"One Down" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
I woke up and I drove to work
On the wrong side of the road
What the hell would I do
I must admit I didn't know
Andrew came along y'all
To add a couple lines or so
I got one I finished yesterday
And I got three-point-six to go

One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm outta here
One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm out of here

People tell me
Ben, just make up junk
And turn it in
But I never was alright with turning in
A bunch of shit
Don't like wasting time
On music that won't make you proud
But now I've found a reason
To sit right down and shit some out

One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm outta here
One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm out of here
Yeah, yeah...

I love you more than
Any man has loved before I
Love you more than
All the stars up in the sky
I think that we should
Settle down and
Live happily forever
After
What do you think of that?...

I'm really not complaining
I realize it's just a job
And I hate hearing belly-aching rock stars
Whine and sob
Cause I could be busing tables
I could well be pumpin' gas
Yeah, but I get paid much finer
For playin' piano and kissin' ass
This is one I wrote just an hour ago
And three-point-six at last

One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm outta here
One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm out of here
One down
And three-point-six
One down
And three-point-six
Tomorrow
And I'm out of here


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"One Down" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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    General CommentI saw Ben in concert and he explained this song. He had a contract that said he had to write so many song in a certain amount of time and his deadline was coming up. He didn't like writing bad songs, even though it would have counted towards his quota. He collaborated with someone on one of them, hence the .6 that he still needs.
    SongMeaningson March 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoy this song much, can't wait for the Ben Folds Live cd it comes out 0ct.8th, YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    insulatedsoulon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe ben folds live cd is AWESOME! =). i like this song. it's...different=)
    wavejarson April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite songs. so good.
    stellaron April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a studio version of this one too, not just the live version. I do like the break on the live one though, just how he says it: And live happily forever... after...
    m_D_ton October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was at the 9:30 club show in DC where he recorded the live version of this...that tour was so cool b/c it was so intimate and the stories he told about all of the songs were so interesting and hilarious (like this one)...his next tour sucked...he played big venues (losing the intimacy), played with Guster for some reason, and he played every song exactly the same as he did on the piano tour...i think its time to bring back Mr Jesse and Mr Sledge ben
    RockSpaceon March 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm seeing Ben at the 9:30 club on May 8th....incredibly excited. I love this song so much--definitely a favorite.
    XswissarmyromanceXon April 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuhh ROckspace, guster is definitely one of the greatest bands in the entire world broseph!!
    jennasmybabyon December 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong is sick!!!!
    saminexon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe 4.6 songs he wrote to get out of his deal are awesome..this one, The Secret Life of Morgan Davis, Girl ("uncomfortably close to a boy band song"), Shit Day, and Make Me Mommy...his frustration is all over the place.

    I actually love this song though...not even for the frustration humor, it's just a good song with terribly well written lyrics.
    wil555on July 02, 2006   Link

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