Oh no
Here comes that sun again
That means another day
Without you my friend

And it hurts me
To look into the mirror at myself
And it hurts even more
To have to be with somebody else
And it's so hard to do
And so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away
Walk away

With so many people
To love in my life
Why do I worry
About one

But you put the "happy"
In my "ness"
You put the good times
Into my fun
And it's so hard to do
And so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away
Walk away
And head for the door

We've tried the goodbye
So many days
We walk in the same direction
So that we could never stray
They say if you love somebody
Than you have got to set them free
But I would rather be locked to you
Than live in this pain and misery

They say time will
Make all this go away
But it's time that has taken my tomorrows
And turned them into yesterdays
And once again that rising sun is droppin' on down
And once again you my friend are nowhere to be found
And it's so hard to do
And so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away
Walk away
And head for the door
You just walk away
Walk away
Walk away
Just walk on, walk on, turn and head for the door, just walk away.


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Walk Away Lyrics as written by Benjamin Harper

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    General Comment

    side note: this song is amazingly beautiful. ben harper is a lyrical genius.

    i think this song can be taken from a different aspect than a breakup. i once almost lost a friend, and when i found this song, i started sobbing uncontrollably because it perfectly defined every possible emotion i was going through. dead seriously, i hated looking in a mirror. and i dreaded the sun coming up every morning. and i asked myself why it mattered because i had other friends. and of course i fought myself back saying how she made me so happy.

    ben harper is a genius. i swear he reads minds. this is my absolute favorite song<3

    bayjmilebabeo78on November 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    From a guy/my perspective:

    There were a few comments that said this song was for the people that got their hearts broken. However, for me I really felt it was a song for the heart-breakers. The heart-breakers that really care for their significant other, but they just have break up with them. It's a beautiful song, and I swear it could bring tears to my eyes. There is contradiction from what I'm saying when Ben Harper sings, "but i would rather be locked to you, than live in this pain and misery." I find this song very similiar to Death Cab for Cutie's - Tiny Vessels. This song gives me courage to end a relationship for both people, and they will eventually find happiness again. This is my very first comment =) and after viewing a few comments, I really admire the people on this website for avoiding negative criticisms or comments.

    atticus020on December 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion

    This song is for the people who want to be with someone but cannot (already in a relationship, distant love, impossible love...) So they know that their love is shared, they feel the same, but they cannot be together because of circumstances... It's a song about impossible love... a la Romeo & Juliette....

    That is my interpretation but also knowing a bit of BH's life, that would not surprise me he wrote with this meaning... It is also a song I share with a dear friend... we love each other deeply... we are soul mates... but we cannot be together... it's very hard, when you know someone loves you as much as you love them, but life/timing/fate/commitment made that this person is with someone else, and as much as they want to be with you, they just cannot... they cannot change their life.... Walk away however can be also seen as they finally decided to walk away from what they had... to be with their friend... maybe more wishful thinking here...

    scarabeeon April 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard

    willyboyon February 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    a perfect song for those "just be friends" break ups where the one who gets dumped can't 'just be friends'.

    weirdo513on March 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Im sure everyone who has been "dumped" before can relate to this song in every possible way, i know it helps me along when im getting over a break up. I find Ben Harper lyrics very meaningful and emotional, i rate him as a very high, talented musician.

    becon March 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Best lyric in any Ben Harper song: "But you put the happy In my ness"

    IMHO

    Lissy Ratzon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is a very personal song for me. Like most of you said to anyone who has ever been dumped this is a song for us. Esp. If you still have very strong feelings for this person, but she just doesnt feel the same. You just have to walk away. "so many people to love in my love why do i worry about one. but you put the happy in my ness, you put the good times in my fun" its like its crazy to still be in love with you when you arent feeling the same but we've had so many goodtimes i can't just let go like that.

    LiveUrLifeon April 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    this song means so much to me. it defines every feeling i have when i have to say goodbye. whether it be to love or friends or people that have touched you in your life, it just fits to every emotion im feeling and i can relate to it so much. just the pain of having to leave and how hard it can be. ben harper is god

    imnifty4on May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    This song just completely captures the pain that comes from breaking up but I also think that it kinda has some hope to it. I think he is trying to say that though it's hard, it has to be done. It's such a beautiful song with a ton of emotion. The live version is amazing. I agree with jmnifty4 that Ben Haper is god :)

    bogartfanon May 01, 2002   Link

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