"Best Friend" as written by Radney M. Foster, Kacey Lee Musgraves and Jay Clementi....
(When your best friends are strung out)
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get em down
(When you find it all around)
Yeah, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start

Feeling, sleeping, in the field again,
Oh, I can feel, I can feel
I can feel, it's beginning to end

Yeah, premonition smiling in the dark
Oh, I can see, I can see
I can see the story starting to arc

Oh, oh, oh, oh

It's comes up
I've been a spoken word
I've been a river bed
I've been a rabid voice
And let it flow up from within

Sometimes it feels like I only dream in black and white

Ah, ah, ah, ah
And colors so

(When your best friends are strung out)
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get em down
(When you find it all around)
Yeah, you say it's what you need
And hide your eyes when you're close to me
(When you feel up in the clouds)
Well, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start

Waits, and fed us, slipping into dreams
Oh, I can feel, I can feel
I can feel the celestial beings

Oh welted pleasures leaving with the breath
I can see, I can see
I can see the beauty in the mask

Oh, oh, oh, oh

It draws up
I've been a river bed
I tried to salt the wound
I've carried more than I can
I feel I've got a lot to prove
Sometimes I feel like I only dream in black and white

Oh, oh, oh, oh
But colors so

(When your best friends are strung out)
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get em down
(When you find it all around)
Yeah, you say it's what you need
You hide your eyes when you're close to me
(When you feel up in the clouds)
You ought to know
That I'm here no matter where you want to go
(In your head hanging upside-down)
Well, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start

I'm here, no matter where you are
So let it in with, open arms, no matter where you are
Sometimes, you'll have to wait,
And it passes by like a satellite or star
No matter where you are

(When your best friends are strung out)
You know when (Ooh-hoo-hoo)
(When you feel up in the clouds)
Oh, yeah, you know when (Ooh-hoo-hoo)

(When your best friends are strung out)
Oh, yeah, you know when
You ought to know
That I'm here no matter where you want to go
(In your head, hanging upside-down)
Yeah, you know when
That's how you know
When your best friends are strung out


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"Best Friend" as written by Isom Innis Mark Foster

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  • +2
    My InterpretationI feel that this song is talking about being that friend (A) who's been growing up alongside a real junkie of a friend (B) who's right on the cusp of hitting the OD ceiling. Despite that, A tries to support B through his addiction despite being really worried for his/her health.

    First clue comes in the form of the lyric video, which displays the name of the song as an ingredient in a pill with the poisonous skull and crossbones.

    Other clues can be found in the lyrics-

    The first line in the chorus details the best friend (in this case, B) who is "all strung out". He's pretty obviously getting high on something.

    (Also, to note about the choruses- each time they add a new line, meaning B is that much closer to ODing.)

    Continuing on the chorus, the full, non-"ooo"ing chorus goes:

    "(When your best friend's all strung out)
    You do everything you can
    'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
    (When you find it all around)
    Yeah you say it's what you need
    And hide your eyes when you're close to me
    (With your feet up in the clouds)
    You oughta know that I'm here no matter where you want to go
    (With your head hanging upside down)
    Well, it comes to waves but it's hardest from the start."

    Each of the parentheticals describe a symptom to B's addiction that shows that he/she is high.

    Each of the non-parentheticals is A showing their disdain and worry for B's addiction, but is willing to support them anyway.

    Moving onto the verses, one particular lyric appears twice: "I've been a river bed." Typically, this where all the sediments and crud land, so it's entirely possible that A has felt like B has taken advantage of their hospitality on more than one occasion.

    The first verse describes what A has been to B in terms of his/her patience. A spoken word (a name that was mentioned in vain, just to fill the air), a river bed (above), and a rabid force (a legitimate try to stop B from throwing their life away).

    "Dreaming in black and white" is a strange lyric- I suppose it details the fact that A feels as though he has to make very an extreme decision about trying to approach the way B is destroying himself. And being followed by "And color's so oh!" is also interesting, possibly because A is showing disdain for the drug B is taking (which is more likely than not at this point a psychoactive drug), but it could also mean that A doesn't see any leeway to make decisions that have compromises between his black and white.

    The second verse details the way A feels about B, once again bringing up the river bed, but also talking about salting the wound (he's tried to heal it, to no avail) and carried more than he can (worrying about his own life as well as B's)

    The preverses also have interesting meanings.

    "Feelings sleeping in the field again
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    It's beginning to end
    Premonitions smiling in the dark
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The story's starting to arc
    It dries up"

    The majority of this verse talks about a "beginning to [an] end" and "the story starting to arc", meaning that B is in his climax of using way too many drugs and is about to die. "Feelings sleeping in the field again" reminds me of the old adage "to put [x] out to pasture" which means to forget about it and not to worry anymore. I think x in this case stands for either B's sensory feelings or A's mental feelings toward his prospective loss.

    "Waves in theta sleeping into dreams
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    The celestial beings
    Wilted pleasures leave you with a breath
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The beauty in the mess"

    Celestial beings proves that B is taking psychoactive drugs, causing him to see what he thinks are angels. Wilted pleasures means that B is using more than he used to, because he found his original dosage to be not enough to satisfy him anymore. "I can see, I can see, I can see the beauty in the mess" details A's hearkening back to a time when B used to be much better than they were. There used to be a beautiful person, but now there is nothing more than a messed up drug addict.

    Despite his chagrin, A is still there for B, as evinced by the bridge:

    "I am here, no matter where you are
    I'm waiting here with open arms
    No matter where you are
    Sometimes you have to wait until it passes by
    Like a satellite or star
    No matter where you are"

    And afterwards, the lyrics excusing B's behavior found in the choruses before are suspiciously missing, possibly because A gave up and allowed B to succumb to his overdose, perhaps because that's the only way he'll know to stop.


