Fight For Your Mind

Virgin Records America
Release date
20 Jul 1995
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Oppression 2:58 88,698
2 Ground On Down 4:54 89,145
3 Another Lonely Day 3:43 196,314
4 Please Me Like You Want To 4:55 70,276
5 Gold To Me 5:00 89,172
6 Burn One Down 3:31 240,617
7 Excuse Me Mr. 5:24 88,279
8 People Lead 4:13 62,286
9 Fight For Your Mind 4:06 63,259
10 Give a Man a Home 3:35 64,051
11 By My Side 3:34 114,717
12 Power of the Gospel 6:02 67,638
13 God Fearing Man 11:49 45,256
14 One Road To Freedom 4:14 43,538

About this album

Fight for Your Mind is a 1995 (see 1995 in music) album by Ben Harper. It was his last solo album before adding The Innocent Criminals to his line-up. Reviews were generally very positive, praising Harper’s fusion of multiple genres, from Folk (“Another Lonely Day”), folk rock (“Gold to Me”), Black Sabbath-style riffing heavy metal (“Ground on Down”) and politically-charged reggae (“Excuse Me Mister”).

After Harper’s well-received debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he expanded on his fanbase by touring relentlessly with jam bands like Dave Matthews Band. On this, his second album, Harper added a more refined sense of his own intense spirituality, such as on the gospel-influenced album closers, “Power of the Gospel”, “God Fearing Man” and “One Road to Freedom”.

Track listing

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

1. “Oppression” 2:58
2. “Ground on Down” – 4:53
3. “Another Lonely Day” – 3:43
4. “Please Me Like You Want To” – 4:55
5. “Gold to Me” – 5:00
6. “Burn One Down” – 3:31
7. “Excuse Me Mr.” (Harper, Plunier) – 5:24
8. “People Lead” – 4:13
9. “Fight for Your Mind” – 4:06
10. “Give a Man a Home” – 3:35
11. “By My Side” – 3:34
12. “Power of the Gospel” – 6:02
13. “God Fearing Man” – 11:49
14. “One Road to Freedom” – 4:14


The Fight For Your Mind artwork features the use of military roundels from African nations (plus Jamaica) to represent each track on the album. The track corresponding to each roundel is:

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  • picatchune

    maybe my favorite

    Yesterday 6:06pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    I love the way "Ground on Down" starts. Excellent album overall!

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • boehj

    a lot of classics on this one.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PedroCorvino

    The title track is amazing!

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cslyp

    “Fight for Your Mind” progresses from Ben Harper’s debut album. It has a little bit of everything, and shows Ben’s diverse talent. It adds more funky percussion and bass lines (Burn One Down) and more of the use of the slide guitar in harder rock songs. At the same time, he continues to perform of his softer acoustic songs, which made his first album special.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheDistantOne

    An absolute favorite of mine. It sounds like gold to me!

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • gygli

    great, GREAT album. It`s just so awesome, like a march through so many different emotions. Oh man, gotta love this. Good job Ben! keep on rockin!

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • daraloglan

    great album

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • antity

    His best album in my opinion.

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Lysurgeon

    Please me like you want to is one of the most beautifully depressing songs I've ever heard.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • webbzy

    such a great album!!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • sunnotes

    Yeah! Mi piace correre con questo pezzo! ;)

    12 Nov 2007 Reply

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