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Ben Harper lyrics

Album: Fight for Your Mind [1995]

Tracks14
 01  Oppression
 02  Ground on Down
 03  Another Lonely Day
 04  Please Me Like You Want To
 05  Gold to Me
 06  Burn One Down
 07  Excuse Me Mr.
 08  People Lead
 09  Fight for Your Mind
 10  Give a Man a Home
 11  By My Side
 12  Power of the Gospel
 13  God Fearing Man
 14  One Road to Freedom
all Ben Harper lyrics



Oppression
Oppression
You pray on us when we sleep
Oppression
You chase after the tired the poor the weak
Oppression
You know you mean only harm
Oppression
You reach out with your long arm

But oppression
I won't let you near me
Oppression
You shall learn to fear me

Oppression
You seek population control
Oppression
To divide and to conquer is your goal
Oppression
I swear that hatred is your home
Oppression
You just won't leave bad enough alone

But oppression
I won't let you near me
Oppression
You shall learn to fear me

Oppression
I don't see how you sleep
Oppression
For your bleeding conscience I weep
Oppression
You may have the dollar on your side
But oppression
From the gospel truth you cannot hide
And
Oppression
I won't let you near me
Oppression
You shall learn to fear me
Oppression
I won't let you near me
Oppression
You shall fear meback to top
Ground on Down
I believe in a few things
God the devil and love
Cause I've looked up from the bottom
And I've stared down from above

I have faith in a few things
Divinity and grace
But even when I'm on my knees
I know the devil prays

And you're working your way
From the ground on down

I hate to say I love you
Because it means that i
Will be with you forever
Or will sadly say goodbye

I love to say I hate you
Because it means that i
Will live my life happily without you
Or will sadly live a lie

And you're working your way
From the ground on down

Life is short
And if your lookin' for extension
With your time
You had best do well

Cause there's good deeds
And there is good intention
They're as far apart
As heaven and hell

And you're working your way
From the ground on downback to top
Another Lonely Day
Yes indeed I'm alone again
And here comes emptiness crashing in
It's either love or hate
I can't find in between
Cause I've been with witches
And I have been with a queen

It wouldn't have worked out any way
So now it's just another lonely day
Further along we just may
But for now it's just another lonely day

Wish there was something
I could say or do
I can resist anything
But temptation from you
But I'd rather walk alone
Than chase you around
I'd rather fall myself
Than let you drag me down

It wouldn't have worked out any way
And now it's just another lonely day
Further along we just may
But for now it's just another lonely day

Yesterday seems like a life ago
Cause the one I love
Today I hardly know
You I held so close in my heart oh dear
Grow further from me
With every fallen tear

It wouldn't have worked out any way
So now it's just another lonely day
Further along we just may
But for now it's just another lonely dayback to top
Please Me Like You Want To
Don't do me any favors
Matter of fact why don't you
Do yourself a few

Your presence ain't nobody's blessing
I've got plenty of other things
I could do

Oh no, not another excuse
Your tired silly games
For me are just no use

And now it's plain for me to see
You're with somebody
That you don't want to be

So won't you
Please please me like you want to
Not like you have to
Or won't you just go on and leave me
Leaving me is the least that you could do

You could have spared me
So much misery
And told me you just wanted
A friend

Believe me there is a difference
When you mean it
And when you pretend

Or was I just your habit
Cause I know a habit
Is a hard thing to break

But won't you spare me
A little mercy
There's only so much
That I can take

So won't you
Please please me like you want to
Not like you have to
Or won't you just go on and leave me
Leaving me is the least that you could doback to top
Gold to Me
You look like gold to me
And I'm not too blind to see
You look like gold

You make me wanna sing
With all the joy you bring
You look like gold

Like the rays down from the sun
When a new day has just begun
You look like gold

I've been fooled before
But now I know
I've made the mistake in the past
But now I know the difference
From gold and brass

Not the kind of gold you wear
But the kind that can feel my care
You look like gold

Some shine when the day is new
But fade when the day is through
But you look like gold

I've been wrong before
But now I know
I've made mistakes in the past
But now I know the difference
From gold and brass

You look like gold to me
And I'm down on bending knees
You look like gold
And I just want you to know
To me you mean so much more
Than all the gold
You look like goldback to top
Burn One Down
Let us burn one
From end to end
And pass it over
To me my friend
Burn it long, we'll burn it slow
To light me up before I go

If you don't like my fire
Then don't come around
Cause I'm gonna burn one down
Yes I'm gonna burn one down

My choice is what I choose to do
And if I'm causing no harm
It shouldn't bother you
Your choice is who you choose to be
And if your causin' no harm
Then you're alright with me

If you don't like my fire
Then don't come around
Cause I'm gonna burn one down
Yes I'm gonna burn one down

Herb the gift from the earth
And what's from the earth
Is of the greatest worth
So before you knock it try it first
You'll see it's a blessing
And not a curse

If you don't like my fire
Then don't come around
Cause I'm gonna burn one down
Yes I'm gonna burn one downback to top
Excuse Me Mr.
Excuse me mr.
Do you have the time
Or are you so important
That it stands still for you

Excuse me mr.
Lend me your ear
Or are you not only blind
But do you not hear

Excuse me mr.
Isn't that your oil in the sea
And the pollution in the air mr.
Whose could that be

Excuse me mr.
But I'm a mister too
And you're givin' mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

So I'm taking the mr.
From out in front of your name
Cause it's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame
It's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame

And I've seen enough to know
That I've seen too much

Excuse me mr.
Can't you see the children dying
You say that you can't help them
Mr. you're not even trying

