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Ben Harper lyrics

Album: Live From Mars [2001]

Tracks25
 01  Glory and Consequence
 02  Excuse Me Mr.
 03  Alone
 04  Sexual Healing
 05  Woman in You
 06  Ground on Down
 07  Steal My Kisses
 08  Burn One Down
 09  Mama's Got a Girlfriend
 10  Welcome to the Cruel World
 11  Forgiven
 12 Faded/Whole Lot of Love
 13  Waiting on an Angel
 14  Roses From My Friends
 15  Power of the Gospel
 16  Pleasure and Pain
 17  Please Bleed
 18  The Drugs Don't Work
 19  In the Lord's Arms
 20  Not Fire, Not Ice
 21  Beloved One
 22 #3
 23  Walk Away
 24  Another Lonely Day
 25  Like a King/I'll Rise
all Ben Harper lyrics



Glory and Consequence
I am more afraid of living
Than I am scared to die
I am more afraid of falling
Than I am of flying high

But every moral has a story
And every story has an end
Every battle has its glory
And its consequence

I am more afraid of loving
Than I am of being scorned
Oh but I will keep on trying
Though I've been forewarned

But every moral has a story
And every story has an end
Every battle, every battle has its glory
And its consequence

And its consequence

Oooh Yeah

I would rather, I would rather me be lonely
Than you have someone to hold
I'm not as scared of dying
As I am of growing old

Growing old

Of growing
Of growing
Of growing old
(^^He says those with some haunting effects on his mic)

(Then it's like an all out solo and the song is over)back to top
Excuse Me Mr.
Oh - excuse me Mr.
Do you have the time,
Or are you so important that it stands still for you?
Excuse me Mr.
Want you lend me your ear,
Or are you not only blind but do you not hear?
Excuse me Mr. but isn't that your oil in the sea,
And the pollution in the air Mr.,
Whose could that be?

So, excuse me Mr.
But I'm a mister too.
And you're givin' Mr. a bad name,
Mr. like you.
And, 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,
Oh - I've seen enough,
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.
Just take a look around.
Oh, Mr. just look up and you will,
You'll see it's coming down.
Oh, excuse me Mr. but I'm, 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, puts the rest of us to shame.

And I've seen enough,
I've seen en..., I've seen en...,
I've seen enough to know that I've seen too much.
I've seen enough,
Oh - I've seen enough to know that I've seen too much.

'cause Mr. when you're rattling on heaven's gate.
By then it is too late.
'cause Mr. when you get there,
They don't ask what you saved.
All they'll want to know Mr. is what you gave.
So, 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 puts the rest of us to shame.
Mr. like you, puts the rest of us to shame.
Oh...
...shame.back to top
Alone
This empty room it fills my mind
Freedom it leaves me confined
Every single wall has cracked
But in this life you can't turn back

I don't want to live,
I don't want to live alone
Alone
Alone
Alone

As these words are with my tongue
I question why they're even sung
I have promised but I lied
I don't even know myself inside

I don't want to be,
I don't wanna be here alone
Alone
Alone
Alone

Today and tomorrow have become,
Become one
Every single thing has become none
Human nature is a beast
What I've done the most to show I have the least

Please don't leave me here
Please don't leave me here
Don't you leave me alone
Alone
Alone
Aloneback to top
Sexual Healing
Oh- baby now let's get down tonight.
Baby, I'm hot just like your oven.
Oh- I need your lovin'
And baby, I can't hold it much longer
Now it's getting stronger and stronger
And when I get that feeling
I need a sexual healing, sexual healing
And makes me feel so fine
And helps to release the mind
Sexual healing, is good for me
Sexual healing is something that's very good for me

Whenever these blue teardrops are falling
Oh no - and my emotional stability is leaving me
There is something I can do
Oh- I can get on the telephone and call you up baby
Darling, I know you'll be there to relieve me
The love you give to me will free me
And if you don't know the things you're dealing
Oh- I can tell you darling, oh it's sexual healing
Get up, Get up, Get up, Get up
Let's make love tonight
Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, Wake up
'Cause you do it right

