2Pac, Intro:
Uh.. Hit ‘em with a little ghetto gospel

Chorus:
Elton John:
Those who wish to follow me
2Pac: My ghetto gospel
Elton John:
I welcome with my hands
And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold
And peace to this young warrior without the sound of guns

2Pac:
If I could recollect before my hood dayz
I’d sit and reminisce, nigga and bliss on the good dayz.
I stop and stare at the younger, my heart goes to'em
They tested, it was stress that they under.
And nowadays, things changed
Everyone’s ashamed of the youth cuz the truth looks strange
And for me it’s reversed, we left em a world thats cursed, and it hurts
Cuz any day they’ll push the button.
And yall condemned like malcom x and uncle bob
They died for nuthin.
Dont let them get me teary, the world looks dreary
But when you wipe your eyes you see it clearly.
Theres no need for you to fear me.
If you take the time to hear me, maybe you can learn to cheer me.
It aint about black or white, cuz we’re human
I hope you see the light before its ruined
My ghetto gospel

[Chorus x3 ( 2Pac Ghetto Gospel Lyrics )]


2Pac:
Tell me do you see that old lady, aint it sad
Livin out a bag, plus she’s glad for the little things she has
And over there there’s a lady, crack got her crazy.
Guess who’s givin birth to a baby
I don’t trip and let it fade me, from out of the fryin pan
We jump into another form of slavery.
Even now i get discouraged.
Wonder if they take it all back will i still keep the courage
I refuse to be a role model.
I take hoes, keep control, drink out my old bottle.
I make mistakes, but learn from everyone.
And when its said and done,
Ill bet this brother be a better one.
If I’m upset, you don’t stress.
Never forget, god hasn’t finished with me yet.
I feel his hands on my brain.
When i write ryhmes, i go blind, and let the lord do his thang.
But am i less holy,
Cuz I choose to puff a blunt and drink a beer with my homies
Before we find world peace
We gotta find peace in that war on the streets
My ghetto gospel.

[Chorus x3 ( 2Pac Ghetto Gospel Lyrics )]


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    My InterpretationThe song, “Ghetto Gospel” was written and sung by Tupac Shakur, which emulates Tupac’s life. This song also features Elton John as a contributing artist. This song discusses the brokenness and pain of this world with emphasis on the children growing up in what Tupac calls the “ghetto.” Tupac has a vision for a better tomorrow, which this music video demonstrates. The opening lyrics sung by Elton and Tupac say:

    Those who wish to follow me
    2Pac: My ghetto gospel
    Elton John:
    I welcome with my hands
    And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold
    And peace to this young warrior without the sound of guns

    This opening statement says a lot about the aim of this song. To opening makes reference to life that Tupac lived. Tupac’s life serves as a positive role model for inner city children that struggle to survive the war on the streets as he did. The youth of today that live in low-income housing and high crime areas are not incent children but warriors or soldiers. These children have to become warriors to survive the everyday warfare that they are surrounded by do to the sin of humankind. Tupac is singing out for a change in this world; that there is another way to survive the streets with out getting rapped up in gangs, violence, and drugs of the “ghetto.” Tupac recognizes that there is higher power that can set the world free which is God. The people of this world do not have to be slaves to the sin of this world but they can walk free out of oppression by turning their lives over to the Lord.

    Now in the first chorus Tupac raps:

    If I could recollect before my hood dayz
    I�d sit and reminisce, nigga and bliss on the good dayz.
    I stop and stare at the younger, my heart goes to'em
    They tested, it was stress that they under.
    And nowadays, things changed
    Everyone�s ashamed of the youth cuz the truth looks strange
    And for me it�s reversed, we left em a world thats cursed, and it hurts
    Cuz any day they�ll push the button.
    And yall condemned like malcom x and uncle bob
    They died for nuthin.
    Dont let them get me teary, the world looks dreary
    But when you wipe your eyes you see it clearly.
    Theres no need for you to fear me.
    If you take the time to hear me, maybe you can learn to cheer me.
    It aint about black or white, cuz we�re human
    I hope you see the light before its ruined
    My ghetto gospel

    Tupac is calling attention to the oppression of living in an environment where the only future young children can see for themselves is a life of crime as a means to survive their environment. These young children are forced to grow up in a world that offers them violence and they are forced to handle unmoral situations and to make life changing decisions before they are mature enough to. The last two lines of the chorus really speaks to Tupac’s dream of a better world by the people of this nation coming together to fight the war of the streets. For, this world to be successful society needs to listen to one and another with open minds and hearts as Tupac highlights. That society should be less about condemning one and another and more about building bridges.

