"Kate" as written by Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Anna Goodman....
She plays wipeout on the drums
The squirrels and the birds come
Gather around to sing the guitar
Oh I, have you got nothing to say

When all words fail she speaks
Her mix tape's a masterpiece
Walks through the garden
So the roses can see
Oh I, have you got nothing to say
And you can see the daisies
In her footsteps
Dandelions, butterflies
I want to be Kate

Everyday she wars the same thing
I think she smokes pot
She's everything I need, She's everything I'm not
Oh I,
Have you got nothing to say

She never gets wet
She smiles and it's a rainbow
And she speaks and she breathes
I want to be Kate

Down by the Rosemary and Cameron
She hands out the
Bhagaved Gita
I see her around every couple days
I want to meet her so that
I can say, hey Kate


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by craigv91

"Kate" as written by Ben Folds, Darren Jessee, Anna Goodman

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about Ben's wife, because in the liner notes of "Whatever and Ever Amen" it thanks someone named Kate Folds.
    quoth_the_ravenon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've also heard that Ben wrote this on a bet that he couldn't write a song with a one-syllable chorus.
    Rosesion May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song because of the Rosemary and Cameron mention. I go to UNC, as Ben did, and these are references to the two streets that border parallel to the main drag, Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill. I live on one and walk daily down the other, and I like to imagine Kate standing on the corner of campus just hanging out!
    pixie820on March 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is funny--it puts me in a good mood. I like the piano part too.
    anna118kon February 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song always reminds me of a girl I met in college named Kate. She always told me "jump out of a plane you might learn something." Don't worry Kate I will. She skydives btw.
    ChaosFluro24on July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorites...my boyfriend told me about it a while back..i love it cuz it's so cute and puts me in such a good mood!
    lying_awakeon July 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh hell, this song is so incredibly cute. How can you listen to this and not feel happy? My favorite lyrics are:
    She never gets wet
    She smiles and it's a rainbow
    And she speaks and she breathes
    I wanna be Kate

    She smiles and it's a RAINBOW. Everyone's gotta have a Kate of their own sometime. Crushes are fun.
    fallonyourKNEESon August 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome cool little references in this song....great tune as well.....i thought of this song when i was at warped tour and i saw these guys handing out the Bhagaved Gita...there the ones with the funny hair do...that are typically at the airport with flowers. My friend got a book from them and gave them a donation...it was cool
    c.fon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy names Kate the song kinda reminds me of how i am except i dont smoke pot or wear the same thing everyday i hope when i smile its liek a rainbow too lol but i play guitar and drums oh yea i dotn know what the Bhagaved Gita is either but other wise i am your perfect Kate ;)
    Staywhatyouareon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti have a friend named kate and we always sing this song together. my favorite line is "everyday she wears the same thing, i think she smokes pot". great.
    weezerific:cutleryon April 27, 2003   Link

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