"Every Ghetto, Every City" as written by and Rasheem Sharrief/hill Pugh....
I was just a little girl
Skinny legs, a press and curl
My mother always thought I'd be a star
But way before my record deal,
The streets that nurtured Lauryn Hill
Made sure that I'd never go too far
Every ghetto, every city and suburban place I've been
Make me recall my days in the New Jerusalem
Story starts at Hootaville grew up next to Ivy Hill
When kids were stealing quartervilles for fun
Kill the guy in Carter park
Rode a Mongoose 'til it's dark
Watching kids show off the stolen ones
Every ghetto, every city and suburban place I've been
Make me recall my days in New Jerusalem

You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back,
Looking back, looking back, looking back
You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back

A bag of Bontons, twenty cents and a nickel
Springfield Ave. had the best popsicles
Saturday morning cartoons and Kung-Fu
Main street roots tonic with the dreds
A beef patty and some coco bread
Move the patch from my Lees to the tongue of my shoe
'Member Frelng-Huysen used to have the bomb leather
Back when Doug Fresh and Slick Rick were together
Looking at the crew, we thought we'd all live forever

You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back

Drill teams on Munn street
Remember when Hawthorne and Chancellor had beef
Moving Records was on Central Ave.
I was there at dancing school
South Orange Ave. at Borlin pool
Unaware of what we didn't have
Writing your friends' names on your jeans with a marker

July 4th races off of Parker
Fireworks at Martin stadium
The Untouchable P.S.P., where all them crazy niggas be
And car thieves got away through Irvington
Hillside brings beef with the cops
Self-Destruction record drops
And everybody's name was Muslim
Sensations and '88 attracted kids from out-of-state
And everybody used to do the wop
Jack, Jack, Jack ya body
Nah, the Biz Mark used to amp up the party
I wish those days, they didn't stop
Every ghetto, every city and suburban place I've been
Make me recall my days in New Jerusalem

You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back

You know it's hot, don't forget what you've got
Looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back
Looking back, looking back, looking back


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"Every Ghetto, Every City" as written by Vada Nobles Lauryn Hill

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  • +1
    General CommentI think the line"'Member Frelng-Huysen used to have the bomb leather"

    should read "Frelinghuysen" .. Frelinghuysen is
    the name of an avenue in Newark Nj where there used to be leather outlets.
    MaryC3on October 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song because she really enlightens you to her childhood. My favorite lyrics are "unaware of what we didn't have" and "the streets that nurtured lauryn hill, made sure that I would never go to far".
    discusprincesson July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA lot of people say they're lucky to be born in America in this time, but there are all these people out there, unaware of what they're entitled to in this land of "equal oppurtunity." Some don't even have the oppurtunity, it definitely is not fair.
    subterranean_summeron September 12, 2006   Link

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