"Effington" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
If there's a God, he is laughing at us
And our football team.

Effington could be a wonderful effing place
I can see it from the highway and I'm wondering
Are they effing in their yards?
Effing in their cars?
Effing in the trailers in the back roads and the parking lots
Of Effington? Making my way to Normal, Illinois.

Maybe I should ditch this little white rental on the interstate,
Start a new effing life in Effington.
I could change my name, grow a beard, start a family
Or I could just keep on moving on, moving on, moving on, moving on
And not stop 'til I get to Normal.

I want to live in Effington.
I want to die there too.
Please bury me in Effington
In Effington, in Effington, oh

I've got this movie in my mind of Effington
And the soundtrack to it sounds like this


If there's a God he is laughing at us
And our football team.

And then the people who live in Normal
Can buy the movies that I'll make in Effington
That's what Normal people do
Do Normal people do it too?
Normal people do it, people do it, people do it


In Effington, in Effington, in Effington!

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"Effington" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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  • +1
    General CommentYeah, he apparently made this song up for a show at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. The real name of the town is Effingham, located where I-57 and I-70 intersect.
    RyanKerchon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, I think that this song is just really great. The beginning is so interesting, it really brings the listener in immediately, you know? Then he just goes off on another completely different way- It's gets slower and then suddenly he talks about people fucking and such, which takes this suddenly in the comic direction.

    But at the same time, it shows that he doesn't want to live in "Normal", does he? In fact "Normal" is what takes all of the inspiration from "Effington". So along with his joking persona, he is being completely serious when he says that he wants to die in Effington and live there, etc.

    The part about God laughing, well it works well with what Ben sees the world as. It's just silly. And these "Normal" people do such odd things that are considered to be normal.

    He just wants out of Normal I believe and would rather live somewhere else.
    pamplemousse916on March 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHe got the name of the town mixed up. He said that wondered why he got no crowd response from the Effingham crowd! LOL The opening line was created while he was taking a shower. He said that on Ovation TV
    Robertsmithshomeboyon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWith the "If there's a god..." line, At first I thought it was just a goofy, meaningless line. But then I thought... Ben Folds lives in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. "Titans" were a class of gods who preceded the Olympians. So it would be pretty funny to a real god that we have a football team called the "Titans."
    joepinionon January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me feel so much cooler about living in Illinois. But Effingham is actually a really shitty town. How it inspired him, I truley do not know.
    vivreetdecreeron April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is a real Effington in Minnesota, though!
    ChaChing2308on October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOO!,this song is about my town, Effingham!
    and if anyone wonders why they would laugh at our football team,
    our mascot is the flaming hearts, if that explains anything.
    but it really is cool having a song about your town especially since its so small and unimportant.

    and vivreetdiscreer: its not that bad of a town.. :/
    audge22on June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts funny because my buddy and I made the same joke about Effingham everytime we drove past the city limits sign.

    "We're in F'ing ham?"
    UncleWalter1978on July 25, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song so fucking much.
    strykerchickon October 01, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis started as a made up on the spot song like ROCK THIS BITCH.

    he was playing in Normal
    janitorwonderfulon October 01, 2008   Link

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