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The Sacrifice Of Victor

Recorded December 1991 (with The NPG) and released as the 18th track on the album Love Symbol (October 13, 1992). Written by Prince.

 
What is sacrifice?
(We sacrifice) {sample}
NPG n mass attack
Sonny, please
(We sacrifice)
Church, if U will, please turn 2 the Book of Victor
We'd like 2 start at the top if U don't mind
We sacrifice (Go'n say it, preacher)

I was born on a bloodstained table
Cord wrapped around my neck
Epileptic till the age of 7
I was sure heaven marked the deck

We sacrifice
I know joy lives 'round the corner
Joy 4 sale down on the corner (We sacrifice)
1 day I'll visit her, I'm gonna
Out on my block, I'm just a loner (We sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (Tell me)
That's when the angels sing (Sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho'nuff
Sho'nuff down, we sacrifice
Help me (Go'n say it, preacher)

Mama held up her baby 4 protection
From a man with a strap n his hand
Ask the Victor about pain and rejection
U think he don't when he do understand

We sacrifice
I know joy lives 'round the corner
Joy 4 sale down on the corner (We sacrifice)
1 day I'll visit her, I'm gonna
Out on my block, I'm just a loner (We sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (Tell me)
That's when the angels sing (Sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho'nuff
Sho'nuff down, we sacrifice
Help me
S A C R I F I C E (We... sacrifice)
Go'n say it, preacher
We sacrifice {sample}
If U'll turn the page (Go'n say it, preacher)

1967 n a bus marked, "Public Schools"
Rode me and a group of unsuspectin' political tools
Our parents wondered what it was like 2 have another color near
So they put their babies 2gether 2 eliminate the fear
We sacrifice, yes we did
Fighting 1 another (We sacrifice) (Go'n say it, preacher)
All because of color

The angel of hate, she taught me how 2 kick her
If she called me anything but Victor (U mean like nigga?)
If the only thing that tells is Father Time
Then sacrifice is a mother sublime, we love it
Listen mother, we sacrifice

Go'n... say it, preacher
We sacrifice
Well... (What is sacrifice?)
Hold ur text, deacon

Never understood, my old friends r laughin'
They got high when everything else got wrong (Pass the booze over here)
Dr. King was killed and the streets, they started burnin'
When the smoke was clear, their high was gone
Education got important, so important 2 Victor
A little more important than Ripple and weed
Bernadette's a lady and she told me (What she say?)
"Whatever U do son, a little discipline is what U need
Is what U need, U need 2 sacrifice" (We sacrifice)

I know joy lives 'round the corner
Joy 4 sale down on the corner (We sacrifice)
1 day I'll visit her, I'm gonna (Oh yeah)
Out on my block, I'm just a loner (We sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (Tell me)
That's when the angels sing (Sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho'nuff
Sho'nuff down, we sacrifice
What is sacrifice? (We sacrifice)
Oh yeah (S A C R I F I C E)
We sacrifice (Joy around the corner) (We do it)
I do it (We sacrifice)
Excuse me, y'all (We sacrifice)
We don't mean 2 take up ur time (Joy around the corner)
But we got somethin' heavy on our minds (We sacrifice)
Yes we do (We sacrifice)

Sometimes U gotta leave the 1 U love
Somebody, anybody, everybody wave ur hand
4 joy around the corner there's another sacrifice
But U got 2 do the best U can, y'all (We sacrifice)
Say U gotta go thru it
U got 2 go thru it, y'all
Have mercy, yeah
It's that the phone? It's that the phone? Tell 'em I said...
Now Lord have mercy my feet (Joy around the corner)
Even if I get tired I... got 2 keep on walkin' down this road
I got 2 keep on walkin' down this road (Joy around the corner)
Till I reach my destination, yeah (We sacrifice)
My name will b Victor
Amen


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