back to the world lyrics – curtis mayfield

back in the world
back in the world
back in the world
back in the world

crawlin’ through the trees
stuck in mud up to the knees
fightin’ this d*mn war
wonderin’ if the lord knows what it’s for

six long years stretch
an’ we boys was in a h*ll of a mess
i gotta keep my mind; take it slow
fightin’ hard (for) what i don’t know

i wanna get back home, i gotta get back home
back to the world

i had a talk with little mom
strenuous face as she began to hum
she said: ”boy, it’s good to see ya.
my prayers must’ve been with ya.
and now that you’re back and done
let me tell ya son
the war was never won
the war was never won”

in these city streets everywhere
you gotta be careful where you move your feet; how you part your hair
do you think that god could never forgive this life we live?
back in the world
back in the world

oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
my, my , my, my
it’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
this life is so hard

i’ve been beaten up and robbed
“soldier boy ain’t got no job”
back in the world
back in the world

had a long old stretch of sacrifice
gettin’ back home will be awful nice
“chile, your woman has long been gone”
the doggone war just lasted too long
people don’t give a d*mn
people don’t give a d*mn
people don’t give a d*mn

so i’m standin’ here in future shock
[?]
talkin’ ’bout hard times, hard times, hard times
back in the world

oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
my, my , my, my
it’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
this life is so hard

i been beaten up and robbed
“soldier boy ain’t got no job”
back in the world

back in the world
uh huh. back in the world
back in the world
uh huh, uh huh

oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
my, my , my, my
it’s so hard, it’s so hard, it’s so hard
this life is so hard
back in the world

ooh ooh ooh hoo
ooh ooh ooh hoo

/ curtis mayfield lyrics