"The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind" as written by and Benjamin Scott/hornby Folds....
Apehead's brother wants to beat up Paul
The boys have gone to watch
Some of the girls are down at the mall
Justine's got cherry cola and scotch
Later on it's everyone around to Beck's
Her parents are away in New York
Sara, well, she just can't bear
The stupidity, the boredom, the grind
She stays at school so that she can hear
The sound of the life of the mind

And it's noisy up there
It rocks me like a mother
Rosa Parks and DNA
Joan of Arc and JFK
But it's noisy up there
(Noisy up there)
It rocks me like a mother

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
She's cut 'em all out of her social circle
Won't introduce them to Lincoln or Frost
Doesn't want to let them get to know Keats or Studs Terkel
They'll never know what they have lost
But Sara, well, she just can't bear
The stupidity, the boredom, the grind
She stays at school so that she can hear
The sound of the life of the mind

And it's noisy up there
(Noisy up there)
It rocks me like a mother
Copernicus and Fortune's Wheel
Plato, Glenn Gould, and the New Deal
And it's noisy up there
(Noisy up there)
It rocks me like a mother

Sara already knows pretty soon she'll be leaving
Well, she's hoovered up whatever she can find
But she doesn't want to hear about
Pregnancies, foam fights, TV, take-outs, have sex, weddings
The sound of the life she'll leave behind

Yeah, it's noisy up there
(Noisy up there)
It rocks me like a mother
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
And it's noisy up there
(Noisy up there)
It rocks me like a mother
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh


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"The Sound of the Life of the Mind" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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    Song MeaningGirl who would rather read books about history than get caught up in the bullshit that comes with being a teenage girl
    Brilliant lyrics and music
    LosMuchoson September 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone know what's being described in the third verse? I can't seem to figure out what's meant by "pretty soon she'll be leaving" and "the life she'll leave behind." Is it Sara's apparent suicide, or her going away somewhere?
    thesandwich5on September 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how you can tell that these lyrics are from Nick Hornby. Classic Lonely Avenue.
    josephneelyon October 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonTo me, Sara bears a striking resemblance to Claire from "Claire's Ninth". I personally relate to both of these songs, and I imagine that Claire and Sara are the same girl. After my parents divorced, I started tuning out things around me and focused on school and I couldn't be bothered with the bullshit.
    trevorsgon November 28, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningThe lyrics are about Hornby's friend, author Sarah Vowell. As interpreted by Folds: "... the world can sometimes feel like a thuggish place, not all that friendly. And up in your mind you can have your books, you can have any thoughts that you want, and that is kind of the story of his friend's life. There's a big rock show going on outside and that's awesome, but she's kind of up in her head, which is far more dangerous and noisier. It's like Keats and Emerson and all these people are playing a rock concert in their heads. That's kind of what he's talking about."
    effingtonon April 11, 2013   Link

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