"Sentimental Guy" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
There's a moment in my mind
I scribbled and erased a thousand times
Like a letter never written or sent
These conversations with the dead
I used to be a sentimental guy
Now I'm haunted by the left unsaid

I never thought so much could change

Little things you said or did
Are part of me, come out from time to time
Probably no one I know now would notice

But I never thought so much could change

You drifted far away
Far away it seems
Time has stopped, the clock keeps going

People talkin' and I'm watching
As flashes of their faces go black and white
And fade to yellow in a box in an attic
But I never thought so much
Could change, now I don't miss anyone
I don't miss anything
What a shame cause I used to be a sentimental guy

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"Sentimental Guy" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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    General Commentthis song's pretty self-explanatory but il comment since no one has yet. this guy used to be a good person but then he does something to make him lose his morals n all that. reminds me of someone on drugs kinda....
    aisha_08on April 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like he passed all these opportunities in the past with someone, and now he's reflecting on it.
    agentdomon May 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is more about just forgetting your past. He used to know people that were really important to him, and yet he just goes on without them. He eventually ends up completely blocking them out of his past, which is kinda sad, since he used to be a sentimental guy.
    couchmonkeeon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with couchmonkee that he's remembering people who were important to him, but they drifted apart naturally. Yet, now he wishes he'd said things or done things before everything had changed so much that it's too late and there's no point caring anymore.
    orchiDanceon May 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. It was my favourite from Songs For Silverman (well, after I got over Landed :P) and the best fun is playing it on the piano. I agree with all comments here, because ben folds' music is about inspiring thought! Go Benny!
    musicmaxon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so honest & simple. and i love every bit of it.
    polka_doton July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It kind of reminds me of myself sometimes. Weird thing to say, I know.
    OneOmazinKidon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPeople talkin' and I'm watching
    As flashes of their faces go black and white
    And fade to yellow in a box in an attic

    The imagery is fantastic.
    TheDictionaryon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI consider this song in tandem with Ben's "Smoke." In that song he discusses his refusal to let his past affect him by describing a kind of metaphorical bonfire of all of the reminders of the past.
    Here I think there is certainly a hint of regret about that idea of looking at things. All of our pasts affect every one of us, and whether you are satisfied with your past or not, things about people you knew become a part of you, and "come out from time to time."
    I like the line immediately following that stipulates that "Probably nobody i know now would notice." As your life changes, and the people you surround yourself with do as well, there are aspects about you that other people just are never going to get. Like telling a joke that all of your old friends would get but that none of your new friends understand, there is a sense that we lose something when we distance ourselves from our pasts and the people that made us into who we are. By distancing yourself from your past, how can you not view the people in your life NOW as people who one day will equally forgotton...and fading...
    Based on some of his other work, I'd bet that this is a kind of true story for Ben, but for the rest of us it serves as more of a cautionary tale.
    Joekinzelon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, especially "little things you said or did are part of me, come out from time to time, but probably no one now would notice." I was expelled from a private bording school once upon a time and now that I'm going to my school in my far-away hometown and I'll hear or say things that remind me of people I used to know from time to time, but I can't share them because no one else would know what I'm talking about.
    Wrapidon May 28, 2006   Link

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