Saturday, June 23, 2012

More Words of Wisdom: Another 20 Ben Harper-isms

'So 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' ('People Lead', Fight for Your Mind, 1995)

'Fire makes it burn and water makes it turn, we must still be here living on earth, they keep telling me Jesus walked on water, he shoulda surfed' ('Get it Like You Like it', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

'People don't take advice, they only give it, and the only way you're ever gonna learn, is to live it' ('Why Must You Always Dress in Black', White Lies for Dark Times, 2009)

'Don't go making promises you know you won't keep, weddings turn to funerals, both with songs that make you weep' ('So High So Low', Diamonds on the Inside, 2003)

'It's not what we do, it's what we do with what we feel, takes all you have to stare him down, and whisper devil no deal' ('Don't Give Up on Me Now', Give Till it's Gone, 2011)

'The very thing that drives you can drive you insane' ('Number with No Name', White Lies for Dark Times, 2009)

'Politics, it's a drag, they put one foot in the grave, and the other on the flag' ('Both Sides of the Gun', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

'Silence is the loudest parting word you never say' ('Amen Omen', Diamonds on the Inside, 2003)

'When I was a baby, I was not prejudiced, hey, how about you, this was something that I learned in school, something they taught us to do' (How Many Miles Must We March', Welcome to the Cruel World, 1994)

'There's no freedom to be found lying face up in the ground' ('Gather Round the Stone', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

'Never under-estimate how complicated a simple life can be' ('Keep it Together (So I Can Fall Apart)', White Lies for Dark Times, 2009)

'Good lovers make great enemies' ('Please Bleed', Burn to Shine, 1999)

'There's no rules to lust, only passion, and it can be so unjust' ('The Way You Found Me', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

'Tell me why the first to ask is the last to give every time, what you say and do not mean follows you close behind' ('Diamonds on the Inside', Diamonds on the Inside, 2003)

'There's so much to be said for letting go, so much tomorrow only knows' ('Spilling Faith', Give Till it's Gone, 2006)

'You may kill the revolutionary, but the revolution you can never bury' ('Black Rain', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

 'When out on the edge, there's just two directions, and somebody has to lose, I should know better than to use words like never and hate, love is lonely room' ('The Word Suicide', White Lies for Dark Times, 2009)

'There's so many sides to the truth, but only one side to a fact, what will we do with what we can't take back' ('Waiting on a Sign', Give Till it's Gone, 2011)

'Battles over which direction to kneel, people reaching out to touch, but forgetting to feel, daily breath shouldn't be a daily penance, is that what you believe, or just a life sentence' ('Serve Your Soul', Both Sides of the Gun, 2006)

'They say time will make all this go away, but it's time that has taken my tomorrows, and turned them into yesterdays' ('Walk Away', Welcome to the Cruel World, 1994)

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