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The Work Pt. 1
Recorded February 2001 and released as "The Work Part 1" via Napster download (April 6, 2001) and single; remixed and later as the 4th track on the album The Rainbow Children (October 16, 2001). Written by Prince.

 
Ow!
Ooh, huh
Ooh, break
Ooh (Willin' 2 do the work), huh
Ooh (Oh), huh

Every time I watch the other people news (Mmm)
I see a false picture of myself, another 1 of U (Hahaha, yeah)
They try 2 tell us what we want, what 2 believe (Is that right?)
Didn't it happen n the Garden when somebody spoke 2 Eve?
But I'm willin' now, willin' 2 do the work
I said I'm willin' 2 do what I gotta do
I'm willin', willin' 2 do the work
Tell me, tell me (What?), say what about U?
Ooh
Ooh, looky, looky now

Look around and tell me ur sun is risen
When ur brothers and sisters r n the fall
People, tell me what is left 2 give when our work is done? (Nothin')
What do we own besides the right 2 crawl?
U see, we're livin' n a system, ooh
That the devil designed (Think we ain't?)
And suffering from this devil's most heinous crimes
He's tried 2 keep us from, listen (Tell it)
The reason that we were born (Uh)
That is 2 b the living Truth n human form (Break)
But U see I'm willin', ooh, willin' 2 do the work
And 2 do, do what I gotta do
People, I'm willin', willin' 2 do the work
Tell me now, tell me now, tell me now, what about U?
Ahh (Tell 'em about it, go!)
Yeah, ow!

Willin' 2 do the work (R U willin'? Mmm)
Willin' 2 do the work (R U willin'? Ooh)
Willin' 2 do the work (R U willin' now?) (Ooh, oh yeah)
Willin' 2 do the work
This work, this work, huh, is not an easy task
But this is the work we must do 4 Revelation 2 come 2 pass
This work, this work is the kind that turns ur back on the ruling
class (Work it)
By puttin' 'em n their place just like the past, look out, uh (Uh)
Mmmm...
Willin', willin' 2 do the work
Willin', willin' 2 do the work (Mmm)
Willin', willin' 2 do the work (Well)
Willin', willin' 2 do the work
Willin', willin' 2 do the work (Ooh)
Willin', willin' 2 do the work

Nothing can stop us, whatever's n our way
We got 2 go thru it 2 get 2 it, I heard somebody say (Bring it)
That they're willin', willin' 2 do the work (Oh yeah)
Willin' 2 do what I gotta do
People, tell me, I'm willin', willin' 2 do the work (Oh, yeah!)
Can't hear ya, what about U? (Turn around)
Willin' 2 do, willin' 2 do the work (Whoa!)
Thank U

From all over the people came 2 do the work
And with every phase of the deconstruction
The everlasting now became evermore the reality
Everywhere the people were witnessing a change
But the alchemy occurred most n the muse


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