Heal me, my darling
Heal me, my darling
Heal me, my darling
Heal me, my darling

Baby, you know I got sick this morning
A sea was storming up inside of me
Baby, I think I'm capsizing
Oh- the waves are rising
And when I get that feeling
I want a sexual healing
Sexual healing
And makes me feel so fine, it's such a rush
And helps to release the mind, Lord- it's good for us
Sexual healing, is good for me
Sexual healing is something that's so so good for me

And it's so good for us and it's so good to me my baby, woohhh
Just grab a hold and take control
Of my body and mind soon we'll be making love
Honey, oh- -- fine
You're my medicine open up and let me in
Darling,
Darling, you're so great
I can't wait for you to operate

Ohh

Heal me, my darling
I can't wait for you to operate
Heal me, my darling
I can't wait for you to operate
Heal me, my darling
I can't wait for you to...
Heal me, my darling
Heal me, my darling
Heal me, my darling
I can't wait for you to...
Oh baby, whenever these blue teardrops are falling

Heal me, my darlingback to top
Woman in You
I could've sworn you just said Amen, Amen this mornin'
Sure is some kind of sign that you believe
Did it fall from your tounge without warnin'
Or just another, just another trick to fall from your sleeve

Did I hear you say that you believe in angels
I guess I bring the Devil out in you
But we can both renew our halos
Cuz even an angel needs love too

Even angels need love too

The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me

Some things will never, never, never, never, never, never change
Some things never stay the same
But you're so, you're so innocent
I take all, all the blame

And you know I hate to remember
For that means, the day, the day, the day has passed
Sometimes I wonder if I know her
Or if I really need to ask

Or if I really need to ask

The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me

Half man walks with no shadow
Of life he udders his distance
No apology is expected
Love carved sorry in his face

Love carved sorry in his face

The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me
The woman in you is the worry, the worry in me

(Screaming)
In me!
In me!
In me!

Woman!
Woman!
Woman!
Woman!
Woma---n!
Woman!

(Says something

Woman!
Woma---n!
Woman!

(Says something)back 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.
And I have faith in a few things :
Divinity,
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.
And 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,
On down.
Your way,
From the ground on down.

Life is short and if you're looking 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 steady working your way,
From the ground on down,
On down.
Your way,
From the ground.back to top
Steal My Kisses
Song Title: Steal My Kisses



I put into Nashville, Tennessee
But you wouldn't even come around to see me
And since your headin' up to Carolina
You know I gonna be right there behind you

'Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you

Now I love to feel that warm southern rain
Just to hear it fall is the sweetest sounding thing
And to see it fall on your simple country dress
It's like heaven to me I must confess

'Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you

Now I've been hangin around you for days
But when I lean in you just turn your head away
I know you didn't mean that
She said I love the way you think but I hate the way you act

'Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you

Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from youback to top
Burn One Down
Version from his CD, Live from Mars

(Talking)

Let us burn one from end to end
Oh then pass it over to me my friend

We'll burn it long
We'll burn it slow

To light me up before I go

(Singing)

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

Yes, I am gonna burn one...DOWN

Yeah

Now, now my choice is what I choose to do
And I'm causin' no harm, why should it bother you
And your choice is who you choose to be
So if you're causin' no harm, you're alright with me

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

Yes, we are gonna burn one...DOWN

Down
Down
Down
Down

Oh now, now herb, the gift from the earth
And what's from the earth is of the greatest worth
So before you knock it, you try it first
Oh you'll see it's a blessing, not a curse

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

Yes, we are gonna burn one...
Ohhh, Down

Down
Way down

(Then they'res a miniature "Moby Dick" in there with some bongos and such
and he says "Yeah" and it's over)back to top
Mama's Got a Girlfriend
Papa, he left home today
Says he ain't comin' back again
Says he ain't gonna be nobod'ys second best
Just cuz Mama's got a special kind of friend

