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Grandmaster Flash - Message II (Survival) (feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee) Lyrics

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  • Broken glass everywhere
  • People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don't care
  • I can't take the smell, I can't take the noise
  • Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice
  • Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
  • Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
  • I tried to get away, but I couldn't get far
  • Cause the man with the tow-truck repossessed my car
  • Chorus:
  • Don't push me, cause I'm close to the edge
  • I'm trying not to loose my head
  • It's like a jungle, sometimes it makes me wonder
  • How I keep from going under
  • Standing on the front stoop, hangin' out the window
  • Watching all the cars go by, roaring as the breezes blow
  • Crazy lady, livin' in a bag
  • Eating out of garbage piles, used to be a fag-hag
  • Said she danced the tango, skip the light fandango
  • Well zircon prince she seems to have lost her senses
  • Down at the peepshow, watching all the creeps
  • So she can tell the stories to the girls back home
  • She went to the city and got so so so giddy
  • She had to get a pimp, she couldn't make it on her own
  • Chorus:
  • It's like a jungle, sometimes it makes me wonder
  • How I keep from goin' under
  • My brother's doin' bad, stole my mother's TV
  • Says she watches too much, it's just not healthy
  • All My Children in the daytime, Dallas at night
  • Can't even see the game or the Sugar Ray fight
  • The bill collectors they ring my phone
  • And scare my wife when I'm not home
  • Got a bum education, double-digit inflation
  • Can't take the train to the job, there's a strike at the station
  • Neon King Kong standin' on my back
  • Can't stop to turn around, broke my sacroiliac
  • Midrange, migrained, cancered membrane
  • Sometimes I think I'm going insane, I swear I'm gonna hijack a plane!
  • Chorus
  • My son said daddy I don't wanna go to school
  • Cause the teacher's a jerk, he must think I'm a fool
  • And all the kids smoke reefer, I think it'd be cheaper
  • If I just got a job, learned to be a street sweeper
  • I dance to the beat, shuffle my feet
  • Wear a shirt and tie and run with the creeps
  • Cause it's all about money, ain't a damn thing funny
  • You got to have a con in this land of milk and honey
  • They pushed that girl in front of a train
  • Took her to the doctor, sewed her arm on again
  • Stabbed that man, right in his heart
  • Gave him a transplant for a brand new start
  • I can't walk through the park, cause it's crazy after dark
  • Keep my hand on my gun, cause they got me on the run
  • I feel like an outlaw, broke my last glass jaw
  • Hear them say you want some more, livin' on a seesaw
  • Chorus
  • A child is born, with no state of mind
  • Blind to the ways of mankind
  • God is smiling at you but He's frowning too
  • Because only God knows what you gon' do
  • You grow in the ghetto, living second rate
  • And your eyes will sing a song of deep hate
  • The places you play and where you stay
  • Looks like one great big alleyway
  • You'll admire all the numberbook takers
  • Duds, pimps and pushers and the big money makers
  • Driving big cars, spending twenties and tens
  • And you wanna grow up to be just like them, huh
  • Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
  • Pickpockets, peddlers, even pan-handlers
  • You say I'm cool, huh, I'm no fool
  • But then you wind up dropping out of highschool
  • Now you're unemployed, all null 'n' void
  • Walking around like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Turned stickup kid, look what you done did
  • Got send up for a eight year bid
  • Now your manhood is took and you're a Maytag
  • Spend the next two years as an undercover fag
  • Being used and abused, to serve like hell
  • Till one day you was found hung dead in a cell
  • It was plain to see that your life was lost
  • You was cold and your body swung back and forth
  • But now your eyes sing the sad sad song
  • Of how you lived so fast and died so young
  • So don't push me, cause I'm close to the edge
  • I'm trying not to loose my head
  • It's like a jungle, sometimes it makes me wonder
  • How I keep from going under
  • It's like a jungle, sometimes it makes me wonder
  • How I keep from going under

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