"Steal My Kisses" as written by and Ben Harper....
I pulled into Nashville, Tennessee,
But you wouldn't even come around to see me
And since you're headin' up to Carolina,
You know I'm gonna be right there behind ya

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

Now I've been hangin' 'round you for days,
But when I lean in you just turn your head away
Oh no, 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
I always have to steal my kisses from you

Always have to steal my kisses from you
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


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"Steal My Kisses" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General CommentI suppose "dress" could be taken in a different sense, as in "clothing" and not a girl's dress. I'll still think of it being about a girl, when I listen to the song. I once knew a girl that kind of acted like that around me. Never turned me away or told me she didn't want me. But also never went through any trouble to see me or be with me, never asked me to do anything. I think its a beautiful song. Sad, but OK -- not depressed. And that's how life is sometimes.
    vibe19on May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid you guys know that Ben wrote this song about his son? I didn' think so cause it doesn't make sense in some of the song, but he said so in a interview. isn't that cute??
    onelove26on April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about his son? I could see how it could be...except for that thing about the dress. Maybe he's just using alternative parenting methods...

    at any rate, it is a sweet song. it just makes me feel so summery.
    catherinekson May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentif he hadnt mentioned his son in an interview, i would never have given this a parental perspective.

    I think its about a couple, or ex-couple. I once sat on the lap of a boyfriend and he just about died from shock saying 'wow, i cant believe I'm getting a hug before midnight'

    Maybe its about always having to make the move?
    shockdelicaon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy...Can't...I ...Stop...Listening...To ...This...Song...!
    gilbagon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Not to start an argument because i can see where you're coming from about this being about his son. But to quote the song
    Ohh I know you didn't mean that
    She said 'I love the way you think
    but I hate the way you act' "

    good arguement starter but in my opinion this part isn't referring to his son...if it is about his son. what if that part is referring to his sons mother. now i don't know anything about ben's relationships or social life, nor do i care, but if indeed she left him, since thats the feeling i got from it, (many other scenario's are possible aswell) he now has to steal his kisses from his son since its harder for him to see him or something along those lines...maybe, i don't know. the thought just occured to me so i figured i'd mention it
    andygon March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could see it being about his son. I think that makes it cute. But I think we can all agree its about the narrator having to put in the effort, because the other person isn't protesting (obviously they get 'kissed') but not persuing back. I think it's a fun song, the narrator has no problem chasing the other person, or stealing kisses.
    pahohhlahon June 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song mostly because I'm a huge Ben Harper fan and it's one of his more upbeat songs, so a nice change of pace, but I don't see it being about his son. It's clearly referring to a girl, and you could argue daughter, but I think it's clear that it is more of a lover:

    but when I'm lean in
    You just turn your head away

    Anyway, I think it's about a guy who is in love with someone and is desperately trying to do the right things for the girl, but just isn't.
    JCool333on February 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is super sweet. I really like the part about her dress and the rain

    Now I love to feel that warm southern rain
    Just to hear it fall is the sweetest sounding things
    And to see it fall on your simple country dress
    It's like heaven to me I must confess
    annaSon April 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally get this!
    Even before I read here today that Ben wrote it about his son, I've always sung it to my own little boy. For me the song is spot on because my boy is 2 now, and such a little man. I get the odd kiss when I can but they grow up so fast, I know before long he'll probably resist any affection. "...but when I lean in you just turn your head away..."
    35eyeon June 09, 2007   Link

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