Live On Letterman: Top 10 Socially Conscious Ben Harper Songs (page 5)

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6. “Don’t Take That Attitude To The Grave”

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Harper tip-toes on the edge of darkness in his song “Don’t Take That Attitude To The Grave” when he boldly makes the statement that for some people it might be too late to change.

While most of his other songs have hopeful endings, Harper shows a little cultural misanthropy in this one, but still does it with a “tough love” approach:

I hear helicopters/Over my house every day/Shining their lights and flying low/Treat a child like a criminal /From the day that he is born/And you’re gonna reap just what you sow/Now while there’s still time to be saved/Don’t take that attitude to your grave/Might be too late for you I’m afraid

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