"That's What Friends Are For" as written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager....
And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned

I'm glad I got the chance to say That I do believe I love you
And if I should ever go away
Well then close your eyes and try
To feel the way we do today and then if you can remember
Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowing you can always count on me for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you
And then for the times when we're apart
Well then close your eyes and know
These words are coming from my heart
And then if you can remember

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowing you can always count on me for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for


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"That's What Friends Are For" as written by Burt F Bacharach Burt Bacharach

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  • +2
    General CommentA song to celebrate all kinds of friendship.
    lyricalONEon July 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy best friend sang this at our prom
    Makes me feel happy, and nastalgic, and just great
    marcusman69on March 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't quite understand how only two people coulda put their meanings on this song. This song is like one of the ultimate classic songs for best friends.
    trev913on May 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow this is the first time i actually read the lyrics to this song..i never really listened to it cuz it doesnt really hold my attention for that long..for awhile i kinda hated the song..but my best friend gave my a mixed cd for my birthday and of course he had to put this song on it ..i used to just skip it when the song came on... but now i just might listen to it..i do hope someone remakes it so the sound will hold my attention tho..
    knarffon August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMMM
    laxenfrogon July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song means that Burt Bacharach wanted to save a lesser song, as this, for a disease all the performers were glad that they did not have.

    It's a shrill, sincere, clinging, annoying song that says: "OH, YA HAVE CANCER? SHAME! *let me know what I can* do to help, old friend"

    And what happens when the cancer woman finally needs the "friend" - they are not picking up their cell, or they are helping their neighbor's daughter-in-law move, or going to a graduation.

    As a post 9/11 song, absolute fluff. Almost no comments here--even the loudest of the bunch, SONGFACTS.COM had 3 comments, and: no song color or another of songfact's inventions: the song's "zodiac". Which people of what zodiac sign like it (seems all songs are blue--and all zodiacs are aries or capricorn - or would that be, people foolish enough to give away such information. Must be checked out!)

    If anyone can listen to this song now and come aways with a word, if it were not "trite" it would be wrong. Just an opinion, of course, of what the song means to *me* - what I love about SongMeanings.com - the absolute freedom of expression.

    Best,
    Hunter Newman
    Hunter Newmanon October 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI put my foot in my mouth damn it but I was serious. Okay my last song. It's cheesy but reminds me of being a kid and I like to listen to it when I'm sad.:)

    ALWAYSYOURS4EVERon August 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI put my foot in my mouth damn it but I was serious. Okay my last song. It's cheesy but reminds me of being a kid and I like to listen to it when I'm sad.:)

    ALWAYSYOURS4EVERon August 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always liked this song but every time I've heard and sang it it makes me sad. It has emotion to it but I think it's suppose to be uplifting. I probably come across as being a victim or feeling sorry for myself but sometimes I have good reason. It makes me sad because I think of all the people who've hurt me and let me down in my life. I wish I had friends like this and I really don't so it hurts to hear. Romantically it makes me think about things that didn't work our thst way or ever happen but even so they could of still been a friend and been there for me, even if they didn't want more than that. Begging for friendship is really sad. I guess why would one want a friend who doesn't want to be a friend to them or care for them in any way.
    oasisnesson October 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song but has an element of sadness running through it. It reminds me of losing people we love and how they want us to carry on :(
    sowaltongrrlon November 03, 2016   Link

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