"Across 110th Street" as written by and Bobby Womack....
I was the third brother of five
Doing whatever I had to do to survive
I'm not saying what I did was alright
Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight

Been down so long, getting up didn't cross my mind
I knew there was a better way of life that I was just trying to find
You don't know what you'll do until you're put under pressure
Across 110th Street is a hell of a tester

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that's weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won't let the junkie go free
Across 110th Street
Woman trying to catch a trick on the street
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street

I got one more thing I'd like to y'all about right now

Hey brother, there's a better way out
Snorting that coke, shooting that dope man you're copping out
Take my advice, it's either live or die
You've got to be strong, if you want to survive

The family on the other side of town
Would catch hell without a ghetto around
In every city you find the same thing going down
Harlem is the capital of every ghetto town

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that's weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won't let the junkie go free
Across 110th Street
A woman trying to catch a trick on the street
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street

Look around you, look around you
Look around you, look around you


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"Across 110th Street" as written by Bobby Womack

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    General Commentoh man, this is such a great song...always gets me a thrill

    love it in jackie brown and american gangster!!!
    mickyon November 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawesome song! not many have commented though to my surprise....
    Man2542on November 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song's about street life in east Harlem. Usually avenues are west of the main street in a town and streets are to the east.
    myhotelyearon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General Comment110th Street is the North End of Central Park in NYC. North of central park is Harlem
    stoney6on May 10, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionWhile I agree with man2542 that it's one of the Greats and it's surprising that there have not been more comments to that effect~I guess I wish I were MORE surprised that the comments there ARE are nitpicking about the particulars of the Harlem neighborhood of NYC. And the way Streets & Avenues are commonly arranged in most towns.
    Note the following two lines: In every city you find the same thing going down/Harlem is the capitol of every ghetto town.
    You Dig?
    It's Pretty Damn Sad to have to explain one of the more self-explanitory songs EVER written,but folks, Come On! What MAKES this song one of the Greats,what MAKES it, for example, the PERFECT song for the final shot of `Jackie Brown', as she sings along to it on the radio as she drives off into her well-earned,wonderful future?
    Well,the KEY to Why is in those two lines, which takes it out of the Strictly Literal.It's not JUST about 110th Street in Harlem~it could be Whateverthehell Boulevard in ANY ghetto in the US: Oakland,Dallas,Gary,Detroit,Newark,New Orleans,Tuscon,Chicago,Vallejo,Los Angeles~anywhere. What the song is ABOUT is Getting Over & Getting Out,& how this requires the strength and courage and intelligence to NOT get caught up in The Game.
    Pam Grier's character in Jackie Brown DID Get Over & Get Out.But in the BEGINNING of that film, her life can be better described by the lyrics in Randy Crawford's `Street Life' ~ a song that pretty much illustrates the seductiveness of getting caught up in The Game & ultimately being stuck in (& victimized by) that.This song is ALSO featured in the movie.
    It doesn't have anything to do with the specifics of 110th Street. Really, I promise.
    SYDaisyon September 30, 2013   Link

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