If you can believe it, 2020 is not even halfway over. (Almost there, but as we’ve found out, a lot can change in a week!) Ben Folds is feeling the same way, and today he’s released a song called “2020” reflecting on how hellish this year has been so far.
“We’re not repeating history, just the parts that sucked/ 2020, what the actual fuck? ” Folds sings on the piano ballad. “Pray we get through it, but hey don’t hold your breath/ There’s plenty left to wreck, we’ve still got six months left.”
“We seem to be currently cramming a number of historically tumultuous years into one,” Folds said in an email newsletter announcing the new song. “For a moment it was all about the 1918 pandemic. Then we began seeing hints of the Great Depression before flipping the calendar forward to the Civil Rights protests of the 1960’s. Running beneath all this is the feeling that we’re in the Cold War, with elements that brought us to the Civil War rearing their head, making us wonder if we’ve learned a damn thing at all.”