Gangsta's Paradise Lyrics - Stevie Wonder

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WRITER STEVIE WONDER
RECORDED BY COOLIO


As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left
'Cuz I've been blastin' and laughin' so long,
that Even my mama 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'd better watch how you're talkin', and where you're walkin'
Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip but I gotta loc,
I really hate to trip, but I gotta low -
As they croak I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
On my knees in the night, sayin' prayers in the streetlight

Chorus:
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Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

They got the situation, they got me facin'
I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the stripes
So I gotta be down with the hood team
Too much television watchin' got me chasin' dreams
I'm a educated fool with money on my mind
Got my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I'm a loc'd out gangsta set trippin' banga
And my homies is down so don't arouse my anga,
fool Death ain't nothin' but a heartbeat away,
I'm livin' life, do or die, what can I say
I'm 23 now, will I live to see 24
the way things is goin' I don't know

Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one's we hurt, are you and me

Chorus

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's runnin', but half of them ain't lookin'
What's goin' on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin'
they say I got ta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
If they can't understand it, how can they reach 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

Chorus

Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one's we hurt, are you and me
Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one's we hurt, are you and me






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