"Alice Childress" as written by and Folds/goodman....
Some summers in the evening after 6 or so
I walk on down the hill
And maybe buy a beer
I think about my friends
Sometimes I wish they lived out here
But they wouldn't dig this town
No they wouldn't dig this town

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress
Try not to think about it anymore
Try not to think about it, Alice Childress
Anymore, no not anymore

Alice, the world is full of ugly things
That you can't change
Pretend it's not that way
It's my idea of faith
You can blow it off
And say there's good in nearly everyone
Just give them all a chance
Now let's give them all a chance

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress
Try not to think about it anymore
Try not to think about it, Alice Childress
Anymore, no not anymore

No it didn't work out
No it didn't work out the way we thought it would
No it didn't work out
An arranged marriage is not so good

Thank God it's you
Ya know, your timing is impeccable
I'm not fooling you
I don't know what to do
Some dude just knocked me cold
And left me on the sidewalk
Took everything I had
Everything I had

Try not to think about it, Alice Childress
Try not to think about it anymore
It's getting late where you are, Alice Childress
Anymore, no not anymore
Anymore, no not anymore


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"Alice Childress" as written by Ben Folds Anna Goodman

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    General CommentI don't know if the speciffic details of his life nessicarilly have to relate to the song. I always took it to be about a guy who moved away from Alice Childress, and maybe she's more naive or sensitive than him so he tries to comfort her a lot, but the reality is he's very lonely and is getting mugged and maybe wants to give up. And maybe the fact that he has to reassure her that the world is still good is whats keeping him going or questioning everything.
    spweasleon May 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho is alice childress????
    battered_angelon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshes a playwright. i dont think the songs actually about her though. ben probably just liked the name
    PJ10on May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthere's a book (maybe its a play too) called "A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich" written by Alice Childress...but that's all I know about it
    annaraineon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere's an official BFF songbook that explains (not verbatim), "The song has nothing to do with the playwright Alice Childress. It was based on an experience of Ben's friend Anna Goodman, who was working in a hospital. It seems that one day there was a mental patient named Alice Childress who decided to douse Anna with mop water." And yes, I believe Ben just tacked on the name, as the song's not about HER either :) ...Ben has talked about his habit of using unrelated-but-real names for songs that aren't about that person or people. And who has written more "name" songs than Ben Folds? Think "Alice Childress," "Kate," "Steven's Last Night in Town," "Jane," "Annie Waits," "Zak and Sara," "Tom and Mary," "Fred Jones Pt. 2," "The Ascent of Stan," "Losing Lisa," "Eddie Walker," "Emaline"...you get the idea.
    cleverhandleon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just so awesome . .

    "Thank God it's you
    You know your timing is impeccable
    And I'm not fooling you
    I don't know what to do
    Some dude just knocked me cold
    And left me on the sidewalk
    Took everything I had
    And everything I had"

    I don't really know the meaning, but it just sounds so good.
    AlexSchwayon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have no basis for thinking this other than the lyrics "no it didn't work out the way we thought it would" and "an arranged marriage is not so good" but is it possible this is about one of his divorces? (Hasn't he been through two? I know Fraley or whatever her name is is his 3rd wife). Plus maybe is it possible that he's in LA and she's still in North Carolina? Cuz in Don't Change Your Plans he talks about LA and in this song he talks about his friends not living in that town, and he also says "it's getting late where you are" and there's a 4 hour time difference between coasts . . . Mostly I just made all this stuff up through obscure links in my own head, but couldn't those be right?
    goodmorningmisterbenon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut ben lives in australia. or did he just move there? i mean, seriously.
    wavejarson June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite quote in the world is from this song: "Alice, the world is full of ugly things that you can't change / Pretend it's not that way / That's my idea of faith". It just means so much to me.
    LittleBriddieon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow this song is great!!!! well...i haven't heard it yet though, but im sure i'll luv it. the lyrics are amazing
    sOCS479on October 29, 2004   Link

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