"Fairweather Friends" as written by Michael Jay Shuman, Josh Homme, Dean Anthony Fertita, Troy Dean Van Leeuwen and Mark William Lanegan....
Is there anyone out there?
Or am I walking alone?
When I turned around and found that you'd gone before
The first rain could fall

It seems every single time I was bleeding
Broken promises that never came true
Well it ain't so long before the dawn
When the sun is gone so are
Well, so are you

So what's it gonna take
To get you back in bed?
Gossip, drugs, and snakes
They're just our best fair weather friends (fair weather friends)
Fair weather friends (fair weather friends)

One day when we're far away
From everything that hurts
Drink and screw is all we'll do
Every day

So what's it gonna take
To get you back in bed?
Gossip, drugs, and snakes
They're just our best fair weather friends (fair weather friends)

And though the hour's late
Don't let 'em in your head (fair weather friends)
Gonna pray for rain again and again
Fair weather friends
Fair weather friends

Fair I don't give a shit about 'em anyhow


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"Fairweather Friends" as written by Josh Homme Dean Anthony Fertita

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  • +5
    General Commentworth noting that this is the second time that "drink wine and screw" has come in a Queens song, the first being "walking on the sidewalk"
    guertin11on June 13, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSelf explanatory tale of non platonic friends with benefits. The ending is amusing because Josh sort of mocks the cheesiness or cliche in the over-usage of said motive in lyrics.
    Psicosis1on June 02, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"Drink and screw"

    i'd like to believe this is a reference to walkin' on the sidewalks
    Primus2112on June 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningAssorted observations:
    As other commenters have mentioned, "drink wine and screw" also appears in the lyrics to "Walkin' On The Sidewalks" off their first record. Although he later backtracked, Homme credited said eponymous record as an influence on the current one.
    Secondly, "It ain't so long before the dawn, when the sun is gone so are you," transitions into "gonna pray for rain again and again," which suggests that he might actually welcome the storm if it reveals who his true friends are.
    Less apparent is how these references relate to "My God Is The Sun." I have difficulty understanding that track anyway, but this track certainly seems to mark a shift in his attitude toward the sun.
    The best I can do is to suggest that he regards the sun, and god, and possibly fate, as among the "fairweather friends" which he's cutting ties with. The opening lines could as easily relate to the sun as to another person.
    The sun also combusts vampires, who seem to be a theme on this album. Some have suggested that Homme regards himself as literally undead after dying on the operating table, and a traditional vampire would certainly prefer rain to sunny skies. "The Vampire of Time and Memory" seems to conceptualize a vampire as something feeding on human misery, and the metaphorical rain in this song does represent said misery.
    That's all I got. Anyone else know anything?
    JackLecteron January 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeeing Mark lanegan in writing credits we must assume it has something to do with getting Mark clean from heroin and away from his lifestyle.
    mbaliyaon June 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment100% correct lyrics from the ...Like Clockwork LP:

    Is there anyone out there?
    Or am I just walking alone?
    When I turned around and found that you'd gone before the first rain could fall

    It seems every single time I was bleeding
    Broken promises that never came true
    It ain't so long before the dawn
    When the sun is gone so are you

    So what's it gonna take to get you back in bed?
    Gossips, frauds and snakes
    They're just our best fair-weather friends

    One day when we're far away from everything that hurts
    Drink wine and screw is all we do everyday

    So what's it gonna take to get you back in bed?
    Gossips, frauds and snakes
    They're just our best fair-weather friends

    You know the hour's late
    Don't let 'em in your head
    I'm gonna pray for rain again & again

    Fairweather friends
    Goodbye blue sky
    MilkManMikeon June 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to be about that kind of friend thar stills by your side only in the good moments, but when you really need them, when you're passing by some real problem in your life, or a dark moment, like Josh was with his cirurgy, and his death-experience, these fairweather friends go away, they're gone in the first chance, before the first rain fall.
    betowon May 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt seems like almost all of this album talks about the people who might have deserted him in a time of need. People he wants but that don't want to stick around for the hard times, those unwilling to give up their self-centered or materialistic ways to help someone out.
    akimikaon June 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had read, before hearing this song, that it included many guest artists, including Elton John and Trent Reznor. I guess I just started off with the assumption that it was about friends in the music industry, both musicians and suits. However, it's really about the fans. They love you while you're hot, and give you tons of money. And it was never about having the most fans, at the beginning. It was about making the best music. So, we can hope for rain every day, if that means making great music, even if none of the fans love it. We never gave a shit about them anyhow.
    ASaltyDogon August 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's a song about life getting better. "Turned around and found that you'd gone" meaning that someone left him, "bleeding" means in pain, and "broken promises" is perhaps the promise to stop abusing drugs. The "dawn" will soon come, however, and the individual that is being sung about will return according to the singer. "Back in bed," meaning,"back on my side." Gossip, drugs, and snakes represent the bad things in life, but the singer is saying that the moment it gets hard for them to stick around, they will leave his life, which is the meaning of the phrase "Fairweather friends". "Don't let 'em in your head" means "don't remind yourself of the bad things." Rain could represent rejuvenation, both when it says "before the first rain could fall" meaning "before I can start bettering my life," to "gonna pray for rain again and again" meaning the singer wants to heal as much as he can. And at the end he sort of says that he no longer cares for the "Fairweather Friends," or the bad things in life.
    Wylow2001on August 08, 2015   Link

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