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Ben Folds Five – Don't Change Your Plans Lyrics 16 years ago
This song is about how the narrator moved to LA with his girlfriend and he realized that it wasn't where he wanted to be. He left without telling her and this song is her plea that she stays put. He wants her to follow her dreams and live her life, even if he cannot play a part in it.

Ben Folds Five – The Last Polka Lyrics 16 years ago
hmm I sincerely doubt he has 25 wives, unless he's mormon or very discrete. I always thought that "the other 25" was a reference to the 25 years of life she experienced without him by her side. I think she's saying that she did fine without him before and so she has nothing to lose by leaving him, she can thrive independently.

Ben Folds Five – Evaporated Lyrics 16 years ago
This song is about loss and numbing yourself to be able to cooperate with all of the pain. The result is a general apathy and that song conveys that very clearly. I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the lyrics " Blind man on a canyon's edge of a panoramic scene, or maybe I'm a kite that's flying high and random, dangling a string". Those lyrics are indicators of his loss of control and his detoriorating perspective. A blind man looking out a panoramic scene is right in the face of beauty, but can see none of it. A kite is completely at the mercy of the wind, it has no control over where it goes.

Ben Folds – Wandering Lyrics 16 years ago
I'm pretty sure that this song is about not knowing exactly what you want in a relationship. The girl in this song is unsure about the relationship and hence "wanders", which is probably a reference to her trying out other men and such. This song is basically the narrator saying that he's been patient for long enough and can no longer stand by idly and wait for her to make up her mind, because she's probably fairly capricious.

Ben Folds – Zak And Sara Lyrics 16 years ago
This song actually has some feminist undertones if you think about it. Zak thinks he's the shit because he's playing this song on a guitar, sara is shoved into the passive girlfriend role, clapping apathetically at her boyfriends music and just sitting on his amp, obviously against her will. The irony is that Sara is the one who can see the future of music (IE techno, ecstasy) she is the one with the true vision. She's imagining the future of the music industry in her mind but she doesn't say anything, she simply applauds her boyfriend who is playing a song that he didn't even write.

The Smiths – Asleep Lyrics 16 years ago
(another one of the handful of people). I thought that novel was pointless and was mainly a replication of the catcher in the rye. It's given far too much credit than it's really worth. What was so great about the perks of being a wallflower? I defy someone to name one redeeming characteristic. The linguistics left something to be desired, it was entirely devoid of plot and originality, and as far as any profoundities...please.

On another note, this song is beautiful. The song and his voice offer the soothing factor that he believes exist in the afterlife, however you define it. I wish more people would've genuinely loved the smiths before the perks of being a wallflower popularized them.

Yo La Tengo – Saturday Lyrics 16 years ago
This song is about detaching yourself from reality and allowing your stream of conciousness to flow. The random noises and instrumentals are fragmented and odd, just like lucid thought.

Yo La Tengo – Season of the Shark Lyrics 16 years ago
I could be completely off base with this one, but it's my favorite Yo La Tengo song so I thought I'd at least attempt to relay my interpretation. I've always thought that the lyrics described two people who are at the end of a relationship and are desperately clinging on to eachother because they don't want to be alone. They're afraid to face the world without the constant companionship that the other person provided. The narrator is reassuring his partner that everything will be okay, that she needs someone to help her through her crisis but he simply cannot fit the bill. I'm assuming that the title is a reference to fear. She's afraid to go out into the "open water" because there may be "sharks" which could be a metaphor for other men who will hurt her or lead her to another unsuccessful relationship.

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