Ben Folds Five - Away When You Were Here Lyrics

Ben Folds Five The Sound of the Life of the Mind cover art
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Dad I know you were sad when you died
And I was young it's the way I kept you in my mind
The mess that was left and my mother cried
And when she stood up she was nobody’s mother I’d be fine

But I missed you then
And I miss you now
Liked you'd missed things I might say
You're still lost in clouds
but I'm older now
I can see through lifting haze
That you were away even when you were here

Sometimes a phrase or a manner that's you
Comes through me, it goes in a flash
It's a frame, it's a blink like life
Oh and how much now should we pay for the past
Cause you could age with grace if I freed you in my mind

But I loved you then
And I love you now
All the things I wished I'd asked
When I'm lost in clouds
I remember how
I was robbed and I was blessed
And you were away even when you were here
Cause it's not about you, not you, anymore
It's about what I'd do with it all

And I, I'll never let you let me down
This morning I wake to be older than you were
...for miles, very footstep would be mine
You'd have lost that weight, you’d have gone so straight
You'd have made my wedding day
You'd have saved my youth from that point of truth
You'd have kept those wolves at bay
But you were away, you were away even when you were
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Erase Me
  • 2 Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
  • 3 Sky High
  • 4 The Sound of the Life of the Mind
  • 5 On Being Frank
  • 6 Draw a Crowd
  • 7 Do It Anyway
  • 8 Hold That Thought
  • 9 Away When You Were Here
  • 10 Thank You for Breaking My Heart


  • Credits
    album: Track 9 in album The Sound of the Life of the Mind
    release date: 2012-9-14
    popularity : 69 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Alternative Rock/Power Pop/Indie Rock
    length: 3:32
    producer: Ben Folds and Joe Pisapia
    drums: Darren Jessee
    piano: Ben Folds
    guest violin: David Angel and David Davidson
    mixer: Joe Costa
    recorded by: Joe Costa
    bass: Robert Sledge
    guest cello: Sarighani Reist
    strings arranger: Ben Folds
    guest viola: Kristin Wilkinson
    composer: Ben Folds
    lyricist: Ben Folds
    Album Information
    label: ImaVeePee Records
    country(area): Germany
    format: CD
    barcode: 887254641025
    script: Latin