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Ghettoized

Joel Lerner Copyright 1997

 

Ghettoized

 

Spoken Intro

Here in this urban hell, dreams shatter like wafer thin panes of glass.

The blood soaked streets call the new jacks out into the darkness.

And as they take that step they move further and further from the light.

It's summertime in the city.

 

Summertime in the city

A young man steals a purse

The old lady wouldn't give it up

She got a ride in a hearse

 

The judge found him guilty

He got five years in CYA

If he'd stayed in school

He wouldn't be where he is today

 

Society's slime, wrong place wrong time

Two lives crossed, and both stopped on a dime

He was ghettoized

Another new jack cut down to size

He was ghettoized, and his youth just slipped away

 

You're ripe for the picking when you leave the womb

Make the wrong choices, and you seal your doom

The pull of easy money is the devil's lure

You can never get enough, it's always more, more, more

 

God knows it's wrong, it sure ain't right

Another cold stiff on a hot summer night

Another victim falls prey as the city sleeps

As the night crashes into the dawn

 

Society's slime, wrong place wrong time

Two lives crossed, and both stopped on a dime

He was ghettoized

Another new jack cut down to size

He was ghettoized, and his youth just slipped away

 

Spoken

Blood is being spilled on the streets each day

Only love and education will wash it away

We must teach our children the value of life

They're worth way more than a roll of the dice

 

Society's slime, wrong place wrong time

Two lives crossed, and both stopped on a dime

He was ghettoized

Another new jack cut down to size

He was ghettoized, and his youth just slipped away

 

 

 

 

Joel Lerner · 507 days ago
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