"Ben" as written by Walter Scharf and Don Black....
Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone, and you, my friend, will see
You've got a friend in me
Ben, you're always running here and there
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind and don't like what you find
There's something you should know, you've got a place to go
I used to say I and me, now it's us, now it's we
I used to say I and me, now it's us, now it's we
Ben most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
They don't see you as I do
I wish they would try to'
I'm sure they'd think again if they had a friend like Ben
A friend like Ben
(Like Ben)
Like Ben

Lyrics submitted by planetearth

"Ben" as written by Walter Scharf Don Black

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  • +4
    General CommentIn general, I don't like MJs music. That is not to deny his talent influence or importance, just a question of taste.

    This song, OTOH, is fabulous. Really showing off his vocal talents ( rather than just his range as so often ). And while it may have been written about a rat, I think it also speaks of loneliness and finding someone to share that with, a subject that I suspect was very close to his heart.
    Schroedingeron June 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits kind of cool thats it about a rat. the movie "Ben" made me cry my eyes out.
    like at the end when the boy see's ben, and he takes q-tips to get the blood off, and then they play Ben by Michael Jackson. this made me cry for weeks!
    izabel*on January 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is so good i love it so much and it is so cute cause it is about when his pet rat died :(
    musicgodon June 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmichael jacksons true talent shines through in this song.
    his voice is amazing and shows how much of a superstar he was, and always will be.

    (even if he i singing about a rat)
    annieTLSon July 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song about a rat. Seriously
    laputaon September 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a good song especially for the subject. Have you seen the Crispin Glover video for the "Willard" remake? Weird, but good.
    FloydFanon September 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYep. About a rat.
    I have Lee Hardings version. He's so pitchy, it's adorable!
    iheartleeon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song may be about a rat, but you have to understand one thing, Michael didn't have a childhood, he was a singer. So, naturally, he wrote this song, very well at that.
    bnieves0313on July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know how he feels, my pet hamster just had to be put down, so i can relate to this song. :(
    But i love michael jackson too!
    Caitcat08on August 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is for the film 'ben' which is so sad :( and the song is fucking excellent!
    Honey_Eisenon November 05, 2004   Link

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