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The Sacrifice Of Victor
Recorded: December 1991
Released: October 13, 1992
Album: Love Symbol (18th track)

Written by Prince.
© 1992 NPG Records, excl. 2 Warner Records
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What is sacrifice?
(We sacrifice) {repeat sample}
NPG N mass attack
Sonny, please
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)

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

We sacrifice
know joy lives 'round the corner
Joy 4 sale down on the corner (We sacrifice)
1 day 'll visit her, 'm gonna
Out on my block, 'm just a loner (We sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (Tell me)
That's when the angels sing (We sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho'nuff
Sho'nuff down with the sacrifice (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 little Victor about pain & rejection
U think he don't when he do understand

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

1967 N a bus marked, "Public Schools"
Rode me & 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 becuz 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 laughin'
They got high when everything else got wrong
(Pass the booze over here)
Dr. King was killed & 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 & weed
Bernadette, the lady
She told me (What she say?)
"Whatever U do, son
A little discipline is what U need...
U need 2 sacrifice" (We sacrifice)

know joy lives 'round the corner
Joy 4 sale down on the corner (We sacrifice)
1 day 'll visit her, 'm gonna (Oh yeah)
Out on my block, 'm just a loner (We sacrifice)
When she tell me everything (Tell me)
That's when the angels sing (We sacrifice)
That's when the victory is sho'nuff
Sho'nuff down with the sacrifice (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'll do it)
'll 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? {repeat}
Tell 'em said...
Now Lord, have mercy on my feet (Joy around the corner)
Even if get tired
... got 2 keep on walkin' down this road
got 2 keep on walkin' down this road
(Joy around the corner)
Till reach my destination, yeah
(We sacrifice) (Bow down)
My name will B Victor
Amen


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