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 Ben Folds

Best Imitation of Myself (Live)


Recorded live at:

New York City, New York

Roseland Ballroom



I feel like a quote out of context

with holding the rest

so I can be for you what you want to see


I've got the gestures and sounds

got the timing down

its uncanny, yeah, you'd think it was me


Do you think I should take a class

to lose my southern accent?

did I make me up

or make the face till it stuck

I do the best imitation of myself


the "problem with you" speech

you gave me was fine

like the theories about my "little stage"


I swore I was listening

but I started drifting

'round the part about me "acting my age"

now if it's all the time

i've people to entertain


you know i'll juggle one-handed

do some magic tricks and

the best imitation of myself


maybe i'm thinking myself in a hole

wondering - who I am when I ought to know

straighten up now time to go

fool somebody else

fool somebody else


last night I was east with them

and west within

trying to be for you what you want to see

but I can't help it if you

good and bad comes through

hanging out with no one but me


yeah, love, its all the same

it comes from the same place

and if my mind's somewhere else

you won't be able to tell

I do the best imitation of myself


yes, it's uncanny to see

you really think it was me

the best imitation of myself

do the best imitation of myself


thank you


this is a true story, and its, um, it's about, I don't really know what it means, but its about, it's this guy we knew that climbed up a tree at a party, on acid, and he stayed up the tree, tripping all night long, and in the morning, everyone had gone home, he came down from the tree and he was a born again Christian, its true. It's where religion and drugs meet back on the other side.


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