Living for the City Lyrics

Stevie Wonder


publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Stevie Wonder
album: Track 3 in album Innervisions
release date: 1973-8-3
popularity : 12 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Funk / Soul Pop
styles: Soul/Funk/Rhythm & Blues
length: 7:23
producer: Stevie Wonder
arranger: Stevie Wonder
associate producer: Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff
composer: Stevie Wonder
lyricist: Stevie Wonder

Cover Art

Stevie Wonder Innervisions cover art
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A boy is born in hard time Mississippi
Surrounded by four walls that ain't so pretty
His parents give him love and affection
To keep him strong moving in the right direction
Living just enough, just enough for the city

His father works some days for fourteen hours
And you can bet he barely makes a dollar
His mother goes to scrub the floors for many
And you'd best believe she hardly gets a penny
Living just enough, just enough for the city yeah

His sister's black but she is sho 'nuff pretty
Her skirt is short but Lord her legs are sturdy
To walk to school she's got to get up early
Her clothes are old but never are they dirty
Living just enough, just enough for the city

Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many
His patience's long but soon he won't have any
To find a job is like a haystack needle
'Cause where he lives they don't use colored people
Living just enough, just enough for the city

Living just enough for the city

His hair is long, his feet are hard and gritty
He spends his life walking the streets of New York City
He's almost dead from breathing in air pollution
He tried to vote but to him there's no solution

Living just enough, just enough for the city yeah, yeah, yeah!

I hope you hear inside my voice of sorrow
And that it motivates you to make a better tomorrow
This place is cruel no where could be much colder
If we don't change the world will soon be over

Living just enough, just enough for the city!


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Too High
  • 2 Visions
  • 3 Living for the City
  • 4 Golden Lady
  • 5 Higher Ground
  • 6 Jesus Children of America
  • 7 All in Love Is Fair
  • 8 Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing
  • 9 He's Misstra Know-It-All