"I Need You Back" as written by and Richard Feldman Nan O'byrne....
Take me back when you think that it's good,
It feels worse than they said it would,
You're gone, but not forever.

When I know that I'm never wanted,
I tuck away in my turtle shell,
I've standed on this hex forever.

I need you back.
I need you here.
To take away all of my pain,
And then my fear...
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!

Like a ghost on his darkest visit,
You got my soul, now baby why is it
Gone, gone gone, taken from me.
You are free if you can sleep at night,
You really must be hard if you're feelin' alright,
Hey, hey, hey, we're way uptown,
We gotta turn around.

I need you back.
I need you here.
To take away all of my pain,
And then my fear...
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back...yeah,

I need you back.
Yeah, I need you here.
To take away all of my pain,
And then my fear.
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back!
Hey!!!
Hey, I need you back...yeah,



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    General CommentI've seen Ben in an interview talking about this song. He said, that it's a song he's had for awhile and hasn't really had the opportunity to do it the way he wanted until now. He also said the lyrics were fun to sing.

    Can't say I blame him. How fun to sing, "I need you back!" It's pretty much online with "Why can't I get/just one screw" from Ben's fave the Violent Femmes. Great song.

    I happen to think this might be about Ben's relationships after Radish, maybe even during as he said it's a song he's had awhile. How many of haven't felt like, "I need you back!!!"
    IrishGuyFromVAon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the tune. it's awesome.

    "and then my fe-ee-ee-ee-ee-ar!"

    fun!

    i'm (hopefully) doing this for the battle of the bands at my school!
    sham_onon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBac aa aack. How is that not fun to sing? Lol
    killstaron April 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"You are free if you can sleep at night,
    You really must be hard if you're feelin' alright"

    ^^fav lines
    starfish7on June 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA girl broke up with him and he wants her back. That's what I think it's about. Mwahaha.

    No, really, I went to his official website and this song was playing so I just had to get my hands on it. The lyrics are so simple but isn't a little simplicity good once in a while? It's also reaaally fun to sing.
    LosingChristaon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone else notice "standed"? I'm not an English major, but that strikes me as gramatically off-putting.

    Anyway, I love BK, and I love this song.
    jillianwinteron June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti know i was just listening to this song and finally realized "standed" isn't even a word.
    but ben still rocks.
    weresofarawayon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti know i was just listening to this song and finally realized "standed" isn't even a word.
    but ben still rocks.
    weresofarawayon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I just want to hug Ben. It's an energetic song, but he's quite desperate groveling and begging for whoever it is to come back to him. (Well...duh, hence the title). Still, who wanted come back, after hearing this?
    PirateQueenon August 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentah i saw this live last month!
    amazing!!!
    abbybeeon December 22, 2008   Link

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