"Fair Weather Friends" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Say you see through the folly but you do it for the fame
And I'm fighting the jet stream drinking cheap wine on airplanes
And you're in LA not Chicago
Key under mat, I walk the dog, order in, home alone

Found your letter on a full moon Sunday night
Some other girl in your spell casting plans for her life
Pour the vodka and it dulls sharp knives
Breathe the words of diamonds on rings

And you didn't mean to do it
So I don't have to believe it
If you didn't really mean it
Then magical thinking gets us by

Think for the after show those candy-colored lips
Your age is showing and you've gotta work harder for it
It's always easier with freshmen
They're not as clever and she'll bring you to life

And you didn't mean to do it
So I don't have to believe it
If you didn't really mean it
Then magical thinking gets us by

My fairweather friend
Fairweather friend

Live for the folly but you did it for the fame
Now you're fragile as porcelain drinking cheap wine on airplanes
Did I ever leave Chicago?
Got your message that you're doing well

And you didn't mean to do it
So I don't have to believe it
If we didn't really mean it
Then magical thinking gets us by

Gets us by, gets us by

You say you see through the folly but you did it for the fame

You say you see through the folly but you did it for the fame

You say you see through the folly but you did it for the fame

You say you see through the folly but you did it for the fame

My fairweather friend


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"Fairweather Friend" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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  • +2
    Song MeaningFor me, this song is about a girl who's involved with this guy. They really love each other; but then the guy gets drunk or something, and hooks up with another girl. He didn't mean to though, and so the girl tries to forgive him by "magical thinking." He also seems interested in younger women; but again he "doesn't mean to." She tells him that he does it for the fame; meaning that he just does it for attention. Then, they break up, but she is "glad he is doing well."
    LeonorEmmalynon August 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the two comments above...also some of the lyrics have been changed.

    Say you see through the folly
    But you do it for the fame
    And I'm fighting the jet stream
    Drinkin' cheap wine on airplanes

    And you're in L.A., not Chicago
    Key under mat, I walk the dog, order in, home alone

    Found your letter on a full moon Sunday night
    Another girl, and you spell, guess he's back for a night (?)
    Pour the vodka, and it dulls sharp fights
    Breaking words, a diamond band ring

    And you didn't mean to do it
    So I don't have to believe it
    If you didn't really do it
    And magical thinking gets us by

    You sing for the after show, those candy colored lips
    But your age is showing, and you gotta work harder for it
    It's always easier with freshmen
    And I'm not as clever, if she needed a ride (?)

    And you didn't mean to do it
    So I don't have to believe it
    If we didn't really do it
    And magical thinking gets us by

    Fair-weathered friends
    Fair-weathered friends

    Say you see through the folly
    But you do it for the fame
    And I am fragile as porcelain
    Drinking cheap wine on airplanes
    And did I ever leave Chicago?
    I got your message, glad you're doing well

    And you didn't mean to do it
    So I don't have to believe it
    If we didn't really do it
    And magical thinking gets us by

    Oo, oo
    Say you see through the folly
    But you did it for the fame
    Say you see through the folly
    But you did it for the fame
    Say you see through the folly
    But you did it for the fame
    Say you see through the folly
    But you did it for the fame

    My fair-weathered friend
    LauraH247on October 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it's
    "It's always easier with freshmen, not as clever but she'll bring you to life"
    maddymusiclifeon August 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBasically this song is a big fuck you to Steven Jenkins and is pretty much a reflection of the book The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Diddion that Vanessa has admitted to being inspired Vanessa.
    It ties into neuroscience and how the brain is lazy and that consitant thoughts create pathways of magical thinking and that you'll basically have the same brain patterns at the age of 20 to the time of your death.
    "you can only let so much reality in at one time and all the other you just create"
    lovexisxdeadon June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great song.

    "You sing for the aftershow those candy colored lips
    but your age is showing and you GOTTA<- work harder for it"
    HAHA in your face stephan jenkins!

    and it's "YOU'RE fragile as porcelain" not "i'm"
    dianicationon September 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd here you are the lrc version. (synchronized)


    [00:09.88]Say you see through the folly but you do it for the fame
    [00:19.13]I'm fighting the jet stream drinking cheap wine on aeroplanes
    [00:23.25]and you're in LA not Chicago
    [00:27.32]key under mat, I walk the dog, order in, home alone.
    [00:39.26]Found your letter on a full moon Sunday night
    [00:42.66]Some other girl, and you spell, guess he's back for a night (?)
    [00:46.65]Pour the vodka, and it dulls sharp fights
    [00:50.90]Breaking words, a diamond band ring
    [00:53.84]And you didn't mean to do it
    [00:57.59]So I don't have to believe it
    [01:01.28]If you didn't really do it
    [01:05.41]And magical thinking gets us by
    [01:16.60]You sing for the after show, those candy colored lips
    [01:20.66]But your age is showing, and you gotta work harder for it
    [01:24.54]It's always easier with freshmen
    [01:28.23]And I'm not as clever, if she needed a ride (?)
    [01:32.04]And you didn't mean to do it
    [01:35.60]So I don't have to believe it
    [01:39.48]If we didn't really do it
    [01:43.29]And magical thinking gets us by
    [02:05.38]Fair-weathered friends
    [02:14.20]Fair-weathered friends
    [02:29.63]Say you see through the folly
    [02:30.71]But you do it for the fame
    [02:33.34]And I am fragile as porcelain
    [02:34.97]Drinking cheap wine on airplanes
    [02:37.21]And did I ever leave Chicago?
    [02:41.25]I got your message, glad you're doing well
    [02:44.44]And you didn't mean to do it
    [02:48.39]So I don't have to believe it
    [02:52.20]If we didn't really do it
    [02:56.07]And magical thinking gets us by
    [03:08.18]Oo, oo
    [03:11.80]Say you see through the folly
    [03:12.42]But you did it for the fame
    [03:18.36]Say you see through the folly
    [03:20.36]But you did it for the fame
    [03:25.86]Say you see through the folly
    [03:27.42]But you did it for the fame
    [03:33.36]Say you see through the folly
    [03:35.11]But you did it for the fame
    [03:44.20]My fair-weathered friend
    ahmedhamdy90on July 29, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General CommentConsidering the Rabbits on the Run album is out and she's updated the name to Fairweather Friend the title should really be changed - the old version's still there under "Fair Weathered Friends"

    Couple of changes (in caps):
    - Chorus: If you didn't really mean it THEN magical thinking gets us by
    - Verse 2: Your age is showing and you've GOT TO WORK harder for it
    caelistraon July 31, 2011   Link
  • -2
    Lyric CorrectionSorry admins, could you please delete the previous post? I forgot to classify it under the correct comment type.

    Considering the Rabbits on the Run album is out and she's updated the name to Fairweather Friend the title should really be changed - the old version's still there under "Fair Weathered Friends"

    Couple of changes:
    - Chorus: If you didn't really mean it
    Then magical thinking gets us by
    - Verse 2: Your age is showing and you've got to work harder for it
    caelistraon July 31, 2011   Link

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