Steal My Kisses ~ Ben Harper

Ben Harper is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, reggae and rock music  and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances and activism. Harper’s fan base spans several continents.  His albums have been commercially successful in North America, Europe and Australia. Harper is a two-time Grammy Award winner as well, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.

Harper was born in Claremont, in California’s Inland Empire. His father, Leonard, was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry, and his mother, Ellen Chase-Verdries, is Jewish. His maternal great-grandmother was Russian, Jewish and emigrated from Lithuania.  His parents divorced when he was age five, and he grew up with his mother’s family. Harper has two brothers, Joel and Peter.

Harper began playing guitar as a child.  His maternal grandparents’ music store The Folk Music Center and Museum laid a foundation of folk and blues for the artist, complemented by regular patrons Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal and David Lindley and quotes of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made often by his grandfather. At the age of 12, Harper played his first gig.  During the ’80s, in his teen years, Harper began to play the slide guitar, mimicking the style of Robert Johnson. Next, Harper refined his style, taking up the Weissenborn. Harper broke out of the Inland Empire after being offered an invitation by Taj Mahal to tour with the artist. The 20 year-old Harper and the blues legend then recorded Follow the Drinking Ghour(d) and toured Hawaii.

Steal My Kisses

“Steal My Kisses” is a single by American singer Ben Harper released in 2000.

The beat of the title song is formed with mouth noises by Rahzel.

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I put into Nashville, Tennessee
But you wouldn’t even come around to see me
Since your headin’ up to Carolina
You know I’m gonna be right there behind you

‘Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you

Now I love to feel that warm southern rain
Just to hear it fall is the sweetest soundin’ thing
And to see it fall on your simple country dress
It’s like heaven to me, I must confess

‘Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
I always have to steal my kisses from you

Now I’ve been hangin’ ’round you for days
But when I’m leanin’, you just turn your head away
Woh, no you didn’t mean that
She said, “I love the way you think, but I hate the way you act”

‘Cause I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
I always have to steal my kisses from you

Always have to steal my kisses from you
I always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you
Always have to steal my kisses from you

  • Audio from the 1999 album, Burn to Shine:

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3 thoughts on “Steal My Kisses ~ Ben Harper

  1. You should check out his recordings with The Blind Boys of Alabama for a “meet God” experience – meditate on the lyrics while the rhythm washes your soul and moves your body. A trulywawe-inspiring artist who plays with every fiber of his being, I dare some one NOT to be moved while at a live show featuring Ben Harper. He pours himself out, raw, for his audience and seems to soak up appreciation with a humility that lacks any pride or self-righteousness.

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