"Ghetto" as written by Sean Michael Anderson and Terius Youngdell Nash....
Ghetto, ghetto
Ghetto, ghetto livin'

These streets remind me of quicksand (quicksand)
When you're on it, you'll keep goin' down (goin' down)
And there's no one to hold on to
And there's no one to pull you out
You keep on fallin' (fallin')
No one can hear you callin'
So you end up self-destructin'
On the corner with the tuli on the waistline
Just got up out the bing doin' state time
Teeth marks on my back from the K-9
Dark memories of when there was no sunshine
‘Cause they said that I wouldn't make it
I remember like yesterday
Holdin' on to what God gave me

‘Cause that's the life when you're livin' in the (ghetto)
And eatin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto)
Ghetto, that's the life (ghetto livin')
When you're livin' in the (ghetto)
And eatin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto) ghetto (ghetto livin')

No need to cherish luxuries
‘Cause everything come and go
Even the life that you have is borrowed
‘Cause you're not promised tomorrow
So live your life as if every day is gon' be your last (be your last)
Once you've moved forward, can't go back just pretend to remove your past (remove your past)
‘Cause you gotta be willin' to pray
Yes, there gotta be, there gotta be a better way, oh
Yes, you gotta be willin' to pray
‘Cause there gotta be, there gotta be a better day, ay
Whoever said that this struggle would stop today?
A lot a niggas dead or locked away
Teenage women growin' up with AIDS

‘Cause that's the life when you're livin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, eatin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto)
Ghetto, that's the life (ghetto livin')
When you're livin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, eatin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto) ghetto (ghetto livin')

Gun shots every night in the (ghetto)
Crooked cops on sight in the (ghetto)
Everyday is a fight in the (ghetto)
Oh oh oh oh oh (ghetto livin')
Got kids to feed in the (ghetto)
Sellin' coke and weed in the (ghetto)
Everyday somebody bleed in the (ghetto)
Oh oh oh oh oh (ghetto livin')

That's the life when you're livin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, livin' by the (ghetto)
Oh eatin' in the (ghetto)
Ghetto

That's the life when you're livin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto)
Livin' in the (ghetto)
Ghetto, ghetto (ghetto livin')


Lyrics submitted by catinthehatgrl

"Ghetto" as written by Butherde Darius Aliaune Thiam

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  • +1
    General CommentI think it's fairly obvious what this song's about, so I won't post what I think it is, in case I'm seriously wrong :P Great song though, one of, if not, the best songs on the album.
    Hydey123on February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove it,love it, I think his songs are cool!
    jaron0101on December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really really love this song... great lyrics...
    crashyourstaron January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLedsurfer, it's a great song...and you don't have to be a "poseur" to like it...it's just a song, and it's a very good one in that...so chill out man, it's just a song.
    jdaniels_11on June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI luv his album, I luv this song!!
    serene_rogueon June 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt still amazes me how people like ledsurfer6 like to pretend that poverty doesn't exsist. Well it does and I beleive people like Akon who express the pain they feel from a bad life through music and the arts needs to be acknowledge for showing youth who are going through the samethings he went through that music can be a positive way to express how they feel.
    grovestreeton March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok, yes he was talking about the ghetto in this song but he wasn't just talking about the inner city ghettos he was trying to say what it was like in all ghettos you wouldn't be a poser for likeing this song , just if from a poor part of town or a trailer park because thats how it is in all ghettos especially where i live this whole fucking state is a ghetto (Louisiana) the only rich people that live here, live in gated neighberhoods
    grungebeavis15on December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song i amazing..it expresses exactly how i feel some days.. ive seen it all lived it all and i LOVE akon!
    Baby_gurl08on December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with everyone against ledsurfer[of course].
    i like this song a lot because even though i do'nt live in the 'ghetto' anymore, it takes me back; doesn't let me forget how things were, and how hard my mom worked to get me where i am today and how thankful i am that i am not in the situation i was anymore.
    panforcookingon February 05, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song sucks pretty bad, i dont think anyone gives a shit what the ghetto is like. if you live in the ghetto, you already know what its like, and if you don't and you want to know, your an ungreatful poser who wants to live like a bum
    ledsurfer6on March 11, 2005   Link

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