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Ben Folds Five - Brick Lyrics

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ArtistBen Folds Five
AlbumWhatever & Ever Amen [1997], Track 3
Brick [Ep] [2002], Track 1
GenreAlternative, Rock
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Song lyrics
6 a.m.
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
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
And 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 headed 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
For the moment we're alone
She's alone and I'm alone
Now I know it

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
corrected by Spencer on December 16th, 2011

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0 likes - like | 02-10-2010 18:49 idanosh6 
2,898 posts
Beautiful song!
0 likes - like | 01-01-2009 00:30 Lastryno 
18 posts
Ben has a way with words. Even though he's using such a simple vocabulary, this song pushes its way right up there with literary geniuses like William Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Stephen King (jk, sort of) But seriously, he shoots straight to the heart with this song, nearly making me cry several of the times I've heard, and I'm a guy. The piano is gorgeous, everything else fits perfectly, and the mood of the song connects you to its content before you get a quarter of the way into it. This song gets nine thumbs up!
0 likes - like | 29-12-2006 09:26 orkday 
2 posts
without regards to who feels more pain or politics or some fool attempting to make someones art understandable to themselves...this song is raw emotion. it connects to people in their own ways. there is no right or wrong. its not to be forced and determined by one 'the right way' for the masses, like any artistic endeavor. to me its the loss of love by actions and choices. and yours may be different. just let it be
0 likes - like | 07-08-2006 05:45 Dylank678 
2 posts
SO THAT EVERYONE IS CLEAR ON THIS SONG MEANING!!! this song is about a girl having an abortion and the guy not wanting to... well at first i thought the girl was in the hospital for something given the "they call her name at 7:30, i pace around the parking lot, i walk down to buy her flowers, sell some gifts that i got" part of the song... well there were parts i didnt get, like the "sell some gifts that i got" and the "they told me son, its time to tell the truth and... she broke down, and i broke down, cause i was tired of lying" parts... now selling the gifts is talking about him and her recieving gifts for the new baby... and the lying part is because they were trying to hide it from relatives and friends... also, the "her mom and dad went down to charlotte, theyre not home to find us out" means that their parents arent going to know about it since they werent around.... so heres a summary... the girl basically wants an abortion, he doesnt, and he finally agrees, and then everyone (like family and friends) ask why shes so sick, whys she going to the hospital? well its because shes having an abortion, and they finally break down and tell everyone what happened in the end... and yep thats what this song is about, took me a while to actually put all the pieces together to figure out exactly what this song meant...
0 likes - like | 21-07-2006 10:56 Kyks 
54 posts
This song is so beautiful. Everytime I listen to it, it breaks my heart a little bit. Its so full of raw emotion, strength and beauty. Its amazing...and so..cruel almost. The emotions are sorta...hard. Ya know? I love it When I listen to it, I cry without realising. Its a part of my soul when it plays....
0 likes - like | 20-06-2006 01:59 Maximised 
52 posts
This is a very good song, I like it very much.
0 likes - like | 22-05-2006 15:13 me_wannabee 
74 posts
today we had a prestentation about abortion and this song was used... although i don't know any other song from BFF, i still like it a lot
but my opinion: it can be about so much more than just abortion...
0 likes - like | 22-12-2005 23:05 matt_grace88 
2 posts
Very moving song, even though it carries the sense of comedy that i usually get from Ben Fold songs it also brings things back to realism.
Id reccomend listening to his cover of 'Bitchez aint Shit (Dr Dre Cover). Its very cleverly done and really has a strange but powerful effect.

Ben Folds
0 likes - like | 08-11-2005 02:12 stilettokillers 
24 posts
this song is so sad! its perfect
0 likes - like | 07-10-2005 20:39 cllncheergal 
25 posts
I love this song. Its so sad, but sooooo good.I remember when my sister was in college and BFF was big. Now that I'm in college I really understand what it means. No matter what you're politic/religious views on abortion, you gotta admit its great to have a song that talks about it from a guys point of view, like how it really isn't an easy decision and such.
0 likes - like | 12-06-2005 21:43 maggilybags 
5 posts
I love this song. It kind of makes me feel depressed and makes me wanna eat chocolate and cry and watch the gilmore girls.
It's totally about his point of view of his girlfriend having an abortion. Some people think that he's just blaming her and making it seem like she is dragging him down, but it isn't like that. He's feeling pressured by all of the responsibility of getting his girlfriend pregnant and making the descision to have an abortion. It's nice to listen to a guys point of view of his girlfriends abortion.
abortion is a horrible thing
0 likes - like | 12-04-2005 03:11 crashintome74 
38 posts
I love the piano in the this song, it makes it what it is. Especially the solo in the beginning. A friend sent me this song and I loved it before it was playing for a minute.

