Excuse Me Mister

Written by: 
Ben Harper
23 May 1998

Excuse me mister, do you have the time?
Or are you so important that it stands still for you.
Excuse me mister, lend me your ear,
Are you not only blind but are you scared to hear?

Excuse me mister, is that oil in the sea.
Pollution in the air, mister what could that be.
Excuse me mister, I'm a mister too,
There's misters like you, giving me a bad name.

I'm taking the 'mister' right out of your name
'Cause it's misters like you that put the rest of us to shame.
I'm taking the 'mister' right out of your name
'Cause it's misters like you, that give me a bad name.
Giving me a bad name... sweet love.

Excuse me mister, can't you see the children dying?
You say that you can help them; you're not even trying.
Excuse me mister, take a look around:
Mister just look up, and you will see what is coming down.

Oh, taking the 'mister' right out of your name
'Cause it's misters like you, that give me a bad name.
Yes I'm taking the 'mister' right out of your name,
'Cause it's misters like you that put the rest of us to shame.
I'm taking the 'mister' out of your name
'Cause it's misters like you, giving misters like me, a bad name.
You're giving me - a bad name...

Mister, mister, when you're rattling on heaven's gate,
Let me tell you mister, then it's going to be too late.
Oh mister, mister, when you get there,
They don't care how much you saved;
They want to know how much you gave away.

Excuse me mister, I'm a mister too!
You're giving me a bad name,
A mister like you, you fool! *

Taking the 'mister' right out of your name,
'Cause it's misters like you, that give me a bad name.
Come on - taking the 'mister' right out of your name,
'Cause it's misters like you, that give me a bad name.
Taking the 'mister' right out of your name,
'Cause it's misters like you, that keep giving me a bad name.

Excuse me mister;
Please excuse me mister.
Excuse me mister, do you have the time?
Or are you so important that it stands still for you.
Excuse me mister lend me your ear...

muffnote:
* At 3:19, the balance is somewhat disturbed, apparently due to hasty mixing.

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