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This song is by The Temptations and appears on the 1986 CD release of Anthology (1973) and on the album Emperors Of Soul (1994).

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Where I was born everything was dull and dingy
(Money, I ain't got none)
I lived in a place they called the inner city
(Job, can't find one)
Getting ahead, huh, was strictly a no-no
(The streets raised me from a baby, ooh)
Cause nobody cares what happens to the folks that live in the ghetto

Thousands of lives wasting away
People living from day to day
It's a challenge just staying alive
Cause in the ghetto only the strong survive

Broken down homes, kids strung out
They don't even know what life's all about
Stealing cars, robbing bars
Muggings, drugs, rat infested
And no one's interested

Kids dodging cars for recreation
Only adds to a mother's frustration
Break-ins, folks coming home
And finding all their possessions gone

Oh, it's an everyday thing
Well, well, in the ghetto
Oh, it's an everyday thing
Well, in the ghetto


Written by:

Norman Whitfield

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