    Foster the People took on a similar approach to this sort of subject with Helena Beat, so it's not really surprising to see another drug-related song on Supermodel. Despite the heavy message, Best Friend is still a catchy song about friendship and the bonds that friends have, to be there through the thickest times.
    glennthethiefon April 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningthis song is about WRITER'S BLOCK. creativity is an artist's best friend. and in this song Mark Foster is saying his creativity is gone; that he has no words.

    now let's jump into the lyrics.

    "(When your best friend's all strung out)
    You do everything you can
    'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
    (When you find it all around)
    Yeah, it comes in waves but it's hardest from the start"

    first notice the line is "best friend's" not "best friends". with the apostrophe it means "when your best friend IS all strung out. giving evidence to the theme that "creativity is an artist's best friend". this stanza is saying that Mark, as an artist, his creativity is gone. he has no words. he has writer's block. the block comes "in waves" but he can't even start to write: "it's hardest from the start".

    "Feelings sleeping in the field again
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    It's beginning to end
    Premonitions smiling in the dark
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The story's starting to arc
    It dries up"

    this stanza shows his struggle with the block. his "feelings" (creativity) is "sleeping in the field again" (run out). "I can feel, I can feel, I can feel / It's beginning to end" meaning his writers block his coming to an end, but "Premonitions smiling in the dark". "premonitions" are strong feelings that something bad is about to come. he can feel the writer's block coming back. now just as he can see ("I can see, I can see, I can see") the words coming back to him his creativity is gone ("it dries up")

    "I've been a spoken word
    I've been a river bed
    I've been a rabid force
    And let it flow out from within
    Sometimes it feels like I only dream in black and white
    And color's so oh"

    this stanza shows how sometimes he feels like he is words incarnate ("I've been a spoken word") and sometimes he feels like his river of creativity has dried up ("I've been a riverbed"). Now the rest of the stanza he seems to feel confident: "I've been a rabid force / And let it flow out from within". his creativity seems to flow from within. "Sometimes I feel like I only dream and black and white" he feels like everything is clear (black and white) and he's knows exactly just what to say.

    "Waves in theta slipping into dreams
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    The celestial beings
    Wilted pleasures leave you with a breath
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The beauty in the mess
    It dries up"

    (NOT "waits, and fed us)

    this stanza his similar to the second one. showing how he's asleep and dreaming (the brain produces "theta waves" when it is drowsy). he can see the creativity but once he reaches out for it, it "dries up" again.
    tallon August 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningthis song is about WRITER'S BLOCK. creativity is an artist's best friend. and in this song Mark Foster is saying his creativity is gone; that he has no words.

    now let's jump into the lyrics.

    "(When your best friend's all strung out)
    You do everything you can
    'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
    (When you find it all around)
    Yeah, it comes in waves but it's hardest from the start"

    first notice the line is "best friend's" not "best friends". with the apostrophe it means "when your best friend IS all strung out. giving evidence to the theme that "creativity is an artist's best friend". this stanza is saying that Mark, as an artist, his creativity is gone. he has no words. he has writer's block. the block comes "in waves" but he can't even start to write: "it's hardest from the start".

    "Feelings sleeping in the field again
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    It's beginning to end
    Premonitions smiling in the dark
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The story's starting to arc
    It dries up"

    this stanza shows his struggle with the block. his "feelings" (creativity) is "sleeping in the field again" (run out). "I can feel, I can feel, I can feel / It's beginning to end" meaning his writers block his coming to an end, but "Premonitions smiling in the dark". "premonitions" are strong feelings that something bad is about to come. he can feel the writer's block coming back. now just as he can see ("I can see, I can see, I can see") the words coming back to him his creativity is gone ("it dries up")

    "I've been a spoken word
    I've been a river bed
    I've been a rabid force
    And let it flow out from within
    Sometimes it feels like I only dream in black and white
    And color's so oh"

    this stanza shows how sometimes he feels like he is words incarnate ("I've been a spoken word") and sometimes he feels like his river of creativity has dried up ("I've been a riverbed"). Now the rest of the stanza he seems to feel confident: "I've been a rabid force / And let it flow out from within". his creativity seems to flow from within. "Sometimes I feel like I only dream and black and white" he feels like everything is clear (black and white) and he's knows exactly just what to say.

    "Waves in theta slipping into dreams
    I can feel, I can feel, I can feel
    The celestial beings
    Wilted pleasures leave you with a breath
    I can see, I can see, I can see
    The beauty in the mess
    It dries up"

    (NOT "waits, and fed us)

    this stanza his similar to the second one. showing how he's asleep and dreaming (the brain produces "theta waves" when it is drowsy). he can see the creativity but once he reaches out for it, it "dries up" again.
    tallon August 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe music video made me think it was the singer's best friend going through an eating disorder.
    clare11208on December 20, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this song is simple. It's about helping your friends out no matter what.
    ArsMoridenion March 15, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General Comment1st, STUPID question, (if ne1 actually reads this) I AM adult but I was nvr into the drug scene... is "strung out" when ur out of it cause ur high, or is it when ur life sucks cause u've come down and don't have more drugs }: /? (YES this is a LAME (#>.<#) but serious question (#^-^#)

    2nd... Ugh, FTP! I've been listening to u since u were GIVING ur stuff away, and now u go and write THIS?!? Slap in the face QQ! SOOO not diggin the disco vibe >, Areison July 23, 2014   Link

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