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LET'S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO (Kenny Gamble / Cary Gilbert / Leon Huff) Philadelphia International All Stars - 1977 You know I was in New York City a few months ago And the garbage and the trashmen were on strike I'm tellin', the maintenance people of the city What they were tryin' to do They were tryin' to get a little more money You know, get a little raise in pay But at that particular time the city was broke They were about to declare default I tell you, the garbage in some places Were stacked up two, three stories high At night, haha Boy, at night it weren't een safe to walk the street 'Cause they caught the rats The roaches and the waterbuff I'm unable hustlin', baby Tryin' to get somethin' to eat, see? And let met tell you somethin' It was stinkin' And it was all kind of diseases in there, you know? But it only brought to mind the fact that You can no longer depend on the man downtown To take care of business like he's supposed to When he's supposed to If all of us would get it like it's supposed to be As far as cleaniness, you know, and safety We gotta get together and do it for ourselves That's the only way it's gonna be done And you know what I'm talkin' about? Let me tell you what I mean Clean it up, clean it up (Well, y'all) Clean it up, clean it up (You gotta get it) Clean it up, clean it up (Yes, gonna get it) Clean it up, clean it up Ghetto! Talkin' 'bout the ghetto! Ghetto is our home That's where we live, where we live Get some paint, fetch your hammer, your nails If you broomed, you mop and you pails We're gonna wash it, polish And make it all clean Let's wash away all of the sins Time for a new life to begin In the ghetto I said (Clean it up, clean it up) I said we're gonna (Clean it up, clean it up) Because the (Ghetto) I said the (Ghetto) (Ghetto is our home) That's where we live, where we live Let's paint the signs everybody can read Let's get rid of everything we don't need Pushers, the dealers The pot, crook, snatchers and thieves, aha Let's make the streets safe for women to walk Let's get rid of all the faul talk We gonna do it And all of us shall survive I said we're gonna (Clean it up, clean it up) Do it We got to (Clean it up, clean it up) Hey! (Ghetto) Said the ghetto (Ghetto is our home) That's where we live from day to day (Where we live, where we live) All of your brothers that live on the mainline You lived in the ghetto once upon a time We need everybody to lend a hand No you've helped everybody else Now's the time for you to help yourself We can't depend, depend on the people, no, no Well, well, get it up, get it up Clean it up, clean it up (Well, well, ya) Clean it up, clean it up (Hey, hey, hey) Ghetto, ghetto Ghetto is our home Yeah, that's where we live, where we live I said (Clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) I said (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all, let's clean it up, clean it up)

    


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