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by Philadelphia International All Stars
# Debut Chart
91 Aug '77 Hot 100

Lyrics

You know, I was in New York City a few months ago And the garbage and the Trash men were on strike I'm talking about the Maintenance people for the city What they were trying to do was They were trying to get A little more money You know, get a little raise in pay But at that particular time The city was broke They were about ready To declare default I tell you, the garbage in some places Was stacked up two, three stories high At night, heh, boy, at night It wasn't even safe to Walk the streets, you see Cause the rats The roaches and the water bugs I mean they were hustling, baby Trying to get something to eat, see And let me tell you something It was stinking Boy, there was all kind Of disease in there You know, but it only brought To mind the fact that you can No longer depend on the man downtown To take care of business like He's supposed to when he's supposed to In order for us to get it Like it's supposed to be As far as cleanliness You know, and safety We gotta get together And do it for ourselves That's the only way it's gonna be done And you know what I'm talking about Let me tell you what I mean (Clean it up, clean it up) Well, y'all, get it (Clean it up, clean it up) You've gotta get it (Clean it up, clean it up) Get it, you know you get it (Clean it up, clean it up) Ghetto, talking bout the ghetto Ghetto is our home That's where we live Where we live Get your paint Get your hammer, your nails Get your brooms Your mop and your pails We gonna wash it, polish And make it all clean


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Let's wash away all of the sin Time for a new life to begin In the ghetto I said Clean it up, clean it up I said we gonna Clean it up, clean it up Because the ghetto I said the ghetto Ghetto is our home (That's where we live Where we live) Let's paint a sign Everybody can read Let's get rid of everything We don't need The pushers, the dealers The pocketbook snatchers And thieves, uh huh Let's make the streets safe For women to walk Let's get rid of all the vulgar talk We gotta do it In order for us to survive I said we gotta (Clean it up, clean it up) do it We, we got to (Clean it up, clean it up) Yeah, hey (Ghetto) sunny ghetto, oh (Ghetto, ghetto is our home) That's where we live from day to day (That's where we live Where we live) yeah All of you brothers That live on the main line You lived in the ghetto Once upon a time We need everybody to lend a hand Now you've helped everybody else Now's the time for you To help yourself We can't depend Depend on the people downtown Well, well, get it up, get it up Clean it up, clean it up Well, well Clean it up, clean it up Hey, hey, hey, hey (Ghetto) yeah Ghetto (ghetto) ghetto Ghetto is our home Yeah, that's where we live Where we live, well I said downtown (Clean it up, clean it up) Get it up, get it up (Come on, y'all) (Let's clean it up, clean it up) Get a broom, well (Come on, y'all) (Let's clean it up, clean it up) (Come on, y'all) (Let's clean it up, clean it up)......

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