah, I will read ur big ass
Cuz I think U're thinkin' about readin' me
And when the people ask U everywhere
Is that really all ur hair?
Tell 'em U don't tell a lie
Bald-headed son of a motherfuckin' housefly
And like George said (What?)
Get satisfied ("Let's get satisfied, let's get satisfied")
Hahaha... (La da da da, da da daaa)
Sho do do do do doo (New power) (Have mercy)
La da da da, da da daaa (Long live the new power)
Whoa yeah
Oh yeah

Stop me now
Stop this muthafucker like we intend 2 finish
Yeah (New power, have mercy)
Have mercy
A new power (Long live the new power, the exodus has begun)
(Generation after generation, the soul will never die)
Oh yeah (Have mercy)
(Long live the new power)
Shit, y'all can't fuck with me (The exodus has begun)
(We don't cry, we don't die, we just multiply)
Ooh (La da da da, da da daaa) (The exodus has begun)
Oh... (New power, have mercy)
Oh... (La da da da, da da daaa) (The exodus has begun)

Wait a minute, let me check my messages (New power, have mercy)
Spatchcocks n black face (La da da da, da da daaa)
(The exodus has begun) (Uh...)
Offer us pennies when there's millions and millions that they reap
(New power, have mercy) (La da da da, da da daaa) (Uh...)
Millions and millions that they reap (The exodus has begun)
What the fuck is that about?
What the fuck is that about?! (New power, have mercy)
What the fuck is that shit about? (La da da da, da da daaa)
(The exodus has begun)
We don't play that muthafuckin' shit (Have mercy)
(La da da da, da da daaa) (The exodus has begun)
U think we got a muthafuckin' joystick up our ass or somethin'?
Fuck that! (New power, have mercy)
I don't know what U thinkin' about
(La da da da, da da daaa) (The exodus has begun)
But the exodus has begun muthafuckas (New power, have mercy)
New power
The exodus has begun

U ain't gonna hear that shit nowhere else
Hahaha
This shit is dedicated 2 the memory of His Royal Badness
I know his name, that muthafuckin' Prince
Rest n peace, nigga


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