[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben Harper[/lastfm] is not only a talented singer-songwriter, but a poet, sculpting words about love into sonically visceral experiences. Late spring/early summer is often considered wedding season and what better “alternative” acoustic love song than that of upcoming Live on Letterman star, Ben Harper.
Tomorrow, May 18th, Harper might steal your heart away with one of these Ten Love Songs for his Live on Letterman webcast right here at 8pm, ET/5pm, PT.
Blissful co-dependency always sounds like a winning idea when accompanied by an acoustic guitar and a soulful voice. Ben Harper croons his love/borderline obsession with these lyrics:
Your my first thought in the morning/When I rise/Oh- when I rise/You’re my last thought in the evening/When I rest my head at night
9. “By My Side”
In Ben Harper’s love songs, he’s either desperately in love like “By My Side” or kicking an evil woman to the curb. When it comes to relationships and artists, we guess it’s nothing but the blues:
Don’t you get ahead of me and I won’t leave you behind/if you get unhappy show me a sign/There’s no love like lost love no pain like a broken heart/there’s no love like you and me and no loss like us apart /Promises promises is only a word/and when softly spoken is never heard/and a heart is not stone/and is fragile when alone/By my side by my side won’t you be by my side
8. “Touch From Your Lust”
Not that Ben Harper couldn’t easily entrance a girl with his sweet rhyme, revelry, and hippie beanies, but his poetic summation of a lustful maiden makes us wish we were the ones touching Harper with our lust:
So much sweeter than all the rest/You’re what lies between pain and death/Sinners and saints call you by name/If you’re gonna take the praise/You’re gonna have to learn to take the blame/She only wants to be wanted/But time crumbles blue roses to dust/Now I long to feel the touch from your lust
7. “Steal My Kisses”
In “Steal My Kisses,” it sounds like Harper is in love with a hard-to-get Southern girl who is playing the love game to win–which is why Harper is always stealing kisses. But we’re sure that is just part of the grand master plan for his cunning lady love.
6. “Waiting For You”
“Waiting For You” has that sweet/stalkerish vibe that makes women swoon. Unfettered obsession can be an ego boost especially when the obsessed sings lyrics like:
I’ ve been waiting for you /I’ ve been waiting for you /Never found enything else to do /But waiting for you
5. “Gold To Me”
Harper’s “Gold To Me” dispels all our cynicism about love with its upbeat melody and poetic metaphors:
I’ve been fooled before/but now I know/I’ve made the mistake in the past/but now I know the difference from gold and brass
“Forever” is a really long time and impossible to quantify, but greedy, madly in love Ben Harper wants forever from us. We might just give it to him:
Not talking about a year, no not three of four/I don’t want that kind of forever in my life any more/forever always seem to be around when things begin/but forever never seems to be around when things end/So give me your forever/please your forever /not another day less will do/from you
3. “Beloved One”
If you’ve ever been in love before (and fallen in love again), Ben Harper’s angelic singing in “Beloved One” will bring you to tears with lyrics like:
Your eyes shine through me/You are so divine to me/Your heart has a home in mine/We won’t have to say a word/With a touch all shall be heard/When I search my heart it’s you I find/My beloved one
2. “When She Believes”
The music of “When She Believes” starts off like the beginning of a Disney fairytale movie and then the lyrics follow suit. Wouldn’t you want your Prince Charming to whisper lyrics like this in your ear:
But nothing is as beautiful/As when she believes/When she believes/When she believes/When she believes/When she believes/When she believes/In me
1. “Happy Ever After In Your Eyes”
Speaking of fairytale endings, Ben Harper’s “Happy Ever After In Your Eyes” is the perfect first dance wedding tune.
All that i can give you /Is forever yours to keep /Wake up every day with a dream /And happyever after in your eyes
- What is your favorite Ben Harper love song? Let us know in the comments!
Don’t forget to watch Ben Harper’s streaming Live on Letterman concert presented by AT&T May 18th at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, right here!