Ball of Confusion

The Temptations

About Ball of Confusion

"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for The Temptations. It was released on the Gordy (Motown) label, and written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The song was used to anchor the 1970 Greatest Hits II LP. It reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts. Billboard ranked the record as the #24 song of 1970. It reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart. Although a nearly eleven minute long backing track was recorded by The Funk Brothers, only slightly more than four minutes was used for the Temptations' version of the song. The full backing track can be heard on the 1971 LP The Undisputed Truth. 


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People moving out, 
People moving in, 
Why, because of the color of their skin, 
Run, run, run, but you just can't hide. 

An eye for an eye, 
Tooth for a tooth, 
Vote for me and I'll set you free, 
Rap on, brother, rap on. 

Well, the only person talking about loving thy brother is the preacher, 
And it seems nobody's interested in learning, but the teacher, 
Segregation, demonstration, integration, determination, aggravation, humiliation, 
Obligation to our nation. 

Ball of confusion, 
That's what the world is today, hey. 

The sale of pills is at an all time high, 
Young folks walk with their heads in the sky, 
The cities aflame in the summertime, 
And oh the beat goes on. 

Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul-shooting rockets to the moon, 
Kids growing up too soon, 
Politicians say, "More taxes will solve everything," 
The band played on. 

So, round and around and around we go, 
Where the world's headed, nobody knows 

Oh, Great Googamooga, 
Can't you hear me talking to you, 
Just a ball of confusion, 
That's what the world is today, hey. 

Fear in the air, tension everywhere, 
Unemployment rising fast, 
The Beatles new record's a gas, 
And the only safe place to live, 
Is on an Indian reservation, 
The band played on. 

Eve of destruction, tax deduction, 
City inspectors, bill collectors, mod clothes in demand, 
Population out of hand, suicide, too many bills, 
Hippies moving to the hills, 
People all over the world are shouting, "End the war!", 
And the band played on. 

Great Googamooga, 
Can't you hear me talking to you, 
Just a Ball Of Confusion, -ac

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The Temptations

The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success in the 60s and 70s at Motown Records. The group's repertoire has included, during its five-decade career, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music. Known for their recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits, the Temptations have been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock. more »

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