Well, she crept back in the house at half past three
Shook her head to see him snoring in his sleep
"If you really loved me" she said
I wouldn't have to be so mean

He's a heap of junk that pours from his top drawer
Sometimes likes to spread it out around the floor
It's evidence of what he was like
He likes to remember when

The end is growing near
We're treading water now
And holding back our tears
And the day is rising
We're sinking

In a minute it will all be coming down
And they know it now but no one makes a sound
Such a shame to ruin this bright, lazy sunny day


My my, the cruelest lies are often told without a word
My my, the kindest truths are often spoken, never heard

She said, "You've been pushing me like I was a sore tooth.
You can't respect me 'cause I've done so much for you."
He said, "Well I hate that it's come to this
But baby I was doing fine. How do you think
That I survived the other 25 before you?"


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The Last Polka Lyrics as written by Ben Folds Anna Goodman

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    Favorite Ben Folds song, hands down. But I don't think the 25 refers to girlfriends, it refers to years. She's saying that he can't live without her and he says back "if I can't live without you then how did I do it before I was with you?"

    agentdomon January 03, 2005   Link
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    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.

    HeatherMooneyon February 10, 2005   Link
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    Seriously, guys? 25 wives?

    tflynn17on October 15, 2008   Link
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    hahaha seriously

    impon November 08, 2008   Link
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    He means 25 years. It would make sense seeing as he was about 27-30 when this song was released.

    claw1400on June 22, 2010   Link
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    i don't know what anyone else thinks, but this is my favorite ben folds five song. from the beginning drum beat to the mashing of random piano keys to the very end, this song gets me moving and gives me the willies it is so good! i especially enjoy the lines "My my, the cruelest lies Are often told without a word My my, the kindest truths Are often spoke, but never heard" how true.

    the_nose85on August 15, 2002   Link
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    My favorite lines are in the verse at the end. The whole thing where his girlfriend thinks that he's nothing without her and he reminds her that he managed to get through the previous 25 years without her. And the piano when Ben sings "You've been pushing me like a sore tooth". This is also my favorite Ben Folds Five song.

    Imani110on September 27, 2002   Link
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    ^--That's what I think as well.

    TheModNymphon April 29, 2003   Link
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    I heart this song, Ben FOlds can rock the tack piana.

    DrPhilon June 27, 2003   Link
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    I wouldn't say "the other 25" necessarily refers to wives, but maybe just girlfriends. Anyway, I love this song because it illuminates the smallest things about your significant other that just drives you insane. There is just so much tension between them that even stupid things make a relationship unbearable. As a result, everything explodes and they start yelling at each other. It took me a long time to discover all the great things about this song, but it's one of my favorites now.

    LittleBriddieon September 17, 2004   Link

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