"Better Way" as written by and Ben Harper....
I'm a living sunset
Lightning in my bones
Push me to the edge
But my will is stone
'Cause I believe in a better way

Fools will be fools
And wise will be wise
But I will look this world
Straight in the eyes
I believe in a better way
I believe in a better way

What good is a man
Who won't take a stand
What good is a cynic
With no better plan
I believe in a better way
I believe in a better way

(Hope these words feel pleasant as they rest upon your ears)
(Hope these words feel pleasant as they rest upon your ears)
(Upon your ears, upon your ears, upon your ears, upon your ears)

Reality is sharp
It cuts at me like a knife
Everyone I know
Is in the fight of their life
And I believe in a better way

Take your face out of your hands
And clear your eyes
You have a right to your dreams
And don't be denied
I believe in a better way
I believe in a better way
I believe in a better way


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"Better Way" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General Commenti see this about hope in people, like no matter how bad things are, there is a better way, and i particular see it as pointing to religion.
    adam1986on May 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh my goodness, bohemianEagle...great use of my favorite kerouac quote!

    i don't think this song was written to apply to a certain situation. this song is about a man who is idealistic about mankind as a whole. he is stating that despite the shit in the world, he refuses to give up and give in...he believes that he can change the world by starting with himself.

    "what good is a cynic with no better plan" is my favorite line. he's saying that if we're going to bitch about the world, then we are only making it worse. to bring on change we need to take responsibility for ourselves and be the better person.
    maturepoeton June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so powerful, and so strong. Its Ben's take on the war in Iraq, saying he doesn't care what you think, this is how he feels and hes not afraid to say it and say it loud.

    Fight the power
    Rageron March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is such an excellent song. I can see how it could be on Iraq, but it can really be looked at as a general vocalization of strength and hope. The real theme is that, no matter how bad shit is, there’s always that hope out there…always that better way.

    This song also has my favorite lyric of all time:
    “Take your face out of your hands
    And clear your eyes
    You have a right to your dreams
    And don't be denied”

    Ben Harper did a great job. He deserves the utmost respect.
    eternalvayneon April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can see it being about Iraq...

    But I think its meaning transcends to living with any hardship imposed on you by society. Everyone should want bad things to change.
    kpyllaon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars" --- Ben Harper is Mad, this song is definitvie of that. He's mad and that's why I love him and his music.
    BohemianEagleon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was at the Ben Harper concert in Toronto last night, and this was his closing song. I loved the song before, but the album version is nothing compared to it live, he way laying down on stage screaming into the mic, it was unbelievable. If you get a chance to see him live do it, best concert of my life. Ben Harper is the greatest musician out there today.

    Good job Ben!
    Jones019on September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was at the Ben Harper concert in Toronto last night, and this was his closing song. I loved the song before, but the album version is nothing compared to it live, he way laying down on stage screaming into the mic, it was unbelievable. If you get a chance to see him live do it, best concert of my life. Ben Harper is the greatest musician out there today.

    Good job Ben!
    Jones019on September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI used to be a big fan of his music in my early twenties and when this song came up I didn't like it a lot but then I loved the mood. It's easier to be cynical and out of the game, to criticize others and to find excuses for that, than make a change and be a part of that. I'm also aware than it may be easier for some than for others.
    birba.mozzon October 27, 2012   Link

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