Best Imitation of Myself (live at the Roseland Ballroom)

Original Artist: Ben Folds

I feel like a quote out of context
with holding the rest
so I can be for you what you want to see

I've got the gestures and sounds
got the timing down
its uncanny, yeah, you'd think it was me

Do you think I should take a class
to lose my southern accent?
did I make me up
or make the face till it stuck
I do the best imitation of myself

the "problem with you" speech
you gave me was fine
like the theories about my "little stage"

I swore I was listening
but I started drifting
'round the part about me "acting my age"
now if it's all the time
i've people to entertain

you know i'll juggle one-handed
do some magic tricks and
the best imitation of myself

maybe i'm thinking myself in a hole
wondering - who I am when I ought to know
straighten up now time to go
fool somebody else
fool somebody else

last night I was east with them
and west within
trying to be for you what you want to see
but I can't help it if you
good and bad comes through
hanging out with no one but me

yeah if it's all the same
it comes from the same place
and if my mind's somewhere else
you won't be able to tell
I do the best imitation of myself

yes, it's uncanny to see
you really think it was me
the best imitation of myself
do the best imitation of myself

thank you

Notes

This song was recorded live at the Roseland Ballroom, New York on the 13th of June 2002.