"Friction" as written by and Michael Allen Patton....
I knew it musta been some big set-up
All the action just would not let up
It's just a little bit back from the main road
Where the silence spreads and the men dig holes
I start to spin the tale
You complain of my diction

You give me friction (friction)
You give me friction (friction)
You give me friction (friction)

My eyes are like telescopes
I see it all backwards, but who wants hope?
If I ever catch that ventriloquist
I'll squeeze his head right into my fist
Something come a-trackin in
What is it, what's the prediction?

I'll betcha it's friction (friction)
I'll betcha it's friction (friction)
I'll betcha it's friction (friction)
Hide the snake, get out the skin

Oh, stop this head motion, set the sails
You know all us boys gonna wind up in jail
Well, I don't wanna grow up
There's too much contradiction

And too much friction (friction)
But I dig friction (friction)
We're both crazy 'bout friction (friction)


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"Friction" as written by Tom Verlaine

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  • +3
    General CommentThere's a funny moment in this song that never goes recorded in the official lyrics, but Verlaine always muttered it, even in the Eno demos, shortly before launching into the solo. I always thought it was something clever about "Irish snakes" (there are none in that country). But somebody who has better ears than I do posted this on another site, which I like a lot better: "How does a snake get out of its skin? Here's a depiction..."

    Always thought that Verlaine deserved to be counted among the two or three greatest rock lyricists of all time. His talent with words becomes all the clearer when you contrast it with Lloyd's lyrics; while Lloyd is just as interesting on guitar, his lyrics stink.
    Loerkeon January 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentnothing is exactly as it seems
    envikaon July 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite part is "You complain of my DICK-tion". Genius, no?
    distantfingerson June 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaha, yes I like the wordplay too... I prefer the one in "Careful" though "when you whisper, in my ear, it goes so hard, gets so hard, oh, it gets so hard... to get out of bed".

    This song, as envika says, has more to it though. It's a coming of age type thing, or so I interpret it. A lot of Television seems to be themed around in limbo states and the tension (friction) that arises from them, in this case, youth and adulthood.
    Rocason November 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow... I seriously can't believe that no one has commented on this song. It's absolutely amazing, as well as the rest of Marquee Moon.
    colonel schwartzon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMarquee Moon is brilliant. This is but one highlight from the album. Love the "F, R, I, C, T, I-O-N" part!
    bkat004on April 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Television song. Such awesome guitar work.
    Majora_thirteenthon June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one I listened to as a young man and recently heard it on xm. It is a very underrated rock song that should be listened to by anyone with an iota of love for rock music.The guitar work is AWESOME as Majora said
    worthlesson February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just a Beat poem.So dreamlike.
    yugedralyaon January 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou complain of my dic-... tiooon....
    Syaoranonion April 22, 2014   Link

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