Woman of the Ghetto

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Marlena Shaw (born Marlina Burgess, September 22, 1942, New Rochelle, New York, United States) is an American singer. Shaw began her singing career in the 1960s and is still singing today. Her music has often been sampled in hip hop music, and used in television commercials. more »


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I was born, raised in a ghetto
I was born and raised in a ghetto
I'm a woman, of the ghetto
Won't you listen, won't you listen to me, legislator

How do you raise your kids in a ghetto
How do you raise your kids in a ghetto
Do you feed one child and starve another
Won't you tell me, legislator

Enthralled through
I know that my eyes ain't blue
But you see I'm a woman
Of the ghetto

I'm proud, free
Black, that is me
But I'm a woman of the ghetto

How does your heart feel late at night
How does your heart feel late at night
Does it beat with shame, or does it beat with pride
Won't you tell me, legislator

Puts me in the mind of
Come and cross the water in a boat
Chained, tied, together

They said, no, no, they're really not man, and women
Just chain 'em up, tie 'em up, chain 'em up, tie 'em up
Chain 'em up, tie 'em up, work, work, work
There's where the movement came from

Say no, no

My children learned just the same as yours
As long as nobody tries to close the door
They cry with pain when the knife cuts deep
They even close their eyes when they wanna sleep

Now peace, you say
Is all that you ask
But self-respect is a separate task

You may be sitting up there
In your ivory tower
60 stories tall

I know that you may have checked out at least one ghetto
But I wonder have you lived there at all

Places like watts,
Ah, holland, tell me
Chicago, ah tell me
Washington got some too
I have been up on the mountains, I

And I'm free at last
I say I'm free at last
I've seen the children dying
And I've been one of the mothers who was crying

I am a woman
I am a woman
I am a woman, yes I
I said that I am
I mean that I am
I'm the woman, I'm the woman
I'm the woman of the ghetto

Strong, true
A woman
A woman

You can walk through the streets of the ghetto at night
Whole lotta pretty, some ugly sites
Along comes the sleek limousine
Say hey baby I got ten
Look at me, I'm clean
So she takes a little dope
What the hell everybody got to go

I got a baby
I got a baby
I got a baby I want to feed 
And I'm not really giving it all

Up, just a little ten-cent piece or two
Ah, the black woman

But I ain't gonna raise your babies no more
I got a few on my own
I wanna keep strolling
I say I am a woman

I am

I am
I am

Remember me
I'm the one who had your babies, I

I am
I am
I am a woman
Of the ghetto

I'm a woman, yeah yeah yeah
Just a woman

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