One in Ten Lyrics

UB40


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terrence Oswald Wilson, Darren Partington, Andrew Edward Barker, Graham Vernon Massey
album: Track in album Present Arms
release date: 1981-5-29
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Reggae
styles: Reggae/Dub
length: 4:33
producer: UB40 and Ray “Pablo” Falconer
writer: Michael Virtue, Terence Wilson, Brian Travers, Norman Hassan, Earl Falconer, Jim Brown, Robin Campbell, Ali Campbell

Cover Art

UB40 Present Arms cover art
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[Chorus]
I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don't exist
Nobody Knows me
Even though I'm always there
A statistic, a reminder
Of a world that doesn't care


My arms enfold the dole queue
Malnutrition dulls my hair
My eyes are black and lifeless
With an underprivileged stare
I'm the beggar on the corner
Will no-one spare a dime?
I'm the child that never learns to read
'Cause no-one spared the time

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten,

I'm the murderer and the victim
The license with the gun
I'm a sad and bruised old lady
In an ally in a slum
I'm a middle aged businessman
With chronic heart disease
I'm another teenage suicide
In a street that has no trees

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten,

I'm a starving third world mother
A refugee without a home
I'm a house wife hooked on Valium
I'm a Pensioner alone
I'm a cancer ridden specter
Covering the earth
I'm another hungry baby
I'm an accident of birth.

[Chorus]

I am the one in ten


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Present Arms
  • 2 Sardonicus
  • 3 Don’t Let It Pass You By
  • 4 Wild Cat
  • 5 One in Ten
  • 6 Don’t Slow Down
  • 7 Silent Witness
  • 8 Lambs Bread
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Don’t Walk on the Grass
  • 2 Dr. X