Ben Harper - I'll Rise Lyrics

Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World cover art
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You may write me down in history
With your bitter twisted lies
You may trod me down in the very dirt
And still like the dust I'll rise
Does my happiness upset you
Why are you best with gloom
Cause I laugh like I've got an oil well
Pumpin' in my living room

So you may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes
And I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise
Out of the shacks of history's shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise

Now did you want to see me broken
Bowed head and lowered eyes
Shoulders fallen down like tear drops
Weakened by my soulful cries

Does my confidence upset you
Don't you take it awful hard
Cause I walk like I've got a diamond mine
Breakin up in my front yard

So you may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes
And I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise
Out of the shacks of history's shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise

So you may write me down in history
With your bitter twisted lies
You may trod me down in the very dirt
And still like the dust I'll rise

Does my happiness upset you
Why are you best with gloom
Cause I laugh like I've got a goldmine
Diggin' up in my living room

Now you may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes
And I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise
Out of the shacks of history's shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Three of Us
  • 2 Whipping Boy
  • 3 Breakin’ Down
  • 4 Don’t Take That Attitude to Your Grave
  • 5 Waiting on an Angel
  • 6 Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now
  • 7 Forever
  • 8 Like a King
  • 9 Pleasure and Pain
  • 10 Walk Away
  • 11 How Many Miles Must We March
  • 12 Welcome to the Cruel World
  • 13 I’ll Rise


  • Credits
    publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    writers: Ben Harper, Maya Angelou
    album: Track 13 in album Welcome to the Cruel World
    release date: 1994-2-8
    popularity : 73 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Blues Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Alternative Rock
    length: 6:14
    Album Information
    label: Virgin
    country(area): Europe
    format: CD
    barcode: 724383932023
    script: Latin