Arts & Letters Saturday: ‘Brick’
December 15, 2012
This week’s work is the song “Brick” (1997), by Ben Folds Five.
When I listened to it as a teenager, I thought it was just a catchy song with a great sound. But if you listen to the lyrics, the verses (and watch the music video, above), you realize that it’s a beautiful, deeply sad song about a teenage couple getting an abortion.
Ben Folds apparently “wanted the song to speak for itself”; so I’ll leave it at that.