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GOTTA BE A CHANGE

MAN! THE SITUATION IN THE GHETTO’S GETTING FROM BAD TO WORSE

SEEMS LIKE MY PEOPLE ARE UNDER SOME KIND OF CURSE

TIME TO REARRANGE, GOTTA BE A CHANGE



THERE’S GOTTA BE A CHANGE!

(IN THE GHETTO GOT TO BE A CHANGE)

GOTTA BE A CHANGE!

(IN THE GHETTO GOT TO BE A CHANGE)

WE GOT TO REARRANGE!

(IN THE GHETTO WE GOT TO REARRANGE)

THERE’S GOT TO BE A CHANGE!

(IN THE GHETTO)

WELL DOWN INNA THE GHETTO MAN SOMETHING GONE WRONG

A LOT A YOUTH MAN START WALK WITH GUN

SHOOT YOU FE MONEY WOULDA KILL YOU FE FUN

SEEM LIKE NUFF A DEM NO HEAR “ BOUT JAH PLAN”

DOWN INNA DE GHETTO WEH ME BORN AND GROW

THIS IS SOMETHING ME WANT YOU FE KNOW

SO LISTEN TO ME GOOD AND LISTEN KEENLY

GHETTO PEOPLE DO YOU HEAR ME?



WE NAR GET NO HELP FROM THE HEADS OF STATE

THE CHURCHES JUS A COME WID DEM COLLECTION PLATE

NO TIME TO WAIT WE BETTER GET THINGS STRAIGHT

YES BEFOR IT GETS TOO LATE

GHETTO PEOPLE TELL ME WHY CAN’T YOU SEE

THE WHOLE A WE ARE JUST ONE FAMILY

TIME FE WE GET DOWN PON WE HANDS AND KNEES

AND PRAY TO THE ALMIGHTY



YES TIME A PROGRESS AND THINGS A GET WORSE

SEEMS LIKE GHETTO PEOPLE ARE UNDER A CURSE

I WONDER WHO NEXT FE GO RIDE IN THE HEARSE

FOR PEACE AND LOVE I HUNGER AND THIRST

UNEMPLOYMENT GONE ON THE INCREASE

DRUG RELATED CRIME GONE ON THE INCREASE

GANG WARFARE GONE ON THE INCREASE

SO IS THE BRUTALITY WE GET FROM THE POLICE

WELL EVERYDAY AN INNOCENT YOUTH GET DECEASE

TOO LATE FOR THE DOCTOR SO CALL IN THE PRIEST

INNOCENT BLOODSHED ONE DAY MUST CEASE

ME A BARL OUT FE PEACE! DO YOU HEAR ME?

THERE’S GOT TO BE A CHANGE


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