Ball Of Confusion

This song was originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and recorded by The Temptations in 1970. The Love and Rockets version is sped up a little and isn’t as funky/psychedelic as the original.

People movin’ out, people movin’ in
Why, because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run, but you just can’t hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Vote for me and I’ll set you free

Rap on, rap on, brother, rap on
Well, the only person talkin’ ’bout love today is the preacher
And it seems nobody gets just all the learning but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
humiliation, devastation of the nation

Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey

The sale of pills is at an all time high
Who put the filling in the primus sky?
The cities aflame in the summer time
And the beat goes on
And the beat goes on
And the beat goes on
And the beat goes on

Economics, Reaganomics, birth control, the status quo
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growin’ up too soon
The politicians say
And the band plays on
So around and around and around we go
Where the world’s headed, nobody knows

Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Hey hey

Fear in the air, tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast
Rockets new record’s a gas

And the band played on
And the band played on
And the band played on
And the band played

Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
City inspectors, bill collectors,
Solid gold in demand, population out of hand, suicide
Too many bills, everyone movin’ on to the hills
People all over the world are dying in the war

And the band played on
And the band played on
And the band played on
And the band played

Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Hey, ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Ball of confusion, ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Hey, ball of confusion, ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey

Ball of confusion, ball of confusion
Ball of confusion, ball of confusion
That’s what the world is today, hey hey
Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey

Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Ball of confusion that’s what the world is today, hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey
Hey hey

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