Ben

Song information

Authors: Walter Scharf, Don Black
Album title: Ben
Year of release: 1972
Duration: 2:42
Lyrics:
Ben, the two of us need to 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 (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“ and „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
(A friend) Like Ben
(Like Ben) Like Ben
Song recording information:
  • Produced and Arranged by The Corporation: Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Berry Gordy and Deke Richards
Song released in albums:
Song type Album title, song's alt. title Duration Year of release
[I] Michael Jackson - The Story - Played by London Twilight Orchestra - Vol. 2 Unknown
Michael Jackson — Ben [M 1207F] S 2:42 1972
Michael Jackson — Ben 2:42 1972
Michael Jackson — Ben [TMG 834] S 1972
[G] The Jackson 5 — In Japan! 2:55 1973
Michael Jackson — The Best Of Michael Jackson 2:44 1975
The Jackson 5 — Anthology 2:42 1976
[G] The Jacksons — Live 3:46 1981
Michael Jackson — 18 Greatest Hits 2:41 1983
Michael Jackson — Anthology 2:45 1986
The Michael Jackson Mix - 40 Hits 1987
Michael Jackson — Motown's Greatest Hits 2:41 1992
[I] London Synphonic Orchestra Plays Michael Jackson 2:42 1995
Michael Jackson — The Best Of Michael Jackson (Anthology Series) 2:45 1995
The Jackson 5 — Soulsation! 2:45 1995
Michael Jackson — The Best Of Michael Jackson - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection 2:47 2000
Michael Jackson — Classic Michael Jackson - The Universal Masters Collection 2:46 2001
The Jacksons — The Very Best Of 2:44 2004
Michael Jackson — The Ultimate Collection 2:43 2004
[R] The Jackson 5 — Soul Source Jackson 5 Remixes 2

Ben (Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O — HF Remix #2)

2005
Michael Jackson — The Essential Michael Jackson 2:43 2005
Michael Jackson — Colour Collection 2:47 2007
Michael Jackson — Gold 2:47 2008
Michael Jackson — The Motown Years 2:49 2008
[A] Michael Jackson — Pure Michael - Motown A Cappella

Ben (A Cappella)

2:27 2009
[R] Michael Jackson — The Remix Suite

Ben (Akon Remix)

3:29 2009
[A] Michael Jackson — The Stripped Mixes 2:42 2009
Michael Jackson — The Definitive Collection 2:44 2009
Michael Jackson — Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection 2:48 2009
[I] Lex Vandyke — This Is It & Other Great Michael Jackson Songs 2:39 2009
[R] Michael Jackson — Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. Presents Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 Remixes

Ben (Remix)

3:30 2010
[G] The Jackson 5 — Live At The Forum 2010
[I] Adam Rafferty — I Remember Michael - A Michael Jackson Solo Guitar Tribute 3:04 2011
[R] Michael Jackson — Immortal 3:45 2011