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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, they … more »

I am the one in ten 
A number on a list 
I am the one in ten 
Even though I don't exist 
 Nobody Knows me 
But I'm always there 
A statistical reminder 
Of a world that doesn't care 

My arms enfold the dole queue 
 Malnutrition dulls my hair 
My eyes are black and lifeless 
With an underprivileged stare 
I'm the beggar on the corner 
Will no-one spare a dime? 
I'm the child that never learns to read 
'Cause no-one spared the time 


I'm the murderer and the victim 
The license with the gun 
I'm a sad and bruised old lady 
In an ally in a slum 
I'm a middle aged businessman 
With chronic heart disease 
I'm another teenaged suicide 
In a street that has no trees 


I'm a starving third world mother 
A refugee without a home 
I'm a house wife hooked on Valium 
I'm a Pensioner alone 
I'm a cancer ridden specter 
 Discovering the earth 
I'm another hungry baby 
I'm an accident of birth. 


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