Living For The City (3:39)

Cover of The Definitive Collection

From The Definitive Collection and 34 other releases

“Living for the City” peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart in the Winter of 1973.


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A boy is born in hard time Mississippi
Surrounded by four walls that ain't so pretty
His parents give him love and affection
To keep him strong movin' in the right direction

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • jpzitoleopold

    Fantastic song.

    24 Aug 11:48pm Reply
  • Cure1980

    he is blind but his music goes vstraight to your heart--

    14 Jun 12:33pm Reply
  • LamarMatic

    His voice sounds so damn powerful. A truly great song.

    9 Jun 8:06pm Reply
  • davidbotdelft

    This song is soooooo goddamn great, love it

    5 Jun 7:53pm Reply
  • fank19


    5 Apr 9:51pm Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    That's Stevie...the old version I've always least THIS time on Last.F'em

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fiischkoopf

    Whats that? It´s definitely not Stevie Wonder...sounds like Mothers of Invention with an extraordinary singer...

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • billyspiller

    This was the first album to be made with a polyphonic synthesiser, the first song with a poly synth..."I Wish"

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    GREAT! from a one of music's truly great icons

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bluetonium123

    Inspirational..It's what music is all about

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SonicDevMonkey

    Killer synths.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe


    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Prosody

    This sounds like Weird Al Yankovic...

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • franzinova

    entschuldigung..aber das hier ist nicht steevie!

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Comes a time when a blind man takes your hand and says "Don't you see, you got to hold on to the dreams you still believe in"

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DonkeyHotai

    Early 1970's I'm in the Coast Guard and hear this for the first time. What a powerful song. The poor shmoe who goes to NYC, gets roped into taking the "package" across the street with the sirens in the background coming, then gets busted. My favorite line of his is "Skyscrapers and everythang". Downer story - but it made this young white boy from Arizona learn about Mr. Wonder's fine music...

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • pshowisitto

    What a great powerful meaningful song. Love this full version.

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • biomorfo


    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    . . amazing man... amazing music

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Tag1955

    It might be Little Stevie's greatest,but too much great stuff to chose from

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
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