"My Friend John" as written by and John / Lawler....
Well the room was pink and the signs were serious
Paperback dolls being slammed delirious
Feeling like a joke in the bar underneath
And it was Saturday night in the year of the good thief

Well I tumbled up the stairs the wrong way round
I hit my head on the ceiling when my feet hit the ground
And then the big dumb blond in the gold fish bowl
Cried Ella's in the band but she's got no soul!

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My friend John was a serious one
Buttoned up the back and a job half done
Lazy old boy when the good girls turn
His teeth get itchy and his rubber souls burn
When will he ever learn?

Well the night was spent and my money was young
And then I had to get home before my neck was wrung
And everybody danced in the same old way
And if I'm feeling old and desperate, I'll be back some day

[Chorus: ]

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"My Friend John" as written by John Lawler

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    General Commentawesome song!! from an awesome album
    fraz1776on June 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG. *rockandrollreido --the first time i listened, i heard "ship"and i was confused lol, but i listened again after i read your post, and it definitely is shape. lol i guess it was just the accent. still a very random thing to say haha... this song really rocks. the fratellis definitely changed it up a bit with this album but i love it. really a solid album.
    michaelgoldmaon June 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, That's how I heard it too.."Ship"..lol.

    But shape makes more sense :D
    bear_hug20on October 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs the line with "Rubber souls" a hint at the Beatles album "Rubber Soul"?
    QwikSilver13on November 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf you were a shape, Wat shape would u be?? awesum openin track to an album! i think Here We Stand is better than Costello Music
    rockandrollreidoon June 12, 2008   Link

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