From the recording Ride the Open Road

Lyrics

<p><strong>Whatever Happened to Tyjai?</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>He grew up in the southwest part of town</p>
<p>He never knew any other way</p>
<p>Mom raised him all by herself</p>
<p>His dad was never there for a day</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Things were tough most all the time</p>
<p>But he didn&rsquo;t seem to mind at all</p>
<p>He went to school now and again</p>
<p>But mostly he was just out playin&rsquo; ball</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>No one was better on the court</p>
<p>His dream was to play in the NBA</p>
<p>That was his ticket out of town</p>
<p>He didn&rsquo;t see any other way</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p><em><strong>Chorus</strong></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Whatever happened to Tajai?</strong></p>
<p><strong>He was the best you&rsquo;d ever see</strong></p>
<p><strong>Whatever happened to Tajai?</strong></p>
<p><strong>His dreams died so quietly</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Mom lost her job once again</p>
<p>There was no food on the table at home</p>
<p>He needed to help her out</p>
<p>He left the house all alone</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>He started walking uptown</p>
<p>On a cold and windy night</p>
<p>His hood was on top of his head</p>
<p>His eyes were down and his hands out of sight</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>The cop yelled at him to turn around</p>
<p>But he kept walking down the street</p>
<p>He never saw it coming</p>
<p>He just fell to the cold concrete</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p><em><strong>Chorus</strong></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Whatever happened to Tajai?</strong></p>
<p><strong>He was the best you&rsquo;d ever see</strong></p>
<p><strong>Whatever happened to Tajai?</strong></p>
<p><strong>He died so quietly</strong></p>
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