Landed – Ben Folds

Listen/watch here:

I recently ran across this song. I either missed it completely or forgot about it completely. Perhaps it didn’t hit me. Mostly I just think I missed it and what a shame. Absolutely brilliant by a very, very talented guy!

Lyrics here, more below:
We’d hit the bottom,
I thought it was my fault
And in a way I guess it was
I’m just now finding out
What it was all about

Moved to the west coast away from everyone
She never told me that you called
Back when I was still, I was still in love

Till I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s bye-bye, goodbye, I tried
And I twisted it wrong just to make it right
Had to leave myself behind
I’ve been flying high all night
So come pick me up…I’ve landed

The daily dramas she made from nothing
So nothing ever made them right
She liked to push me and talk me back down
Until I believed I was the crazy one,
and in a way
I guess I was…

But I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s bye-bye, goodbye I tried
Treading a sea of a troubled mind
Had to leave myself behind
Singing bye-bye, goodbye I tried

If you wrote me off I’d understand it
Because I’ve been on some other planet
So come pick me up…
I’ve landed

And you will be so
happy to know
I’ve come alone,
it’s over

But I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s by my goodbye I tried
Down comes the reign of the telephone czar
It’s OK to call
Now I’ll answer for myself

Come pick me up,
…I’ve landed

Probably the most intense, touching song I’ve heard for quite a while. I am totally mesmerized by the piano in this and I think it makes the song what it is. I love the way he tells the story of the controlling woman he thought he loved and the one who got away. And we are all left hoping she’s there to pick him up. In the car, I find myself pounding the steering wheel, the passenger seat and whatever I can find to the piano. I get totally involved in every part of the song.

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