Brick (live at the Roseland Ballroom)

Original Artist: Ben Folds & Darren Jessee

(People have asked me what this song is about before - i'm sorry, i'm sorry, that's not cool to stop in the middle of a song, but I was just going to tell you, uh, yeah, I was asked about it a lot, and I didn't want to make a big hairy deal out of it cause I just wanted the song, to speak for itself, but the song was about when I was in high school, uh, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and, uh, it was a very sad thing, and um, I didn't really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement, I just wanted to reflect, uh, what it feels like, so if anyone, uh, has gone through it before, then yeah.)

6am, day after Christmas,
I throw some clothes on in the dark,
The smell of cold,
Car seat is freezing,
The world is sleeping,
I am numb.

Up the stairs to her apartment,
And she is balled up on the couch,
Her Mom and Dad went down to Charlotte,
They're not home to find us out,

And we drive,
Now that I have found someone I'm feeling more alone,
Than I ever have before.

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly,
Off the coast and I'm headed nowhere,
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly.

They call her name at 7:30,
I pace around the parking lot,
Then I walk down to buy her flowers and sell some gifts that I got,
Can't you see it's not me you're dying for?
Now she's feeling more alone than she ever has before.

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly,
Off the coast and I'm heading nowhere,
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly.

As weeks went by it showed that she was not fine,
They told me "Son, it's time to tell the truth",
And she broke down and I broke down 'cause I was tired of lying.

Driving back to her apartment and for the moment we're alone,
Yeah she's alone,
I'm alone,
And now I know it.

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly,
Off the coast and I'm heading nowhere,
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly.

Notes

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