"I've Got Friends" as written by and John Andrew Hull....
Dirty on the ground is what I need
I got another one to tell you
And another one to make you believe
Pity in the grass tried to be
The one you needed when I told you
That you wanted something bigger than me

I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay
I said that I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay

'Cause you are not alive
When I need you
I need it quickly
In case you never know

I can't play where I'm not supposed to anyway

Dirty on the ground is what I see
I need another reason why
I need another reason, tell me to breathe
The dirtier the sound, the best I breathe
I tried to do it all for you
It didn't do anything for me

'Cause I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay
I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay

And you and I will find
That when I need you
I need it quickly
In fact, you'll never know

I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay
I said that I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay

He said I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay
I've got friends in all the right places
I know what they want
And I know they don't want me to stay


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"I've Got Friends" as written by John Andrew Hull

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  • +5
    General CommentI reckon it's about a guy who's about to propose to his girlfriend, but who then gets eaten by a bear, and when his girlfriend visits him at the cemetery, she summons his ghost, but the bear comes back and chases both of them and also sings a little bit, and then the ghost-guy finally gets to beat the bear, revealing that it's just a guy wearing a bear-suit.
    Actually, it makes more sense if it's written from the bear's point-of-view (especially if he just wants to be friends with the couple...)
    rilestaron June 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti feel the song is about a relationship yes, but not necessarily a bad one.
    i feel it might just be dysfunctional, and he might not feel he wants to leave all though all signs point to moving on.

    "Dirt in the ground is what i need." Dirt, unclean, but natural and vital. expressing something he needs, but playing off the fact that it is not what may be right.

    "I've got another one to tell you, and another one to make you believe" i get the idea, that his friends are trying to show him this isn't a good place for him.

    "pity in the grass tried to be
    the one you needed when I told you
    that you wanted something bigger than me" - things are breaking, and he tells her im the one you needed, but you said you wanted something more.

    the chorus "iv'e got friends in all the right places..." depicts his friends are coming from the right perspective and he knows that, but he says "i know what they want, and i know they don't want me to stay" and this is showing how there expressing to him that they don't want him with her.

    a lot of the rest is self explanatory if you under stand the concept. But i feel there may be another side to the story. I write a lot too, and i sometimes take a concept like a relationship and use it to explain a story that may have nothing to do with girls and love. and i feel on some level this may be about other things. Disapproving of his lifestyle his band, himself.

    idk comments?
    larrynappson February 07, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI've got friends is a sarcastic lament

    "Dirty on the ground is what I need"

    A way of saying he needs somebody to play with

    "I got another one to tell you and another one to make you believe"

    He want's people to like him, believe is okay, believe he is cool, believe he is worth hanging with.

    "pity on the grass; I tried to be the one you needed
    when I told you that you wanted something bigger than me"

    He wants somebody he can talk to, he's afraid the person he is talking to wont be his friend, so he talks in a disgustingly self effacing way. He tells people they can do better than him secretly hoping they will need him instead of leaving.

    "I've got friends in all the right places
    I know what they want
    and I know they don't want me to stay"

    But they don't need him or want him around. They aren't his friends even though he calls them that.

    "cause you are not alive when I need you
    and I need it quickly
    in case you never know"

    He is there for them but they are not there for him

    "I can't play where I'm not supposed to anyway
    any way, anyways, any way, anyways..."

    His parents don't approve of his "friends".

    "dirty on the ground is what I see"

    He sees other people playing with each other and having fun.

    "I need another reason why I need another reason
    tell me to breathe"

    He needs a reason why nobody wants him around, he needs a reason from the people that don't want him around. He is anxious and upset and all they do is tell him to "breath" (calm down in other words). They protagonist of the song is a bothersome hanger on to his "friends."

    "the dirtier the sound, the best I breathe"

    not sure yet, the dirtier the sound of the truth, the more raw the truth about why nobody want to be around him. Hard not to put sexual connotations on "dirtier the sound" but I don't think that is the intent of the lyric. The lyric is about rumor spreading maybe. Listening to people tell rumors about each other makes him feel involved even though he isn't really a part of the crowd.