    In the second chorus Tupac raps:

    Tell me do you see that old lady, aint it sad
    Livin out a bag, plus she�s glad for the little things she has
    And over there there�s a lady, crack got her crazy.
    Guess who�s givin birth to a baby
    I don�t trip and let it fade me, from out of the fryin pan
    We jump into another form of slavery.
    Even now i get discouraged.
    Wonder if they take it all back will i still keep the courage
    I refuse to be a role model.
    I take hoes, keep control, drink out my old bottle.
    I make mistakes, but learn from everyone.
    And when its said and done,
    Ill bet this brother be a better one.
    If I�m upset, you don�t stress.
    Never forget, god hasn�t finished with me yet.
    I feel his hands on my brain.
    When i write ryhmes, i go blind, and let the lord do his thang.
    But am i less holy,
    Cuz I choose to puff a blunt and drink a beer with my homies
    Before we find world peace
    We gotta find peace in that war on the streets
    My ghetto gospel.

    This segment speaks to the pain and tribulation that people in low-income areas that are high in violence are dealing with. Our country fights in wars overseas to prevent injustice from happening in other nations but our country does the bare minimum when it comes to the wars that are fought everyday in the streets of our own country. Must children become a product of their environment so it is the responsibly of society to provide a solution as Tupac is singing about. What is Tupac’s solution?

    Well, I believe that Tupac is calling for a world that is united by the true faith of God. For everyone to look after one and another as God calls his children to do. To proclaim the Word of God and teach the cultures of this world about their Father in heaven who has the power to mend the brokenness of their hearts and the brokenness of the world.
    DD10on August 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHey i really like this song it's good to hear them "Working" together but what i really wanna know is what song is it that Elton John is singing that they have used in the song?
    adam_stevensonon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe elton john song is called 'indian sunset'. irish_deftone6, you are a dick.
    onearmedscissoron July 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok irish_deftone6 I think you have something against rap music so why bother writting stupid ass coments like that people have to read until they get to more sensible ones! just leave it out if you dont like the music dont write a comment simple as!
    Lets just say Tupac is like the god of rap everyone in rap industry resepcts this guy and why wouldnt you.
    Eminem produced this song. I was realy surprised because I didnt think this combination would work but it obviously has!!
    great song but dont have a clue what it means.......
    Final strawon August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought Irish Deftone's comment was actually kinda amusing, he was just taking the piss, take it lightheartedly. I like 'Ghetto Gospel" it's cool and sad. Tupac was a good artist, pity he had to die like he did, but music wouldn't be the same if he hadn't.
    sire_of_black_eyesson January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbest rap song of this century in my opinion
    eggy900on January 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey everyone, i've neva heard of 2pac until this song came out and it got me liking all his stuff, wot's this song about by the way??
    simi_staron January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcomon simi star? think about it..this read the lyrics n what does it sound like its about? its about social injustice in the world n now slavery has changed form but is still present.. i guess it reminds me of the black eyed peas song: where is the love....anyway im not a big fan of rap but this is still a great song with great lyrics.
    123zyadon January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcomon simi star? think about it..this read the lyrics n what does it sound like its about? its about social injustice in the world n now slavery has changed form but is still present.. i guess it reminds me of the black eyed peas song: where is the love....anyway im not a big fan of rap but this is still a great song with great lyrics.
    123zyadon January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was suspicious of Eminem being given full rights to produce an entire Tupac disc, and I was correct. He has brought Notorious BIG and Tupac together for Runnin', and it was a classic. He brought Tupac together with Elton John, an completely unimaginable combination, and made it very successful. However, Afeni, please don't ever let Eminem produce an entire album again. Just some songs here and there will be great.
    bLiTz_2k5on January 12, 2006   Link

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