Song of the Day #3,306: ‘Not the Same’ – Ben Folds

I know you’re all clamoring for Round Three of Montauk Madness to start, and I promise that will happen tomorrow.

But first, here’s one more Random Weekend selection, courtesy of Ben Folds, who (spoiler alert!) will make at least one appearance in the Montauk Madness Sweet Sixteen.

‘Not the Same’ is a track from Folds’ solo debut, Rockin’ the Suburbs. It’s based on a true story about a guy who dropped acid, spent the night in a tree and came down the next morning a born-again Christian.

A couple of other details worth mentioning:

While the lyrics say this happened at “Robert Sledge’s party” (Sledge being the bassist of Ben Folds Five), it actually took place at drummer Darren Jesse’s place. Folds just didn’t like the sound of “at Darren Jesse’s party” for the song.

The line about somebody dying on a waterslide was based on another true story, about a successful preacher who built a pool complex where a child later died.

You took a trip and climbed a tree
At Robert Sledge’s party
And there you stayed ’till morning came
And you were not the same after that

You gave your life to Jesus Christ
And after all your friends went home
You came down, you looked around
And you were not the same after that

You were not the same after that
You were not the same after that

[Chorus]
You see ’em drop like flies from the bright sunny skies
They come knocking at your door with this look in their eyes
You’ve got one good trick and you’re hanging on you’re hanging on…
To it

You took the word, and made it heard
And eased the people’s pain, and for that
You were idolized, immortalized
And you were not the same after that

Walking tall, you’d bought it all
And you were not the same after that
Till someone died on the water slide
And you were not the same after that

[Chorus]

(ooh ooh ooh ooh)
(You were not the same!)
(ooh ooh ooh ooh)

[Chorus]

You’re hanging on
You’re hanging on

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,306: ‘Not the Same’ – Ben Folds

  1. Dana says:

    I think Darren Jesse’s party would have worked😊

    This song has become a fun vocal participation exercise in concert.

    Anyway, looking forward to round three!

  2. willedare says:

    Thank you for turning me onto another great song (and also for giving us a bit of background about the lyrics…)

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