State Of The World Lyrics

State Of The World

From Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 album
Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III
and Terry Lewis
Five a.m. rise and shine
To feed the baby
Before he starts to cry
No rest, no time to play
Fifteen, the mother is a runaway
No time for dreams or goals
Pressure is so strong
Her body she has sold
So her child can eat
What is happening to this world
In our home and other lands

Drugs and crime spreadin' on the streets
People can't find enough to eat
Now our kids can't go out and play
That's the state of the world today

Lil' Johnny all alone
His only friend
The doll he carries with
Goes to school each and every day
To be teased because
He has no place to stay
This young homeless boy
Feels his life is worthless
Instead of suicide
He cries himself to sleep
And it's happening to this world
We live in
There's got to be a better play
Can't give up hope now
Let's weather the storm together

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