Ben Folds Five Smoke

Leaf by Leaf page by page

Throw this book away

All the sadness all the rage

Throw this book away

Rip out the binding, tear the glue

All of the grief we never ever knew

We had it all along

Now its smoke

The things we’ve written in it

Never really happened

All of the people come and gone

Never really lived

All of the people have come have gone

No one to forgive smoke

We will never write a new one

There will not be a new one

Another one, another one

Here’s an evening dark with shame

Throw it on the fire

here’s the time I took the blame

Throw it on the fire

Here’s the time we didn’t speak

it seemed for years and years

Here’s a secret

No one will ever know the

realsons for the tears

They are smoke

Where do all the secrets live

They travel in the air

You can smell them when they burn

They travel

Those who say the past is not dead

Stop and smell the smoke

You keep on saying the past is not dead

Come on and smell the smoke

You keep saying the past is not even past

You keep saying

We are, smoke

Ben Folds Five Michael Praytor, Five Years Later

It was the opposite of ‘Fire and Rain’

You know the song

I never thought I’d see this guy again

But I was wrong

Oh, every five years

Since 1972 when at recess

He recruited me to try to kick

The church down to the ground

Michael Praytor

So random

Who knows why some satellites

Come by and by

While others disappear

Into the sky

Good morning, mirror

Break the change to me

I tried to stay too close to see

That there’s a pattern in the tiles

And a fool who marks the miles

It was long hair

And this time it was no hair

Seeming thin, divorced, inspired

Engaged in chemo, born again and fired

Michael Praytor

So random

Who knows why some satellites

Come by and by

While others disappear

Into the sky

Disappear into the sky

Hey

At Hanes Mall parking lot at 5am

I saw him sleeping in his car

I’ve been up all night from New York

Bumming out on 95

Now I’m 30 and we all live with our parents

“And my wife,” he said, “she kicked me out”

I said, Same here

Guess I’ll see you ’round

(I’ll see you around)

Guess I’ll see you ’round

(I’ll see you around)

Michael Praytor

Michael Praytor

Michael Praytor

Michael Praytor

So random

Who knows why some satellites

Come by and then they disappear

Ben Folds Five Tom and Mary

For the benefit of Tom and Mary,

before our guests arrive.

If they haven’t found out already it’s gonna blow their minds.

Will they find the strength to find the will to testify?

And for the benefit of Tom and Mary,

there’s something we can’t hide anymore.

Everybody here knows the story,

some have fabricated extra parts.

See the sisters shouting whispers,

feeding heartache to the sparks.

Put a damper on the party,

it’ll lighten up this room.

And for the benefit of Tom and Mary,

they’ve got to see the truth today.

Miss Powersson says here they come.

And all the chatter and the smiles have come undone.

And you could here a pin drop on the carpet floor,

everyone’s pretending not to hear them knocking at the door.

For the benefit of Tom and Mary,

before our guests arrive.

If they haven’t found out already it’s gonna blow their minds.

If they haven’t found our already,

And all the seams all seem to show,

and for the benefit of Tom and Mary we gotta let,

the truth be known.

Ben Folds Five Narcolepsy

i should warn you

i go to sleep

i know you don’t

know what i mean

yet

i get upset or happy

i go to sleep

nothing hurts when

i go to sleep

but i’m not tired

i’m not tired

i know it seems that i don’t care

but something in me does i swear

i don’t remember all last year

i left you awake to cry the tears

while i was dreaming in streams

flowing between the shores

of joy and sadness

i’m drowning

save me

wake me up

i should warn you

i go to sleep

you won’t know when i go to sleep

because i’m not tired

i’m not tired

i just sleep

Ben Folds Five Away When You Were Here

Dad I know you were sad when you died

And I was young it’s the way I kept you in my mind

The mess that was left and my mother cried

And when she stood up she was nobody’s mother

I’d be fine

But I missed you then

And I miss you now

Liked you’d missed things I might say

You’re still lost in clouds but I’m older now

I can see through lifting haze

That you were away even when you were here

Sometimes a phrase or a manner that’s you

Comes through me, it goes in a flash

It’s a frame, it’s a blink like life

Oh and how much now should we pay for the past

Cause you could age with grace if I freed you in my mind

But I loved you then

And I love you now

All the things I wished I’d asked

When I’m lost in clouds

I remember how I was robbed and I was blessed

And you were away even when you were here

Cause it’s not about you, not you, anymore

It’s about what I’d do with it all

And I, I’ll never let you let me down

This morning I wake to be older than you were

Flash I’ll smell for miles, every footstep would be mine

You’d have lost that weight, you’d have gone so straight

You’d have made my wedding day

You’d have saved my youth from that point of truth

You’d have kept those wolves at bay

But you were away, you were away even when you were here

Ben Folds Five Rocky

We were in a park

and I could jump so far.

Seems that all I’d ever done,

is smoking pot out in the car.

And this fear faded in,

…….in my old school.

He says

“Ben, we both know you’re a saint,

I’ve been running through these fields

it’s such a lovely place you drink,

is it your imagination,

it’s been years since I’ve been on my feet?”

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s on it’s way.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s time he went away.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Now I recall,

but I don’t know who,

told me Rocky was a runner,

won a medal back in school.

Now at Christmas Momma says,

you go up in Rocky’s room.

And as we watch the sun go down,

he thanks me for my dreams.

He says “I know you think you are,

but you’re not completely free.

The man who’s seen the spectre of….

is completely free.”

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s on it’s way.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s on it’s way.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Then he smiled,

and he turned and walked away.

He said over his shoulder,

“I’ll be gone when you’re awake.”

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s on it’s way.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Now it’s Rocky’s day,

and it’s on it’s way.

Sun won’t be coming out today.

Ben Folds Five Cool Whip

Saying shit that don’t sound too cool,

like lovey-dovey honey-bunny,

give us all a break dude.

You’re checking out.

Cool whip.

Oh Oh Oh.

Cool Whip.

Oh Oh Oh.

Cool whip.

Oh Oh Oh.

Cool Whip.

Oh Oh Oh.

That tops it off,

we think you’d better cool it down.

Ben Folds Five Evaporated

What I’ve kept with me

And what I’ve thrown away

And where the hell I’ve ended up

On this glary random day

Were the things I really cared about

Just left along the way

For being too pent up and proud

Woke up way too late

Feeling hung over and old

And the sun was shining bright

And I walked barefoot down the road

Started thing about my old man

It seems that all men

Wanna get into a car and go

Anywhere

Here I stand–sad & free

I can’t cry and I can’t see

What I’ve done

God…What have I done

So don’t you know I’m numb, man

No I don’t feel a thing at all

Cause its all smiles & business these days

and I am indifferent to the loss

I’ve faith that there’s a soul

whose leading me around

I wonder if she knows

Which way is down…

I poured my heart out

I poured my heart out

it evaporated…see?

Blind man on a canyon’s edge

of a Panoramic scene

Or maybe I’m a kite

That’s flying high & random

Dangling a string

Or slumped over in a vacant room

Head on a stranger’s knee

I’m sure back home

They think I’ve lost my mind.