"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" as written by Alain Whyte and Steven Morrissey....
We hate it when our friends become successful
We hate it when our friends become successful
Oh, look at those clothes
Now look at that face, it's so old
And such a video !
Well, it's really laughable
Ha, ha, ha

[Chorus:]
We hate it when our friends become successful
And if they're Northern, that makes it even worse
And if we can destroy them
You bet your life we will
Destroy them
If we can hurt them
Well, we may as well
It's really laughable
Ha, ha, ha

You see, it should've been me
It could've been me
Everybody knows
Everybody says so
They say :

"Ah, you have loads of songs
So many songs
More songs than they'd stand

We hate it when our friends become successful
We hate it when our friends become successful
Oh, look at those clothes
Now look at that face, it's so old
And such a video !
Well, it's really laughable
Ha, ha, ha

[Chorus]

Just listen
La, la-la, la-la


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"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Whyte

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song because it's so.damn.true :)
    enolfon February 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And if they're Northern, that makes it even worse"

    is one of Morrissey's funniest ever lines. It still makes me laugh every time I hear it.
    Aurora2on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA simple fact, we do hate it when our friends become successful. " And if theyre nothern that makes it even worse" i love that line!
    mdeaveson January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard that this song was about the band James.
    KILBYon March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJames indeed. Tim Booth, the lead singer of James to be more specific. Once upon a time, they were mates, and Morrissey even covered a James song for some of his live dates. Ahhh wellll...
    Shiro_Kon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song starts off from the point of view of the past friend saying how much they hate their old friend who has now become famous and then the envy is shown as the reason for the hate they have,
    "You see, it should've been me
    It could've been me
    Everybody knows
    Everybody says so"

    I think straight after that line the point of view changes to Morrissey, explaining that he knows that his old friends hate him and he knows they can't stand to listen to his songs but he doesn't really care and starts to tease them with him singing "La, la-la, la-la..." almost in a very immature and childish way. Maybe teasing in this way because he knows about thier old friend's jealousy towards him.
    um_bongoon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt describes rivalry between friends, back-stabbing, and basically everything Morrissey is so famed for by his ex-friends.
    Of course, Morrissey is referring to his critics in this song: he is saying he is only being criticised by them because they are jealous of his success. Despite this, there is another aspect to the song revealed by the mention of his Northern-ness, which seems indicate that the song is partly aimed at the London music critics.

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    PTroubadouron March 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my interpretation probably aload of crap but i think its about a dig at the cure it sounds abit like one of their tunes and morrisey mocking them becuase they hate him or vice versa he's being sarcastic by using the word friend
    marki_jon June 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it when he laughs in his singing, there's no-one like him - "la la la ha ha harr la la la la laa har ha ha ha"

    I don't know who it's about specifically, but I like to think of it as a general diatribe against humanity and jealousy, people who hate it when they're friends are doing better than them! It is of course, very true, and lots of people must have felt that way at some point (myself included).

    I like his dissection of the song format, which shows him poking fun at himself too:

    Verse
    Chorus
    Middle eight
    Break, fade
    FishesWillLaughon August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMoz said that the song was about how as long as you were working class and in the gutter, your fellow Mancs supported you. But once you become successful, vile vile envy sets in and none of your old friends want anything to do with you. This is probably about James, as has been said but I'm sure he just wanted a vague explanation
    MindlessRuffianon December 13, 2007   Link

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