Song Lyric Sunday | “Ball of Confusion” – Temptations

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Earth”. 

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My mind gravitated to the people of earth more-so than the planet itself, and of course, the state of the people.

There isn’t a corner of the planet not mired in some travesty–war, corruption, racism and discrimination, famine and hunger, poverty, classism, ageism, sexism, violence and abuse.

We all search for Utopia to live in peace without realizing Utopia isn’t a place, but a state of mind.

Our mass confusion makes the planet a ball of confusion.

The Temptations took the psychedelic-soul inspired Ball of Confusion to number two on the R & B charts and number three on Billboard’s Hot 100, and is ranked by Billboard as song number twenty-four for 1970. But the song is probably best remembered by today’s audiences as being sung by Whoopie Goldberg and the Nuns in Sister Act II.

Penned by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, the political themes of Ball of Confusion speak of the ills of society in the late 60s. Read the lyrics carefully–they could be written about 2018.

Enjoy this live performance from 1970. It’s bittersweet for diehard Temptations fans as we just lost Dennis Edwards two weeks ago at the age of 74.

Check out my Song Lyric Sunday post on FeliciaDenise.com.

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Ball of Confusion

(That’s What the World is Today)

by The Temptations

Written 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 Beatle’s 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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