I'd like to tell you
Like to tell you
Tell you everything
Cause nothing changes
Ever changes
Doesn't seem the same these days
Dave's been a mess since Cheryl left
Just sits at home
And beats back death
And Beth still wears that
Stupid dress

There goes Joe Caparo again
With Darren's girl friend
They're asking where you been
Like I know
Where ya been
Hey Summer, where ya been?

I tried to tell you
Tried to tell you
Took a little bit too long
And now your phone
Is disconnected
And your shit's out on the lawn
The Hardback Cafe closed down
Now we've got Office Town
You should have stuck around 'cause

There goes Ross and Frank again
They're holding hands
They're asking where ya been
Like I know
Where ya been
Hey Summer, where ya been?

I could take a train
Or fly away
Maybe write a book
And change my name
I could settle down

There goes Joe Caparo again
Hey, that's Darren's girlfriend!
There's Ross and Frank
They're holding hands
They've been asking where ya been
Hey Summer, where ya been?
I'll smoke a bowl with Caleb
We'll fly away or settle down
Hey, hey Summer, where ya been?

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    I always liked this song... It's not one of their poundkillpiano rockers (retarded, song for the dumped, etc.), and it's the other end of BF5 (Jane, Brick, hospital, etc.). Very neat.

    "I could settle down."

    I love that line-- they sort of use it as the emphasis of the entire song. They say, "nothing changes/ever changes," but he could change things if he wanted to. If he wanted to.

    Peace, y'all.

    Greyshoeson December 20, 2004   Link
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    This song is mad catchy. My favorite part is how in the first chorus, he's like, "There goes Joe Caparo with Darren's girlfriend, ho hum..." And then it takes him the entire rest of the song to figure out, "Hey, wait a minute... THAT'S DARREN'S GIRLFRIEND!!!"

    What I don't get is... if Summer B. is Darren's girlfriend, how is she asking Ben where she's been? And if he saw her walking around with Joe Caparo, he knows where she is: with Joe Caparo. Or is this Darren's NEW girlfriend (in which case, why would she want to know where his ex was)? I'm probably reading way too much into this...

    Archaia Sophiaon July 12, 2007   Link
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    Well...I really doubt that anyone will ever read this for a while. :( Probably isn't a huge songmeanings song...BUT, I really want someone to respond to this. So, reader, whoever ye may be, please make an account or login and respond to this dude!

    Anyway, I had no clue that this was so specific (The summer part) though I figured the names were all from their/his/his (Darren/Ben/BF5) town, BUT i figured Summer could be a symbol for youth. Like he's reminiscing almost. It COULD be a pun, for all those dogmatic ppl that say that one side or the other is TOTALLY wrong.

    But yeah, I think the whole summer being youth/younger days is applicable. Kinda ruins my day that Summer B. is a girl. :( Rock on Ben Folds Five/Ben Folds (Yeah, I'm biased, no WAY biased towards Ben) forever.

    mdprhson September 23, 2009   Link
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    I love how Ben Folds can introduce a series of names no one knows anything about, but the song is still amazing and portrays a clear understandable message about how things change. Summer B is Darren Jesse's ex girlfriend, and it seems as though he sees her out, and everyone pesters him as to what she's been up to, but he doesn't want to tell them.

    mofloon September 24, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    i feel sorry for those people!

    commonmaryon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    I think this song is pretty simple, it is about how everyone changes and meets new people, and has friends, and they are all wondering where this Summer is. Great song, one of Ben Folds Five's best

    slugsinthefieldson March 12, 2003   Link
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    Summer B was Darren Jesse's girlfriend. (Darren was the drummer for BF5.) She's who Song for the Dumped is about.
    This song is so good!

    goodmorningmisterbenon March 28, 2003   Link
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    saw ben in concert a few weeks ago, played this great great song, a rarity these days. with the crowd singing the background vocals in the chorus, it made the song that much better

    cadencebeatdownon May 03, 2003   Link
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    awesome song!!!! soo good... definitely one of the best ones. i love the piano!!!

    xxpianorockerxxon June 08, 2003   Link

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