Brick Lyrics - Ben Folds Five

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6 am day after Christmas
I throw some clothes on in
The dark
The smell of cold
Car seat is freezing
The world is sleeping and
I am numb
Up the stairs to her apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down
To Charlotte
They're not home to find us
And we drive
Now that I have found someone
I'm feeling more alone
Than I ever have before


She's a brick and I'm drowning
Off the coast and I'm headed
She's a brick and I'm drowning

They call her name at 7:30
I pace around the parking lot
Then I walk down to buy her
And sell some gifts that I got
Can't you see
It's not me you're dying for
Now she's feeling more alone
Than she ever has before

Repeat Chorus

As weeks went by
It showed that she was not fine
They told me son it's time
To tell the truth
And she broke down and I broke
'cuz I was tired of lying
Driving back to her apartment
For the moment we're alone
She's alone
And I'm alone
Now I know it

Repeat Chorus til end

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thoughts on these lyrics. | Reviewer: Rose | 11/4/10

It seems to me that it's the day after Christmas for 2 reasons, first, as mentioned before, he is selling his gifts to get some money. It also mentions that her parents went to Charlotte, likely for the holiday, so they won't 'find us out'. I imagine it would be hard to explain where you were going at 6am if your parents were home.

The day after Christmas... | Reviewer: Kent | 6/7/10 meaningful for several reasons. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for the couple in the song, it is not. Further, Christmas is the celebrated birth date of Jesus, the christened one, whose birth and subsequent death should eradicate death, should give the world hope.

However, the couple's baby will never be born, and the hope a child can give the world (for what is a child but the hope of a brighter future-a better world) will not be theirs--at least not now. In this instance death brings no future, no hope--only sadness and loneliness.

Aftermath | Reviewer: daddy t | 7/16/08

I haven’t heard the song “BRICK” yet but I read the lyrics. At first I didn’t understand completely what it was about, until I read some comments of Ben Folds’ Fans.

There is no antidote or anecdote that I know of to eradicate the unfathomable sadness of the situation depicted in “BRICK”. The pain never goes away.

The survivors must just live on - as “the living dead” because of their loss - and stay together (which is best I think) or go their separate ways - which lessens the pain not at all.

Suicide probably doesn’t help either, although I haven’t the nerve to try THAT yet.

Reading the book TILLY by Frank E. Peretti helps a little if you can make it through the pages and see the words through your tear-flooded eyes.

about xmas | Reviewer: blake | 5/6/08

alex, to answer your question about the signifigance it was the day after x-mas in the song, it's relavant to the line in the second verse where he is selling some gifts that he got. Those gifts were xmas presents and he is selling them to help pay for the abortion since he cannot ask his (or her) parents for help.

Decision | Reviewer: Nicholas Benbenji | 1/26/08

The hardest decision to kill the result of love between 2 person... what ever the outcome is... there will always be regret and what-if... hope that all ppl who have been through it can let go and be healthy again...

the reason | Reviewer: eric | 1/21/08

Hey the reason he wrote the song is because it happened to him and his girfrield when he was in hight school. They had a abortion. he tells the story in a interview.

This song is so meaningful to me..... | Reviewer: Hope | 10/24/07

I lost my first precious baby on 2/15/98 when I was 16 because I allowed my asshole of a boyfriend and his scumbag of a mother to force me into having an abortion...I was 9 weeks and 3 days pregnant...I know she was a girl...I wanted to name her Esperanza (hope)....I have heard this song only one or two times and have never seen the words in print...I don't ever plan to hurts.... still....

Brick review | Reviewer: Alex Nichols | 10/11/07

I think this song is about two young people, possibly teenagers, who got pregnant and how they deal with it.

The refraining lines "She's alone/and i'm alone" suggest that after the abortion they realize how empty it makes them, and now they don't have as strong a connection any more.

I am still trying to figure out why the time frame is the day after x-mas, but i'm sure there is something to it.

hope it helped

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