"Your Racist Friend" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend

It was the loveliest party that I've ever attended
If anything was broken I'm sure it could be mended
My head can't tolerate this bobbing and pretending
Listen to some bullet-head and the madness that he's saying

This is where the party ends
I'll just sit here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
You and your racist friend

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend

Out from the kitchen to the bedroom to the hallway
Your friend apologizes, he could see it my way
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend


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"Your Racist Friend" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +4
    General CommentThe song is basically about a guy at a party who dislikes having to pretend to agree with his friend's (the host's?) racist friend. The racist friend is apparently drunk (He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking) and when the singer starts to leave, he begins to apologize for what he said.
    J.J.on May 09, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentActually the line, "Can't shake the devil's hand and say your only kidding," more likely means that you can't make racist statements and then later try to play them off as a joke.
    powerbaiton January 18, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt always seemed to me that, whoever wrote the song (whichever band member I mean) had this happen to him, and came home and literally wrote down what happened and turned it into a song. It sounds so natural and realistic, I don't think theres ANY hidden message.
    BobbyBSeeon May 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that this song epitomizes whats great about tmbg; listening to the song almost makes me laugh, but its really serious and entirely correct. fuck people's racist friends.
    brain.damageon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple corrections:
    Last line of first verse is "and your racist friend" (no "You")
    Mid line in second verse is "My head can't tolerate this bobbing and pretending"
    athagonon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJ.J. is completely right, its about a great party that the man went to only it was marred by ignorant racist drunk.
    HowardTCoon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i dont think they mean specifilly that the racist was drunk, he could be, but i think they mean that racism itself is a concept inspired by a drunken stupor.

    also, the line "cant shake the devil's hand and say you're only idding." i see it as in he's agreeing with the devil and condoning devilish acts, then turning to those who dont agree with the devil and saying "I'm just kidding, i'm really on your side." but you cant do that. if you shake the devil's hand, then there's no turning bac.

    all in all, this song is one of my favorite TMBG songs, as it exposes racism for the total crap it is.

    Rodan2000
    Rodan2000on December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Specials also did a version of this.
    sangsueon January 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbodyjar also did a great version of this, its a bit faster.
    carseron April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard somewhere that it was about Elvis Costello. And it does fit rather well. Elvis Costello made those remarks about James Brown and Ray Charles why drunk and then tried to play it off. Regardless, I love TMBG and Elvis Costello either way.
    Taylahon July 29, 2007   Link

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