Barren stares as they light up the screen
Bearing teardrops that shatter in slow-motion
Novocaine our brains and we're out like lights
But as I'm growing older I'm bored
I remember when misery thrilled me much more
When I can't relax
And I'd like to go back
But that's gone
Yeah, that's gone, Turn around
Turn the volume down
We're counting the days down

'Til the day when we live in a video
I'll be stone-faced and pale
You'll pout in stereo
24 hours every day of the year
Oh, what fun I can't wait 'til the future gets here

Closing in on the pain and the torture
He's slamming the doors like it's something to strive for
The girl tearing the curtains down looks funny as hell

And a sense of humor can there be any doubt
Now that natural selection just weeded it out
Used to keep me from laughing out loud
But that's gone
We don't think that way no more
That's gone, turn around, turn the volume down
We're counting the days down


Well I've seen some old friends sort of die
Or just turn into whatever
Must've been inside them
And whatever all of us had then in common
Grew up and left home
We don't think that way no more
Turn around, turn the volume down
We're counting the days down


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    General CommentI think it's about growing old and how much it stinks. This song is really beautiful too, I wish it weren't so depressing.
    ChrisAutomaticon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like it's about how Ben hates watching old home movies because everything that seemed so important back then seems trivial in the present, and it sort of desensitiezes you.
    Wrapidon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentword from ben folds, in a recent interview i had with him "Video is really a song about how people always change, as you grow up you become different and looking back on it you are amazed at how different you are now"
    WARADEon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all of the above, it's just about retrospet. To be honest it kind of makes me want to dread the futre. I didn't like this song too much until I heard some really old version of it off an demo album they put out in the way early 90s. It's less instrumental and Ben's southern accent is even more noticable, it almost sounds like a country song, for some reason it just works for this song.
    coloursmehipon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis has got to be one of the saddest and most beautiful BFF songs. In addition to the "people change" theme that has been mentioned, I hear it as a song about the promise of fame. When you've been so demoralized and jaded by the world in general, the only thing the narrator has to hang onto is the dream of being famous, living in a music-video world where his affected boredom and alienation are put on display to the whole world as "coolness."
    charolastraon October 18, 2008   Link

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