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"Ball of Confusion"
by Duran Duran
Song details
DuranDuran ThankYou albumcover Track number 9
from the album
Thank You
Previous track: Crystal Ship
Next track: Thank You
Length: 3:46
Writer(s): Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s):


"Ball of Confusion" is a Duran Duran cover song from their 1995 covers album Thank You.

It was originally released as "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" by The Temptations in 1970 on the Gordy (Motown) label.

About the songEdit

"Ball of Confusion" delves head-on into a strong political message. The lyrics list a multitude of problems that were tearing the world apart in 1970: the Vietnam War, racial segregation, drug abuse, crooked politicians, and more. It is among The Temptations' most covered songs, with other versions by the Neville Brothers, Tina Turner, Love and Rockets, Widespread Panic, and Anthrax, among others.

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LyricsEdit

Written by: Whitfield, Strong

People moving out
People moving in
(Why?) Because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run, but you sure can't hide
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Vote for me, I'll set you free
Rap on brother, rap on

Well the only person talking about "love thy brother" is a preacher
It seems nobody's interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, domination, demonstration, integration 
Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to the nation!

Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today

The singing is at an all-time high
City's aflame in the summertime
And, ohh, the beat goes on...
Evolution, revolution, evolution...
Gun control, the sound of soul
Politicians, can you f... believe them?
And the band played on
And the band played on
Round and around and around we go
Wherever we're standing, nobody knows

Take a look around you
Can't you hear me talking to you?
Just a ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today

Fear in the air
Tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast
Killer gangs, watch your ass!
Gun control, the sound of soul
Segregation, domination, demonstration, integration 
Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to the nation!

Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)
That's what your world is today
That's what your world is today

Ball of confusion (ball of confusion)...
That's what your world is today...
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