"Hold On To Your Friends" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
A bond of trust
Has been abused
Something of value
May be lost
Give up your job
Squander your cash, be rash
Just hold on to your friends

There are more than enough
To fight and oppose
Why waste good time
Fighting the people you like
Who will fall defending your name
Oh, don't feel so ashamed
To have friends

But now you only call me
When you're feeling depressed
When you feel happy I'm
So far from your mind
My patience is stretched
My loyalty vexed
Oh, you're losing all of your friends

Hold on to your friends
Hold on to your friends
Resist or move on
Be mad, be rash
Smoke and explode
Sell all of your clothes
Just bear in mind
Oh, there just might come a time
When you need some friends


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"Hold on to Your Friends" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Whyte

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    General Commentthis song is about a fair-weather friend, who doesn't appreciate the friends he has, a user.
    muadDib76on December 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentjust 1 comment?!
    this song is brilliant!!!
    ferdinandon August 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fantastic indeed ferdinand, and almost makes me cry each time I hear it!

    It's just a lovely song about friendship ("don't feel so ashamed to have friends" - what a great line!)

    The melody sounds like a plea from a man who has squandered his friends in the past and doesn't want others to make the same mistake. Almost in a similar vein to 'I Threw It All Away" by Bob Dylan, another favourite song of mine.

    By the end of the song I'm always thinking of good friends I haven't seen for a while, and wanting to call them up to see how they are.

    I also love singing along to the daring lines "Give up your job / Squander your cash" - I always think, well maybe he's got a point, that sounds like a good plan...!

    Also, I always think he's going to sing "smoke hash" in the last verse, as it goes with the rhyme scheme, which always makes me chuckle...
    FishesWillLaughon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSmoke hash! I hear it too... Great song!
    shaymanrockon December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always expected to hear Smoke Hash as well lol.

    This song mustn't have very many comments because the lyrics are so self explanatory but it is still one of the greatest Morrissey songs of all time. It is probably the best commentary on half hearted friendship ever committed to music.

    It's so sad though, I always feel like a horrible friend after listening to it. As we become older we really do seem to lose touch with our friends and become increasingly focused on our jobs, relationships and money hence Morrissey's call to arms:

    Give up your job
    Squander your cash - be rash
    Just hold on to your friends

    The section below always draws my attention to friends I have fallen out with over stupid arguments or misunderstandings but have left it so long that the friendship cannot be rescued:

    There are more than enough
    To fight and oppose
    Why waste good time
    Fighting the people you like
    Who will fall defending your name
    Oh, don't feel so ashamed
    To have friends

    What a moving and touching song. Morrissey you observant and poetic mofo!
    PrettyPettyThiefon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song. I think this might be another of his songs like "Accept Yourself" is, where he is singing to himself, telling himself not to let go of his friends or push them away and in doing that is telling us not to make the mistake he may have made. just my view on it though, no one really knows but the great man himself.
    AnnCoateson December 01, 2009   Link

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