Ben Harper - Fight For Your Mind
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Release date: 20 July 1995
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- Ground On Down
- Another Lonely Day
- Please Me Like You Want To
- Gold To Me
- Burn One Down
- Excuse Me Mr.
- People Lead
- Fight For Your Mind
- Give A Man A Home
- By My Side
- Power of the Gospel
- God Fearing Man
- One Road To Freedom
They conclude US tour with rocking hometown show
The singers will headline Claremont Folk Music Festival
The retro rocker is added to what is already a stellar line-up...
Ben Harper - Fight For Your Mind: Wikipedia Album Entry
Fight for Your Mind is a 1995 (see 1995 in music) album by Ben Harper. It was his last solo album before adding The Innocent Criminals to his line-up. Reviews were generally very positive, praising Harper's fusion of multiple genres, from Folk ("Another Lonely Day"), folk rock ("Gold to Me"), Black Sabbath-style riffing heavy metal ("Ground on Down") and politically-charged reggae ("Excuse Me Mister").
After Harper's well-received debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he expanded on his fanbase by touring relentlessly with jam bands like Dave Matthews Band. On this, his second album, Harper added a more refined sense of his own intense spirituality, such as on the gospel-influenced album closers, "Power of the Gospel", "God Fearing Man" and "One Road to Freedom".
All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.
1. "Oppression" 2:58
2. "Ground on Down" – 4:53
3. "Another Lonely Day" – 3:43
4. "Please Me Like You Want To" – 4:55
5. "Gold to Me" – 5:00
6. "Burn One Down" – 3:31
7. "Excuse Me Mr." (Harper, Plunier) – 5:24
8. "People Lead" – 4:13
9. "Fight for Your Mind" – 4:06
10. "Give a Man a Home" – 3:35
11. "By My Side" – 3:34
12. "Power of the Gospel" – 6:02
13. "God Fearing Man" – 11:49
14. "One Road to Freedom" – 4:14
The Fight For Your Mind artwork features the use of military roundels from African nations (plus Jamaica) to represent each track on the album. The track corresponding to each roundel is:
* Angola - Oppression
African Military roundels (plus Jamaica's) in the Fight For Your Mind artwork
* Cameroon - Ground on Down
* Central African Republic - Another Lonely Day
* Chad - Please Me Like You Want To
* Uganda - Gold to Me
* Jamaica - Burn One Down
* Egypt - Excuse Me Mr
* Niger - People Lead
* Ghana/Guinea - Fight For Your Mind
* Kenya - Give a Man a Home
* Nigeria - By My Side
* Somalia - Power of the Gospel
* Ivory Coast - God Fearing Man
* Ethiopia - One Road to Freedom
Harper has continued to use roundel inspired artwork on his other albums.
* Ben Harper - acoustic guitar, Vocals, weissenborn
* Brett Banduci - viola
* Danielle Charles - violin
* Oliver Charles - drums
* Bob "Stiv" Coke - tabla, tambourine, tamboura, sarod
* Timothy Loo - cello
* Leon Mobley - percussion
* Juan Nelson - bass
* Ervin Pope - organ, Hammond organ
* Producers: Ben Harper, Bob "Stiv" Coke, J.P. Plunier
* Associate Producer: Jeff Gottlieb
* Assistant Producer: Jeff Gottlieb
* Engineer: Bradley Cook
* Assistant engineers: Ryan Boesh, Todd Burke, Paul Naguna
* Mixing: The Dub Brothers, Femi Jiya, Eric Sarafin
* Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
* String arrangements: Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier
* Design: Tom Dolan
* Art direction: Tom Dolan, J.P. Plunier
* Photography: Bob "Stiv" Coke, Jeff Gottlieb
* Research: Ben Elder
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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
Listen mister, brother, sister
Family and friend
I fear with each day pass
Our time grows closer to the end
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
Don't you get ahead of me
And I won't leave you behind
If you get unhappy
Won't you show me a sign
Have you ever lost your way?
Have you ever feared another day?
Have you ever misplaced your own mind?
Watchin' this world leavin' you behind
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
When the people lead
The leaders they will have to follow
And all their lies and their alibis
They will have to swallow
Ah, excuse me mister
Do you have the time?
Or are you so important
That it stands still for you?
You look like gold to me
And I'm not too blind to see
You look like gold
Said you look like gold
Don't do me any favors
Matter of fact, why don't you do yourself a few?
Your presence, it ain't nobody's blessing
I've got plenty of other things that I could do
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 the witches and I have been with a queen
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
O ho pression
You preyed on us when we sleep
You chased after the tired, the poor, the weak
Tell me which road, which road are you travellin'?
Which road are you travellin' on?
Who will you turn to
When the light, when the light has gone?