Excuse me mr.
Take a look around
Mr. just look up
And you will see it's comin' down

Excuse me mr.
But I'm a mister too
And you're givin' mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

So I'm taking the mr.
From out in front of your name
Cause it's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame
It's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame

And I've seen enough to know
That I've seen too much

So mr. when you're rattling
On heaven's gate
Let me tell you mr.
By then it is too late

Cause mr. when you get there
They don't ask how much you saved
All they'll want to know, mr.
Is what you gave

Excuse me mr.
But I'm a mister too
And you're givin' mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

So I'm taking the mr.
From out in front of your name
Cause it's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame
It's a mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shameback to top
People Lead
When the people lead
The leaders they will have to follow
And all their lies and their alibies
They will have to swallow
And it's you that has the authority
For the one who is right
Is the majority

When the people lead
People take the lead
Children you've got to take your lead
Or you shall be led astray

So as long as someone else
Controls your history
The truth shall remain just a mystery
For you can lead a horse to the water
But you cannot make him drink
You can put a man through school
But you cannot make him think

When the people lead
People take the lead
Children you've got to take your lead
Or you shall be led astray

Watch them try to hide
This world's imposition
But like disease that has come round from remission
When it seems
As if it has left your person
All the while it has only worsened

When the people lead
People take the lead
Children you've got to take your lead
Or you shall be led astrayback to top
Fight for Your Mind
If you're gonna live
Then live it up
And if you're gonna give
Then give it up
If you're gonna walk the earth
Then walk it proud
And if you're gonna say the word
You got to say it loud

You got to fight for your mind
You got to fight for your mind
While you got the time
You got to fight for your mind

If you're gonna build a house
Make it a home
If you're gonna pull some weight
Pull your own
If you're gonna help
Reach out your hand
If you're getting up
Then take a stand

You got to fight for your mind
You got to fight for your mind
While you got the time
You got to fight for your mind

If you're gonna step
Step on in
If you're gonna finish
You got to begin
Don't you fear
What you don't know
Just let that be
Your room to grow

You got to fight for your mind
You got to fight for your mind
While you got the time
You got to fight for your mindback to top
Give a Man a Home
Have you ever lost your way
Have you ever feared another day
Have you ever misplaced your mind
Watching this world leave you behind

Won't you
Won't you give
Won't you give a man
Give a man a home

Have you ever worn thin
Have you ever never known where to begin
Have you ever lost your belief
Watching your faith turn to grief

Won't you
Won't you give
Won't you give a man
Give a man a home

In a world that is unwhole
You have got to fight to keep your soul
Some would rather give than receive
Some would rather give up before they believe

Won't you
Won't you give
Won't you give a man
Give a man a homeback to top
By My Side
Don't you get ahead of me
And I won't leave you behind
If you get unhappy
Show me a sign

There's no love like lost love
No pain like a broken heart
There's no love like you and me
And no loss like us apart

Promises promise is
Only a word
And when softly spoken
Is never heard

And a heart
Is not a stone
And is fragile
When alone

By my side
By my side
Won't you be by my side
By my side
By my side
Won't you be by my side

My care for you
Is from the ground up to the sky
It's over under up above
Down below and to the side

No use in pretending
No use in saving face
My love is never ending
You are my saving grace

By my side
By my side
Won't you be by my side
By my side
By my side
Won't you be by my sideback to top
Power of the Gospel
It will make a weak man mighty
It will make a mighty man fall
It will fill your heart and hands
Or leave you with nothing at all
It's the eyes for the blind
And legs for the lame
It is love for hate
And pride for shame

That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the mighty power
That's the power of the gospel

Gospel on the water
Gospel on the land
The gospel in every woman
The gospel in every man
Gospel in the garden
Gospel in the trees
The gospel that's inside of you
The gospel inside of me

That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the mighty power
That's the power of the gospel

In the hour of richness
In the hour of need
For all of creation
Comes from the gospel seed
Now you may leave tomorrow
And you may leave today
But you've got to have the gospel
When you start out on your way

That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the mighty power
That's the power of the gospelback to top
God Fearing Man
Listen mister brother sister
Family and friend
I fear with each day pass
Our time grows closer to the end

Listen stranger passer by
And those I never knew
There's not one day that you are living
Has been promised to you

I am a God fearing man
I'm a God fearing man
I reach out for my god's hand
I'm a God fearing man

Listen mother sister brother
Relatives and kin
You want to know just where you're going
You got to know where you've been

Tell me what gives one the right
To say their God is better than anybody else
Don't we all have a right
To find God for our self

I am a God fearing man
I'm a God fearing man
I reach up for my god's hand
I'm a God fearing man

When I rise with the morning sun
I give thanks to my god
For the gift of another one

And when my day is over
And complete
I reach to my god
To put me back on my feet

I am a God fearing man
I'm a God fearing man
I reach up for my god's hand
I'm a God fearing manback to top
One Road to Freedom
Tell me which road are you travelling
Which road are you travelling on
Tell me who will you turn to
When the light has gone
I hear somebody calling
I hear somebody calling to me
With so many roads to travel
There's just one can set you free

There's just one road
One road to freedom
There's just one road
One road to freedom
Just one

In my life I have been blessed
In my life I have been cursed
I have lived the best of times
I have suffered the worst
Do you know which road you're travelling
Do you know where you want to be
With so many roads to travel
There's just one can set you free

There's just one road
One road to freedom
There's just one road
One road to freedom
There's just one road
One road to freedomback to top
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