LYRICAL GEM LUCKY NO.13 – “Mr. Intentional” by Lauryn Hill

Hi Readers ;0)  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, working on the mental-health legislative-advocacy with my state legislature and trying to help them out in figuring what to do with our pending mental-health legislation.  In doing so, I came upon an album, an old favorite which I’d long since forgotten about – called “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.  It’s pretty awesome, it came out my senior year in high school, and it’s been reminding me of some of my favorite memories from that time, memories of my time spent with David back in 1999.  So that’s been pretty cool, but I wanted to post the lyrics actually, to a different Lauryn Hill song, “Mr. Intentional”, now–because it’s also come up in my playlist lately, and it’s been a great reminder for me with this legislative advocacy work, to keep focused on the goal and not let the messiness that is human-personality interfere with my goals.  So, for your listening pleasure:


Yeah, yeah, yeah hey, yeah hey, yeah hey

See the road to hell is paved with good intentions

Can’t you tell the way they have to mention

How they’ve helped you out, you’re such a hopeless victim

Please don’t do me any favors, Mr. Intentional


All their talk is seasoned to perfection

The road they walk, commanding your affection

They need to be needed, deceived by motivation

An opportunity, to further situation

Why they so important is without explanation

Please don’t patronize me, Mr. Intentional

Oh, oh, oh oh


We give rise to ego by being insecure

The advice that we go desperately searching for

The subconscious effort to support our paramour

To engage in denial, to admit we’re immature

Validating lies, Mr. Intentional, oh

Open up your eyes, Mr. Intentional


Stuck in a system that seeks to suck your blood

Held emotionally hostage by what everybody does

Counting all the money that you give them just because

Exploiting ignorance in the name of love


Stop before you drop because that’s just the way it works

Please don’t justify me, Mr. Intentional

Oh one dimensional, Mr. Intentional

Oh, oh don’t you do me any favors

Oh, oh, oh oh


Wake up you’ve been sleeping

Take up your bed and walk

Stop blaming other people

Oh it’s nobody else’s fault


Accept the truth about you

You know that life goes on without you

And your expensive misinventions

Disguising your intentions


Don’t worship my hurt feelings, Mr. Intentional

Oh, oh, oh oh

See I know you can’t help me, Mr. Intentional

The only help I need to live, is unprofessional

The only wealth I have to give, is not material

And if you need much more than that, I’m not available


Please don’t entertain me, Mr. Intentional

Oh I don’t need your sympathy, Mr. Intentional

Stay away from me, Mr. Intentional

So one dimensional, Mr. Intentional

Emotional, Mr. Intentional

Oh oh, oh


7 thoughts on “LYRICAL GEM LUCKY NO.13 – “Mr. Intentional” by Lauryn Hill

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  5. I applaud you for your work in the mental health field as my son is living with mental illness. This song is motivatonal and says poetically what I tell my son all the time.

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