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"Brick" Lyrics

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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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     idanosh6 says:
    Like 002-10-2010 18:49
    Beautiful song!
     Lastryno says:
    Like 001-01-2009 00:30
    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!
     orkday says:
    Like 029-12-2006 09:26
    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
     Dylank678 says:
    Like 007-08-2006 05:45
    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...
     Kyks says:
    Like 021-07-2006 10:56
    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....
     Maximised says:
    Like 020-06-2006 01:59
    This is a very good song, I like it very much.
     me_wannabee says:
    Like 022-05-2006 15:13
    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...
     matt_grace88 says:
    Like 022-12-2005 23:05
    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
    Like 008-11-2005 02:12
    this song is so sad! its perfect
     cllncheergal says:
    Like 007-10-2005 20:39
    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.
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