Mostly transcribed by brendahaus, with a few corrections and additions by fulicasenia. So I gotta be down with the 'hood team, Too much television watching, got me chasing dreams. Or simply, it may be Coolio singing his prayer before our eyes. The way is I don't know Tell me why are we so to see That the ones we hurt are you and me? And I loved it, still do in fact. As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke This verse is beautiful.
We've been spending most our lives Living in a gangsta's paradise. In the Garden of Eden, they have little to do but to lop and prune, and prop and bind, to adore their maker, and to avoid the prohibited tree, and thus they are exempt from all pain or injury. I'm a lok'd out gangsta, set tripping banger And my homies is down so don't arouse my anger. It is tragic to see such a young man seem so wise — we see that the street leads to early maturity — and also worried about the likely brevity of his life. Yet, it's Stevie Wonder's song. Shiny gold star for the person who can figure out the one line that's still unclear! Hearing the bass line, the chorus line and the hook, it just opened up my mind.
Provide quotes to support the facts you mention. The rhyme between croak and smoke further reinforces the beauty of the image. We offer high quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. It exposes in pictorial terms the conditions for the accession of man to the knowledge of reality, as well as the no less difficult transmission of this knowledge. The way things is going I don't know. I'm twenty-three now, but will I live to see twenty-four, The way things is going I don't know.
The way is I don't know Tell me why are we so to see That the ones we hurt are you and me? I guess they can't, I guess they won't, I guess they front, That's why I know my life is out of luck, fool! It surprises the audience with its crooner-like or opera-like lyrical intensity. Tell me why are we so to see That the ones we hurt are you and me? In both songs there are more one syllable words than there are multi syllable words. I'm 23 now but will I live to see 24? Through his credibility of being a pop icon, Wonder hoped that people would hear his song and want to end any racial inequalities still present in. Even his mother believes that he has lost his mind, this element also sounds very touching and evokes empathy. The big difference I see is that Michael Jackson is was a skinny black guy who sings like a girl. But these separate worlds have merged into one. I hate it when I hear of people never getting adopted after they're put in the states care.
Since his start in the music industry, Wonder has won 25 Grammy Awards Africa News , was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 Puterbaugh , and has been recently awarded the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by President Obama Africa News. Been spending most their lives Living in a gangsta's paradise Been spending most their lives Living in a gangsta's paradise Keep spending most our lives Living in a gangsta's paradise Keep spending most our lives Living in a gangsta's paradise Power in the money, money in the power Minute after minute, hour after hour Everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking It's going on in the kitchen But I don't know what's cooking They say I gotta learn But nobody's here to teach me If they can't understand it, how can they reach me? Throughout his career, Wonder has created many songs in which he addresses certain subjects in order to bring change. They were the artists and the intellectuals the hippies and the Beats. Questionfinder's note: I corrected the off line and also reformatted the transcription. It is a long, narrative poem; it follows the exploits of a hero or anti-hero ; it involves warfare and the supernatural; it begins in the midst of the action, with earlier crises in the story brought in later by flashback; and it expresses the ideals and traditions of a people. As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I take a look at my life and realize there's none left 'Cause I've been brassing and laughing so long that Even my mamma thinks that my mind is gone But I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it Me be treated like a punk, you know that's unheard of You better watch how you talking, and where you walking Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk I really hate to trip but I gotta lope As they croak I see myself in the pistal smoke fool I'm the kinda G that little homies want to be like On my knees in the night, saying prayers in the street light They been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise They been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise We keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise We keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise They got the situation, they got me facing I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the strip So I gotta be down with the hood team Too much television watching got me chasing dreams I'm a educated fool with money on my mind Got my ten in my hand and a gleam in my eye I'm a loped out gangsta set trippin banger And my homies is down so gonna rouse my anger fool Death aint nothing but a heart beat away I'm living life do or die, what can I say I'm twenty three never will I live to see 24 The way things is going I don't know Tell me why are we so blind to see That the ones we hurt are you and me.
We keep spending most our lives Living in a gangsta's paradise. By the way, Coolio wrote the lyrics, but it is Stevie Wonder who asked the songwriter not to use the usual verbal violence, choice which helps making the song sound more universal and more mainstream. Been most our lives Livin' in a gangsta's paradise Been most lives Livin' in a gangsta's paradise We keep most our lives Livin' in a gangsta's paradise We keep most our lives Livin' in a gangsta's paradise Power and the money, and the power Minute minute, hour hour Everybody's running, but half of them ain't lookin' It's on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin' They say I learn, but nobody's here to me If they can't it, how can they me? Tell me why are we so blind to see That the ones we hurt are you and me? The rhythm of all this passage is limpid and remarkably classic, since the author signs here a series of 4 alexandrines. It is familiar, it is friendly, so it participates in the peaceful atmosphere of the song, said in a tone of confidence. He is inferring that Milton took pity on Satan and therefore implies to readers that they should feel sorry for him. It is, in that sense, a Puritanical work.
A fool, once educated, should no longer be fool, and someone educated should not only have money in mind, but higher values. They worked for corporations, lived in suburbs, and went to church. We sang this song in choir! Here, no insults every third word, no niggas, no bitches, no racism or misogyny. It emphasizes a paradox that leaves everyone powerless, and just lets the bitterness of his statement float away — we hurt each other in this hell — without being able to relieve the pain. Meanwhile, the bohemians were the free spirits who flouted convention. Paradise Road portrays people who, when stripped of the status and freedom, discover the power embedded in music. Hearing it now brings back a lot of memories.
The poem is in blank verse, that is, non-rhyming verse. That the ones we hurt Are you and me? So he is satisfied just describing the result of his untold, cold-blood reaction in case we mess up with him: you and your homies might be lined in chalk, he shows this as a journalist would describe an objective fact, in a dispassionate way. An educated fool: antithesis, paradox. Look: direct address to the public. Which is a way of teaching morality to the youth to dissuade it from sinking into urban violence… Chorus Keep spending most our lives The vocal style of the chorus, very choral, contrasts with the rapped verses said by a single voice.
He told us he feared for his sanity. Weaknesses Location might be our biggest weakness right now. These two corporations are known for providing quality food and service as well as a unique and fun atmosphere. Tell me why are we so blind to see That the ones we hurt are you and me. After Coolio rewrote the lyric, Wonder gave his approval. Unbeknownst to me, the other condition was that he wanted 95 percent of the publishing! But I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it. Depending on the time and location of the speaker, their ideal lifestyle may be a reality, or simply a dream of one.
Coolio on the other hand, hired a fat black guy to sing like a girl on his song. Fool: last mention of this fool, that is the public for the rapper — and this time the insult is particularly strong because, since the public has just adhered to the expression of the desperation of the rapper, and that he just showed that his worries came from They, which probably designates us, the audience, society, well he forces us to admit that we are his oppressors! It defines life, who we are, where we come from, what we value, is sometimes all we have, and ultimately unites our different cultures. Milton had contemplated the composition of an epic poem for many years. We've been spending most our lives Living in a gangsta's paradise. So, probably, the system people, the teachers, the cops, the others.