Day 25: A song that makes you laugh
Ben Folds makes a rare second appearance on my song challenge list! His first was for a song that makes me sad, so showing up today for a song that makes me laugh just demonstrates his versatility as a songwriter. Coming from Ben Folds Five’s sophomore effort Whatever and Ever, Amen, “Song for the Dumped” is exactly what the title implies—a cathartic outlet for someone receiving the short end of the stick in a non-mutual breakup. Not necessarily an inherently funny situation, but I don’t think Ben Folds has ever been known to take himself too seriously. In no uncertain terms, he rails against his dumper, demanding just compensation for the time and effort he invested in the relationship while hammering away at a piano. Whenever I hear the song, I get the mental image of 1990s Ben on the big wraparound porch of a woman’s home, punishing the ivories of an upright as his brand-new ex endures his aural assault. An amusing scene, to say the least. I don’t make a habit of laughing at another’s suffering, but this song never ceases to put a smile on my face. Besides, it’s okay to laugh if he’s making fun of himself a bit. Right?