"Song for a Friend" as written by and Jason Mraz Dennis Morris....
Well you're magic he said
But don't let it all go to your head
'Cause I bet if you all had it all figured out
Then you'd never get out of bed
Well, no doubt
Of all the thing's that I've read what he wrote me
It's now sounding like the man I was hoping
To be
I keep on keeping it real
'Cause it keeps getting easier he'll see
He's the reason that I'm laughing
Even if there's no one else
He said, you've got to love yourself

You say, you shouldn't mumble when you speak
But keep your tongue up in your cheek
And if you stumble on to something better
Remember that it's humble that you seek
You got all the skill you need
Individuality
You got something
They call it gumption
They call it anything you want
Because when you play the fool now
You're only fooling everyone else
You're learning to love yourself

Yes you are, you are, yes you, you, you

And there's no price to pay, no, no
When you're givin' what you take
That's why it's easy to thank you
You, you
You, you, you

Let's say you take a break from our day
And gettin' back to the old garage
Because life's too short anyway
But at least it's better then average
As long as you got me
And I got yo, you know we'll got a lot to go around
I'll be your friend, your other brother
Another love to come and comfort you

And I'll keep reminding
If it's the only thing I ever do
I will always love you
You, you, you
You
(It's true my love, it's true, it's you I love, it's you I love, it's you, it's you I love)
(It's true my love, it's true, my love, it's true, it's you I love)
(It's you I love, it's you I love, it's you, it's you I love)

Oh, it's you I love
(It's you I love, it's you I love, it's you, it's you I love)
(It's true my love, it's true, my love, it's true, it's you I love)
(It's you I love, it's you I love, it's you, it's you I love) (it's you I love, I love, I love)

It's you I love, I love, I love
It's you I love, I love, I love
It's you I love, I love, I love

Climb up over the top
Survey the state of the soul
You've got to find out for yourself whether or not you're truly trying
Why not give it a shot?
Shake it, take control, inevitably wind up
Find out for yourself all the strengths you have inside still rising

Climb up over the top
Survey the state of the soul
You've got to find out for yourself whether or not you're truly trying
Why not give it a shot?
Shake it, take control, inevitably wind up
Find out for yourself all the strengths you have inside still rising

Climb up over the top
Survey the state of the soul
You've got to find out for yourself whether or not you're truly trying
(Why not give it a shot?) Oh, it's you I love
(Shake it, take control, inevitably wind up) Oh it's you I love
(Find out for yourself all the strengths you have inside still rising)

Climb up over the top
Survey the state of the soul
You've got to find out for yourself whether or not you're truly trying
Why not give it a shot?
Shake it, take control and inevitably wind up
And find out for yourself all the strengths that you have inside of you


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"Song for a Friend" as written by Dennis Morris Dan Wilson

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  • +2
    General Commenti think this is the best song on mr. a-z.
    trastaon July 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJason said during a concert that he was trying to find a way to say thanks to his roomate, his bestfriend. A song for the guys, if you will, to express how they feel toward other men in a non-sexual way.
    alliegeeon January 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen the choir and him starts the lyrics are

    climb up over the top
    survey the state of the soul
    you've got to find out for yourself
    whether or not you're truly tryin
    why not give it a shot
    shake it, take control
    and inevitably wind up
    findin for yourself all the strengths
    that you have inside of you
    BurningBridges57on August 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read somewhere that Jason wrote this song about his father, and it makes sense- "all the thing's that i've read what he wrote me
    is now sounding like the man i was hoping
    to be"
    This is a great song- this whole album is amazing.
    JM addicton August 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn a Dec 8th 05 interview with The Virginian-Pilot Jason responed this way to the song:

    " Q. Are you aware you have a massive gay following?

    A. I did have an idea, and I dig that. A lot of my friends are gay – my roommate, my manager. The last song on my album, “Song for a Friend,” was written for my roommate, Jerry. I felt it might be a great idea. … There’s always love songs for women, but there should also be a love song for two bros, whether or not you’re gay. I’ve always tried to be open to all things. So it doesn’t surprise me that the gay community digs the mu-sac , ’cause I am friends with the gay community. "

    ...and yes I am a big fan of the man!
    musictravelfunon August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with trasta, my favortie song on mr. a-z aswell. I really want to know where he got like the insparation for this song, it seams to be about someone?
    BurningBridges57on August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites too! Here's what my dad and I guessed it was about, could be completely wrong, but we tried:

    At first, we thought Jason Mraz was talking to himself in this song, someone was telling him he was "magic" and he didn't want to become to full of how well he was doing. Then I started to think it was about either Jason talking to a friend or a good friend helping Jason through a hard time. It sounds stupid, but I assumed Mraz was helping a friend get through depression, or a time where he was feeling unconfident...or had a low self-esteem. Someone's saying things to hurt this guy, and Jason's trying to tell him that we all have problems, don't let it go to your head, without problems we wouldn't have a reason to "get out of bed" every morning, this guys got a problem for bugging you and you've got a problem for listening to what he's saying. So without this guy around, it's getting "easier" and now that he can stand up for himself, he can laugh at this guy's problems. So no matter who bails out on you in life or what happens, you've always got one person, and if you don't love yourself, you will have absolutely nobody.

    So now in the second verse the guy is getting over his depression or "hard time", so he shouldn't mumble when he speaks but keep your "tongue up in your cheek" as in, don't take yourself TOO seriously. He's telling this guy that he's got "all the skills he needs" and he's perfect just the way he is, he shouldnt feel bad about himself. So now with the help of this "friend" he's learning to love himself, he's fooling everyone else to believe that he's perfectly happy with himself, the first stage in TRULY having a high self-esteem.

    Then he's saying he'll take a break from fame and luxory and go back to the "old garage" where everything he is now probably all started. I think he's now finding someone to enjoy himself with, someone who likes him for who he is and so now he can like himself too. He's got a friend now, someone to help him if he ever feels down, and Jason is there (or someone was there for Jason) to remind him that theywill always love him for who he is no matter what anyone else thinks.

    Later when the choir deal comes in, they talk about like rising up, taking a chance, you've got nothing to lose, you never know how good you are until you really try...so I think that's like concluding this song and saying that with confidence and willing to try and go for things, you could get unexpected fortunes?

    For all we know, this could be about a recording artist that really liked Jason's music, but thought he needed more confidence or something...sorry if this is completely wrong but this is how we saw it.
    _MRAZ_2708on August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know the words when him and the choir sing?
    double w i g g yon August 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was told that he actually rocorded this with the choir from his old high school which i think is freakin awsome. :P
    Nvmbr_Loveon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song shows me not to give up on myself because there is always someone counting on you that hasnt given up on you yet.
    nothin_unusual22on July 25, 2006   Link

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