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Back to the World

This song is by Curtis Mayfield and appears on the album Back to the World (1973) and on the compilation album Soul Legacy (2001).

Back in the world
Back in the world
Back in the world
Back in the world

Crawlin' through the trees
Stuck in mud up to the knees
Fightin' this damn war
Wonderin' if the Lord knows what it's for

Six long years stretch
And we boys was in a hell of a mess
I gotta keep my mind; take it slow
Fightin' hard for what I don't know

I wanna get back home, gotta get back home
Back to the world

I had a talk with little mom
Strenuous face as she began to hum
She said: Boy, it's good to see ya
My prayers must've been with ya
And now that you're back and done
Let me tell ya son
The war was never won
The war was never won

In these city streets everywhere
You gotta be careful where you move your feet; how you part your hair
Do you think that God could never forgive this life we live?
Back in the world
Back in the world

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
My, my, my, my
It's so hard, it's so hard, it's so hard
This life is so hard

I've been beaten up and robbed
Soldier boy ain't got no job
Back in the world

Had a long stretch of sacrifice
Gettin' back home will be awful nice
Child your woman has long been gone
The doggone war just lasted too long
People don't give a damn
People don't give a damn
People don't give a damn

So I'm standin' here in future shock
It can give the mind an awful knock
Talkin' 'bout hard times, hard times, hard times
Back in the world

Oh-oh-oh
My, my, my, my, my, my
It's so hard, it's so hard
This life is so hard

I been beaten up and robbed
Soldier boy ain't got no job
Back in the world

Back in the world
Uh huh, back in the world
Back in the world
Uh huh, uh huh

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
My, my, my, my
It's so hard, it's so hard, it's so hard
This life is so hard
Back in the world

Ooh ooh ooh hoo
Ooh ooh ooh hoo

Back in the world
Back in the world

Forgiveness instead of amnesty
Simple words that seem so clear to me
Forgive our country,
Forgive your man, wastin' love for hate
Truth from honesty is true
We'd don't seem to know what to do, do
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Back in the world

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