"Gather 'Round the Stone" as written by and Ben Harper....
You're too young to know
That you're too young to go
There's no freedom to be found
Lying face up in the ground

Ashes from an unfinished life
Are all that's left
In a tear-drop-shaped locket
Hanging from his mother's chest

You whip the back of freedom
'Till it bleeds an oil stream
Then you sail down upon it
In your killing machine

Old men who send children
Off to die in vain
They will hear death's constant whisper
Call remember my name

Gather 'round the stone

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"Gather 'Round the Stone" as written by Ben C Harper


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    General CommentMissed the chorus:

    I said hey hey hey hey gather round the stone
    hey hey hey hey gather round the stone

    Song's about the U.S. misguided war in Iraq
    el_jefe_maximoon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgather 'round the stone i think means a funeral (tear-drop-shaped locket") , i.e the stone = tombstone. He feels as though the war is wrong, the kids are too young to go off to war and die. Definately iraq- "oil stream"
    timmy_r!on April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think the grave is the grave of a fallen sodier in Iraq...and it is deffinately about war especially when the millitary drummer boy beat comes in...my favorite part
    PJamfan90on October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI saw Ben explain this song on a show called Live at Rehearsal Hall from Canada. He said he read an article about a lady who's son was killed in the war and she never got a true and worthwhile answer from the government. They just kept saying he died for freedom, hence the lyric "there's no freedom to be found lying face up in the ground." The mother put her son's ashes into tear drop-shaped lockets and gave them to family and loved ones. This obviously affected Ben so much that he wrote about it, and I truly admire everything he does. On a side note, this song is very reminiscent of "Masters of War" which I saw Ben and Tom Morello perform together!
    cenglejron July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you watch Ben Harper perform this song on the Henry Rollins show he explains exactly what the song means.

    the tear shaped locket is just that. The family decided to have their son cremated and put into these tiny lockets that looked like tears. Its a very very sad story.
    shake-zulaon January 11, 2009   Link

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