The World Is A Ghetto (10:17)

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Walkin' down the street, smoggy-eyed
Looking at the sky, starry-eyed
Searchin' for the place, weary-eyed
Crying in the night, teary-eyed

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  • silversurfer250

    War percussionist Papa Dee Allen got the idea for this song. Harold Brown, who was the drummer and a founding member of War, tells the story: "We were living around Pomona and different parts, San Pedro, Compton, and so on. And we spent a lot of time out around Malibu, and in Hollywood. Well, one day we started realizing that their toilets backed up. Then we started realizing that rich people, people living in some of those big suburbs and stuff, hey, they got their problems, they got broke down cars and stuff. So we started realizing the world is a ghetto..."

    15 Mar 3:02pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Wonder where I'll find Paradise.

    15 Mar 3:01pm Reply
  • Gracielied

    This has to be by far their best song! Really takes me back.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • mikesmusic107

    Long version now...

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • raiderguardado

    Bad Ass Jam!!!!!!

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ProgClow

    what a jam

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • grandfunk49

    Short version.....

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Chill man.....................................................................

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • extraordGntlmn

    loving this.... :-D

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • trapp628

    they just don't make music like that anymore!

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • diverseradio

    title song to a great album, check it out.

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mitchn


    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dewfish

    Great song. Great vocal harmony. Just plain GREAT. Love this longer version too! [2]

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • FauveTerror

    best with Low Rider

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • eman1614

    the world is truly a ghetto ---- but life is good -- love and life is better -- in love in life is best. War still has it

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • calspecies8472

    Great song. Great vocal harmony. Just plain GREAT. Love this longer version too!

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • SenseLost

    A definite classic for all times.

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • phuzzel

    all these last fm tracks are much to short. . . .this one for example is a 10:18min player in my playlist!

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • TantoTempo

    Prepare to have your shit rearranged.

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
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