You said they laid out lots of coke
But you don't know how much you did
Now you don't want me to go home
Because you're afraid you might get sick

Just like the bad news you accept
Just like that boy you're gonna get
It's all just drunken promises
I'll be your friend but you just haven't made me yet

So you come chasing after me
But I'm just barely out the door
Down in the belly of the beast
We waited with the passengers

Just like that train I gotta catch
Just like that song I can't finish
It's the mistake I won't regret
You'll be my friend but I just haven't made you yet
You will be my friend but i just haven't made you yet

You talk like you're drunk
Like you're standing in front of a microphone
And each night it repeats and you fall into me
Like a domino
And you talk when you're drunk
Like you're writing it up for an article
And you think that I lie when I tell you goodbye
And then I've got to go 'cause I've got to go.

But I guess it's a success
We're at our best when you're upset
I'll be your friend but you just haven't made me yet

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I'll Be Your Friend Lyrics as written by Oberst

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  • +1
    General Commenti like this song....its sweet.
    scarletdawnon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last line is "but i guess its a success we're at out best when your upset ill be your friend you just havent made me yet"

    good song, looking forward to this split
    mattius_poopshoveleron April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've gotten really into this song, and this split, over the past few days. I've had it for a while, but am totally digging it now. I love this song too, that last line is fucking stellar.... the way he says Success gives me a chubby.. *lol*
    Wezzulon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"And you talk when you're drunk like you're writing it out for an article."
    Oh how true.
    Take It Easyon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, yes. It's a good one.

    I like that whole "now you talk when you're drunk..." part. It reminds me of someone.
    paintsyourmirroron December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's like the bad news you accept, just like the boy you'll go out and get.

    i like that. i think he takes care of the girl, and she doesn't appreciate him for it, and just wants to have someone there for her, but forgets about this at other times/goes out and gets any other boy. awesome song.
    mandie1345on January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't it "But I guess it's a success we're at our best when you're upset"?
    strikeof59on January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, those are the correct lyrics.
    mandie1345on March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcant see why so few people have commented on this song, which i think is really good. im not to keen on the saxophone-thing, though.
    i think its about this person who obviously has a drug problem, and he sort of takes care of this person even though he doesnt seem to get anything out of it. he's a friend to this person, even though he or she havn't looked upon him that way before.

    or is he singing about himself? the microphone-part in the end goes quite well together with his being-drunk-on-stage-rumor, and in the beginning he hear himself talking about not knownig how much coke he did, wishing that he'd take care of himself. that he'd see himself as his own friend instead of being filled with self-hatred.
    found_storyon March 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentif someone could send this to me over AIM, i'd love them forever.
    scribblexsonneton June 14, 2005   Link

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