"City High Anthem" as written by Claudette Ortiz, Robby Pardlo and Ryan Toby....
They just gave up on our entire generation
So we were all pushed to the side
'cause we didn't see the world through our teacher's eyes
When all we needed was a little bit of motivation
But because we wore our pants saggin'
y'all labelled us gangsters
And said we wasn't worth the time

There are so many things I never asked you
There are so many things I still don't know
There are so many things you never told me
And still so many things that I will never know
And why
'cause I went to City High

A school with more drop outs than sign-ups at registration
And the pregnancy rate is at an all-time high
We all know why
Now you would think the classroom's the place for mental stimulation
But there's some brothers outside
Sellin' that stuff
That'll really stimulate your mind
(Talk about gettin' high)

There are so many things you never showed me
There are too many things you let slip by
(You let slip right on by)
How can I face a world that doesn't know me
A world that doesn't care whether I live or die
And why
'cause I went to City High
So

We don't need your education
We don't want no pacifier
We are the leaders of your nation
We're gonna make sure the world survives
There ain't no justice there's just us
What happened to the meaning of "In God we trust"
So as we get older and our children grow up
We ain't gonna teach them what y'all showed us

There's too many babies dyin' before they're born
(Lord ain't that the truth)
Too many young ladies cryin' with a daddy in the house
But not a father in the home
(Now y'all know there's a difference)
And what about all our young soldiers being led astray
(By this negative music)
What happened to the Isaac Hayes
And the Curtis Mayfield's and all the Marvin Gayes?
Man we really need 'em today

And there were so many things that needed explaining
But you said it was too late for me to learn
You were suppose to be my shelter when it was rainin'
But instead you left me out here all alone
So I gotta make it on my own

We don't need your education
We don't want no pacifier
We are the leaders of your nation
We're gonna make sure the world survives
There ain't no justice there's just us
What happened to the meaning of "In God we trust"
So as we get older and our children grow up
We ain't gonna teach them what y'all showed us

SPOKEN
For people who did believe
What we could do to change our future
You knew the world was in our hands
Help build them strong so they can withstand
All the pressures
All the war
All the prejudice
And the others who were sure we couldn't fight the stress in life
For those of you who didn't believe us
Listen to my words for you
Listen to your children sing to you

We don't need your education
We don't want no pacifier
We are the leaders of your nation
We're gonna make sure the world survives
There ain't no justice there's just us
What happened to the meaning of "In God we trust"
So as we get older and our children grow up
We ain't gonna teach them what y'all showed us

[Repeat x1]


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"City High Anthem" as written by Robby Pardlo Claudette Ortiz

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    General Commentthis song makes me want to cry. it is terible to think that this is the way that people treat other people. it's the truth, but it isn't the way yhings are supposed to be. i am glad i was fortunate enough to live in Small Town USA where we don't have to deal with that stuff on such a large scale. people here have taught me that i can be whatever i put my mind to and i hope that, were i ever to have any children, they would feel the same way. remember that we are the future and that what we do today effects who we become tomorrow.
    ydnrab85on April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's a great,serious,no bull song!
    i love it:D
    natashaon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first listened to this song, it gave me chills. What City High said about the world hit it right on the money. I am fifteen years old. And growing up and going through different experiences have made me grow in more ways then one. I am very aware on how the real world works and continue to understand more things that adults would just look over. Because we are teenagers we apparently don't know anything. That doesn't make sense to me when all the while they tell us that we are th future and to make something of it. My opinion of this is how do they expect us to want to make something of ourselves and try and change the world for the better, if they can't look past how a person looks.... We are the future. We have the power to change the world for the better. The only thing that bothers me is the thought of not being given the chance because of the fact that we are teenagers. Thanks City High for bringing the hope back into being young.
    Trinity16on July 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song just goes to show that this idealistic world that we would all love to live in doesn’t exist, no matter what.. it still doesn’t exist and were gonna have to deal with that. I find it kind of ironic that this song was made b4 sept.11 because that event was one of the biggest tragedies (if not the biggest) that will happen during my lifetime. I think that this song could help anyone realise that not everything bad that happens is centerred at you. Everything happens for a reason. Everyone has to remember that .. it’s true… I mean fate changes things for so many ppl in so many different ways and I think the fact that so many ppl deal with things that are going wrong in so many different ways is incredible. Some ppl dealt with tragedies like sept 11 and others had to deal with things that they talk about in this song .. like too many babies are dying before they’re born.. its true.. i live in a small town in ontario and its the place where they’re have been the most abortions ever … and the highest teen pregnancy rate.. at 14 atleast 80% of my friends aren’t virgins anymore. There’s so many things that are so wrong in so many different places and I think that music is one of the things that helps you threw ur hard times.. at least it does for me.. i think its worth it and i think that everyone deserves to live their way. I think that this is an incredible song and they’re are many others like it. Go City High.
    sarou_boobooon September 15, 2002   Link

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