"Zak And Sara" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
Sara spelled without an 'h' was getting bored
On a Peavea amp in 1984
While Zak without a 'see' tried out some new guitars
Playing Sara-with-no-h's favorite song

Zak and Sara

Often Sara would have spells where she lost time
She saw the future, she heard voices from inside
The kind of voices she would soon learn to deny
Because at home they got her smacked

Zak and Sara
Zak and Sara

Zak called his dad about layaway plans
And Sara told the friendly salesman that:
"You'll all die in your cars,
And why's it gotta be dark?
And you're all working in a submarine."


She saw the lights, she saw the pale English face
Some strange machines repeating beats and thumping bass
Visions of pills that put you in a loving trance
That make it possible for all white boys to dance
And when Zak finished Sara's song, Sara clapped

Zak and Sara
Zak and Sara

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  • +4
    General CommentQuoting Ben...

    I was thinking of these kids growing up in the Midwest. A 16 year old boy plays guitar and his girlfriend has to sit and watch him play all day. She just buzzes there and listens like she had nothing better to do. Maybe the girl is also writing songs and she has this idea in her of music that will happen in 20 years time. She really has some good ideas. But she is not saying anything, cause she is supposed to listen to her boyfriend. And he is playing music that was written 20 years ago."

    "I remember going to music stores when I was in high school, and there was always some guy playing guitar while his poor girlfriend had to sit on the amp and watch his dumb ass for two hours. And I thought, 'Man, I would never do that to my girlfriend.' And that's the basis of the song. There's probably something wrong with Sara. At the same time, she's seeing some truth. There's no truth coming out of Zak. Sara's a little crazy, but she's having visions of techno music in the future. And she's sitting there inventing techno while Zak's playing 'Dust in the Wind.'"
    hiphopopotamus123on June 16, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPeavea should be spelt Peavey. it's a brand of amplifier.
    djryanon May 07, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeavea is Spelled Peavey
    HalfaMatton October 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just gotta say that my name is Sara with no 'h' and I'm dating a guy named Zak with no 'c'. We're planning on forever here guys.

    Obviously this song is going to be special to me.

    I don't agree with the fact that Sara is sick. I think that she's just a little different. I know that everything in this song fits me perfectly. I space out for long periods of time, I imagine the future, and I talk to myself a lot. Perhaps it something as simple as that? I think that it's just a story of two people that meet and fall in love. I think that Sara in the song is a little crazy, but so am I. All I know is that Ben Folds could have written this song for us, and we're not druggies, we're not sick, and we don't rave.

    Just my two cents.
    wildebeestloveon October 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about a couple who are bored with music until they discover electronica.
    robbykingon September 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI gave these lyrics to a friend of mine the other day.... Sara-- without and 'h'. lol. She's always complaining about how everyone spells her name incorrectly.
    anna118kon March 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting lyrics, great music... but I don't understand the prophecying side to the lyrics - "She saw the lights, she saw the pale English face / Some strange machines repeating beats and thumping bass." The following lyrics about pills and dancing and trances means these lyrics relate to the dance scene, and Ecstasy ("pills that put you in a loving trance"). I don't know what this has got to do with the love story of Zak and Sara tho.
    Cherub Rockon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Zak is the DJ at the rave.
    gogurttogoon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is trippy and i'm not sure what is means but it's a great song to rock to.
    freddysgirlon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it may deal with the way people can seem normal on the surface, but then have major problems underneath- zak is talking about layaway plans (to me this means marriage), but sara is schitzophrenic (or goes to raves, but this is 1984)... the lalalala part sounds to me like how falling in love can sound- happy and a little dizzy... but i've never thought of it as a rave before i started reading these. Does anyone want to guess who the pale English face is?
    LJLBubon July 02, 2002   Link

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