Ben Folds Five Don’t Change Your Plans

sometimes i get the feeling

that i won’t be on this planet

for very long

i really like it here

i’m quite attached to it

i hope i’m wrong

all i really wanna say

is you’re the reason i wanna stay

i loved you before i met you

and i met you just in time

’cause there was nothing left

i sat here on my suitcase

in our empty new apartment

until the sun went down

then i walked back down the stairs

with all my bags and drove away

you must be freaking out

all i know is i’ve gotta be

where my heart says i oughta be

it often makes no sense

in fact,

i never understand these things i feel

don’t change your plans for me

i won’t move to LA

the leaves are falling back east

that’s where i’m gonna stay

you have made me smile again

in fact, i might be sore from it

it’s been a while

i know we’ve been together many times before

i’ll see you on the other side

but don’t change your plans for me

i won’t move to LA

the leaves are falling back east

that’s where i’m going to stay

all i really wanna say

is you’re the reason i wanna stay

but destiny is calling and won’t hold

and when my time is up i’m outta here

(note: please add a space here)

all i know is i’ve gotta be

where my heart says i oughta be

it often makes no sense, in fact

i never understand these things,

i feel

i love you, goodbye

i love you, goodbye…

Ben Folds Five Army

well i thought about the army

dad said, son you’re fucking high

and i thought, yeah there’s a first for everything

so i took my old man’s advice

three sad semesters

it was only fifteen grand spent in bed

i thought about the army

i dropped out and joined a band instead

grew a moustache and a mullet

got a job at chic-fil-a

citing artistic differences

the band broke up in may

and in june reformed without me

and they’d got a different name

i nuked another grandma’s apple pie

and hung my head in shame

i’ve been thinking a lot today

i’ve been thinking a lot today

oh, i think i’ll write a screenplay

oh, i think i’ll take it to LA

oh, i think i’ll get it done yesterday

in this time of introspection

on the eve of my election

i say to my reflection

god, please spare me more rejection

’cause my peers, they criticize me

and my ex-wives all despise me

try to put it all behind me

but my redneck past is nipping at my heels

i’ve been thinking a lot today

i’ve been thinking a lot today

i’ve been thinking a lot today

i thought about the army…

Ben Folds Five Guilty

Another guilty white boy, won’t you turn me in?

Always had it easy, charge me for my sins

Ain’t been through the slavery, ain’t been through the cotton fields

Through the back of a ….., cos I’m guilty

Ain’t been through the slavery, ain’t been through the cotton fields

Through the back of a ….., cos I’m guilty

Broken bones and bruises, Daddy brought the ball this far

But living on his shoulders, he passed it with his car

I’ve been through the little league, a 9 years old in the social arena

Oh baby gonna be an appeal, cos I’m guilty

I’ve been through the little league, a 9 years old in the social arena

Oh baby gonna be an appeal, cos I’m guilty

Always had it easy my future’s in the mail

Every reason to succeed, every chance to fail

Ain’t got nothing on nobody, …….

When I found that opportunity, ………

…….. World War II, …….. Vietnam

I spent my life …….. .my pals

And now I’m guilty

Ain’t been through the slavery, ain’t been through the cotton fields

Through the back of a ….., cos I’m guilty

I’ve been through the little league, a 9 years old in the social arena

Oh baby gonna be an appeal, cos I’m guilty

You wonder why we fall on top of everyone

You wonder why we’re no fun

Cos we’re guilty

Ben Folds Five Selfless, Cold, and Composed

I said what you wanted to hear

And what I wanted to say

So I will take it back

Are all the dishes intact?

Let them be broken

It’s easy to be

Easy and Free

When it doesn’t mean anything

You remain selfless, cold and

Composed

You’ve done me no favor

to call and be nice

Telling me I

Can take anything I like

You don’t owe me to be so

Polite

You’ve done no wrong

You’ve done no wrong

Get out of my sight

It’s easy to be

Easy and Free

When it doesn’t mean anything

You remain

Selfless, cold, and

Composed

Come on baby. Now throw me

a right to the chin

Don’t you stare like

You never cared

I know you did

You just smiled

like a band teller

telling me bleakly

have a nice life

Ben Folds Five Do It Anyway

You might put your love and trust on the line

It’s risky, people love to tear that down

Let ’em try

Do it anyway

Risk it anyway

And if you’re paralyzed by a voice in your head

It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead

Go on and

Do it anyway

Do it anyway

There will be times you might leap before you look

There’ll be times you’ll like the cover and that’s precisely why you’ll love the book

Do it anyway

Do it anyway

Tell me what I said I’d never do

Tell me what I said I’d never say

Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are ok

Sometimes it’s not subjective: wrong and right

Deep down you know it’s downright wrong but you’re invincible tonight

So you

Do it anyway

It’s done

You did it

Despite your grand attempts the chips are set to fall

And all the stories you might weave cannot negotiate them all

Do it anyway

Be honest, anyway

So tell me what I said I’d never do

Tell me what I said I’d never say

Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are OK

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Woah woah woah woah

It’s gonna be so very hard to say

And watch the trust and joy all drain from her innocent face

But you must

Do it anyway

It sucks but

Do it anyway

Call it surrender but you know that that’s a joke

And the punchline is you were actually never in control

But still, surrender anyway

Tell me what you said you’d never do

Tell me what you said you’d never say

Read me off that list of things ’cause I used to not like you

But now I think you’re OK

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Woah woah woah woah

Everybody knows that you just gotta do it anyway

Do it anyway [x8]

