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    "In The Ghetto" Lyrics

    Elvis Presley

    As the snow flies
    On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
    A poor little baby child is born
    In the ghetto
    And his mama cries
    because if there's one thing that she don't need
    it's another hungry mouth to feed
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

    People, don't you understand
    this child needs a helping hand

    or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
    now take a look at you and me,
    are we too blind to see,
    or do we simply turn our heads
    and look the other way

    Well the world turns
    and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
    plays in the street as the cold wind blows
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

    And his hunger burns
    so he starts to roam the streets at night
    and he learns how to steal
    and he learns how to fight
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

    Then one night in desperation
    the young man breaks away
    He buys a gun, steals a car,
    tries to run, but he don't get far
    And his mama cries

    As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
    face down on the street with a gun in his hand
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

    And as her young man dies, (In the ghetto)
    on a cold and gray Chicago mornin',
    another little baby child is born
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

    And his mama cries
    In the Ghetto
    This song was last modified on November 28th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Moses Anthony Davis, A. Dillon, J. Hanna, L. Lee.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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    Genre:Classical, Rock
    Rank:7,522 (−1,338)
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    Songwriter Mac Davis said about the song: "It's a simple matter of growing up with a little boy who's father worked with my father. He lived in a part of town that was a dirt-street ghetto. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and it was a ghetto in every since of the word, but we didn't use that word back then. I was trying to come up with a song called 'The Vicious Circle,' how a child is born, he has no father, and the same thing happens."


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