Quotes by Ben Folds

Ben Folds

Ben Folds

American singer-songwriter, musician and composer

Alive from: 1966-

Category: Music | Writers (Contemporary)

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    A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything.
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    Because I write very simply, but inside the simplicity, there's a lot of subtlety. That's what I'm proud of.
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    But I really do have a soft spot for the solo shows. Any musician who writes and sings will tell you that's the center of it, that is it. It's almost like there's something church-like about it and you gotta go back there, if you're a songwriter that sings your material.
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    Everyone, when you're a teenager and you're growing up, you do feel like your life is dramatic enough to be on a TV screen, but we know that it's not.
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    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed.
    Source: Lyrics Still Fighting It, Rockin the Suburbs (2001)
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    I don't get
    Many things right the first time
    In fact, I am told that a lot
    Now I know all the wrong turns
    And stumbles and falls
    Brought me here.
    Source: Lyrics The Luckiest, Rockin the Suburbs (2001)
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    I feel like a quote out of context, withholding the rest so I can be for you what you want to see.
    Source: Lyrics Best Imitation of Myself, Ben Folds Five (1995)
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    I'm not really a strange person or anything, so if there's music I like, usually there's other people who like it too.
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    I'm older than I was, and I'm still washed-up, and I haven't changed my music one iota. It's just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you.
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    It's a tough thing to know that when you're making your album, you're going to end up collaborating with, say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork. That just sucks. And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is, to me, dizzying.
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    Last night I was east with them
    And west within
    Trying to be for you what you wanna see.
    Source: Lyrics Best Imitation of Myself, Ben Folds Five (1995)
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    Maybe this is wrong, but I feel like I craft my songs carefully enough that I still find that fifteen years after having written one, it still works for me - I'm not cringing.
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    My idea is to play with the people who you know want to get it right. Then it's fun and easy to record, and you can get down to details, like taking out cymbals so the verse doesn't dwarf the chorus, something like that.
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    My job is to be some sort of music/lyric psychic, to figure out that that's the right song to not fight the lyric.
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    Next door, there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.
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