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The Ghetto (ain't going back)

Jerry Velona, featuring Debbie Pierre and J Ivy
Jerry Velona, (adapted from Ghetto by Donny Hathaway and Leroy Hutson)


Obviously influenced and an homage to the great Donny Hathaway and his tune "Ghetto" released in the 1970's. I added lyrics and rearranged the tune while keeping the original groove and vibe. Features spoken word artist J Ivy out of New York by way of Chicago added the rap section

Debbie Pierre - lead vocal

J Ivy - spoken word

Kevin Belz - guitar

Marty Richards - drums

Dave Limina - Wurlitzer piano and Hammond Organ

Anthony Vitti - bass

Bertram Lehman - percussion

Sarita Uranowsky - violin

Ro Rowan - cello

Jerry Velona - background vocals and low vocal

Sean Cahalin - background vocals


Maya was born in a town without pity – longed to be free from the bonds of the city

Working and saving what’s left of her wages

Dreaming of somedays; digesting the pages of the books she reads; two at a time

Far away…..

She’s gonna fly. Maya go fly


Tye waits on tables till the midnight hour

Doubles his efforts when things go sour

Notices the rainbow instead of the rain

Workin’ on skills past the point of the pain that he feels inside, wasting no time

Far away…..

He’s gonna fly. Tye gonna fly.


I ain’t going back to

The Ghetto

Ain’t going back no more


No, you ain’t doin’ what you wanna do

You’re doing what you’re supposed do

And you’re doin’ it well

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