"Carrying Cathy" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
Her window was hung like a painting
She worried it might come to life
She stared for hours
So obsessed was I and self-absorbed that I
Didn't see that she was

There was always someone carrying
There was always someone carrying
Always someone's carrying Cathy

There were times when I'd find myself saying that:
"Friends, you don't understand"
And she's different when it's just me and her, and I
Closed the door and I tried to hang on and she
Sank into the dark
I was over my head

There was always someone carrying
There was always someone carrying
Always someone's carrying Cathy

We gave you everything
You could have been anything
We gave you everything
You could have done anything

But to imagine a fall
With no one at all to catch you
There'd always been someone

Then one night she climbed into the picture frame
Out in the frozen air
And out of sight

Woke up sad from this dream I've been having
The last couple nights or so
With her father and brothers we're all at the funeral
Carrying a box through the rain
Then somebody says that it's always been this way

Always someone's carrying
There was always someone carrying
Always someone's carrying Cathy

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"Carrying Cathy" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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  • +1
    General CommentI think most people probably agree that it's about suicide and have nothing to add. All I have to say is that I think it's a gorgeous song. One of my favourites.
    gdson August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think anyone mentioned that Fold's lyrics are kind of reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and, obviously therefore, the Kate Bush song. The window imagery and the daunting depression work well to conjure up the novel and the other song.

    The song also makes me thing of The Cowboy Junkie song, Horse in the Country, and the line: "...except for Kathy...who bought a one way ticket...and left us all behind."
    Darnfishon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou know, i know i'm wrong, but i always got the impression that Cathy was Kate (from, obviously, the Ben Folds Five song Kate.)

    You know, like, when he was crushing over Kate, she didn't really know him that well, and he just adored her from a distance. Maybe he had only heard her name being said- never seen it written- and assumed that Cate, short for Cathy, short for Catherine, was Kate, short for Kathy, short for Katherine.

    It always seemed reassured by the line "she's different when it's just me and her", like, he had been wanting her (or wanting to BE her) for so long, and when he eventually became friends with her, and showed his friends, they didn't get her like he did at all.

    Also: "So obsessed was I and self-absorbed that I/ didn't see that she was/ crying". That line could also work with it; that because he's spent so like seeing Kate, and saying how "I wanna be Kate" (being self-obsessed), he didn't really notice what was really going on inside her.

    Don't worry, I know its know what Folds was thinking-- but darn if it don't work for me as a tragic-sequal to a feel-good-hit!
    chiiildon October 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one has written about this song. This song is so beautiful. Obviously, this song is about a girl named Cathy who committed suicide. I can really relate to the line "but to imagine a fall with no one at all to catch you".
    prozakruinon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the imagry in this song is great, 'her window hung like a painting 'et al and then 'she climbed into the picture frame'b v. sad but i can relate to it.
    freddysgirlon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot to be picky- but this is a solo song by Ben Folds, not Ben Folds Five... still a good song
    LJLBubon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyes, i believe there's other songs posted on here that are ben folds, not ben folds five. songs from rockin' the suberbs. beautiful cd. go out and purchase it!
    thePIXIEprincesson July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere's a good idea...more ppl try interpreting it cuz it's a good song
    geeweyon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah this song is ben folds, not bff, great song
    geeweyon September 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about mental illness.
    Paul Finchon October 10, 2002   Link

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