Fred Jones pt. 2 (live at The Fillmore)

Original Artist: Ben Folds

Fred sits alone at his desk in the dark
There's an awkward young shadow
that waits in the hall
he has cleared all his things
and he's put them in boxes
things that remind him
that life has been good

twenty five years
he's worked at the paper
a man's here
to take him downstairs
and I'm sorry,
Mr. Jones,
It's time

there was no party
and there were no songs
cause today's just a day
like the day that he started

and no one is left here
that knows his first name
yeah and life barrels on
like a runaway train

where the passengers change
they don't change anything
you get off
someone else can get on
and I'm sorry,
Mr. Jones,
It's time

the streetlight
it shines through the shades
casting lines on the floor
and lines on his face
he reflects on the day

Fred gets his paints out
and goes to the basement
projecting some slides
onto a plain white canvas

and traces it,
fills in the spaces
he turns off the slides
and it doesn't look right

yeah, and all of these bastards
have taken his place
he's forgotten, but not yet gone
and I'm sorry, Mr. Jones
and I'm sorry, Mr. Jones
and I'm sorry, Mr. Jones, it's time

John McCrea of Cake, y'all!

Notes

This song was recorded live at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California on the 25th of March 2002.

Part way through this performance John McCrea, the lead singer of the band Cake, walked on stage to sing the backup vocals.