Curtis Mayfield Back to the World Lyrics

Back to the World Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Back to the World
  • 2 Future Shock
  • 3 Right on for the Darkness
  • 4 Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)
  • 5 If I Were Only a Child Again
  • 6 Can't Say Nothin'
  • 7 Keep on Trippin'
  • Back in the world
    Back in the world
    Back in the world
    Back in the world

    Crawlin’ through the trees
    Stuck in mud up to the knees
    Fightin’ this damn war
    Wonderin’ if the Lord knows what it’s for

    Six long years stretch
    An’ we boys was in a hell of a mess
    I gotta keep my mind; take it slow
    Fightin’ hard (for) what I don’t know

    I wanna get back home, I gotta get back home
    Back to the world

    I had a talk with little mom
    Strenuous face as she began to hum
    She said: ”Boy, it’s good to see ya.
    My prayers must’ve been with ya.
    And now that you’re back and done
    Let me tell ya son
    The war was never won
    The war was never won”

    In these city streets everywhere
    You gotta be careful where you move your feet; how you part your hair
    Do you think that God could never forgive this life we live?
    Back in the world
    Back in the world

    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
    My, my , my, my
    It’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
    This life is so hard

    I’ve been beaten up and robbed
    “Soldier boy ain’t got no job”
    Back in the world
    Back in the world

    Had a long old stretch of sacrifice
    Gettin’ back home will be awful nice
    “Chile, your woman has long been gone”
    The doggone war just lasted too long
    People don’t give a damn
    People don’t give a damn
    People don’t give a damn

    So I’m standin’ here in future shock
    [?]
    Talkin’ ‘bout hard times, hard times, hard times
    Back in the world

    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
    My, my , my, my
    It’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
    This life is so hard

    I been beaten up and robbed
    “Soldier boy ain’t got no job”
    Back in the world

    Back in the world
    Uh huh. Back in the world
    Back in the world
    Uh huh, uh huh

    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
    My, my , my, my
    It’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
    This life is so hard
    Back in the world

    Ooh ooh ooh hoo
    Ooh ooh ooh hoo

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