Ben Harper — Excuse Me Mister
Album: Fight For Your Mind
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 912









Released: 1995
Length: 5:08
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Excuse me Mr.
Do you have the time
Or are you so important
That it stands still for you

Excuse me Mr. won't 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

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, I have 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 will see it comin' down

Excuse me Mr.
But I'm a, 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, I have seen and I have seen
I have seen enough to know
That I've seen too much
I've seen enough, I have seen enough, to know that I have seen too much

See 'cause 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, 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
That puts the rest of us to shame
It's a Mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame
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Kind of boring music but I love the song so I gave it an 8. What fun. Thanks RP for playing it.
Great song, great artist!  Have enjoyed many live performances and it's never enough... even with his mom once!

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 kaubey wrote:
Really horrible, naive, oversimplified, obvious, sanctimonious lyrics.  I remember feeling the same way when I was 17.
 
Wow, aren't you the mature one.  Perhaps your 17 year old self should come back to kick your ass.
Think this was originally a John Martyn song.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Excuse me mister, but this song sucks!  PSD to the rescue

 
Excuse me mister, but you could just press instead of cry-and-press. {#Cry}
there's nothing in this
now I cannot hear this song without seeing below face.... 


"Duh ...  no, it's YOU who did it. Sad."
 boober wrote:

Sounds like Dr John.

Not a bad thing.



 
I thought it was until I came to look.
Tedium and tediummer
It's the voice inside of his own head.  That's my take.
Well, this is bleak. 
I want to like this, at least for the message. But the delivery really is not pleasant. If that's the point, consider it a success. But whenever I hear this on RP it grates to no end. Maybe if I were watching it performed live it would resonate. Heard coming over the computer speakers, the effect is not enjoyable.  I needed to express this.
Wackness
 m9c99 wrote:

Good point!
 You know what you speak of, I am impressed by your words. Mark
 pablocasa wrote:

Your non rhyming version, and Ben's version, hit the nail on the head for underlying root cause of lameness in humanity.
Wealth (economic) is not an inherent good, it's just a game based in fear of not having enough,
The monetary trade system works great until just money alone disproportionately comprises the fruits of the ultimate goal.
It's a foreseeable outcome given natural tendencies, but is short sighted. Even animals and insects behave more justly. At some point greed is self defeating because it is chasing is right of the planet. It's frustrating, we're better than that. But the wealthy and now even the religious are starting to make choices for the longer term so there's still hope.

I wonder how many unhappy corporate execs heard this song and saw differently.
 

 
Good point!
I'm taking out the mister from in front of your name, because it's misters like you that put the rest of us to shame.

Great stuff!
 
Catchy!
David Koch
 {#Clap}
Johnny_Wave wrote:
Excuse me mister, but this song sucks!  PSD to the rescue