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Ben Harper lyrics

Album: The Will to Live [1997]

Tracks12
 01  Faded
 02  Homeless Child
 03  Number Three
 04  Roses From My Friends
 05  Jah Work
 06  I Want to Be Ready
 07  The Will to Live
 08  Ashes
 09  Widow of a Living Man
 10  Glory & Consequence
 11  Mama's Trippin'
 12  I Shall Not Walk Alone
all Ben Harper lyrics



Faded
You so easily amuse
Like a pantomime
Such a silent crime

You so easily abuse
Lack of confidence
It's your best offense

You so easily confuse
You can't deny it
Still you try to hide it

Faded
So faded
Like a memory gone
There's no recollection
Faded
So faded
Like a forgotten dream
Further than it seems

You so hastily defy
When you think you need it
You find a way to bleed it

You so hastily deny
Pleading innocence
It's your best defense

You so hastily reply
The moment that you said it
Already regret it

Faded
So faded
Like a memory gone
There's no recollection
Faded
So faded
Like a forgotten dream
Further than it seemsback to top
Homeless Child
Nowhere here
To call my home
No one near
To call my own
All that's left
Is for me to roam
Somebody please
Help me hang on

Homeless child
Homeless child
What is left
For the homeless child

There is no night
And there is no day
It is all
One shade of gray
Some will pass
And some will stay
Is this the end
Or just one more day

Homeless child
Homeless child
What is left
For the homeless child

Sure not much
But it's my best
I just need
Some place to rest
If you could just
Let me be your guest
I won't burden you
For very long

Homeless child
Homeless child
What is left
For the homeless childback to top
Number Three
(instrumental)back to top
Roses From My Friends
I could have treated you better
But you couldn't have treated me worse
But it's he who laughs last
Is he who cries first

Sometimes I feel I know strangers
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

When the last word has been spoken
And we've beared 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 has been forsaken
Distant church bells no longer ring
That's the sound of a heart taken
And the story of tears from a king

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

This may be the last time I see you
Forgive me for holding you close
This may be the last time that 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 part

The stones from my enemies
These wounds will mend
But I cannot survive
The roses from my friendsback to top
Jah Work
Tell me do you really know
Your brother man
Cause a heart speaks louder
Than a color can
And why would you even
Shake a man's hand
If you're not going
To help him stand

Jah work
Jah work
Jah work is never done

Every man's actions
Belong to he
If prepared for thereafter
To each his destiny
Some people believe
And some people know
Some people deceive
And some people show

Jah work
Jah work
Jah work is never done

You must do the heaviest
So many shall do none
You have got to stand firm
So many shall run
Some they rest their head at night
Some get no sleep at all
If you listen close to what you see
You will hear the callback to top
I Want to Be Ready
How I am strong
Is to know what makes me weak
How I am found
Is to know just whom I seek
The gift of a blessing
The burden of a sin
Turn to him

I want to be ready
Ready to put on
My long white robe

Nailed across
From hand to hand
For the sin
Of woman and man
All upon his earth
Is all within his plan
And I know this shall be
My journey home

I want to be ready
Ready to put on
My long white robe

Covet no silver
Covet no gold
Reach your empty
Hands for him to hold
Up in his kingdom
Glory shall be proclaimed
Sing the song
And praise his name.back to top
The Will to Live
I met a girl whose heart
Was on the right hand side
And upon the left
An angel did reside
They told her mother
That she never would survive
But she kept the rhythm
And is still alive

We must all have
The will to live
You got to have
The will to live

Then I met a man
Who had to walk with his hands
Born into a world
He couldn't stand
Blessed with life
But cursed as a man
Still he walks taller
Than most of us can

We must all have
The will to live
You got to have
The will to live

Some are born with more
And some born with less
So don't take for granted
The life we've been blessed
It's hard to understand
That we're only a guest
And each one of us
Shall be put to life's test

We must all have
The will to live
You got to have
The will to liveback to top
Ashes
Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust
That's what has become
Of our love and trust

Love has no direction
Cause love has no aim
Love can leave you
As fast as she came

Meeting is such sweet sorrow
Cause someday we may have to part
Hush don't you make a sound
You're gonna let me down

Good things come
To those who wait
But good things are gone
From those who are late

All that I am
Is all I can give
But with or without you
My life I must live

Meeting is such sweet sorrow
Cause someday we may have to part
Hush don't you make a sound
You're gonna let me down

Living ain't easy
Since you've been gone
No one else can please me
Or make me feel home

Forgetting ain't easy
You stay on my mind
Thoughts of us haunt me
Can't leave them behindback to top
Widow of a Living Man
Mama why does he treat me so cold
Why do I feel so old
How long has he treated me unkind
Or have I always been so blind

I'm the widow of a living man

Why can't the times stay the same
Now I am begging him to change
What about all the plans we made
Now I am so afraid

I'm the widow of a living man

Why does he hurt me so
I'm gonna need someplace to go
He's no longer some kind woman's son
Mama I think that I had better run

I'm the widow of a living manback to top
Glory & Consequence
I'm more afraid of living than I am scared to die.
I'm 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'm more afraid of loving - Oh - than I am of being scorned.
Oh - But I will keep on trying though I have been forwarned.

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.

I would rather,
I would rather me be lonely and you have someone to hold.
I'm not as scared of dying as I am of growing old,
Growing old,
Of growing,
Of growing old.back to top
Mama's Trippin'
Can you tell me why
You're so uptight
Out of your head
And ain't talkin' right

Can you tell me why
Your mind ain't straight
Out of touch
And can't relate

Mama's trippin'
Daddy's slippin'

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
Keepin' it together
But I see people splittin'
When there's inclement weather

What you want is what I want
So why can't we agree
If I could be inside of you
Maybe I could see why

Mama's trippin'
Daddy's slippin'

You and I ain't spoken
Ain't spoken for a week
Soon there won't be nothin'
Nothin' left to speak

Things ain't the same
Since you've gone insane
Let's take some time
And ease the strain

Mama's trippin'
Daddy's slippin'back to top
I Shall Not Walk Alone
Battered and torn
Still I can see the light
Tattered and worn
But I must kneel to fight

Friend of mine
What can't you spare
I know some times
It gets cold in there

When my legs no longer carry
And the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for mother mary
And I shall not walk alone

Hope is alive
While we're apart
Only tears
Speak from my heart
Break the chains
That hold us down
And we shall be
Forever bound

When I'm tired and weary
And a long way from home
I reach for mother mary
And I shall not walk alone

Beauty that
We left behind
How shall we
Tomorrow find

Set aside
Our weight in sin
So that we
Can live again

When my legs no longer carry
And the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for mother mary
And I shall not walk aloneback to top
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