Song of the Day #4,386: ‘2020’ – Ben Folds

Always nice to hear new music from Ben Folds, whose last album (a half-instrumental collaboration with chamber ensemble yMusic) came out five years ago, and whose last traditional album was released five years before that.

Folds’ new song, ‘2020,’ was inspired (if that’s the right word) by the crazy combination of disasters visited upon the United States this year. Here’s hoping he has more new material on the way.

[Verse 1]
New Year’s Eve, don’t it seem
Like decades ago?
Back in 2019
Back when life was slow

Now it’s June, we’re just halfway done
2020, hey, are we having fun?
How many years will we try
To cram into one?

[Verse 2]
We thought we’d be living 1918 again
But we messed that up so bad
God had to toss 1930 in

As the sun rose on 1968 this morning
A tweet from the john
Please let’s not add the Civil War
How many years will we cram into one?

Oh boy
How much more will she take?
Boys, hope you enjoy
Your beautiful tax break


We’re not repeating history, just the parts that sucked
2020, what the actual fuck?
Pray we get through, but hey, don’t hold your breath
‘Cause there’s plenty left to wreck
We got six months left

How many years
How many years will we try
How many years will we try
To cram into one?

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,386: ‘2020’ – Ben Folds

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    You would think that the circumstances of 2020 – with artists having to cancel live shows and tours, being stuck at home with instruments, home recording studios and their thoughts, and witnessing some of the most dramatic social and economic tragedies of all time – would lead to an outpouring of an overabundance of new music.

    So, come on Ben! This song is a cute bauble, but I want a new album, maybe with Nick Hornsby adding lyrics again since I’m sure he ain’t doing nothing either, by the end of this year!

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