    "I tried to do it all for you
    it didn't do anything for me"

    He is "being there" for his friends at his own expense. He is nice to his "friends" in all the wrong ways. He is a "nice" guy, sort of fun to be around sometimes, but is mostly a bother and not well liked or respected.

    "I've got friends in all the right places
    I know what they want
    and I know they don't want me to stay

    and you and I will find
    that when I need you
    I need it quickly
    in fact you'll never know

    I've got friends in all the right places
    I know what they want
    and I know they don't want me to stay "

    The remaining lyrics just drive the point home. The song is about a guy who is a hanger on in a crowd of people that do not really like him. He desperately wants to be in the know but he winds up the butt of everyone's jokes. Nobody lets him in, he does not belong, he knows he should do something different, but he doesn't. Instead he takes vicarious pleasure in listening to the people in the crowd tell stories behind each others backs because that is the only time he feels involved.

    Yeah, he's got friends.

    fin
    elucidatoron October 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about, but Christ does it rage.
    guruofrockon February 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe song is about suicide. thats it.
    mhmmyeahsureon May 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUm...I never write on here, but I can almost say for a fact this is NOT about drugs. As a fellow PK (preacher's kid) just like Andy Hull, this song takes on a new dimension for me, and I could write almost lyric for lyric if I had the time to explain what he's talking about, but it would be a very long post! Basically this is about trying to desperately to live up to his father's (and God's) expectations, but falling short, and not knowing how to deal with it (ex. dirty on the ground is what I see, I need another reason why I need another reason, tell me to breathe). He still agrees that they'll always have a relationship , but his father will never know when he truly will need spiritual help (ex. cause you and I will ride, but when I need you, I need it quickly...in case (in fact you'll never) know...etc. etc.) The chorus of "I've Got Friends" is simply about the sickening transparency of most of the church family that PK's are pushed into seeing for what it really is, and are usually afraid to go to when they truly seek spiritual guidance. They may all be your "friends", but as I know all too well, most of them are fake and really "don't want me to stay. And, in case "I can't play where I"m not supposed to anyway" in a childish tune confuses any of you with the theme that I'm presenting, I personally LOVE this lyric. As a PK, you watch everyone else that's allowed to do the things that you can't because you live in this glorified fish bowl where everyone is watching your every move as a child...something that can really affect someone as they get older, whether it is intended or not.
    If anyone is interested, just let me know and I'll take the time to break this down lyric by lyric...right now it's one of my favorite songs. Thanks for reading! ;)
    LostSheepon April 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song.
    I think it's about a man who is in a relationship only for the s*x. (all the talk of dirt and being dirty) The woman had expressed that she was loosing interest. (you told me you wanted something bigger than me.) The man realizes that he doesnt need this in his life. He has friends who want the best for him and dont want him to stay in this s**-driven relationship.
    delrem8on July 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst song meaning attempt here.

    He feels like he's put too much time into one person, and everytime he talks about the dirt or the grass, he's using it as a metaphor as a grave for himself or the relationship.

    The chorus where he says he's got friends in the right places, could be the singer saying that his friends have his best interest at heart, and they dont want him to keep wasting time on the person he's singing about.

    and the parts about when i need you i need it quickly, you'll never know. That could be his way of saying "no matter how much i miss and need you, you wont know"

    thats all i got, anyone else?
    Greggumzon February 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about drugs
    I've got friends in all the right places (dealers)
    I know what they want (money/drugs)
    and I know they don't want me to stay (not real friends, they only want drugs)

    dirt in the ground is what I see (death, buried)

    'cause you are not alive (drugs again)
    when I need you (dealers/love)
    I need it quickly (drugs)
    in case you never know (love)

    it's about addiction i think
    lovers who are both addicted
    not only to drugs but to each other
    it's almost like they're addicted to destruction
    ParadiorthosisCryptomnesiaon March 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI kinda see it as him trying to live up to the high expectations he has and how he has friends in good places, but they may not really have his best intentions at heart, and just want to use him for his talent or whatever else.

    "I know what they want, and I know they don't want me to stay" kinda sounds like they just want to use him and not help him or spend time with him.

    Whatever it means, this song seriously rocks hard. I think its safe to say this song could become very popular very quickly.
    LizardKingJM71on April 20, 2009   Link

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