"Excuse Me Mr." as written by and Ben/plunier Harper....
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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"Excuse Me Mr." as written by Jean Pierre Plunier Ben Harper

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  • +2
    General CommentSomehow I feel like the Mr. stands for being American. How some people ruin the environment and our planet carelessly, giving Americans a bad name, when there are people like Ben Harper, a Mr. too, who do give a damn about those kind of things, but are stuck with that reputation.
    xCamisadoon August 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim surprised no one commented on this song. its one of ben's most chillin' songs. its obviously about rich, obnoxious people who only care about themselves and are selfishly ignorant to what goes on around them
    rossxon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd ordinary people like you and I, who think that everyone else is gonna fix the problems, and don´t do anything to help!!
    Haugeon October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSaw Ben last night, hes just an incredible muscician and humaitarian. I'd never heard this song before last night, but it left a great impact on me and my folks, I very much agree with Hauge... its a reminder for us to clean up our act, look after not only or world environment, but one another!
    Great tune too.
    productofthe80son May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes blaming the president not doing anything to help our country make him a hypocrite? Or does it make you (nobody in particluar) a hypocrite for complaining about his lack of effort and leadership while you do nothing to change things?
    wigginson June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is outstanding. I love all of Ben Harper's songs, but when I heard this one it had a large impact on me. It has a unique sound to it; much different from the other songs. I deffinetely agree that this song is about the people, specifically the power hungry men who run the world. I think it also has a bit of feminism to it because as he says, "your givin mr. a bad name". I think this song is beautiful and I think it's even more beautiful that Ben can sing about such an honest and compelling subject.
    tinydancer77on March 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis should be sing with all the politicians and greedy people here in our country,Philippines.
    It is a rich land having different natural resources but all the people in the government only want the money they can get...they don't care about the people and land.

    Ben Harper is really good!
    bear_hug20on April 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd not only they don't care about the planet, but also not about the people around them.
    xCamisadoon August 15, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGood call, Hauge. This isn't speaking to rich people only.
    Kurtinon March 04, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commenteverytime i hear this song it just makes me so mad at al the hypocritic ppl like bush and all those power hungry ppl....i dont even know if its bout that... but it just makes me think of hypocrites...

    love the tune and the effect in the sound of his voice
    Bharperon June 07, 2007   Link

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