Ben the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see you've got a friend in me
(you've got a friend in me)
Ben you're always running here and there
(here and there)
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind and don't like what you find
There's something you should know you've got a place to go
(you've got a place to go)
I used to say "I and me"
Now it's us now it's we
(I used to say "I is me")
(now it's us now it's we)
Ben most people would turn you away
(turn you away)
I don't listen to a word they say
(a word they say)
They don't see you as I do I wish they would try to
I'm sure they'd think again if they had a friend like Ben
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4 years ago
Michael has found friendship in a pet rodent. What's makes it different is the way he describes this situation. He feels as if no one else would accept such a good view of his friendship with this rat, but he gives a little more detail on it too. He thinks he can interpret the thoughts of the rat, and proclaims " You feel, you're not wanted anywhere". He then comforts the rat, and says: " There's something you should know, you've got a place to go". He views them as best friends and doesn't care what other people think. He wishes they would give the rat a second thought, because maybe they would see he really is a good friend..
4 years ago
Ok, so the song was written to describe a rat from the film but this song when taken out of context is quite touching. Michael Jackson manages to put so much emotion onto it with his sweet voice and the fact that he was so young. Knowing what we know of his childhood he certainly had a lot of emotion to draw on. I wonder if he really felt lonely like this in his life.