Gracie

Album: Songs For Silverman (2005)

Songfacts®:

  • Ben Folds wrote this song for his daughter. He told MTV News: "I write songs for a very small audience. In that case it was for one. A lot of times it's for no one; it's for me. Everyone has similar experiences, so I don't really write to the universal. 'Gracie' is a good example of that. It's just for Gracie. The first line is, 'I saw you when you came out.' That's a pretty graphic line for a kid, but I knew she'd think that is funny."
    Folds also has a son named Louie, and he wrote "Still Fighting It" on his Rockin' the Suburbs album for him.
  • Before writing "Gracie," Ben Folds had earlier penned and recorded his song "Were Still Fighting It" for his son Louie. Realizing the inevitable psychological trauma Gracie would endure if dear old dad wrote a song for her twin brother but not for her, he got to work.
  • When Folds performed at Virginia Tech in 2007, when he started to perform "Gracie" the someone "Woo-Hooed." He stopped the song and asked the crowd not to do so since it was a song that was very personal to him. After his warning someone would woo-hoo anyway, and when they did, Folds would stop the song and start back at the beginning. He restarted "Gracie" 11 times before he finally got through the complete song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Meg - Virginia Beach, VA, for all above

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