"Fred Jones Pt. 2" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
Fred sits alone at his desk in the dark
There's an awkward young shadow that waits in the hall
He's cleared all his things and he's put them in boxes
Things that remind him: 'Life has been good'
Twenty-five years
He's worked at the paper
A man's here to take him downstairs

And I'm sorry, Mister Jones
It's time

There was no party, there were no songs
'Cause today's just a day like the day that he started
No one is left here that knows his first name
And life barrels on like a runaway train
Where the passengers change
They don't change anything
You get off, someone else can get on

And I'm sorry, Mister Jones
It's time

Streetlight shines through the shades
Casting lines on the floor, and lines on his face
He reflects on the day
Fred gets his paints out and goes to the basement
Projecting some slides onto a plain white
Canvas and traces it
Fills in the spaces
He turns off the slides, and it doesn't look right
Yeah, and all of these bastards
Have taken his place
He's forgotten but not yet gone

And I'm sorry, Mister Jones
And I'm sorry, Mister Jones
And I'm sorry, Mister Jones
It's time


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"Fred Jones, Pt. 2" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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    General Commenti dunno...this song makes me so sad...its sooo good but for some reason, i think everyone can find a way that it relates to ANYthing thats bothering them...breaking up w/ a gf/bf, getting fired, feeling unwanted, gettin dumped for another guy, being replaced by someone...what a song
    slickshoes513on January 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentis fred jones a real person? because the ben folds five song cigarette involves a character called fred jones who stops his wife from burning the house down, or something like that. so i think it may be based on a real guy, maybe, i don't know. good song anyways.
    xpankfrisston April 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsurely about half the songs ben has written have people's names in.. they can't all be real, surely? i have often wondered though.

    this song makes me so sad. when the harmony comes in near the end, it makes me want to cry. it really does.

    the song is saying how awful it is to be replaced i think. and how good things have to end, even if you don't want them too.

    sooo sad.
    greenplasticon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFred Jones was a real person. The lyrics in the song "Cigarette" were actually the words from a short article in a paper that Ben read and he just made a song out of it. As far as this song goes, it's about the same Fred Jones but I'm pretty sure it's not a true story. And a lot of the people in Ben's songs are real people, by the way. :-)
    SilverSkyon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song that really gets me every time i hear it. I bought the CD for Rockin' the Suburbs which is a good song but i was blown away by this and carrying cathy. As well as being touching and a great song to listen to is also brings in one of my favorite singers : John McCrea from CAKE! they are both great in this song!

    Fred gets his paints out and goes to the basement
    Projecting some slides onto a plain white
    Canvas and traces it
    Fills in the spaces
    He turns off the slides, and it doesn't look right
    Yeah, and all of these bastards
    Have taken his place
    He's forgotten but not yet gone

    ;(

    God Bless Ben Folds :D
    MorningStaron May 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful, sad song...about the inevitability of all good things coming to an end...it also has hints of death in its lyrics. Probably my favourite off "Rockin' The Suburbs."
    "Streetlight shines through the shades / Casting lines on the floor, and lines on his face / He reflects on the day" - I especially love this bit.
    Cherub Rockon May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor me, the message of the song boils down to:

    No one in the world cares about you. No parties, no songs, nothing's new about the day - just you're gone, only no one notices because no one's left who knows your name. You go home angry, try to imitate art, it fails you, everything fails you, and at the end the only card you still hold is that you're still alive.

    What can you possibly do? After all, the world is so big...
    Renzokuon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song just makes me wanna cry. i mean its basically about a guy getting fired from his job but the way ben folds writes it just makes it so incredibly sad. it goes much deeper than the surface. when i get a job ill be sure to make an impression upon people so when im there i wont be ignored and when im gone i wont be forgotten. i dont want to end up like fred jones.
    your_name_hereon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with most of what everyone has already said.

    About the people being real. .. I wouldnt say a LOT of the people are real, but quite a few of them are. At least for Ben Folds Five anyway.. ie Eddie Walker, Alice Childress..

    As for the song. I disagree somewhat with your name here. i think it's about Fred getting fired, but i also think it alludes to Fred's death. .. It's time for his death, and yet there's so much he hasnt done...
    I agree with Renzoku. We're all fairly meaningless in the grand scheme of things. How sad.

    The music in this song is absolutely gorgeous. Props to Larry Corbett on the cello.. and of course Ben on the piano. :)
    anna118kon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyah I agree with everyone, at his concert he said that part one is the first line he read in a newspaper artical that was really long and inncorrect so he wrote a song about it...
    Wyludaon July 08, 2002   Link

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