The Chicago Way

Toronzo Cannon

The Pain Around Me *
Lyrics


SIX KIDS ON THE CORNER UP TO NO DAMN GOOD
THAT’S SIX BROKEN HOMES STRUGGLIN’ IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
YOU GOT LIQUOR STORES EVERYWHERE ON MY SIDE OF TOWN
I DON’T WANT MY KIDS TO GO OUTSIDE, ‘CAUSE THE THUGS ARE HANGING AROUND

CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
ABOUT THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD), BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE

(CHECK IT OUT) YOU GOT THE PREACHER MAN IN THE CHURCH GIVING FOLKS FALSE HOPE
YOU NEVER SEE A POLITICIAN AROUND UNLESS THEY WANT YOUR VOTE
WOMEN WALKING AROUND WITH SKIRTS SO TIGHT
LOOKING IN CARS AS THEY GO BY SAYING, “YOU WANT SOME FUN TONIGHT?”

CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
ABOUT THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD), BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE (HEY!)

(SOLO)

SHOOTING AND KILLING’ I’M LIVING IN A WAR ZONE
(SEE) POLICE THEY NEVER COME AROUND; SO I’M OUT HERE ON MY OWN
I’M JUST AN HONEST WORKING MAN TRYING TO DO RIGHT AND FEED MY FAMILY
WHEN I GO TO WORK GOT TO CARRY A PIECE, (LORD) FOR EXTRA SECURITY

CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD) BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE (YEAH YEAH YEAH)
BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE