Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Temptations: Ball of Confusion (1970)

The Temptations: Ball of Confusion (1970).
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The song remains relevant today, as our society continues to shrink into regressiveness, segregation and intolerance, providing the opposite of openness and clarity, while only a few benefit from all this chaos and confusion.“Ball of Confusion” is a single, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong; Berry Gordy Jr’s Motown released it as a single on May 7, 1970. The lyrics describe clearly the times it was written, I would say; and yet it seems to feel current today. In some ways, things have gotten worse in our society, with little hope of it getting better. I know that I am “preaching to choir here,” yet, we must continue to not only have hope, but to also work by every means moral and necessary to make it better for everyone. It takes leaders with vision, for the people perish for a lack of vision. This much we know and see and feel.

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Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

People movin' out, people movin' in.
Why, because of the color of their skin.
Run, run, run, but you sho' can't hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Vote for me and I'll set you free
Rap on, brother, rap on.
Well, the only person talkin' 'bout love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems nobody's interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
humiliation, obligation to our nation
Ball Of Confusion that's what the world is today (yeah, yeah)
The sale of pills is at an all time high
young folks walkin' 'round with their heads in the sky
Cities aflame in the summer time, and oh the beat goes on
Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
City inspectors, bill collectors,
Evolution, revolution, gun control, the sound of soul,
Shootin' rockets to the moon, kids growin' up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will solve ev'rything, and the band played on.
Round and round and around we go, where the world's headed nobody knows.
Great googa mooga, can't you hear me talkin' to you, just a
Ball of Confusion that's what the world is today. (yeah, yeah)
Fear in the air, tension ev'rywhere
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record's a gas,
and the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation,
and the band played on
Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
City inspectors, bill collectors, mod clothes in demand,
population out of hand, suicide too many bills, hippies movin' to the hills
People all over the world are shouting end the war and the band played on.
Round and round and around we go, where the world's headed nobody knows.
Great googa mooga, can't you hear me talkin' to you, just a
Ball of Confusion that's what the world is today
Let me hear you, let me hear you, let me hear you
Ball Of Confusion that's what the world is today

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