Little Ghetto Boy

John Legend, The Roots2010年9月21日


Little Ghetto Boy - John Legend & The Roots


My grandmother suits was tailor made

Sundays Mahalia played

Simple familiar ways

Like how she kneeled and prayed

Willin master forgive us

Our trust pastors had us real afraid

I never listened yet I still obeyed

I got to see how Philly played at such an early age

What my father was into sent him to his early grave

Then moms started chasin that base like Willie Mays

My childhood was all of 40 nights and 40 days

Trouble was my ball and chain

Shorties would call me names

Humble beginnings but a star is what it all became

My journey from a dirty hallway to the Hall of Fame

Music my therapeutic way to cope with all this pain

Was headed for the drain

Soakin before the rainwater came

And chaos into the order came

I started doin what I'm 'sposed to do in life

Tryin to move out of the dark

And closer to the light

They say if you get a chance to do it

Overdo it right

Tomorrow isn't promised every time


You say goodnight

Knahmtalkinabout Uhh yo

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Yeah yeahhh

Little ghetto boy ohhh


Playin in the ghetto street ay-ayyyy


What'chu gonna do when you grow up


And have to face responsibility


Yeah yeahhh


Will you spend your days and nights in a pool room


Will you sell caps of madness


To the neighborhood

Little ghetto boy


You already know how rough life could be


Hard to see so much pain and misery


Yeahhhhhhh yeahhhh


Little ghetto boy yeah


Your daddy was blown away


Heyyyy yeahhh


He robbed that grocery store yeah


Don't you know that was a sad sad day




All your young life you've seen such misery and pain


The world's a cruel place to live in

It ain't gonna change yeahh


You're so young and you've got so far to goooooo


Don't think you'll reach your goal young man


Talkin 'bout the ghetto boy


Yeah yeah yeahhhh


Yeah yeahhh little ghetto BOYYYYY-OYYYY


When when you become a maaaaan yeahhhh


You can make things change


Oh if you just take a stand yeah yeahhhh


You've got to believe in yourself in all that you doooo


You've got to fight to make it better better


And you will see that others will start believin too


Then my son things will start to get better


Hey yeahhhh yeah

Everything has got to get better



Everything has got to get better


Everything has got to get better

Yeahhh yeahhhhh yeah


Don't you know it's gonna get better


Heyyyyyy yeah yeah


Got to believe that everything


Yeahhhhh yeah yeah yeah


Whooahhh ho oahhh oahhh oahh


Whoa yeah


Whoah ho oahhh oh ohhhhhhh




YEAH YEAHHHHH little ghetto boy


Mmmmmm yeah yeahhhhhhhhh