She broke down
And I broke down
Cuz I was tired of lying
0 likes - like | 29-03-2005 17:02 nachodudette 
43 posts
to me, this song is definitely about abortion, and for sure something they want to keep quiet.

the first clue is the lines "Her mom and dad went down to Charlotte /they're not home to find us out". this lets us know that they're doing something they shouldn't be, and also the fact that "She is balled up on the couch" shows that something is wrong with the girl, i.e. she's sick or doesn't feel well because she's pregnant and worried about what they're doing.

i think the line in the chorus "she's a brick and i'm drowning slowly" carries a ton of meaning. i think this guy got this girl pregnant and now he feels this tremendous responsibility for her and the baby, maybe while he doesn't even love her.

another hint at the abortion meaning are the lines "they call her name at 7:30 / I pace around the parking lot ", so they're at an abortion clinic or hospital.

i think the lines "can't you see / it's not me you're dying for" is a kind of message to the unborn baby, maybe an apology?

the second-last verse, in my opinion, carries the most meaning. "As weeks went by / It showed that she was not fine / They told me son it's time to tell the truth / She broke down and I broke down / Cause I was tired of lying". So after the abortion, the girl was obviously upset, maybe depressed, and her parents and friends wanted to know why. so they asked the boyfriend and since he was traumatized by it too and couldn't lie anymore, he "broke down" and told the truth, which was that they had the abortion.

man, what a good song.
0 likes - like | 19-02-2005 12:23 slay3r_88 
47 posts
such an emotional song. I think the reason he only talks about his feelings.. and not alot about his girlfriends.. is cos he's writing the song. idiot lol. anyways a commendable ballad that will bring u to tears.
0 likes - like | 14-02-2005 01:39 mad222 
14 posts
this is such a good song and you can really feel the emotion in it- i love this song and its really sad but you can tell exactly what hes feeling. props to ben folds five- all of its awesome. its sad though that its about his troubles. but i LOVE ben folds five- keep up the good work boys
0 likes - like | 30-01-2005 17:07 Kelsey_Rae 
70 posts
Just listening to was enough to make me cry, and I wasn't even paying attention to the words the first time through....
0 likes - like | 15-01-2005 07:01 parkerman 
78 posts
this is a song that it's almost impossible to dislike.
0 likes - like | 14-01-2005 20:39 gerberwacko26 
1 posts
It's about a girl having to get an abortion. If you want to know what other songs mean go to
0 likes - like | 12-01-2005 06:18 stuckeybowler 
330 posts
I love this song! It's so great!
0 likes - like | 07-01-2005 03:17 mille954 
1 posts
I think when he sings that "she's a brick and he's drowning slowly" it's not that he is saying she's dragging him down on purpose, but that it's so emotionally hard on her and there is nothing he can do. He loves her so much that he can't break himself away from her pain and therefore he's being drowned with her. This is an incredibly moving song.
0 likes - like | 20-12-2004 00:18 PhishFood 
15 posts
awesome song
0 likes - like | 19-12-2004 00:49 spart_____icus 
22 posts
omg i love this song sooo much!!! its very pretty but its sad to!!!!! but well done to the guys its awsum!
0 likes - like | 23-11-2004 22:38 ace19enjoi 
3 posts
does anyone know where i can get the music for this song free?

sheet music for keyboard=of course

0 likes - like | 25-10-2004 02:42 kAy_EsS_x_11 
11 posts
this song's amazing...sad though
0 likes - like | 27-09-2004 12:26 J_mac 
48 posts
fantastic song...i guess its become the token ben folds five song tho now, hasn't it? ah well, its still great. those who like this must listen to fred jones part 2 from his solo album...WOW! and missing the war....and all of his other slow songs. this guy is the master of the ballad