Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I Heart Ben

Mr. Folds, you've changed Holly's and my life and given us some new things to think about. We gotta thank you for that. You have made us laugh and think and laugh again. Thanks.

Jasen Ashdown shared some EPs of Ben's with us, and they have become anthems for our pilgrimage in many a place. Songs like Jesusland, Give Judy My Notice, Cooler Than You, and the below song, All You Can Eat, are just simply wonderful songs.

You really should buy his music and become a snarky, punk-ass kid like me.

All You Can Eat by Ben Folds

Son look at all the people in this restaurant
What d'you think they weigh?
And out the window to the parking lot
At their SUVs taking all of the space

They give no fuck
They talk as loud as they want
They give no fuck
Just as long as there's enough for them

Gotta get on the microphone down at Wal-Mart
Talk about some shit that's been on my mind
Talk about the state of this great of this nation of ours
Poeple look to your left, yeah look to your right

They give no fuck
They buy as much as they want
They give no fuck
Just as long as there's enough for them

Son look at the people lining up for plastic
Wouldn't you like to see them in the National Geographic?
Squatting bare-assed in the dirt eating rice from a bowl
With a towel on their head and maybe a bone in their nose

See that asshole with a peace-sign on his licence plate
Giving me the finger and running me out of his lane
God made us number one because he loves us the best
Well maybe He should go bless someone else for a while, give us a rest

[They give no...]
Yeah and everyone can see
[They give no...]
We've eaten all that we can eat


Sorry if it seems a bit crude, but it reminds me of James' (you know, Jesus' brother) words...You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

3 comments:

Andrew Greenhalgh said...

Man, I haven't heard that but it rings waaaaaaayyyyyyy true! Ouch!

Damien said...

So looking forward to seeing you guys next week!

I'm really pushing for my friend Jonathan to come up with us - he's the guy that was playing at the Depot way back when you and Holly were first in Riverside and couldn't get in on the open mic night.

I know that he'd love to spend some time with you if you guys are around.

EmmA...er...Pamela said...

one day I was watching the BBC news and those brits are so funny when they talk about the US.... they were covering some story about a guy running for senate and they went into a diner to ask the opinions about the candidate... everyone in the diner was obviously overweight and the journalist said, "in XX connecticut, where people obviously love their comfort food..." man, what an image we send to the rest of the world, huh? (not that brits really have that much room to talk)

anyway, this song just reminded me of that.