Song of the Day #3,782: ‘Steven’s Last Night in Town’ – Ben Folds Five

Funny coincidence as today’s random iTunes selection is a song my family was jamming to during a drive to the mall just hours earlier.

‘Steven’s Last Night in Town’ is a standout song on an album full of standout songs, Ben Folds Five’s sophomore release Whatever and Ever Amen. It’s about record producer Stephen Short, a friend of Ben Folds who came to visit and never left. As Folds recalls, “we must have thrown five or six going-away parties for him.”

Sadly, Short died a few years ago of colon cancer at a very young 38.

[Verse 1]
Everyone gather round now, sing us a song
Just in case by tomorrow it happens he’s gone
For two weeks and seven days our fair foreign friend
I have this feeling we might never see Steven again

But we thought he was gone
And now he’s come back again
Last week it was funny
And now the joke’s wearing thin
Cause everyone knows now, that every night now
Will be Steven’s last night in town

[Verse 2]
He’s charmed everyone here, except Tamara Easter
Who later revealed to him her innermost secrets
Won us over with stories about Linda McCartney
Lost points with the ladies for saying he couldn’t
Love a woman with cellulite


Kick that shit say
Kick that shit say
Kick that shit say
Kick that shit say

[Verse 3]
We were talking ’bout something, seems like was funny
And then Steven got quiet, I think Steven was mad
Maybe he wasn’t mad, but we felt very strange
In the moment, but the moment was passed
And forgotten about


One thought on “Song of the Day #3,782: ‘Steven’s Last Night in Town’ – Ben Folds Five

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Wow, I didn’t know Steven died. Very sad. Still a jubilant song about him though.

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