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Ghetto Woman

This song is by Janelle Monáe and appears on the album The Electric Lady (2013).

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Carry on Ghetto Woman
I see you working night to morning light yet no one cares
Carry on Ghetto Woman
Cause even though they laugh and talk about the clothes you wear
I wish they could just realize
That all you've ever needed was someone to free your mind
Carry on Ghetto Woman
Cause even in your darkest hours I still see your light

And when you cry don't you know that I am crying with you?
When people put you down, yeah way down and you feel like you're alone
Let love be your guide
You were built to last through any weather
Oh Ghetto Woman hold on to your dreams
And all your great philosophies
You're the reason I believe in me, for real

Carry on Ghetto Woman
When you doubt if you're a star, just know we still believe
Carry on Ghetto Woman
Even when the news portrays you less than you could be
I wish they could just realize
All you ever needed was someone to free your mind
Carry on Ghetto Woman
You're the 7th wonder reigning over us at night

When you cry, don't you know we're right there crying with you
People put you down, way down and you feel like you're alone
Let love be your guide
You were built to last through any weather
Oh Ghetto Woman hold on to your dreams and all your great philosophies
You're the reason I believe in me, for real

Some say this ghetto land will take you down and poison you
Some say she can do all the things a man can do
Who said the ghetto's just a place where queens dance naked on the moon?
We say a woman came to change the face of each and every room

La la la...

When I was just a baby my momma dropped out of school
It was only second semester the baby due
The doctor said "December the first your due date"
The daddy he was gone off to college he couldn't wait
Only just a teen with dreams to be on TV
And living with a mom and my grandma who used to feed me
We would move around in the city place to place
The landlord come for the rent face to face
Her eyes too heavy from working late as a janitor
Thinking to herself that nobody could understand her
But even when she thought that she couldn't she carried on
She couldn't imagine both of her daughters here all alone
Before the tuxedos and black and white every day
I used to watch my momma get down on her knees and pray
She's the reason that I'm even writing this song
Ghetto Woman no it won't be long. Now sing along

Let it use you
Let it use you
When the love is strong
It won't let you be alone
Let it use you
Just let the spirit lead you

Music by:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Janelle Monáe Wikipedia16, Chuck Lightning Wikipedia16, Nate "Rocket" Wonder

Arrangement:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Kellindo Parker

Produced by:

Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Roman GianArthur Wikipedia16, Janelle Monáe, Chuck Lightning

Recorded:

Wondaland Recording Studios in Atlanta, Georgia

Musicians:

  • Terrence L. Brown: wurlitzer piano
  • Roman GianArthur: background vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer69, rhodes, moog
  • Janelle Monáe: lead vocals, background vocals
  • Kellindo Parker: lead electric guitar
  • Rafael Pereira: percussion
  • Lance Powlis: trumpet
  • Trombone Shorty Wikipedia16: trombone
  • Nate "Rocket" Wonder: background vocals, drums, moog, bass, piano, fender rhodes

Orchestra:

The Wondaland ArchOrchestra

Trivia:

Ghetto Woman was inspired by Kansas City, Kansas Wikipedia16 and the Slop City section of Metropolis.

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