Akon – Ghetto

Ghetto” is the second single from American singer-songwriter Akon’s debut studio album, Trouble. The single was released on December 21, 2004, exclusively in Latin America and certain countries of Europe. The single peaked at #92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Akon describes the meaning of the song, reflected in the song’s lyrics, as “a description of the cycle of poverty experienced by those living in poor, inner-city areas” (see ghetto). Additionally, it describes the physical and psychological oppression with which these residents must deal on a regular basis.

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Akon – Ghetto(Primetunez Lyrics):

Ghetto, ghetto, ghetto, ghetto-living

These streets remind me of quicksand
When you’re on it you’ll keep going down
And there’s no one to hold on to
And there’s no one to pull you out

You keep on falling
And no one can hear you calling
So you end up self-destructing

On the corner with the toolie on the waist line
Just got up out the thing doin’ state time
Teeth marks on my back from the K-9
Dark memories of when there was no sunshine

‘Cause they said that I wouldn’t make it
I remember like yesterday
Holding on to what God gave me

‘Cause that’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
And eating in the ghetto
Or sleeping in the ghetto, ghetto
‘Cause that’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
And eating in the ghetto
Or sleeping in the ghetto, ghetto, ghetto

No need to cherish luxuries
‘Cause everything come and go
Even the life that you have is borrowed
‘Cause you’re not promised tomorrow

So live your life as if every day’s gon’ be your last
Once you move forward can’t go back
Best prepare to remove your past

‘Cause you gotta be willing to pray
Yes there gotta be, yeah, gotta be a better way
Yes you gotta be willing to pray
‘Cause there gotta be, yeah, gotta be a better day

Whoever said that this struggle would stop today
A lot of niggas dead or locked away
Teenage women growing up with AIDS

‘Cause that’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
Or eating in the ghetto
Or sleeping in the ghetto, ghetto
That’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
Or eating in the ghetto
Or sleeping in the ghetto, ghetto, ghetto

Gun shots every night
In the ghetto
Crooked cops on sight
In the ghetto
Every day is a fight
In the ghetto, ghetto
Got kids to feed
In the ghetto
Selling coke and weed
In the ghetto
Every day somebody bleed
In the ghetto, ghetto

That’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
Or living by the ghetto
Or eating in the ghetto, ghetto
That’s the life
When you’re living in the ghetto
Or sleeping in the ghetto
Living in the ghetto, ghetto, ghetto

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