"Tom And Mary" as written by and Folds....
For the benefit of Tom and Mary
Before our guests arrive
If they haven't found out already
It's gonna blow all their minds
Will they find the strength to find
The will to testify?
That for the benefit of Tom and Mary
There's something we can't hide anymore
Everybody here knows the story
Some have fabricated extra parts
See the sisters shouting whispers
Feeding hot air to the sparks
Put a damper on the party
It will lighten up the room
For the benefit of Tom and Mary
They've got to see the truth today
Miss Southern's son says
"Here they come"
And all the chatter and the smiles
They come undone
And you could here a pin drop
On the carpet floor
Everyone's pretending Not to hear the knocking at the door
For the benefit of Tom and Mary
Before our guests arrive
If they haven't found out already
It's gonna blow all of their minds
If they haven't found out already
And yet the seams all seem to show
That for the benefit of Tom and Mary
For the benefit of Tom and Mary
For the benefit of Tom and Mary
We gotta let the truth be known


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    General CommentTom and Mary in the song are actually the names of 2 people that run a recording studio. On a certain day, Ben folds was in this studio and heard the phrase " For the benefit of Tom and Mary". he instanly came up witha little story in his head.
    Hostalius was right. All the guests know something or heard something that Tom and Mary did. And they don't know that they know.
    I just wanted give you the background story:).
    nauneon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wonder what it was that Tom and Mary did? Is bf5 alluding to something I'm just not getting? (as usual) or is the listener not supposed to know?
    anna118kon April 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think Tom cheated on Mary or vice versa and all of the people are at their wedding waiting to watch them get married. It is brutally obvious to some in attendance that one of them is a philanderer. This could be totally off base though.
    nireon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think everyone "the guests" know something about Tom and Mary. But Tom and Mary don't know that everyone else knows. For example, Mary is pregnant with Tom's baby, and everyone knows but Tom and Mary don't think they do.
    Hostaliuson July 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is just the greatest song. try not dancing. try it. i dare ya.
    gyroscopeon April 06, 2003   Link

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