Black man, born free,
At least thatâ€™s the way itâ€™s supposed to be;
The chains that bind him are hard to see,
Unless you take this walk with me;
The place where he lives, God, he gives them names â€¦
The â€˜Hood, â€˜The Projects, â€˜The Ghetto; they are one and the same;
And I call it â€œSoulsvilleâ€ ah, yeah.
Any kind of job is hard to find,
That means an increase in the welfare line;
The crime rate is rising too, but
If you are hungry, what would you do?
The rent is two months past due, in a building thatâ€™s falling apart,
Little boy needs a new pair of shoes, and this is only a part of â€¦ Soulsville
Some of the brothersâ€™ got plenty of cash, tricks on the corner is going to see to that,
Some like to smoke and some like to blow, some are even strung out on a $50 jones
Trying to ditch reality, by getting so, high,
Only to find out, that you can never reach the sky, â€˜because your roots are in â€¦Soulsville Oh, yes they are.
Every Sunday morning, I can hear the church sisters sing â€œHallelujah, Hallelujah,
Trusting the Lord to make a way, oh yeah;
I hope that He hears their prayers, because deep in their souls they believe,
Someday Heâ€™ll put an end to all this misery that we have in â€¦Soulsville
All yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Hmmmmmmmmm