"Cloud 9" as written by Barrett Strong and Norman J. Whitfield....
Oh ho, ho ho ho, ooh, hoo
Childhood part of my life, it wasn't very pretty
You see, I was born and raised in the slums of the city
It was a one room shack that slept ten other children besides me
We hardly had enough food or room to sleep
It was hard times
Needed something to ease my troubled mind
Listen, my father didn't know the meaning of work
He disrespected mama, and treated us like dirt
I left home, seekin' a job that I never did find
Depressed and downhearted I took to cloud nine
I'm doin' fine, up here on cloud nine
Listen one more time I'm doin' fine, up here on cloud nine
Folks down there tell me
They say, give yourself a chance son, don't let life pass you by
But the world of reality is a rat race where only the strongest survive
It's a dog eat dog world, and that ain't no lie
Listen, it ain't even safe no more to walk the streets at night
I'm doin' fine, on cloud nine
Let me tell you about cloud nine

Cloud nine, you can be what you wanna be
(Cloud nine) you ain't got no responsibility
And ev'ry man, ev'ry man is free
(Cloud nine) and you're a million miles from reality
I wanna say I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love up here on cloud nine
I, I, I, I, I, I I'm riding high
On cloud nine, you're as free as a bird in flight
(Cloud nine) there's no diff'rence between day and night
(Cloud nine) it's a world of love and harmony
(Cloud nine) you're a million miles from reality

Cloud nine, you can be what you wanna be
Cloud nine you ain't got no responsibility
Cloud nine, and ev'ry man in this world is free
(Cloud nine) and you're a million miles from reality
(Cloud nine) you can be what you wanna be


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"Cloud Nine" as written by Norman Whitfield Barrett Strong

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    General Commentaww i like this i doo! tis kinda like reality cheack from the life i lead!
    Super_Sarah_Hillon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Cloud Nine" was Heroin! He saw no life worth leading and had seen nothing of value from his childhood. Heroin gave him that rush of absolute "perfection" and the total escape from all reality.
    This is an upbeat song about the downbeat of ghetto life! It is a classic move to make the musical opposite of the lyrical in meanings. Many great hits are just exactly that, the opposite of the music!
    Makes me think of another song about heroin addiction that very few people ever get and think is a love song, so they have it played at their wedding reception!
    Check out:
    You were on my mind By Crispian St.Peters or by The We Five or by the original Ian and Sylvia (Sylvia wrote it and it was about Ian's band mate best buddy!)
    OR
    You really got a hold on me By the Miracles or by She and Him

    They are all about HEROIN.
    scottyboydon December 23, 2018   Link

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