As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left
coz I've been blastin and laughin so long, that
even my mama thinks that my mind is gone
but I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it
me be treated like a punk you know that's unheard of
you better watch how you're talking, and where you're walking
or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip but i gotta, loc
As they croak I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
on my knees in the night, saying prayers in the streetlight

been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

Look at the situation, they got me facin'
I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the state
so I gotta be down with the hood team
too much television watching got me chasing dreams
I'ma educated fool with money on my mind
got my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I'm a loc'd out gangsta set trippin' banger
and my homies is down so don't arouse my anger, fool
death ain't nothing but a heartbeat away,
I'm living life, do or die, what can I say
I'm 23 now, but will I live to see 24
the way things are going I don't know


Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me
been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

Power and the money, money and the power
minute after minute, hour after hour
everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking
at going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's kickin'
they say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
if they can't understand it, how can they reach me
I guess they can't, I guess they won't
I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool

been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one's we hurt, are you and me
Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one's we hurt, are you and me


Lyrics submitted by aniota, edited by cam4mac


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  • +2
    General CommentI'm not normally into this kind of music but this song actually means something important, its trying to get a message across, which is unusual in rap or whatever style this is cuz most of its all about the girls, the sex, the money and the jewellry

    ROCK ON!
    Kalikaon August 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe bigger meaning behind this song is about people trapped in something they can't escape, despite knowing how bad it is and that it will probably be their demise. I could go through every line and analyze it (and I have; wish I still had that document), but it's pretty self-explanatory anyway if you look at it from that perspective. He simply uses gangster-dom as one example.
    ProfGlitchon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a cover but who did it in first place...
    Andymanon July 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat can i say.. one of the my favourite song.

    and the movie (dangerous minds), gggreat.
    fisuon September 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe tis song's supposed to be about living in the 'run-down' areas of cities, especially in the US.
    HypoThermuson January 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about a gangster who is so depressed with the life he's living and what's happening, this is a real heart-breaking song, and it is damn serious, I luv it completely. I'm sure that we can all relate to this song, all of us, whether we're criminals, anti-criminals, or people who just witness/and know about the recklessness of everyday. :(
    dark_eyez_666on February 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. How can you NOT know what this song is about? It's about an older gangster who is just realizing that he has been spending his life the wrong way. In the video he is explaining to a woman about the gangster life and telling her not to be apart of it. Anyways, great song, Coolio is awsome!
    Dockinaon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song , and it means he is regreting what he is invloved in but he had to do it.
    And hes just comming to terms with it all (Tell me why are we, so blind to see
    That the one's we hurt, are you and me )
    luv allz
    BrummyGalon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh MY Lord, This song is a really good song, and it's true for alot of people who live in the ghetto. I hope that everyone can see that this isn't a good song, it's a wonderful and truthful song.
    Leilanion August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song.
    It was released when I was in year 6, and becamse kind of our anthem for that final year of primary school. Though, being all 11 and 12 years old, we didn't really know what it was about.
    Great song though, one of the only rap songs I like.
    Arianrhodon September 17, 2002   Link

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