Copy of Will Smith - "Just the Two of Us"

From Rap to Formal Language.....

Posted by Melissa Shields at 2/26/2009 3:00:00 PM
Each group will indentify slang and informal grammar in the Will Smith song, "Just the Two of Us."  Then they will rewrite each verse in formal language.  A thesaurus is encouraged!
Group Members:  Please copy and paste your formal language rewrite below.  Make sure you identify your group/verse number. 


Album:  Big Willie Style / Will Smith

Song:   “Just the Two of Us”


   *Circle Slang                        *Label Rhyme Scheme                                      *Rewrite in FORMAL language

*Underline Informal           *Identify Hyperboles, Metaphors, etc.           *Use thesaurus, if necessary.


Verse 1

From the first time the doctor placed you in my arms 

I knew I''d meet death before I''d let you meet harm 

Although questions arose in my mind, would I be man enough?      

Against wrong, choose right and be standin’ up       

From the hospital that first night                                                        1

Took a hour just ta get the carseat in right     

People drivin all fast, got me kinda upset      

Got you home safe, placed you in your bassinette    


That night I don''t think one wink I slept       

As I slipped out my bed, to your crib I crept            

Touched your head gently, felt my heart melt           

Cause I know I loved you more than life itself                                  2

Then to my knees, and I begged the Lord please      

Let me be a good daddy, all   he needs                     

Love, knowledge, discipline too        

I pledge my life to you                      



Just the two of us, we can make it if we try

Just the two of us, (Just the two of us)

Just the two of us, building castles in the sky

Just the two of us, you and I


Verse 2

Five years old, bringin comedy          

Every time I look at you I think man, a little me       

Just like me                                                                                         3

Wait an see gonna be tall       

Makes me laugh cause you got your dad’s ears an all           

Sometimes I wonder, what you gonna be     

A General, a Doctor, maybe a MC                                                    

Haha, I wanna kiss you all the time   

But I will test that butt when you cut outta line, trudat

Uh-uh-uh why you do dat?   

I try to be a tough dad, but you be makin me laugh  




Crazy joy, when I see the eyes of my baby boy        

I pledge to you, I will always do                                                        4

Everything I can        

Show you how to be a man   

Dignity, integrity, honor an   

And I don''t mind if you lose,    long as you came with it                    

And you can cry, ain''t no shame in it


It didn''t work out with me an your mom      

But yo, push come to shove               

You was conceived in love                                                                 5

So if the world attacks, and you slide off track        

Remember one fact, I got your back


Verse 3

It''s a full-time job to be a good dad

You got so much more stuff   than I had

I gotta study just to keep with the changin times

101 Dalmations on your CD-  ROM

See me-I''m                                                                                          6

Tryin to pretend I know

On my PC where that CD go

But yo, ain''t nuthin promised, one day I''ll be gone

Feel the strife, but trust life does go wrong


But just in case

It''s my place

To impart

One day some girl''s gonna break your heart

And ooh ain''t no pain like from the opposite sex

Gonna hurt bad, but don''t take it out on the next, son

Throughout life people will make you mad

Disrespect you and treat you  bad

Let God deal with the things  they do

Cause hate in your heart will consume you too                                 7

Always tell the truth, say your prayers

Hold doors, pull out chairs, easy on the swears

You''re living proof that dreams do come true

I love you and I''m here for you


Chorus to fade


(This is a good song dad, how much am I gettin paid for this?)

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