Pastime Paradise

Album: Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
  • They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been wasting most their time
    Glorifying days long gone behind
    They've been wasting most their days
    In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise

    Tell me who of them will come to be
    How many of them are you and me
    Dissipation
    Race relations
    Consolation
    Segregation
    Dispensation
    Isolation
    Exploitation
    Mutilation
    Mutations
    Miscreation
    Confirmation, to the evils of the world

    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been looking in their minds
    For the day that sorrows gone from time
    They keep telling of the day
    When the savior of love will come to stay

    Tell me who of them will come to be
    How many of them are you and me
    Proclamation
    Of race relations
    Consolation
    Integration
    Verification
    Of revelations
    Acclamation
    World salvation
    Vibrations
    Stimulation
    Confirmation, to the peace of the world

    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    We've been spending too much of our lives
    Living in a pastime paradise

    Let's start living our lives
    Living for the future paradise
    Praise to our lives
    Living for the future paradise
    Shame to anyone's lives
    Living in the pastime paradise

Comments: 1

  • Dgjfg from St Catharines, OnStevie Wonder's version takes on the same issues being lived (under a different context) 20 years later. Far from glorifying the gangster lifestyle it further explains how slowly progress is made in a country where segregation of all races is still very much in existence in low income neighborhoods in the Detroit, Houston, Miami, LA, etc, etc, etc. areas. Stevie Wonder even performed at the 1995 Billboard awards with Coolio and was a major producer (not just a 'sample approver') of the remix.

    In the rendition at the 1995 Billboard awards, note how Stevie is singing the 'living In a gangsters paradise' version while L.V. is singing the 'living in a pastime paradise' lyrics and in the end they both sing 'aint no gangstas living in paradise..... aint no racists living in paradise'
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