Papa, he left home today
Says he ain't comin' back no more
Say he ain't gonna take no damn back seat
And how could Mama do him so low

But Mama's got a girlfriend now boy
Mama's got a girlfriend now
Mama's got a girlfriend, yes she found a true friend
Mama's got a girlfriend now

See Pama, don't watch that football
And your beer drinkin' just won't do
You're just stayin' out late and you're preachin the hate
And you never have been true

See cuz Mama, she wanted somebody
Who would let her be herself
So she's leaving you and your stinkin' damn ways
Cuz she found somebody else

And Mama's got a girlfriend now boy
Mama's got a girlfriend now
Mama's got a girlfriend, yes she found a true friend
Mama's got a girlfriend now

(Crazy country whammy bar solo)

Papa, he left home today
Wavin' his hands and cryin'
And you could tell by the sound and the tone in his voice
That his heart was slowly dyin'

But Papa said "Boy if I ever catch you here again...
...You ain't never gonna have nobody else, not a woman or a man"

But Mama's got a girlfriend now boy
Mama's got a girlfriend now
Mama's got a girlfriend, yes she found a true friend
Mama's got a girlfriend now

Mama's got a girlfriend now boy
Mama's got a girlfriend now
Mama's got a girlfriend, yes she found a true friend
Mama's got a girlfriend, yeah she found a true friend...now

(Big bang ending)back to top
Welcome to the Cruel World
Welcome to the cruel world.
Hope you find your way.
Welcome to the cruel world.
Hope you find your way.

Oh- Oh- it's a cruel world.
Try to enjoy your stay.
Yes, it is a cruel world when you're tryin' to get by.
Oh- Oh- it's a cruel world when you're tryin'
when you've seen the look in their eye.
Makes life hard living but I'm so, so scared to die.

Welcome to the cruel world,
welcome,
welcome.

Don't know how we've lasted here so long.
There must be more good than bad or we'd already be gone.
And if you get up to Heaven before I do, I'm gonna tell ya,
it's gonna be cruel there too,
cruel there too.
You can't hide from this cruel world cause there is no place to run.
You can't hide from the cruel world there just is no place to run.
It's been cruel from the beginning, it will be cruel when we're done.
So when I'm gone, I will gladly say goodbye.
When I am gone, I will gladly say goodbye,
and if you want to feel me, put your hands up to the sky.

Welcome to the cruel world,
welcome,
welcome.
Hope you find your way.
Try to enjoy your stayback to top
Forgiven
I will wait like nothing
I have ever waited for
I will catch your tears from falling
Until from my hands they fall
You can leave me abandoned
I'll be here if you want back in
Like the rest I have been branded
Far beneath the skin
So far beneath the skin

You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven
You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven

Here I have been standing
While the time has come and gone
I tried singing to you
But you turned my words to stone
Here I have been waiting
It seems for quite a while
Changed all my reflections
But inside I'm still just a child
But inside still just a child

You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven
You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven

These eyes weren't made for crying
This love wasn't made to waste
These arms weren't made for battle
But to share your warm embrace
But to share your warm embrace

You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven
You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven
You shall be
You shall be
You shall be forgiven
You shall be
You shall be
You... forgivenback to top
Waiting on an Angel
As recorded on "Live From Mars"

Waiting...on an angel
One to carry my home
Hope you come and see me soon
Cuz I don't wanna go alone

I don't wanna go alone

Now angel, won't you come by me
Angel hear my plea
Take my hand and lift me up
So that I...can fly...with thee

So that I can fly with thee

And I'm waiting for an angel
And I know that it won't be long
To find myself a resting place
In my...angel's ar-arms

Whoa in my angel's ar-arms

So speak kind to a stranger
Because you may never know
It just might be an angel
Come knockin at your door

