"Like A King" as written by and Ben Harper....
Well Martin's dream
Has become Rodney's worst
Nightmare
Can't walk the streets
To them we are fair game
Our lives don't mean a thing
Like a king, like a king, like a king
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King
Like a king, like a king, like a king
How I wish you could help us Dr. King
Make sure it's filmed
Shown on national T.V.
They'll have no mercy
A legal lynch mob
Like the days strung up from the tree
The L.A.P.D.
Like a king, like a king, like a king
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King
Like a king, like a king, like a king
How I wish you could help us Dr. King
So if you catch yourself
Thinking it has changed for the best
You better second guess
Cause Martin's dream
Has become Rodney's worst
Nightmare
Like a king, like a king, like a king
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King
Like a king, like a king, like a king
How I wish you could help us Dr. King


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"Like a King" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General Comment
    this song. gets me angry. i love it.
    soul_esperadoon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRodney King was a black guy beaten up by racist white pigs. Someone videoed it but still the cops were acquitted. When he says "a legal lynch mob" it refers to the way they got away with it, perhaps even because of their status. "Martin" refers to Dr. Martin Luther King and I'm sure everyone knows about his "I have a dream" speech, in which he basically said he had a dream that one day there would be no racism. What I don't get though is how "Martin's dream has become Rodney's worst nightmare"?
    mysterywhitegirlon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of Ben's more powerful songs. When he says "Martins dream has become Rodney's worst nightmare" he saying Dr. King wanted equality within the races and that rodney king didnt get it that way. Powerful lyrics in this song
    phish15on June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSaw this song live when they supported the chili peppers in pride park, AMAZING power live, the whole crowd was completely moved by his performance.
    yowhat2002on July 06, 2006   Link

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