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Riff: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – “All That Matters Now”

Jan 30, 2013

I can’t get well, there’s no cure for this life/Let me down easy, at least for tonight/Now we’re together, and that’s all that matters now

from All That Matters Now lyrics by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

This bluesy, 12/8 uber-ballad has weathered-sounding Harper describing the beatings he’s taken from his life, each with the self-assuring reminder that he’s together with his love after all of it, and “that’s all that matters now.” It makes for a perfect denouement to a blues album, movie or night.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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