"In The Ghetto" as written by Moses Anthony Davis, A. Dillon, J. Hanna and L. Lee....
As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto (in the ghetto)

And his mama cries
'Cause 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
The child needs a helping hand
Or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day?
Take a look at you and me
Are we too blind to see
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
A 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
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)
(In the ghetto)
(Aah-aah)


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"In the Ghetto" as written by A. Dillon Moses Anthony Davis

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song is so sad. It's about not being able to get out of poverty; being subjected to crime, hatred, prejudice; and when you finally die(probably after being in the mids of a gang shooting), another baby has born and he/she is to lead the same life you did.
    Chamigaon January 01, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commentone of the best songs of elvis
    cervanteon August 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree
    surely one of his greatest
    cervanteon March 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStrong lyrics. I think chamiga hit the nail on the head. Elvis himself came up poor but I don't think he was a criminal. But he did know about poverty.
    MrLongroveon March 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdear la_femme_morte89,
    so you're saying that as soon as a person becomes rich and famous, they're no longer allowed to discuss social and political issues?
    i'd say that if anyone should be discussing life in the ghetto, it is someone like elvis who has a large enough platform to influence/educate a lot of people
    in the words of bill hicks, "you fucking moron. you FUCKING moron."
    seshwaron October 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentla_femme_morte89, Elvis was dirt poor growing up. Did you ever see the shack he lived in for the first 18 years of lhis life? And now you begrudge him for singing about the visciuos cyle of poverty? One that he know s and is grateful to have escaped. He gave millions to charity, how much do you give? And as Elvis sang, "Walk a mile in my(his) shoes" Bee-ahhch.
    ephilbrookon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso, listen to, "If I can dream" maybe if the dead woman (La Femme mort) had that kind of optimism, as others should, we'd all be living in a better world. Obtuse troglodytes like her should just go live in France, spoonge off thier socialism and fade away.
    ephilbrookon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the vicious cycle on this song. The thing about this song that really gets me is Elvis' ability to step into someone else's shoes even though he was rich and famous. And, he didn't grow up so well, so maybe he was writing from personal experience. Of course, this song would be funny if you listened to Cartman off of "Sout Park" sing it as they walk into Kenny's neighborhood. =]
    .Three.Lefts.on May 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLa Femme mortr89 I think your full of shit!!! as for the song I love it and I think chamiga got it and different people get different meanings
    rhondadej8on June 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentelvis's best song! so full of emotion and sad, brings a tear to my eye just listening to it, well nearly
    seargent pepperon August 29, 2006   Link

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