Brick (4:32)

Cover of Whatever and Ever Amen

From Whatever and Ever Amen and 33 other releases

“Brick” is a song performed by Ben Folds Five released on their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen and later on Ben Folds Live[1]. The verses were written by Ben Folds about his high school girlfriend undergoing an abortion, and the chorus was written by the band’s drummer, Darren Jessee. “Brick” was one of Ben Folds Five’s biggest hits, gaining much mainstream radio play in the USA, the UK, and Australia in 1998. It has been called the ‘saddest song in the happiest chord’ - the song being in the key of D major.

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On the album Ben Folds Live, Folds explained: “People ask me what this song’s about… I was asked about it a lot, and I didn’t really wanna make a big hairy deal out of it, because I just wanted the song to speak for itself. But the song is about when I was in high school, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and it was a very sad thing. And, I didn’t really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement. I just wanted to reflect what it feels like. So, anyone who’s gone through that before, then you’ll know what the song’s about.[2]

On Ben Folds’ recent iTunes Originals compilation, he confesses that he had attempted to write a song about the abortion for quite some time, but he had trouble getting the song finished because it was too literal, but thanks to Darren Jessee’s chorus, the song was given just enough mystique to be the hit that it was. (Folds even jokes that “I’ve never understood a hit chorus. I wish I did.”)

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  • ixab_

    Sad, beautiful masterpiece. [2]

    23 Mar 8:18pm Reply
  • dardar227

    For some reason 1997 (and bits of 98) was an outstanding year for music. It may have been Pop/Rock/Top 40's last real grown up music for young people year. There were beautifully written songs like this one (along with Closing Time, Bittersweet Symphony, Freshmen, Iris) that tackled your feelings along with its mature theme and others that were party songs (Walking On The Sun, Fly, Semi-Charmed Life, Sex and Candy), not in any particular order but music then was really good and really missed.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JerryatRRR

    Amazing song. I absolutely love Ben Folds Five. Can't wait to see them play in LA at the Wiltern!

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • awestwater

    Takes me back to college days in north carolina!

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    let's face it, this song is fantastic

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • take-the-sky

    This song breaks my heart.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • weeindianboy

    I can't imagine any of this happening... I would be a fucking wreck.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mrshammett

    when my eventual abortion happens, i'm gonna play this song all day.

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • glovetalker

    great song...I really like pretty much all of Ben Fold's songs...but irl he's kinda a prick; just in case anyone out there ever thinks he's friendly or cool to his fans...he ain't

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mi4you

    very sad!!!!!!!!

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Safiana

    Sad, beautiful masterpiece.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • viaggatore

    great song!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Zanzani

    it's about Ben and his girlfriend's abortion before he got famous and stuff.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • beyondmountains

    most upsetting song in the universe =/

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • br4t_mtl_fre4k

    <33333333

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • thekillingspree

    This reeks of the '90s so bad it brings tears of nostalgia to my eyes. Fuck you, awesome song! <3

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • chadderack

    You know she's a prick, tho, right? ;)

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • tua81447

    When I was in 8th grade I remember sneaking, staying up all night and roaming around the neighborhood. My friends and I went to Burger King at 6am for breakfast, and this song came on. We had a sing along in the BK at 6am, anytime I hear this song it reminds me on those times. Classic 90's stuff.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • KJB32

    Love the piano in this song also his voice is so raw but very enjoyable

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • DavosRancheros

    yea a good one

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
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