My grandmother suits was tailor made,
Sundays Mahalia played
Simple familiar ways,
Like how she kneeled and prayed
Willin, master forgive us,
Our trust pastors had us real afraid
I never listened yet I still obeyed
I got to see how Philly
Played at such an early age
What my father was into sent
Him to his early grave
Then moms started chasin that base,
Like Willie Mays
My childhood was all
Of 40 nights and 40 days
Trouble was my ball and chain,
Shorties would call me names
Humble beginnings but a star
Is what it all became
My journey from a dirty hallway,
To the Hall of Fame
Music my therapeutic way to cope
With all this pain
Was headed for the drain,
Soakin before the rainwater came
And chaos, into the order came
I started doin what
I'm 'sposed to do in life
Tryin to move out of the dark,
And closer to the light
They say if you get a chance to do it,
Overdo it right
Tomorrow isn't promised every time,
You say goodnight
Knahmtalkinabout? Uhh, yo
Story of a little ghetto boy,
Check it out...
Little ghetto boy, ohhh
Playin in the ghetto street, ay-ayyyy!
What'chu gonna do when you grow up
And have to face responsibility?
Will you spend your days
And nights in a pool room?
Will you sell caps of madness,
To the neighborhood little ghetto boy
You already know, how rough life could be
Hard to see, so much pain and misery
Little ghetto boy, yeah
Your daddy was blown away
He robbed that grocery store yeah
Don't you know that was a sad sad day?
All your young life you've seen
Such misery and pain
The world's a cruel place to live in,
It ain't gonna change yeahh
You're so young, and you've got
So far to goooooo
Don't think you'll reach
Your goal young man
Talkin 'bout the ghetto boy
Yeah yeah yeahhhh!
Yeah, yeahhh little ghetto BOYYY-OYYY
When when you become a maaaaan, yeahhhh
You can make things change
Oh if you just take a stand, yeah yeahhh!
You've got to believe in yourself,
In all that you doooo
You've got to fight to make it better, better
And you will see, that others
Will start believin too
Then my son, things will start to get better
Hey yeahhhh yeah!
"Everything has got to get better"
Everything has got to get better
Yeahhh yeahhhhh yeah
Don't you know it's gonna get better
Heyyyyyy yeah yeah
Got to believe that everything
Yeahhhhh yeah yeah yeah
Whooahhh ho oahhh oahhh oahh
Whoah ho oahhh oh ohhhhhhh...
Ohhhh Yeah Yeahhh
Yeah, Yeahhh, little ghetto boy
Mmmmmm yeah yeahhhh...