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DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls I was born in a city that they call "The Windy City" And they call it the Windy City because of "the Hawk" The Hawk The Almighty Hawk Mister Wind Takes care of plenty business 'Round winter time The place that I lived in Was on a street that uh Happened to be one of the dead-end streets Where there was nothing to block The wind the elements Nothing to buffer them for me To keep 'em From knockin' my bed down d'y'hea'm I mean really sockin' it to me When the boiler would bust and the heat was gone d'y'hea'm I had to get fully dressed before I could go to bed Course I couldn't put on my "goulashes" 'cause they had buckles on 'em And my folks didn't play that They said "don't you tear up my bed clothes wit' dem boot hushies on" But I was fortunate Soon as I was big enough to get a job and save enough money Get a ticket Catch anything I split And I said "one day I'm 'onna return And I'm gonna straighten it all out" And I'm 'bout ready to go back now So I thought I'd tell you about it Ah they say this is a big rich town But I live in the poorest part I know I'm on a dead-end street In a city without a heart I learned to fight before I was six The only way I could get along When you're raised on a dead-end street You've gotta be tough and strong Now all the guys I know gettin' in trouble That's how it's always been When the odds are all against you How can you win Yeah Yeah yeah Ah Lord 'n' now yeah I'm gonna push my way out of here Even though I can't say when But I'm gonna get off of this dead-end street And I ain't never gonna come back again Never No no no Oh now Lord Again now yeah I'm gonna push my way out of here Even though I can't say when But I'm gonna get off of this dead-end street And I ain't gonna never come back again No no no I ain't gonna come back to this dead-end street no more No 'Cause I'm gonna get me a job I'm gonna save my dough Get away from here I ain't gonna come back no more I'm tired of a dead-end street I want to get out in the world and learn something Tired of breakin' my back I want to start usin' my mind

    


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