Knock-in at your door

And I'm waiting on an Angel
And I know it won't be long
To find myself a resting place
In my...angel's arms

Whoa in my angel's ar-arms

Waiting on...an angel
One to carry me home
Hope you come and see me soon
Cuz I don't wanna go alone

I...Don't wanna go...alone

Don't wanna go
I don't...wanna go...a-a-a-loneback to top
Roses From My Friends
This is off his CD, Live From Mars

I couldn't have treated you better
You couldn't have treated me worse
Oh but it's he, it's he who laughs last
Is he who cries first

Sometimes I feel I know strangers
Much better than I know my friends
Why must a beginning
Be the means to an end

The stones from my enemies
These wounds will mend
But I cannot survive
The roses from my friends

Oh I cannot survive
The roses

When the last word has been spoken
And we've bared witness to the final setting sun
All that shall remain is a token
Of what we've said and done

When all we've had, when all we've had
Has been forsaken
Distant church bells no longer ring
That's the sound of a heart taken
And the story of tears from a kin

The stones from my enemies
Oh these wounds will mend
But I cannot survive
The roses from my friends

Oh I cannot survive
The roses

This may be the last time that I see you
Forgive me for holdinh you close
This may be the last time I see you
So of this moment, I will make the most

This may be the last time I see you
But if you keep me in your heart
Together, we shall be eternal
If you believe, we shall never, never, never part

The stones from my enemies
These wounds will mend
But I cannot survive
The roses from my friends

Yeah the stones from my enemies
These wounds will mend

But I cannot survive
Whoa I cannot survive
Whoa I cannot survive
Whoa I cannot survive
Whoa I cannot survive

The roses
The roses

Whoa the roses
The roses

I cannot survive
The roses
Fro-o-om my-y friendsback 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 the love for hate
And pride for shame

Now 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, yeah
That's the power of the gospel

Gospel on the water
Gospel on the land
The gospel in every woman
And the gospel in every man

Gospel in the garden
Gospel in the trees
The gospel that's inside of you
And the gospel inside of me

Now 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, yeah

That's the power

In the hour or richness
In the hour of need
For all of the creation
Come from the gospel

Now you may leave tomorrow
Or you may leave today
But you've got to have, got to have the gospel
When you start out on your way

Now that's the power of the gospel
That's the power of the gospel
That's the power of, the mighty, mighty power
That's the power of the gospel

Yeah that's the power of the gospel
Inside of you
And insdie of me

The power of
The might power of the gospel

Yeah and that's the pow-ow-e-er of the gospel...back to top
Pleasure and Pain
I'm leaving here on the morning train
And I will never see this world again

Oh and I have felt pleasure
And I have felt pain
And I know now
I can never be the same

How I wonder why the world
Can be so, be so cold
And if only good die young
Then left with me, cruel here, too cruel

Oh and I have felt pleasure
And I have felt pain
And I know now
I can never be the same

So if someday, I find my piece of mind
I will share my wealth with all of human, human kind

Oh and I have felt pleasure
And I have felt pain
And I know now
I can never be the same

So if the sun does shine
Or rain does fall
I give thanks
I've had my sight to see thru it all

Oh and I have felt pleasure
And I have felt pain
And I know now
I can never be the same

(And he says thank you all, very very much...thank you)back to top
Please Bleed
Make me feel like a begger
Make me feel like a theif
Make me feel like a battle
That cannot end in peace

Make me feel like running
As if i've lost my nerve
Make me feel like crying
Tears I don't deserve

Please bleed
So i know that you are real
So i know that you can feel
The damage that you've done

Oh who have i become
To myself, I am numb
I am numb, I am numb
I am nu-u-u-umb

Is this really living
Sometimes its hard to tell
Or is this a kinder
Gentler Hell

Turn out the lights
And let me stare into your soul
I was born and bled
For you to hold

