Can't Imagine Life

from by Tres Carter

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Tres Carter – “Can’t Imagine Life”

(From Tres’ mom’s perspective)
Tres, let me talk to ‘em
It’s a miracle he’s here. Let me take yall back, ‘89 was the year
One already here another one on the way, had to be the most deflating news of my day
One the biggest decisions of life, I gotta make, can I endure my mistake or will I erase?
Can I live with regret? Cause based on stats that what I can expect
So hold on, lemme hit my knees for a sec, honestly, no, I haven't lived my life the best
But I know where to go if I ever need help so I'm looking unto You, ain't nobody else
Then I heard God's voice and I can say today that I made the right choice
02-03-90, that’s a landmark Ima tell my grandkids bout so,
Relationship rocky at first, real talk couldn’t tell was he a gift or a curse
As time progressed things only got worse, only place he'll make it to by 25 is a hearse
Then I heard that he started going to church, he went down in that water and not in the dirt
Not only did God redeem my son but also the relationship between us, now
I can’t imagine life, if I let his be taken
With compassion, I understand, don’t be mistaken ladies
Cause I was in the same boat, if baby comes aboard can I stay afloat?
It's not easy, I make it known; to see woman not try makes my heart groan
Cause really, does our right not to be pregnant trump the right of a child not to be killed?
Moral standards have been neglected, our entire nation needs to be healed
If you was woman enough to have your skirt up being grown
Be woman enough to make sure baby has a home
Even if it’s not your own, adoption is an option, pick up the phone
800-236-7846, that's American Adoption
They can help with, any questions, baby placements
What if Ann Dunham said, “I can’t” - would we ever have seen a black president?
What if Alberta King didn't proceed, wouldn't be no ‘I have a Dream’ speech
Really I can’t imagine life, if I let his be taken
With compassion, I understand, don’t be mistaken ladies
I was in the same boat if baby comes aboard can I stay afloat?
It's not easy, I make it known; to see woman not try makes my heart groan. Tres you can come finish this…

(from Tres’ perspective) 
Tres here, I shouldn’t even be here
More than a million abortions each year
I'm grateful, still crying on the inside
Cause millions can’t imagine life
3000 Americans died 9/11, somebody call 9-1-1
Cause more than 3000 babies are murdered before they exit daily
Receptionist like, “Ok ummm...we handle emergencies?”
I’m like, “How much more urgent do you need? I don’t care if it stimulates the economy,
These are destinies killed in the name of greed!”
She challenged me like, “What about rape or incest?”
I’m like, “That reason is a minute percentage of all abortions, stats don’t lie,
They expose how mankind is selfish!”
Ask Frances McClurkin, if having Donnie was worth it
Well within the rights of Louise Anderson to abort Ethel Waters before she ever sung
And from the view of who was almost aborted, I realize every single life’s important
To know God and have a chance to carry out, plans laid out before the world came about; Imagine.

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from Tres Will Survive, released December 16, 2014
"Can't Imagine Life" - vocals by Tres Carter; mixed by Joe Cooper

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