Your Most Valuable Possession

Original Artist: Ben Folds, Jessee, Sledge

[6:49 AM Friday November 20th.]

Good morning, Mr. Ben.
It's about 6:30, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Just laying here in the bed, half awake, half asleep, thinking about you.
I was wondering if you were looking after your most valuable possession,
Your mind.

I was thinking about John Glenn, his space journey and all.
He said that when you're in space you lose muscle mass and the body mass,
And I wondered if there was any end to it.
Or whether if you didn't exercise in space,
How long it would be for you were just a head or a mind,
And have no body or arms.
You would have them but you couldn't use them.

I was wondering if your body mass would drop to a certain level,
And then it would stop right there
And you'd keep whatever you needed to use your mind,
because it would still be working.
30 seconds remain.

Anyway, I was just pondering that.
What do you think about that?
I hope everything is going all right,
I'm may wake up here in a little while.
I forget what I was thinking about.


1 known live performances.
First performed: 2008-09-18 - UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, US.
Most recently performed: 2008-09-18 - UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, US.


This song is a genuine answerphone message left for Ben by his dad, Dean Folds. The backing music consists of a jamming session the band were having during the recording sessions for The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.