Best Imitation of Myself

Original Artist: Ben Folds

I feel like a quote out of context withholding the rest,
So I can be for you what you want to see,
I got the gesture and sounds,
Got the timing down,
It's uncanny, yeah you think it was me.

Do you think I should take a class to lose my southern accent?
Did I make me up or make a face till it stuck?
I do the best imitation of myself.

The "Problem with you" speech you gave me was fine,
I liked the theories about my little stage,
And I swore I was listening but I started drifting,
Around the part about me acting my age.

Now if it's all the same,
I've people to entertain,
I juggle one handed,
Do some magic tricks and the best imitation of myself.

Maybe I'm thinking myself in a hole,
Wondering who I am when I ought to know,
Straighten up now time to go fool somebody else,
Fool somebody else.

Last night I was east with them and west within,
Trying to be for you what you wanna see,
But I can't help it with you,
The good and bad comes through,
Don't want you hanging out with no one but me.

Now but it's all the same,
It comes from the same place,
And if my mind's somewhere else you won't be able to tell,
I do the best imitation of myself.
Yes it's uncanny to see,
You'd really think it was me,
The best imitation of myself,
The best imitation of myself.


106 known live performances.
First performed: 2001-07-16 - Belly Up Tavern, San Diego, CA, USA.
Most recently performed: 2017-11-07 - Jackson Prep Fortenberry Theatre, Jackson, MS, US.