Favorable Locale for Members of Street Gangs

Original Song Title: Gangsta's Paradise
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(Spoken) – Would you like to explain to me what this is about?

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I look back upon my life and realize there’s not much left
Because I’ve been shooting guns and laughing so long that
Even my mother thinks I’ve gone insane
But I’ve never shot a man who didn’t deserve to be shot
Because I’ve never been treated disrespectfully
I advise you to mind the manner in which you speak and the locations you choose to walk
Lest I murder you and your companions
I don’t enjoy fits of temporary insanity, but I have a territory to protect
I see myself metaphorically in the smoke of my pistol
I’m the type of gang member that my young compatriots aspire to be like
On my knees in the night
Saying prayers amidst light from a nearby streetlamp

They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members

They understand the situation, and I am facing the truth
I can’t live a normal life because I was raised near a street with high amounts of gang-member activity
As such, it’s necessary that I associate with street gangs
I’m now chasing dreams as a result of watching too much television
I have a formal education and I regularly think about money
I have a ten-dollar bill in my hand and a sparkle in my eye
I’m a member of a street gang with a specific territory, and I often shoot people
Fellow members of my street gang are ready and willing to provide backup support, so you’d be advised not to anger me
Death is only a heartbeat away
I’ve chosen to live my life in ‘do-or-die’ fashion, and I don’t care to explain further
I’m currently twenty-three years old, but will I live to see my twenty-fourth birthday?
Analyzing the way things currently are, I have significant doubt

Please explain to me why we are unable to see
that the ones most significantly negatively affected include you and me

They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members

Power and money, money and power
minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody is running, but half of them aren’t looking where they’re going
What’s going on in the kitchen? I don’t know what’s cooking.
Some people say I should improve my education, but there’s nobody here to provide academic instruction
If they can’t understand the material, how can they successfully teach me?
I have therefore come to the conclusion that they can’t. As such, I won’t further my education at this time.
I suspect they are simply pretending that they understand it; that’s why I know my chances at furthering my education are extremely low.

They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
They’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members
We continue to spend most of our lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members

Please explain to me why we are unable to see
that the ones most significantly negatively affected include you and me
Please explain to me why we are unable to see
that the ones most significantly negatively affected include you and me

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One Response to “Favorable Locale for Members of Street Gangs”

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    crackerize says:

    October 16th, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I’m not sure, but I think they’ve been spending most of their lives residing within a paradise reserved for gang members.

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