What does Still Fighting It mean?

Ben Folds: Still Fighting It Meaning

Album cover for Still Fighting It album cover

Song Released: 2002

Still Fighting It Lyrics

Good morning, son.
I am a bird
Wearing a brown polyester shirt
You want a coke?
Maybe some fries?
The roast beef combo's only $9.95
It's okay, you don't have to pay
I've got all the change

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 22nd 2006 !⃝

    It's the dichotomy between hoping your child grows up just like you, and hoping that they will be saved from the pain of life that you have had to endure.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd 2015 !⃝

    In a first-person point of view, Ben Folds feels terrible about how horrible he was as a father. In the line, "You're so much like me, I'm sorry," HE apologizes for how much of a bad influence he was for his children, hoping that because he divorced his wife, possibly went to jail, yelled at his kids, became an alcoholic, etc., it became a lesson on what NOT to do when they grew up.

    Having realized his mistakes, he watches his kids go through the same exact thing that he experienced at their age, and he wants them to get as far away from him as possible so that they'll stop being like him.

    "You'll try, and try, and one day, you'll fly away from me."

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2014 !⃝

    I feel that the song is more than just apologizing for life but is also apologizing for how much the child resembles Folds himself. So behind the deep lyrics, there may be a hint of humor but this is hidden in a curtain of sadness and darkness

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2007 !⃝

    I take this song to be from an absent father coming back into the picture.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    May 8th 2005 !⃝

    This song was written for Ben Fold's son. It's basically warning him about how painful life and growing up are, and apologizing that he will have to go through it all.

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