Album: Whatever and Ever Amen (1997)
Charted: 39

Songfacts®:

  • This is a humorous and rather odd love song about a guy who is really infatuated with Kate, a free-spirited girl with great musical talent, which the singer is envious of.
  • This song is known for its astonishing video. It was done for laughs, but makes viewers wonder if the singers could be into in the girl celebrated in the title or any other girl. Perhaps they were reaching out for a specific audience. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA, for above 2
  • Ben Folds wrote this with his drummer Darren Jessee, and his first wife, Anna Goodman, who helped with the lyrics. Folds was married to Goodman from 1987-1992. His second wife was named Kate, but this song has nothing to do with her. They married in 1996 and divorced a year later.

Comments: 3

  • Karl from Ingatestone, United Kingdomwhen i am on Youtube on my Nintendo Wii console, i often jam along to this with my blowup guitar and blowup saxophone, and yes, i sing along to this
  • Joey from Henderson, NvThe song was actually written by Ben's first wife. She also contributed to several other songs on the band's first two albums (Ben Folds Five and Whatever and Ever Amen).
  • Matt from Chapel Hill, NcThe lyric "Down by Rosemary and Cameron/She hands out the Bhagavad-Gita" refers to Rosemary St. and Cameron Ave., two streets that run parallel to each other in downtown Chapel Hill (Cameron runs through the UNC-CH campus).
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