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 Ben Folds

Fred Jones Part 2 (Live)


Recorded live at:

The Fillmore

San Francisco, California



Fred sits alone

at his desk in the dark

there's an awkward

young shadow that waits in the hall


he has cleared all his things

and he's put them in boxes

things that remind him

that life has been good


twenty five years

he's worked at the paper

a man's here

to take him downstairs

and "I'm sorry,

Mr. Jones, it's time"


there was no party

and there were no songs

cause today's just a day

like the day that he started


and no one is left here

that knows his first name

yeah and life barrels on

like a runaway train


where the passengers change

they don't change anything

you get off

someone else can get on

and "I'm sorry,

Mr. Jones, it's time"


the streetlight

it shines through the shades

casting lines on the floor

and lines on his face

he reflects on the day


Fred gets his paints out

and goes to the basement

projecting some slides

onto a plain white canvas


and traces it,

fills in the spaces

he turns off the slides

and it doesn't look right


yeah, and all of these bastards

have taken his place

he's forgotten, but not yet gone

and "I'm sorry, Mr. Jones"

and "I'm sorry, Mr. Jones"

and "I'm sorry, Mr. Jones, it's time"


John Macrea of Cake y'all



(intro to Brick)

People have asked me what this song is about before - i'm sorry, i'm sorry, that's not cool to stop in the middle of a song, but I was just going to tell you, uh, yeah, I was asked about it a lot, and I didn't want to make a big hairy deal out of it cause I just wanted the song, to speak for itself, but the song was about when I was in high school, uh, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and, uh, it was a very sad thing, and um, I didn't really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement, I just wanted to reflect, uh, what it feels like, so if anyone, uh, has gone through it before, then yeah.



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