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done

oh who have i become
to myself i am numb
I am numb, I am numb
I am nu-u-u-umb

Never said thank you
Never said please
Never gave
Reason to believe

So as it stands
I remain on my knees
Good lovers
Make great enemies

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done

Oh who have i become
To myself i am numb
I am numb, I am numb
I am nu-u-u-umb

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done

Oh who have i become
to myslef, i am numb
i am numb, i am numb
i am nu-u-u-umb

(In harsh screaming/singing)
Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've down

Ahhh, who have I become
To myslef, I am numb
(Back to melodic sounds until the end)
I am numb, I am numb
I am numb, I am numb
I am nu-u-u-umbback to top
The Drugs Don't Work
All this talk of gettin' old
Is getting me down my love

Like a cat in a bag
Waiting to drown
This time I'm comin' down

And I know you're thinkin' of me
As you lay down on your side

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

Well I know I'm on a losing streak
Cuz I passed down by your street

But if you wanna show
Just let me know
And I'll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

So baby, oooh-ooh-ooh
If Heaven calls
I'm comin' too

Just like you say-ay-aid
If you leave me life
I'm better off dead

All this talk of gettin' old
Is getting me down my love

Like a cat in a bag
Waiting to drown
This time I'm comin' down

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

So baby, oooh-ooh-ooh
If Heaven calls
I'm comin' too

Just like you say-ay-aid
If you leave me life
I'm better off dead

But if you wanna show
Just let me know
And I'll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

Yeah I know I'll see your face again
Yeah I know I'll see your face again

Oh Lord

Yeah I know I'll see your face again
Yeah I know I'll see your face again

Never comin' down
Never comin' down
No more, no more (echos)

Never comin' down
Never comin' down
No more, no more (echos)

Oh Lord

Yeah I know I'll see your face againback to top
In the Lord's Arms
Like the wings stolen from an angel
Like petals gone from a rose
Like a dove caught in a storm

Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms

The wind it blew straight through us
And whispered to me in tongues
I was told I was wrong

Tonight he would be in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he is in the Lord's Arms

So I drinked this wine to him
With each glass of memory
He left with his crown of thornes

Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he's in the Lord's Armsback to top
Not Fire, Not Ice
There is not a river wide
Not a mountain high
And neither sin nor evil
Could change how I feel inside
Could change how I feel inside

Not all the strength of the ocean
Not all the heat from the sun, from the sun
Though others have tried, I just can't deny
For me you are the one
For me you are the one

But true love is priceless
For true love we pay a price
But there's nothing can keep me from loving you
Not fire, no, not ice
Not fire, no, not ice

Like the hero or the champion
You are the best, you're the best
Like religion or superstition
With you I am blessed
With you I am blessed

Now the river may grow wider
The mountains may reach past the sky
But wether or not you feel the same
My love shall never die
My love shall never die

But true love is give and take
True love is sacrifice
But there's nothing can keep me from loving you
Not fire, no, not ice
Not fire, no, not iceback to top
Beloved One
We have both been here before
Knockin' upon love's door
Begging for someone to let us in

Knowing this, we can agree
To keep each other company
Never to go down that road again

My---y beloved one
My-y-y beloved one

Your eyes shine through me
You are so devine to me
Your heart has a home in mine

We won't have to say a word
With a touch, all shall be heard
When I search my heart, it's you I find

My---y beloved one
My---y beloved one

You were meant for me
I believe you were sent to me
From a dream straight into my arms

Hold your body close to me
You mean most to me
We wil keep each other safe from harm

My---y beloved one
My---y beloved one

My-y-y beloved one
My-y-y beloved oneback to top
Walk Away
As recorded on "Live from Mars"

Oh no, here comes that sun again
That means another day without you my friend
And it hurts me to look into the mirror at myself
And it hurts even more to have to be with somebody else

And its so hard to do and so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes, you have to walk away

Walk Away

With so many people to love in my life
Tell me why do i worry about one
But you put the 'happy' into my 'ness'
you put the good times into my fun

And it's so hard to do and so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes, you have to walk away

