"All My Friends" as written by Daniel John Vickrey, Ben Mize, Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson and Matthew Malley....
Thought I might get a rocket ride
When I was a child but it was a lie
That I told myself when I needed something good
At seventeen, had a better dream.
Now I'm thirty-three and it isn't me
But I'd think of something better if I could

All my friends and lovers leave me behind
I'm still looking for a girl
One way or another
I'm just hoping to find a way
To put my feet out in the world

Caught some grief from a falling leaf
As she tumbled down to the dirty ground
Said I should have put her back there if I could
But everyone needs a better day
And I'm trying to find me a better way
To get from the things I do to the things I should

All my friends and lovers leave me alone
To try to have a little fun
One way or another I just wish I had known
To go out walking in the sun
And find out if you were the one

Does it make you wanna come a little closer now?
And did you wanna dance with me?
Did you wanna hum a little harder now?
Can you see her waiting there?
Can you see her? Because I'm almost there
Can you see her waiting there for someone like me?
All you want is a beauty queen
Not a superstar but everybody's dream machine
All you want is a place to lay your head
You go to sleep dreaming how you would
Be a different kind if you thought you could
But you come awake the way you are instead

All my friends and lovers shine like the sun
I just turn and walk away
One way or another
I'm not coming undone
I'm just waiting for the day

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"All My Friends" as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

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    General CommentI actually just came back from a Counting Crows concert tonight at the Allentown Fairgrounds in PA. Adam said that this song is about going on a tour for a year, or whatever amount of time, coming back home and realizing that while all your friends lives may have changed in some way(kids, marriage, what have you), you are still in the same place, nothing has really changed for you. He said that it was like Peter Pan....who never changed, never grew up, then there was Wendy, she had to grow up, but was this tortured wounded girl. Then the lost boys (his friends) that all grew up and left.....
    didenofa0315on August 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song means maybe messing up once or twice in life(not saying they are big screw ups), and that the past really isn't everything. And when the past may get you down, you've always got friends around to make things better.
    FRoguy940on April 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with FRoguy, but I also think that the song is talking about how you get to this point in life when everyone around you is begining to settle down and you're so far from that point in your life. You feel like they're leaving you behind becaue they're moving on with their lives and you're stuck in this place that you can't get away from. To me, the song's all about realizing that all your life you've wanted something better, but you've never done anything to change it. My fav. line of the song is:
    All you want is a beauty queen
    But not a superstar
    But everybody's dream machine
    All you want is a place to lay your head
    Counting Crows rock!! Everyone, go buy the new cd in July!!
    txsnowbunnyon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with tx but i think that the main point he/she is missing is his search for the "one". that is the part that i connected with the most. he is trying to find this girl who he knows is in his head but cant find her in reality. when he dreams he is with her and what not but when he wakes reality is still reality.
    Dccarrieeon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is written inspired by his past relationships. Adam Duritz was in a relationship with Jennifer Anniston and Courteny Cox. Both from the sitcom "Friends"
    - All my friends and lovers leave me behind." He broke up with both of them while looking for the perfect girl. Everyone has their oppinion and many could be right but this could be a connection.
    shiznaz_kurtazon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttxsnowbunny i agree that is my favorite line too.
    "you go to sleep dreamin how you would be a different kind if you thought you could / but you come awake the way you are instead" - i think that relates to when you go to bed thinking you need to make a change in your life and that when you wake up the next day, you will start over and do things right, but you always wake up not feeling like doing much of anything to change...does that make any sense?
    CountMyCrowson May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about finding satisfaction in a partner. Sometimes maybe the people you are close to might have different aspirations of what they want in a partner and you can get caught up in what others aspirations are. Perhaps Adam is desribing being led down roads of love and relationships which he doesnt belong.
    Dan_Auson January 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with CountMyCrows completely and i know what ur saying. and i love that line. this song is definitly about wanting to change or waiting for something new to come along, bc all ur friends have already taken the next step. so its about changes you had hoped to make, and bitterly realizing they never happened.

    CC rocks!
    Tarak162on January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWondering what he's supposed to do in life because he doesn't want to do what he dreamed of as a child. He's focusing in on the romantic aspect of it. I love this part: "Caught some grief from a falling leaf,
    as she tumbled into the dirty ground and said I should have put her back there if I could." Like describing an ex-girlfriend.
    blueoftheskyon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about time changing, people changing, but staying the same. Hoping that you'd be somewhere in a year, in two, 20 years from now. Also regrets about things you should have done, so that maybe things would be different now. Countmycrows I think you hit it right on, thats exactly the way i interpret the song. I don't think its just about relationships, but a lot of different issues in life.
    AmonaLisaon January 17, 2008   Link

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