Cause you don’t do nothing to avoid self punishment

You won’t do nothing

You won’t feel nothing

Gotta

Do it, do it, do it anyway

Ah

Do it anyway

Ben Folds Five Steven’s Last Night in Town

Everyone gather round now

sing him a song

just in case by tomorrow

it happens he’s gone

For two weeks and seven days

Our fair foreign friend

I have this feeling

We might never see Steven again

We thought he was gone

But he’s come back again

Last week it was funny

Not the jokes wearing thin

everyone knows now

That every night now

Will be Steven’s last night

in town

He’s charmed everyone here

Except for Tamara Easter

Who later revealed to him

Her innermost secrets

Won us over with stories

About Linda McCarthey

Lost points with the ladies

For saying he couldn’t love a

woman with cellulite

We were talking bout something

seems like was funny

Then Steven got quiet

I think Steven was mad

Maybe he wasn’t mad

But we felt really strange for a moment

then the moment was gone

and forgotten

Ben Folds Five On Being Frank

I had it all, or should I say I saw it all?

And it’s a long way from the dustbin of New Jersey to the top

Who would have known?

Who would have known

I had a dream, but dreams had other plans for me

For 30 years I set the thermostat

Where Frank Sinatra liked it,

And old his girl hands on his hats

I never knew which one were mine

Now he’s gone, and I’m alone

And I don’t know where I might be going

I heard the wind, the wind stopped blowing

Set me on the roadside from the house

But how, for me was always someone else you know

That shadows always fall, when the sun goes down

I shook the hands, a few dames and presidents

And though they always smile politely

With a measure of decorum

Still their eyes would stare beyond me

For a glimpse of something more

But now he’s gone,

Now they’re gone

And I don’t know where I might be going

I heard the wind, the wind stopped blowing

Set me on the roadside from the house

But how, for me was always someone else you know

That shadows always fall, when the sun goes down

Alone, is shadow of a star, don’t you know

That shadows always fall, yeah shadows always fall,

When the sun goes down

And I don’t know where I might be going

I heard the wind, the wind stopped blowing

Set me on the roadside from the house

But how, for me was always someone else to go

Ben Folds Five Mess

there was a time when i had nothing to explain

oh, this mess i have made

but then things got complicated

my innocence has all but faded

oh, this mess i have made

and i don’t believe in god

so i can’t be saved

all alone as i’ve learned to be

in this mess i have made

all the untested virtue

the things i said i’d never do

least of all to you

i know he’s kind and true

i know that he is good to you

he’ll never care for you more than i do

but i don’t believe in love

and i can’t be changed

all alone as i’ve learned to be

in this mess

i have made the same mistakes

over and over again

there are rooms in this house that i don’t open anymore

dusty books of pictures on the floor

that she will never see

she’ll never see that part of me

i want to be for her

what i could never be for you

but i don’t believe in god

so i can’t be saved

all alone as i’ve learned to be

in this mess i have made

Ben Folds Five Protection

Tourists wear their wallets in odd places when abroad,

so as not to be ripped off and ways to ……….

Lawyers write some goofy terms in letters to the future,

so as not to be all screwed by……..

So will I.

And I guess I will protect myself from you.

Sometimes I get so tickled I just can’t talk.

I will protect myself from you.

I’ll keep on reminding me,

I’m always free,

I’m always free to walk.

You’re not exactly what I’m looking for,

You don’t even know that when I’ve got it straight,

now keep it in mind,

No you’re not what I was looking for.

I just need a little more of what you’ve got.

A little bit dumb, make me laugh.

And I guess I will protect myself from you.

Sometimes I get so tickled I just can’t talk.

I will protect myself from you.

I’ll keep on reminding me,

I’m always free,

I’m always free to walk.

…………………..different country anyway.

Whatever happens between you and me today,

probably will be OK,

but it won’t bother me anyway.

And I guess I will protect myself from you.

Sometimes I get so tickled I just can’t talk.

I will protect myself from you.

I’ll keep on reminding me,

I’m always free,

I’m always free to walk.

Always free.

Free to walk.

You can’t hurt me ‘cos I don’t care about you.

I don’t give a shit about you.

Ben Folds Five Alice Childress

Some summers in the evening after 6 or so

I walk on down the hill

And maybe buy a beer

I think about my friends

Sometimes I wish they lived out here

But they wouldn’t dig this town

No they wouldn’t dig this town

[chorus:]

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress

Try not to think about it anymore

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress

Anymore, no not anymore

Alice, the world is full of ugly things

That you can’t change

Pretend it’s not that way

It’s my idea of faith

You can blow it off

And say there’s good in nearly everyone

Just give them all a chance

Now let’s give them all a chance

[chorus]

No it didn’t work out

No it didn’t work out the way we thought it would

No it didn’t work out

An arranged marriage is not so good

Thank God it’s you

Y’know your timing is impeccable

I’m not fooling you

I don’t know what to do

Some dude just knocked me cold

And left me on the sidewalk

Took everything I had

Everything I had

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress

Try not to think about it anymore

It’s getting late where you are, Alice Childress

Anymore, no not anymore