A song that sums it up....from Marc Allan

Dateline: Mon 08 Dec 2008

Former rock music critic/TV radio critic Marc Allan has weighed in with the lyrics to a poignant song, which he says "sums it up." Martha Allan, Marc's better half, a longtime competent copy editor, was let go this week.

Here are the lyrics, followed by the You Tube link:

Fred Jones, Part 2 by Ben Folds

Fred sits alone at his desk in the dark

There's an awkward young shadow that waits in the hall

He's cleared all his things and he's put them in boxes

Things that remind him: 'Life has been good'

Twenty-five years

He's worked at the paper

A man's here to take him downstairs

And I'm sorry, Mr. Jones

It's time

There was no party, there were no songs

'Cause today's just a day like the day that he started

No one is left here that knows his first name

And life barrels on like a runaway train

Where the passengers change

They don't change anything

You get off; someone else can get on

And I'm sorry, Mr. Jones

It's time

Streetlight shines through the shades

Casting lines on the floor, and lines on his face

He reflects on the day

Fred gets his paints out and goes to the basement

Projecting some slides onto a plain white

Canvas and traces it

Fills in the spaces

He turns off the slides, and it doesn't look right

Yeah, and all of these bastards

Have taken his place

He's forgotten but not yet gone

And I'm sorry, Mr. Jones

And I'm sorry, Mr. Jones

And I'm sorry, Mr. Jones

It's time

Here is the You Tube link. or just go to YT and type in Fred Jones Ben Fold Part II:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6zG_tbS9Z8

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