"One In Ten" as written by Terry Wilson, Michael Virtue, Brian Travers, Norman Hassan, Earl Falconer, Robin Campbell, Ali Campbell and Jim Brown....
[Chorus]
I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don't exist
Nobody Knows me
Even though I'm always there
A statistic, a reminder
Of a world that doesn't care


My arms enfold the dole queue
Malnutrition dulls my hair
My eyes are black and lifeless
With an underprivileged stare
I'm the beggar on the corner
Will no-one spare a dime?
I'm the child that never learns to read
'Cause no-one spared the time

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten,

I'm the murderer and the victim
The license with the gun
I'm a sad and bruised old lady
In an ally in a slum
I'm a middle aged businessman
With chronic heart disease
I'm another teenage suicide
In a street that has no trees

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten,

I'm a starving third world mother
A refugee without a home
I'm a house wife hooked on Valium
I'm a Pensioner alone
I'm a cancer ridden specter
Covering the earth
I'm another hungry baby
I'm an accident of birth.

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"One in Ten" as written by Ali Campbell Jim Brown

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentwhen this song first came out I had just finished college and was looking for a job in 80's. Unemployment was rife and this struck a chord as I felt like a one in ten. But by a one in ten chance I managed to get a Job!!!
    fergion May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(I didn't grow up in the 80s)
    But - I think the one in ten thing means that one in ten people were unemployed (not a one in ten chance of getting a job as fergi suggested)
    Still, that was an average across the whole country and in some towns up north almost everyone was unemployed.
    pikmindoctoron September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUB40, being a multi-cultural band in the first place, they have a message about equality and bringing to light the struggles of the people that don't have a voice otherwise... Listen to Tyler or Food For Thought and you will see that those songs are not about the band themselves but about issues that should be talked about and addressed instead of ignored. Early UB40 was the best, not after Labour Of Love and they became radio friendly with their covers of pop songs.
    brantisonfireon February 11, 2010   Link

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