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"In The Ghetto (The Vicious Circle)"

(As recorded by Elvis Presley)
MAC DAVIS

As the snow flies, on a cold and grey Chicago morn'
A poor little baby child is born in the ghetto
And his mama cries, 'cause if there's one thing that she don't need
It's another little hungry mouth to feed in the ghetto.

People, don't you understand, the child needs a helping had
Or he'll grow to be an angry young man someday
Take a loot at you and me, are we too blind to see?
Or do we simply turn our heads and look the other way?

Well, the world turns, and a hungry little boy with a runny noxe
Plays in the street as the cold wind blows in the ghetto
And his hunger burns, so starts to roam the streets at night
And he learns how to steal and he learns how to fight in the ghetto.

And then one night in desperation, a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car, tries to run but he don't get far

As his mama cries, a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
Face down in the street with a gun in his hand in the ghetto
As her young man dies, on a cold and grey Chicago morn'
Another little baby child is born in the ghetto.

(c) Copyright 1969 by Screen Gems - Columbia Music, Inc. and Elvis Presley
Music, Inc. All rights for the entire world controlled by Screen Gems -
Columbia Music, Inc. 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022. International
Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.

- "The Best of Mac Davis" songbook, (c) 1975 Screen Gems - Columbia
Publications.

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