"Belinda" as written by and Benjamin Scott/hornby Folds....
Every night around this time
He has to sing 'Belinda'
"Belinda, I love you
Don't leave me, I need you"

He tried to stop a while back
But what is he without her?
A one hit wonder with no hits is what he is

And anyway
He always hears how much it means to people
There's a lot of forty-somethings
Who wouldn't be in the world without it
So now he does it with this lyric in his head

Belinda, I loved you
I'm sorry that I left you
I met somebody younger on a plane
She had big breasts
A nice smile
No kids either
She gave me complimentary champagne

No one ever wants to hear the song he wrote for Cindy
"Cindy, I love you
I need you, don't leave me"
And he can't blame them, they can tell
His heart was never in it
And Cindy never liked it but
She never much liked him

Belinda, I loved you
I'm sorry that I left you
I met somebody younger on a plane
She had big breasts
A nice smile
No kids either
She gave me complimentary champagne

So every night about this time
He feels the old self-loathing
While the old folks in the audience sing along
And he smiles and waves the mic at them
So they can do the chorus
But he's not there, he's somewhere else
He's with Belinda
In the days before he made it all go wrong

Belinda, I love you

She gave me complimentary champagne
She gave me complimentary champagne

Lyrics submitted by jtk1993

"Belinda" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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    General CommentI haven't heard anything from Folds or Hornby directly but to me the story is pretty clear, and has been stated already, but here's my version including some subtler things.

    An Ageing rockstar still tours and his biggest (or only) hit is about his ex - Belinda. He mostly plays to old folks of his generation. I think the "a lot of forty-somethings..." actually refers to the offspring of couples who got together/conceived/whatever to the song, and if for arguments sake we say the "present" is 2010 that would put the release of the song in the 60s - his hay day. This probably makes him and his fans around 70.

    Anyway the lyrics of the song are "Belinda I love you, don't leave me, I need you", but the songs he sings in his head are what really happened - he left Belinda for an air hostess (plane + champagne), who was superficially great (younger, breasts, etc), but whom he probably never really had a connection with. Not sure if Cindy is the same girl but either way her song comically has the same generic lyrics (perhaps just a metaphor for very similar lyrics).

    The last lyric is wrong - it should simply be "Belinda, i love you / She gave me complimentary champagne (X2)" And i think that's important because this time it's just him saying it, and for the first time he dropped the "ed" from the end of love - confessing that he does in fact still love her, and then repeats the champagne lyric to pathetically try to explain he was tempted away.

    One last thing - i think the "hidden" extra bit at the end could be a representation of what the song actually sounded like - it sounds like it could be from the 60s.
    thewebbon January 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment Ben Folds said this song was about an older rockstar who wrote a song about his ex, and he's performed this song year after year. He's gotten really sick of this song, but he can't stop performing it. If he did he'd be a "one hit wonder with no hit." While the fans sing the chorus for him, he's sing these sarcastic lyrics in his head.

    This song is part of the "Foldsby Project" The lyrics were written by the novelist Nick Hornby, and performed by Ben Folds.
    jtk1993on February 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOf course, the storyline here is very specific and is fictional, but when I hear this song I always think of Fold's "The Luckiest". He wrote that song while married to his third wife and mother of his children. After breaking up with her he stopped playing the song live. Recently he's started playing it again due to popular demand. I imagine it must be pretty tough to perform it, or at least it was for some time.
    Ethan_Mon January 07, 2013   Link

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