Ben Folds Five: Brick Meaning
Song Released: 1998
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 the apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down to...
anonymous Dec 11th 2006 report
This song is about a masonry expert who falls in love with a brick. He gets in a wreck with a frozen car seat, and throws some clothes on once he hits the lake, then he drowns. Off the coast, he heads nowhere. Its really beautiful because it goes so far in depth of describing the loneliness of a mason worker. Its not sick to love bricks. Its just natural. At least that's what it means to me. Either that or an abortion.
anonymous Oct 4th 2006 report
Interesting how most feel that the "brick" is the girlfriend. I believe the brick in the song is the aborted baby. Not in a literal sense, of course, but that brick (thought) that weighs down and overcomes ben folds is his unborn child.
anonymous May 2nd 2006 report
Another aspect of this song that nobody's pointed out which really increases the melancholie is the fact that the abortion was the 'day after christmas.' You can imagine the pain and dread they had to endure over the holidays while having to put on a show of fake happiness for family.
anonymous Jan 3rd 2006 report
As it has been said, it is about Ben's girlfriend having an abortion. The thing is, a baby is something that can truly connect a couple, but after the abortion has taken place the couple seem distant and almost as individuals again, alone, single individuals. The lyrics tell of the male waiting in the parking lot, meaning that the woman was alone during the precedure, further indicating the seperated state of the couple and the differed reactions to the devastating situation.
anonymous Jun 7th 2004 report
Ben Folds has said in interviews that, in fact, the lyrics were taken from his life. when his girlfriend at the time became pregnant, they (as teenagers, i believe) had an abortion performed without their parents finding out. They did, and later ben wrote a song about it and even sought out the ex-girlfriend to seek her permission. The chorus was written by a bandmate a number of years later, and seemed to fit with the lyrics ben had previously written.
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