"Friends Of Mine" as written by and Burton Cummings Randy Bachman....
Friends of mine don't have the time
For food or wine
Just money is on their minds

Life is sweet
On a one-way street
They're indiscreet
And funny, they'll never meet

I gotta get a two-ton truck [Repeat: x3]
I gotta do it to a duck on a two-ton truck and fade away like Ron Rene
All right, all right

You got the magical mystery tour [Repeat: x3

And Kurt is the Walrus [Repeat: x1]
And the Walrus does funny things to the veins in his left arm
All right

And Michael is now a father, all right
And Michael is now a proud father, all right
And my good friend Michael is now a proud father
And Michael is now a father, all right
And that means Michael's wife is a mother, all right

Up the 13 steps of the gallows walked the condemned man
And time passes very quickly when death is near
After having completed the first step, the condemned man knew there were but 12 left
Before he would meet death and his soul would leave his body
And after having completed the 13 steps the condemned man was met by a giant cloaked figure
And with a quick flick of the wrist the man was dead
And his soul left his body and went down down down
To a place we laughingly refer to as hell
But none of us will ever go there because we're all far too groovy
The man's body was left to rot on the gallows
And a great multitude of black birds came and picked the man's corpse apart
Piece by piece
Limb by limb
Until nothing remained
And his blood melted into the ground below

The gallows was made from a tree created by God
The man's blood dripped into the ground which was created by God
Even the giant cloaked figure which was the man's own end was created by God
Even the man's soul which went down was created by God
Even the black birds which picked the man's corpse apart were created by God
And where was God?

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses row on row
To mark the dead

To Flanders Fields the hippies go
To smoke the poppies there below
And feed their heads

And they're all friends of mine, each and every one of them, no better or no worse
And we'll probably end up down there together when it's all over

And that's why we say

It's all over and it's all right.


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"Friends of Mine" as written by Randy Bachman Burton Cummings

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    General Commentevery once in a while, burton cummings desperately wants to be jim morrison...
    Jimmy_Gordonon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey.... he does a pretty good job in his own right.... and that was all you got from this song? boo on you....
    Fool_in_the_rainon October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. Just amazing.
    A_Mickon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentrofl, 3 posts...depressing...amazing (and trippy) song, y is it so unknown??
    noname4meon December 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is completely my favorite Guess Who song, I expected more comments. But yeah, I'm thinking that song is about being on drugs, as how it references a walrus(?) doing funny things to the veins in his left arm, and also the poppies(opium). This is pretty much the best conclusion I could come to, but I think the real meaning of the song is, like a Doors song, multiple and interpretable.
    WD40on June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReference to poppies comes from a poem written by John McCrae after witnessing the death of his friend's death in WW I. I would like to know what the reference to "fade away like Ron Rene".
    Hotsaucey2000on December 28, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Kurt" is Kurt Winter, band member and co-writer of their songs. Magical Mystery Tour is a Beatles album released a few years before Friends of Mine. "Kurt is the Walrus" refers to a song on that Beatles album, "I am the Walrus".

    At the time, there was a lot of speculation about who was in the walrus suit on the album cover. I won't describe it here, but it was parodied in a later Beatles' song, "Glass Onion", in which Lennon says "The Walrus was Paul".

    The Guess Who hung around with Niel Young before he became famous. Young looked up to Bachmann. They mainly hung around one bar that I forget the name of now. Young even played with them before they became big. Some of them used heroin, which Young swore off after a friend of his died of it. This is referenced in "Friends of Mine" and in Young's "The Needle And The Damage Done."

    The original version of "Friends of Mine" is on their post-breakup compilation, This Time Long Ago. Cummings sings about "doing it with your mother" (turned into "do it with a duck") and smothering six month old babies. He was imitating Jim Morrision, BTW. RCA said no effing WAY, and they had to change it for Wheatfield Soul.

    Of course here in The Future, the nee-groes sing about things like that all the time but nobody gives a damn because they're nee-groes.

    The long raps about death and god in this song and "Hang on to your life" comes from Bachman's confusion about a branch of the jewish-islam-christian mythology which is obsessed with ridiculous bullshit like that. He resolved it, not by realizing that it is indeed ridiculous bullshit, but by converting to mormonism–the stupidest branch in the whole mythological tree except for islam.

    In fact, that's why the Guess Who first began to break up; Bachmann kept pushing his dumb-ass religion onto the band and writing it into their lyrics.

    Nevertheless, if you listen to the words as sounds, they sound really good, even important. And if you listen to the FEELINGS behind the words in Friends of Mine and Hang on to your Life instead of the literal meanings, the religious references are even poignant, because mythology deals with universal, deep human concerns like death.

    BTW, the bizarre, counterproductive ways that so-called "humanity" deals with these concerns made me despair to the point of walking off my nuc engineering job and living naked in a cave. Yes really. tiny url dot com slash kanecave

    -- faye kane homeless brain
    FayeKaneon June 15, 2012   Link

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