"Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
I been watchin' you a long time
Trying to figure out where and when
We've been moving down that same line
The time is now maybe we could get skin to skin

Don't know when this chance might come again
Good times got a way of comin' to an end
Don't know when this chance might come again
Good times got a way of slippin' away
Baby, let's be friends
Come on, let's be friends

I know we're different you and me
Got a different way of walkin'
The time has come to let the past be history
Yeah, if we could just start talkin'

Don't know when this chance might come again
Good things got a way of comin' to an end
Don't know when this chance might come again
Good things got a way of slippin' away
Baby, let's be friends
Come on, let's be friends

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Baby, let's be friends
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Come on, let's be friends
Do, do do doo do do do doo
Baby, let's be friends, let's be friends

There's a lot of talk going 'round now
Let 'em talk you know you're the only one
There's a lot of walls need tearing down
Together we could take them down one by one

Don't know when this chance might come again
Good times got a way of comin' to an end
Don't know when this chance might come again
Good times got a way of slippin'
Baby, let's be friends
Come on, let's be friends
Baby, let's be friends
Come on, let's be friends

Do, do do doo do do do doo
Do, do do doo do do do do doo
Do, do do doo do do do doo
Baby, let's be friends
Do, do do doo do do do doo
Come on, let's be friends
Do, do do doo do do do doo


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"Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentIt's funny how these songs hit people so differently. Maybe more so with Bruce than any other artist. I actually find this to be one of favorites from the The Rising along with Nothing Man. This is a fun song with a true "E" street groove and fell to it. I know the Rising is supposed to be serious and solemn, but on this tune and Mary's Place--fun is where it's at. I never read anything about race into it--could be--but I didn't dive deep. To me it's what it appears to be--a guy has his eye on a chick he digs--he makes his move and wants to get naked with her. He feels they've a lot in common (walking down that same line) and maybe there's been gossip about then or they are already an item--but between the two of them--they need to tear down the false fronts that prevent a true relationship and communing of spirits.
    cubfever7on November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, another one no one has commented.

    anyway, i think it is about a guy's desire for a certian woman, but she doesnt notice it. maybe they have been friends for a long time, but he likes her and she doesnt realize it. then the perfect time rolls along and he asks her to be his girlfriend or something, saying "dont know when this chance might come again..."
    they could have had arugements in the past but he wants to put them behind him "The time has come te let the past be history".
    blondxgurlyon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, this one comes in the middle of The Rising--a weird choice given that the subject matter of the rest of the album is all about 9/11. Except that now comes the rumor that Bruce is connected to a 9/11 widow and she could be who the song is about. Bruce has written before about falling in love (even while married to someone else--as on Tunnel of Love) and I wonder if this is the same sort of song. A song about infidelity connected to 9/11.
    zvidovon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy guess is this song was left over from the Lucky Town/ Human Touch sessions and he wanted some filler. This song doesn't sound at all like the rest of the Rising (weakest song on the album by far) and has that "other band" feel to it.
    Pirtyfool22on May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you take into account this album was a reflection of the attacks of 9/11 I think the song title makes it clear. Two different people, different races. It is to me an Anti-racism song. Or given the upbeat nature of the song, pro-diversity fits better.
    andrewd87on January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell i think the guy wants her as something more than a friend but he just can't be something else than that. so he says let's be friends because he knows it, and the girl doesn't want him as a boyfriend or sth like that. he tries to stablish a friendship with her although he wants something more.
    i may be wrong but that's what i think.
    asthenia90on April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think this is a song about people who are two different races. I can see how people might think it's romantic but he put on the album for a reason. Probably inspired by all the racism that sprung up after 9/11...

    There's a lot of talk going `round now
    Let'em talk you know you're the only one
    There's a lot of walls need tearing down
    Together we could take them down one by one

    I don't necessarily think it's a romantic song either - it could just be about two guys who want to be friends. This is one of my favorite songs from The Rising - it's kind of bittersweet but undeniably positive and beautiful.
    aluia17on October 18, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI think its about becoming friends with someone you've had a bad history with.
    tastyon August 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    MemoryIt's a song that reflects Bruce's love affair with Patti..............
    jahn56on October 09, 2016   Link

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