Song of the Week – The Bed Song

I will be writing my review of the latest Ben Folds Five Album The Sound of the Life of the Mind over the weekend, but in the meantime, this week’s song of the week is from the album I reviewed last week. As I mentioned in that post, you can grab the entire album for as little as $1 if you so desire by going here. While the album is full of great stuff, the one song that I keep going back to this week is a wonderful song called “The Bed Song.” The lyrics come straight from the iTunes display on my iPod, but I formatted it slightly different. They really are some beautiful lyrics, and I’m almost crying listening and typing them out here. I’m so ridiculous. Seriously, GO BUY THIS ALBUM!

Exhibit A: We are friends in a sleeping bag
Splitting the heat we have only one filthy pillow to share
And your lips are in my hair

Someone upstairs has a rat that we laugh at
And people are drinking and singing van halen and slayer
On a ukelele tear

Exhibit B: Well, we found an apartment.
It’s not much to look at a futon on the floor
Torn off desktop for a door

All the decor’s made up of milk crates and duct tape
And if we have sex they can hear us through the floor
But we don’t do that anymore

And I lay there wondering what is the matter
Is this a matter of worse or of better
You took the blanket so I took the bed sheet
But I would have held you if you’d only let me

Exhibit C: Look how quaint and how quiet and private
Our paychecks have bought us a condo in town
It’s the nicest flat around

You picked a mattress and had it delivered
And I walked upstairs and the sight of it made my heart pound
And I wrapped my arms around me

And I stood there wondering what is the matter
Is this a matter of worse or of better?
You walked right past me and straightened the covers
But I would still love you if you wanted a lover

And you said…
All the money in the world won’t buy a bed so big and wide
To guarantee that you won’t actually touch me in the night

Exhibit D: Now we’re both mostly paralyzed
Don’t know how long we’ve been lying here in fear
Too afraid to even feel

I find my glasses and you turn the light out
Roll off on your side like you’ve rolled away for years
Holding back those king-size tears

And I still don’t think to ask you  what is the matter
Is this a matter of worse or of better
You take the heart failure, I’ll take the cancer
I’ve long stopped wondering why you don’t answer

Exhibit E: You can certainly see
How fulfilling a life from the cost and size of stone
Of our final resting home

We got some nice ones right under a cherry tree
You and me lying the only way we know
Side by side and still and cold

And I finally ask you what was the matter
Was it a matter of worse or of better
You stretch your arms out and finally face me

You say “I would have told you if you’d only asked me”
If you’d only asked me
If you’d only asked me

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Theatre is Evil

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