19 Total Quotes

Ben Folds Quotes

It's a tough thing to know that when you're making your album, you're going to end up collaborating with, say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork. That just sucks. And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is, to me, dizzying.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

You never know when you put out an album that's unique whether it'll get beat up for it or not.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you
Ben Folds
#Love #I Love You

White people don't sing together very often, and when they do, it's about the celebrity of the song. The singing at my shows is all about harmony.
Ben Folds
#American Musician #Celebrity

Everything I write is personal, really. Even when I'm sarcastic, it's quite personal. And on this record, from the production to the singing to the performances, I got it really honest. To the modern ear, it seems soft. When you hear it against other things, it seems vulnerable. Lyrically and musically, though, this is more subtle. And, yes, it's asking a lot of someone who's used to being hit over the head with bright neon to listen to this.
Ben Folds
#Sarcasm

Next door, there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

Rock and roll is - and should be - a kid's place.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

I was pretty much a dork growing up. Going up in front of a crowd and being an idiot was a relief when I was a kid. But talking to two or three people at once and being myself was impossible. And being myself while singing a song was more than impossible; I would've rather died. I get really nervous and tend to want to be an idiot.
Ben Folds
#Crowd

I'm older than I was, and I'm still washed-up, and I haven't changed my music one iota. It's just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

She's a brick, and I'm drowning slowly.
Ben Folds
#Brick

People rush around in the summer to try and find like-minded musicians to put together. Packages are all the rage. I prefer keeping it smaller, having a tour that's manageable -- both for me and the audience -- and Rufus and I go together in certain ways. We're both out of step with any kind of music scene. We don't really fit in anywhere. I think we feel similarly disenfranchised -- in a good way. Also, I can listen to Rufus every night. That's important.
Ben Folds
#Audience

I had to play a George Harrison song at a benefit a couple nights ago, and it was really hard for me. Obviously it wasn't my world.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We're growing old. It's getting late.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

Everybody knows it hurts to grow up... and we're still fighting it.
Ben Folds
#American Musician

Now that I have found someone, I'm feeling more alone... than I ever have before.
Ben Folds
#American Musician