"Army" as written by and Folds....
Well I thought about the army,
Dad said, son you're fuckin high.
And I thought, yeah there's a first for everything,
So I took my old man's advice.
Three sad semesters,
It was only fifteen grand.
Spent in bed I thought about the army,
I dropped out and joined a band instead.

Grew a mustache and a mullet,
Got a job at chic-fil-a.
Citing artistic differences the band broke up in May,
And in June reformed without me, and they got a different name.
I nuked another grandma's apple pie
And hung my head in shame.

Been thinking a lot today.
Been thinking a lot today.

Oh, I think I'll write a screenplay.
Oh, I think I'll take it to LA.
Oh, I think I'll get it done yesterday (aw shit).

In this time of introspection.
On the eve of my election,
I say to my reflection
God, please spare me more rejection.
Cause my peers they criticize me,
And my ex-wives all despise me.
Try to put it all behind me,
But my redneck past is nipping at my heels

I've been thinking a lot today.
I've been thinking a lot today.
I've been thinking a lot today.
I thought about the army

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"Army" as written by Ben Folds

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about having all these dreams, and never doing anything to get there, i think. it definitely rocks.
    beanplush17on February 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is seriously great, and it is about never doing the stuff you always said you would do, it reminds me of anothe bff song, "regrets". great son;g in concert, we did backing stuff - the ba ba ba baa stuff
    freddysgirlon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a great piece of ben folds material. I was at his concert on 6/12/02 in DC and he totally rocked. He said that this song is a true story about him flunking a drum jury exam at the U. Miami, b/c he broke his hand then went broke b/c he was on scholarship. This song is awsome.
    jfabaza2461on June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAgain, to add on to jfabaza's comment- this song is a true story and when i saw ben in chicago two days ago, he said he threw the drumset in a lake (i forget which one he said, sorry) or something after the exam.
    SilverSkyon July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song; he's kind of got a sense of bitter and bittersweet humor about the whole thing. By the way, though, I'm pretty sure the line is "got a job at Chick Filet" - as in the fast food restaurant.
    lindyswingsteron July 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNo, it's Chic-Fil-A. That's the way the restaurant's name is spelled.
    Pinkertonismon August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto add to silversky and jfabaza's comments, go to even-deeper.com/benfoldsfive/interpretations/… for ben's own comments about this awesome song
    geeweyon September 10, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Citing artistic differences the band broke up in May and in June reformed without me..." Ouch. I love it. Although, I think we can all agree that, in terms of musical success, our Ben won.
    loserdorkon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!!!! I HEART THE PIANO!!!! its so beautiful
    xxpianorockerxxon June 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song
    Emily1014on April 20, 2004   Link

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