"I Shall Not Walk Alone" as written by and Ben Harper....
Battered and torn
Still I can see the light
Tattered and worn
But I must kneel to fight

Friend of mine
What can't you spare
I know some times
It gets cold in there

When my legs no longer carry
And the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for Mother Mary
And I shall not walk alone

Hope is alive
While we're apart
Only tears
Speak from my heart
Break the chains
That hold us down
And we shall be
Forever bound

When I'm tired and weary
And a long way from home
I reach for Mother Mary
And I shall not walk alone

Beauty that
We left behind
How shall we
Tomorrow find

Set aside
Our weight in sin
So that we
Can live again

When my legs no longer carry
And the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for Mother Mary
And I shall not walk alone


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"I Shall Not Walk Alone" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, I think you can really hear Harpers emotions while he sings. The slow and calm lyrics, really add to the song.

    I think it is obviously that this song is about the persons relationship with God. He has been through a lot. He is tired, broken and worn, but he is knows that he does not walk in this world alone.

    "Battered and torn
    still I can see the light
    tattered and worn
    but I must kneel to fight"
    -Even though this person is down and been through a lot, he still holds onto faith and God.

    "Friend of mine
    what can't you spare
    I know some times
    it gets cold in there"
    -He is referring to God when he says friend. He is looking for anything God can spare to help his through tough times.


    "When my legs no longer carry
    and the warm wind chills my bones
    I reach for Mother Mary
    and I shall not walk alone"
    -He could be referring to death and his last moments, or simply a tough time in his life. If he is talking about death, than he is saying that when the end finally comes, he will go to "Mother Mary"(ie-virgin Mary) and to heaven, thus no longer walking alone in the world like he's been doing

    If he is simply talking about hard times, than he is putting his faith in God/virgin mother, to help his through those times and walk with him and give him strength.

    "Hope is alive
    while we're apart
    only tears
    speak from my heart"
    -Even though he is going through troubles times, there is still hope for him. He still has faith, even though he is separated from God(ie-not in heaven).

    "break the chains
    that hold us down
    and we shall be
    forever bound"
    -He is talking about death and the earthy chain that keep us here. When that chain is broken(through death), he will be able to join God for eternity and be bound to him forever.

    "Beauty that
    we left behind
    how shall we
    tomorrow find"
    -It not too late to find the beauty in things. Even if you pass it one day, there is still hope that you will find it in the future.

    "Set aside
    our weight in sin
    so that we
    can live again"
    -He is talking about seeking to put aside all the sins of his life, and being able to move on and live again. If he has hit troubled times because of these "sins", than letting them go will allow him to live his life again.
    Orion510on July 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe beauty of frienship the knowledge that in a friend u have someone there for u whatever wherever. xprincessx
    madgingerprincesson June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is the story of my life. ben harper's lyrics mean so much to me and he is by far my favorite singer/songwriter. i live in alabama, and a year and a half ago my doctors and parents sent me to an eating disorder treatment center (remuda ranch) in arizona for 60 days. i missed christmas, dance competitions i'd been working toward for months, school, a big dance, and basically my family and home for two whole months during my junior year. these lyrics remind me so much of my days at remuda. looking back i loved it and it was a great experience and i have the specialists there to thank for my health these days, but at the time i was sooooo lonely. although i'd beaten my body up i could still "see the light" and hoped for recovery. at a low weight i was always so cold ("i know sometimes it gets cold in there"). i will never walk alone because i've been blessed with a loving family and tons of friends and supporters. not to mention God is leading me thru tumultuous times. the last 3 stanzas i take very literally. i left my healthy features and became really ugly and ashy and my legs really did give out numerous times. this song is my SOUL!!!
    emilystarneson June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentemilystarnes...you know you'll never walk alone...with God and friends and all that you've been through has made you who you are: a wonderful person...and one of the best friends I've ever had...Love you
    DuffDuff77on July 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song was used in an episode of LOST, as sayid walks off the beach. i thought it was very moving and just had to look it up.
    sfAMCfan46on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful!
    When i am feeling sad i like to listen to this song and it reminds me that i don't walk alone.
    i want to play this song at my funeral. (seriously)
    black_caton April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentsFAMCfan46, i first heard this on Lost and thought it was so beautiful so looked it too! this song is so moving, its so beautiful. it reminded me of a recent experience in which i was away from my home on the other side of the world for a long period of time and missing my family.
    DeathsRoseon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI went on camp a couple of months ago, and we had to walk through the forest in the pitch black, alone, gripping onto this thin piece of rope to lead us through and I sang this song the whole way through. Call me a baby but I'm deathly afraid of the dark. And this song, this song got me through it because the whole lesson of walking through the forest was that theres always someone with you, even if it is a lousy piece of rope it will lead through the darkest times. For me the meaning of the song is that even when your low and down, and you're walking in the darkest time of your life God's always going to be with you, and you shouldn't forget what you're living for thats there's a light at the end of the tunnel and things will get better. They always do.
    RA2y5on May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOh and the Ben Harper and Blind Boys of Alabama version is so so good. Google it, you will not be disappointed.
    RA2y5on May 23, 2010   Link

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