I know a man
Who doesn't have many friends
I know a place he lives
Where trouble never ends
I know its hard for him
To read 'tween the lines
And his days are getting so much shorter

He simply turns away
Instead of bearing down
His ship is crumbling
His crew is one of clowns
He doesn't care
As long as he can wear the crown
I know this man all too well
Its my poor friend me
A portrayal of the great dichotomy
(a reminder of a tragic history)

Its my poor friend me
And I'm running out of steam
I know there are people
Who are cynical and vane
They point their finger
'cause they can't accept the blame
They live their lives
Under a blanket of shame and their progeny

Crawl from underneath it
Lately I've come
To see the solution
And it begins with me
But I'm so fallibly human
I've picked the lot


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Rikeus, cbingham, nafada4054

My Poor Friend Me Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin

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    Way to complain about wrong lyrics but do nothing to fix it, people. Anyway, looking at the CD booklet, these ARE the lyrics that are included with the CD, but when you listen to the song it's obviously not correct, so it's more a fault of the record publisher/label/whatever they're called. Anyway, I've corrected them to be what I think is correct by listening to the song, if you think I've misheard something then go ahead and edit it yourself though.

    Actually, people complaining about the lyrics being wrong and doing nothing about it is exactly the kind of thing this song is about. It's about how people complain constantly about the poor state of the world, but always expect somebody else to fix it, and hardly ever take action themselves.

    Rikeuson February 19, 2013   Link
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    Way to post the wrong lyrics!

    Kanzentaion September 23, 2002   Link
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    Yeah you are right dude. The lyrics are wrong. People this site is completely useless if you put in the wrong lyrics. THINK, I know you can.

    synamatic3on October 17, 2002   Link
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    NOTE I just looked at the booklet for this CD and these appear to be the right lyrics, or at least they are the same as the ones in the booklet. But they are definitely not what is in the song. So, disregard my last comment, and ask Bad Religion why their written lyrics are not the same as they are in the song.... Then post their response on here...

    synamatic3on October 17, 2002   Link
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    The booklet doesn't have lyrics.

    BobbyBoucheon January 07, 2005   Link
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    A friend of mine has this cd and her liner notes don't have lyrics, but the ones in mine do. Go figure. Two different pressings.

    sacrifice_for_life1on September 04, 2005   Link
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    that 1 line could be a reference to Gregs father.

    pinkfadeon March 11, 2009   Link
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    i think the song is about the dichotomy that he proposes that exists within all humans. the part of us that wants to do something great do something positive and help make the world a better place and the part of us that just kind of shrugs our shoulders at it and just our selfishness as human beings.

    cpiper89ilon September 28, 2013   Link

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