Lying awake in my hospital room
Silas Creek parkway is my only view
And the doctor just came by and told me the news
I need a second opinion
I don't believe that it's true

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Hospital Song Lyrics as written by Folds

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    General CommentThis is probably one of the most depressing songs I have EVER heard. The first time I heard it, I started to cry because it's frankness is totally unexpected. It's beautiful, emotional piano part is haunting. It gives me chills.
    LittleBriddieon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, it's pretty tough ;)
    Redlighton June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBen Folds is amazing at emotional dialogue, he uses such few words that hold such incredible emotion...especially in songs like Cigarette (Fred Jones Part 1 if you will)
    n3j1y1on November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe this was written by either Darell or Robert-- I forget which. His girlfriend was dying, I think? Apparently there was a second verse to it that was about getting married in the hospital.

    Favorite BFF song: it's a toss up between this and Jane.
    When they wrote beautiful music, they didn't mess around.
    Greyshoeson December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaving spent a good portion of last year in the hospital, I can easily say that Ben manages to capture the feeling beautifully in only 35 words and just over two minutes. What an artist...
    ajjm6286on May 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeaahhh i live off silas creeekkkkk!
    i just realized that it was in this oh so beautiful song...
    emilymilleron February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBen has said in interviews that he's a huge Radiohead fan (their "Just" video is his favourite). This music, to me, sounds a lot like "Subterranean Homesick Alien" from "OK Computer." "Hospital Song" is slower, but compare the progression and the melody of the verses. It's cool.

    But that aside, I do love this song. It's one of my favourites on the album, and one of my favourites in the Ben Folds repertoire.
    NorthWriteron May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song... Does anyone else think it sounds like Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds?
    SASRon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like how this song goes right into "Army" which is the most fun song on the album. I don't know if he was making some kind of point with the contradiction of super sad/super goofy, but it's kind of annoying. So actually, I don't like it. Both are great songs though.
    songagoneon November 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBen said in an interview that he was thinking about what someone might do while they're in the hospital, and he figured that they would think about their lives, like the time they decided to join the army. This is why he goes into Army after this song.
    decemberistson May 28, 2007   Link

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