"Engraved Invitation" as written by and Ben ...
I wish I was a thought
I'd run all through your mind
And come out being everything
You ever tried to find

Life's the longest picture
You're ever gonna take
Love's the longest promise
That you're ever gonna break

I wish I could yell sorry
Louder than I screamed
All of those other things
I said but didn't mean

Some days I'm the lord's servant
Some days I'm Satan's pawn
Some days I just wish
The voices in my head were gone

The sun's a moon that warms you
The moon's a sun with no heat
The sky above is to remind you
What's under your feet

This life's not big enough
To fit our love inside
Cause I remember you from heaven
The last time I died

It's an engraved invitation
To leave all this time we've been wasting


Lyrics submitted by adam1986

"Engraved Invitation" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General CommentSuch a good song, probably one of my fav faster paced Ben songs
    Rageron April 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think its pretty obvious who his inspiration was for this track...The Rolling Stones! (during their golden era that is: '68-'72 IMO)

    1) I think "Engraved Invitation" refers to the cover of the Stones' seminal 1968 record Beggars Banquet, which was a very minimalist white cover with the band/album name embossed on the front timeisonourside.com/… (I could open a whole can of worms about how The Beatles' "White Album" which was also released in 1968 and which also had a plain white background and the band name embossed on the front - but I'll save that for another time)

    2) Stylistically, Ben recreates Keith's famous "distorted acoustic" sound (found on songs like Street Fighting Man and Jumping Jack Flash) by double tracking an acoustic guitar on the left channel and a dirty electric on the right channel. (For all those interested, Keith acheived that distorted acoustic tone by playing his acoustic into an early cassette recorder which would overload and thus distort)

    3) Musically, Ben imitates the swaggering rhythm of many Stones tracks by syncopating the guitar riff (accenting the upbeat - often by muting the strings with his left hand)

    4) Both solos at 0:47 and at 1:27 are very much in the style of that of Mick Taylor (the guitarist who replaced Brian Jones and worked with the band for most of their "golden era"). For example the solo at 0:47 is reminiscent of the solos in Honky Tonk Women.

    5) Haven't had time to figure out the chords yet (only got the album a few hours ago) but the chord change as the song goes into the chorus is a trademark Stones transition.

    6) In terms of both production and playing style, the drumming is very Charlie Watts-esque. Not only that but the push/pull between the drums and the rhythm guitar parts is straight up Stones.

    The Rolling Stones and Ben Harper are two of my favourite bands/artists, so hearing the two styles combined on the one song is very cool indeed. Great song off a great new album!
    jase_connoron April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjase_connor....i can see the resemblance to the stones here too! just the overall sound and vocals remind me of em.
    timmy_r!on April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentadam 1986......why have u posted the lyrics of songs of the new album and omitted the chorus on nearly all of them????
    dave77on June 11, 2006   Link

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