Walk away

Turnin', head-for the door
We've tried the goodbye so many days
We walk in the same direction
So that we would never stray

They say if you love somebody
Then you have got to set them free
But I would rather be locked to you
Than live with this pain in me

They say time will make all this go away
But it's time that has taken my tomorrows
And turned them into yesterdays

But once again
That rising is droppin' on down
And once again, you my friend
Are nowhere to be found

But its so hard to do and so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes, you have to walk away

Walk away
You just walk away

Turnin, head-for the door
And walk away
Just walk away
You just walk on
Walk on
(From here, it fades out)
Turnin, head-for the door
And just walk awa-a-ay

Ooohback to top
Another Lonely Day
Yes indeed
I'm alone again
And here come emptiness
Crashing in

It's either love or hate
I can find and retain
Cuz I've been
With the withches
And I have
Been with a queen

It wouldn't have worked out anyway
So for now it's just another lonely day

Further along, we just may
But for now, it's just another lonely day-ay

I wish there were somethin'
I could say or do
I can resist anything
But the temptation from you

But I'd rather walk alone
Than chase you around
I'd rather fall myself
Than let you drag me on down

It wouldn't have worked out anyway
So for now it's just another lonely day

Further along, we just may
But for now, it's just another lonely day-ay

For now it's just another lonely day-ay-ay

Yesterday seems like a life ago
Cuz 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 of worked out anyway
So for now it's just another lonely day-ay

Further along, we just may
But for now, it's just another lonely day-ay-ay

For now, it's just another lonely day-ay-ay
For now, it's just another...lonely...day-ayback to top
Like a King/I'll Rise
Well Martin's dream has become Rodney's worst nightmare.
Can't walk the streets, to them we are fair game,
our lives don't mean a thing.

Like a King, like a King, like a King.
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King.
Like a king, like a King, like a King.
How I wish you could help us Dr. King.

Make sure it's filmed, shown on national T.V.
They'll have no mercy.
A legal lynch mob like the days strung up from the tree.
The L.A.P.D.

Like a King, like a King, like a King.
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King.
How I wish you could help us Dr. King.

So if you catch yourself thinking it has changed
for the best you better second guess cause Martin's dream
has become Rodney's worst nightmare.

Like a King, like a King, like a King.
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King
How I wish you could help us Dr. King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King.
How I wish... Like a King, like a King.
Like a King, like a King, like a, like a King.
Like a King, like a King, like a King.

When we will look to the past, look to the past to learn?
I wish...
Like a king, like a king, like a king.
Like a king, like a king, like a king.
Bye, bye we must go to see the King.
Bye, bye we must go to face the King.

You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies,
you may trod me down in the very dirt.
And still like the dust, I'll rise.
Does my happiness upset you?
Why are you best with gloom cause I laugh,
like I've got an oil well pumpin' in my living room?

So you may shoot me with your words,
you may cut me with your eyes,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
Out of the shacks of history's shame,
up from a past rooted in pain,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.

Now did you want to see me broken,
bowed head and lowered eyes,
shoulders fallen down like teardrops,
weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my confidence upset you?
Don't you take it awful hard cause I walk,
like I've got a diamond mine breakin' up in my front yard.

So you may shoot me with your words,
you may cut me with your eyes,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
Out of the shacks of history's shame,
up from a past rooted in pain,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.

So you may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies.
You may trod me down in the very dirt.
And still like the dust, I'll rise.
Does my happiness upset you?
Why are you best with gloom cause I laugh,
like I've got a goldmine diggin' up in my living room.

You may shoot me with your words,
you may cut me with your eyes,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
Out of the shacks of history's shame,
up from a past rooted in pain,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.

You may shoot me with your words,
you may cut me with your eyes,
and I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
Out of the shacks of history's shame,
up from a past rooted in pain,
I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
I gonna rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - rise.
I'll rise - I'll rise - I'll rise - rise - riseback to top
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