"Girlfriend" as written by Robert James Kean, Ian Gordon Curnow and Phil Harding....
I want to love somebody
I hear you need somebody to love
Oh I want to love somebody
I hear you're looking
for somebody to love

'Cause you need to be back
in the arms of a good friend
and I need to be back
in the arms of a girlfriend

I didn't know nobody
and then I saw you coming my way
Oh I didn't know nobody
and then I saw you coming my way

Don't you need to be back
in the arms of a good friend?
Oh 'cause honey believe me
I'd sure love to call you
my girlfriend

Don't you need to be back
in the arms of a good friend?
Oh 'cause honey believe me
I'd sure love to call you
my girlfriend

'Cause you
got a good thing going baby
You only need somebody to love
Oh you got a good thing going
You're only looking
for someone to love
'Cause you need to get back
in the arms of a good friend

And I'm never gonna set you free
No I'm never gonna set you free



Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"Girlfriend" as written by Matthew Sweet

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  • +1
    General CommentActually, this is basically a blues. If you pay attention to the verse pattern, it follows traditional blues format, and it's basically a song about trying to win a girl over who he likes. Pretty simple.
    madman8199on March 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRobert Quine rocks the guitar on this track!

    He was awesome.
    Bsquared445on July 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmadman8199 is right. You first two tried to read way too deep into the song. He really is trying to convince her that, "Hey, we're in the same boat here. You've got nobody right now and you want someone and I want someone, why not?" But he wants it more and he doesn't let on until the very end.
    basicallywillon November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBut I find the ending stanza too creepy ("I'm never gonna set your free")--almost possessive-ish and/or stalker-ish!
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can really identify with this song. He's talking about a girl he's in love with, and he's convinced they would be perfect for each other. Unfortunately, he's never gonna set her free, which means that he knows that it's never gonna happen between them.
    zaphodbeeblebrox42on March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, this is basically a blues. If you pay attention to the verse pattern, it follows traditional blues format, and it's basically a song about trying to win a girl over who he likes. Pretty simple.
    madman8199on March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile I can see the possessiveness angle, the lyrics probably shouldn't be taken too seriously. It is, as was previously mentioned, a relatively basic blues song (one that seemingly wouldn't receive any popular attention or radio airplay, but thankfully did).
    j2f125on April 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's funny how getting divorced can effect your mind. Matthew seems to have regressed to the mind of a 17 year old here and sometimes, that's not a bad thing. The loneliness of a love shattered can sometimes bring up the spice of youth. Matthew was about 25 when this song was released, but in my mind, he felt like he was 17 again. He was destroyed, yet free and looking.

    I've been there Matt, I've been there.
    Brodie Bankson May 08, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentme thinks...

    she's in a relationship but her man doesn't wanna hav sex...he's sayin he'll hav sex w/ her w/out the realtionship...
    ZinbobDanon June 29, 2003   Link

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