Thank you, friends
Wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you
I'm so grateful for all the things you helped me do

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you, friends
I rejoice to the skies
Dear ones like you do the best I do
As far as can see my eyes

Without my friends I got chaos
I'm off in a bead of light
Without my friends I'd be swept up high by the wind

All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
Who made this all so probable

Thank you friends (thank you, again)
Dear, dear friends (thank you, again)
And again, and again
Never too late to start

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so goddamned awesome. I love the uplifting female 'oos and aahs' before the chorus. This song is amazing because of the totally, utterly bitter sarcastic lyrics which are obviously about no-one giving you any help at all and being abandoned and betrayed, contrasted by uplifting, upbeat poppy music. The melodies are superb, it sounds pretty commerical to me too. Should have been a huge hit.

    I love the sarcasm in this one!
    mrpieeateron October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentConsidering how unsuccessful Big Star's career was up to that point and the overall darker mood of third/sister lovers, this is pretty clearly sarcasm. I love the way Alex Chilton bitterly spits out "pa-robable!".
    destroyalltacoson June 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely sarcastic, and the melody doesn't sound that sincere or sappy... it drenches kiss-off, especially that vocal delivery. CLASSIC
    jkisauon May 19, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's a little ambiguous. There's sarcasm for sure I'm the verses but the bridge sounds direct and sincere: "Without my friends I got chaos /
    I'm off in a beam of light /
    Without my friends I'd be swept up high by the wind." Considering his emotional state that sounds genuine. So maybe it's a bit of both.
    Tom60on October 14, 2016   Link

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