Song of the Day #1,600: ‘Practical Amanda’ – Ben Folds

Author Nick Hornby (one of my favorites) teamed up with Ben Folds (likewise) on the 2010 album Lonely Avenue.

Hornby penned a bevy of powerful, emotional songs — along with some very funny ones — but the one that feels the most familiar to me is ‘Practical Amanda.’

This song explores the dynamic between Hornby and his wife in terms that ring true in my own marriage. My wife is by far the more pragmatic and responsible one, the one who sees what needs to be done and then makes it happen (especially around the house, which would devolve into something resembling a crack den if it were left up to me).

I like how Hornby credits his wife with saving one life and making two others. Practical Alexandra and I have two kids as well, so I identify.

Still, I would bet that both my wife and Hornby’s would write the flip side of this song and credit us with “saving” them with our impracticality.

Who’d look at that dump and see a home?
Why not move in somewhere easy?
Urinals where bedrooms ought to be
Who could be bothered, really?

You’re really good at all that stuff
The nuts and bolts of living
Curtains, blinds and kitchen tables

I’ve got no time for dates and plans
No I’m too busy dreaming
You’re the one with the attention span
You’re not the free-wheeler

Practical, practical Amanda
Saved one life
And made two others
Practical Amanda

Who’d look in here
And see someone
That might be
Worth redeeming
Head and heart
And soul fucked up
Who could be bothered, really?

I’ve got no time for dates and plans
No I’m too busy dreaming
You’re the one with the attention span
Practical Amanda

Practical, practical Amanda
Saved one life
And made two others
Practical Amanda

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,600: ‘Practical Amanda’ – Ben Folds

  1. Dana says:

    Beautiful song from a great album. And, while I am not sure if Amy is the practical one in our marriage (though I’m sure she would argue she is๐Ÿ˜„), she also is the one who saved one life and made two others.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    You are two great guys, that’s for sure.

  3. peg says:

    I agree Andrea!

  4. Amy says:

    Indeed they are two great guys. I won’t claim to be practical when it comes to keeping the house from looking like a crack den, but I’d say that we all tend to be what we need to be when we need to be it. As Dana and I often reflect, a relationship is rarely 50/50. I certainly hope that when Amanda needs to stop tending to the daily details for a few weeks, Ben will step in to make sure that the two kids get fed.

  5. Clay says:

    You mean Nick.

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