First time I heard it, it was when Colin Callander played it during the EPHS Variety Show senior year. I’m not sure whether it was because the playing and singing was a little sloppy (sorry Colin), or whether it was because my musical tastes were radically different back then, but I didn’t like the song enough to even Google “Ben Folds” when I got back home, even though I like piano-based rock and pop. Today, Ben Folds is one of my favorite artists, and this is my favorite song from his collection. I think most or all of his songs are better live simply because he improvises constantly and tries daring feats and adds some intense solos. If you have the album version from “Naked Baby Photos,” listen to that, then listen to this. You’ll be amazed at the difference and the amount of energy in this version.
Also, listen to the lyrics in this song. I can completely see myself reflected in these lyrics. I’ve toned down my…let’s call it brashness…in the last year or two, but I’m still the same person in that I get frustrated when people don’t try to achieve something when they obviously can, or don’t understand something and instead just let people passively feed information to them. “I see that there is evil / And I know that there is good / And the inbetweens I never understood / Won’t you look at me / I’m crazy / But I get the job done / Yeah I’m crazy / But I get the job done.” That’s me in a nutshell.