At the BFF concert in Philadelphia, PA on 10/7/2012 Ben explained this song. He said there are two types of bands...those that play and are successful and those that play and are not. The latter...
(Damn)
I order something, it took a while
This morning something was on my doorstep
What's this I'm holding?
Time capsule owner, cause I'm a brand new man
And I don't think I want it
I don't think I want it,
A roll of flies
Hang in behind me
What guarded up nights and questions, and photo-flashes burning,
And I'm so high, I can't recall my statements,
I only know I made them, because my face vibrated

Is it all in my mind?
I could've sworn I saw it
I thought I was high, just like this one I'm coming

Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall

I was startled when it was just feet on gravel
Two have come apart, I must have once been raveled
Now in pretty phrases, it don't mean nothing
And I wanna sell 'em, I see my wine again
So smooth you can hear the beard,
So smooth you can hear the beard,
(Hear the beard)
Three times it's poetry,
So smooth you can hear the beard

Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
If you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
And if you can't draw a crowd, settle for what you can draw

I'm just saying
I'm just saying
What a saying: that I'm just saying
But many wait, to what I'm saying
Always come back again, I can't ignore it
I'm a brand new man, but I'm still ṗrayin' for it

Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
Oh-oh if you're feeling small, and you can't draw a crowd
Draw dicks on a wall
If you can't draw a crowd, draw dicks on a wall
If you can't draw a crowd, draw dicks on a wall
And if you can't draw a crowd, settle for what you can draw

I only wanted to be Stevie Wonder
But I got to settle for this vanilla thunder
(If you can't draw a crowd)
This vanilla thunder
(If you can't draw a crowd)
This vanilla thunder
(If you can't draw a crowd)
This vanilla thunder
If you feeling small


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by tikalal

"Draw a Crowd" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds

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    Lyric CorrectionThese are so wrong it's amazing. I submitted an edit, hopefully it goes through soon.
    tikalalon October 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this same set of mostly garbled lyrics also appears on azlyrics. What a mess. BF5's latest album has no lyrics included, so the lyrics seem to be whatever anyone thinks they are. But the real lyrics (closest realistic effort is on thesuburbs.org.uk, a Ben Folds fan site from England which has the most accurate BF and BF5 lyrics anywhere) are about the following: in general if you aren't successful, you end up doing anything to get attention, and in particular Ben's making fun of his own efforts to get attention and of his own claim to fame. After all, although many people love Ben and his songs (present company included), many other people couldn't care less about him (he's not danceable enough, he's too white -- vanilla thunder!! -- too literary/intellectual, etc.).
    rftulieon April 22, 2014   Link

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