"Brainwashed" as written by and Benjamin Scott/smith Folds....
One, two, three

If you wanna write a letter,
Write a letter
If you'd rather make a phone call
Pick the phone up -- call me
But if you had to say it all with a pop song
Couldn't you at least written me a good one

She's brainwashed you, brainwashed you, brainwascht you too.
She's brainwashed you, brainwashed you, brainwascht you too.

Was it just a simple rewind and erase
Was your mind squeaky clean in the first place

If you gotta write an essay
Do your research -- if you've got to
Stick your nose in a boy and girl fight
Hear both sides first
There's something wrong being copied on a memo
In the form of a bad country demo


Is there a funnel from her mind to your mouth now
Because you don't edit anything
It just comes out

I gotta say it's pretty gay
Trading jabs in a pop song
So maybe next time
E should just have a dance off
A dance off

Isn't there something in the bible
About forgiveness and love
And more importantly about throwing
Stones and what your house is made of

You might reflect upon your own arrangement
94' getting blown in your basement

She's brainwashed you, brainwashed you, brainwascht you too
She's brainwashed you, brainwashed you, brainwascht you too.

She's brainwascht you - integrity
She's brainwascht you - family
She's brainwascht you - all night rhyming dictionary

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"Brainwashed" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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  • +3
    General CommentI could've sworn the last line was "online rhyming dictionary."
    baby britainon September 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentat his concert he was talking about how the songs about someone who wrote a not very nice pop song about him so he wrote one back.
    and when a guy in the crowd screamed "TELL US WHO!"
    ben made up a song on the spot:
    "im never going to fucking tell ya"
    then he goes on to sing
    "its not r.e.m., its not u2, its not.... michael jackson, its not miley cyrus"
    and there were some more people i just cant rememer them

    but yeah he actually said its not u2 so idk
    lookalivelightgrenadeson March 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThere's certainly more than just one person to consider in this song. You've got the musician who actually wrote the "pop song", and then the "girl" who "brainwashed" that person as well as some other unknown victim(s) of brainwashing ("she's brainwashed you *too*"). Then there's the songwriter's wife and another intimate companion -- I hear the last verse as "in '94 getting blown in your basement (while your wife slept)." So a whole cast of characters in this musical soap opera.

    BTW, going by the track listings on Way to Normal and Stems and Seeds, the official title of this song is "Brainwascht", while the "fake" version kept the spelling "Brainwashed", rather than the other way around.
    effingtonon April 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningJohn Mark Painter and Fleming McWilliams (Fleming & John) were good friends of Ben and Frally, recording Fear Of Pop Volume 1 together in 1998 before Ben and Frally got married and continuing to collaborate in the years to follow. When they split in 2006, John & Fleming apparently got "brainwashed" by Frally and took her side, penning the song "Wrong" in 2007.

    "Wrong" qualifies as a lame pop song and a "bad country demo" that rhymes "integrity" with "family" (things Ben mocks specifically in "Brainwascht"). In regards to the "glass houses" verse, John & Fleming released their first album in 1995, so presumably John was getting blown by Fleming in his basement in '94 while his (soon to be ex) wife slept. So what they blasted Ben for in "Wrong" is exactly what they had done 10 years earlier.
    ahoybobbyon October 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome one wrote a song jabbing at ben. this is his reply.

    janitorwonderfulon October 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSee Fleming & John's song called "Wrong"...

    Integrity... Family...


    Google "fleming+brainwascht" and you'll find what you need.
    hatethedrakeon May 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, it would seem that this song is his reply to a song written negatively about him.

    possibly a country artist? the line says "in the form of a bad country demo," but at the same time, he also mentions pop songs twice , so...

    anybody hear about any drama that this song might be about?
    Wtfzorzon October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell country and pop can be intertwined, such as Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. Not that they would have written a song about Ben Folds, but you get my point.
    alikat91190on October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmanda Palmer has an explanation in one of her blog entries: tinyurl.com/…
    oldetymerootbeeron October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso that link didn't get me anywhere. Wanna paraphrase?
    Jacdale8on October 14, 2008   Link

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