Once I had a friend that I could count on
So I thought
Well so it seemed
But times of need are not enough
To prove your friendship to me now
Once I saw a face that I believed in
But a mask was all there was
So who wears the masks and who wears the faces
Well I guess I'll never know

But as I stand here alone in a room full of people
With nothing to say
Beer on their minds, and smoke in the air
Call them feiends but they just don't care

Friend for life
Such shallow words for broken minds
Show me a friend for life
Cause I'll be waiting for that day to arrive
When I'll feel alive
I'll be waiting for that day

Once I found a love I had to know
Now we might know each other just too well
Cause when we're together we just can't get enough
Or is it we just can't get what we want
Once I saw a dream, I had to chase it
Dreams quickly turn to reality
Who's at fault in this game of yours and mine
Well I guess I'll never know

But as I sit here alone
Think of the girl who came softly inside me
The look in her eyes, the smell of her hair
Call her my own but is she really there?

Love for life
Such noble words for noble minds
Show me a love for life
Cause I'll be waiting for that day to arrive
When I'll feel alive
I'll be waiting for that day

Once I had a friend that I could count
Times of need are not enough
Once I found a love I had to know
Now we might know each other just too well
Once I saw a dream I had to chase
Dreams quickly turn to reality
Now let me close my eyes
Because I don't want to see anything anymore


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    this was actually their first single

    tommyvercetti86on June 30, 2002   Link
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    I think it's about a guy who can't get a friend, and everyone looks down on him....

    Unnatural Disasteron June 22, 2004   Link
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    I think that this song is basically about how you get tired of things not going your way. I mean think about it. How many people can you really call "friends"? Not to sound depressing or anything but it's a common misconception of who are friends and who are acquaintances.

    Then he goes and talks about how love can sometimes go wrong. Sometimes you meet someone that you really think that would be good for you, or maybe you just want to get to know them better, but you end up dating them for a while and realize that things go wrong because they become almost predictable.

    Then he talks about dreams becoming reality. Sometimes, what you dream about and what you really wish for in life can turn out to be some of the worst things possible.

    That is atleast how I interpreted it. I could be wrong though.

    yourkonstantin9on October 02, 2004   Link
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    This song is basically about crappy things that can happen in life, from broken hearts to reality gone wrong to messed up friendships. This song can help you through any hard time, in addition its ending fits so perfectly; "close my eyes 'cause I don't want to see anything anymore"--possibly about dying, after you've experienced a lot in your life, whether it be negative things referenced in this song, or positive things. It's an amazing song, and really beautiful; it's my favorite Offspring song.

    gettin_edgyon August 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is very true, EVERY thing is transitory in this world, even things that really should not like friendship or love, sad song but also a sad truth.

    WooshaQon December 09, 2005   Link
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    This song kicks ass like every other song by the Offspring! The Offspring rule! I can't wait for their new album.

    www.orioles.co.nron February 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this album, but did he just say "came softly inside me?"

    JediBumMasteron October 24, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning

    It's basically about how people change over time and those who were once your closest friends or signifigant other change over time and become different people and or complete strangers. Or when you really get to know some one they turn out to be someone compltly different.

    cuddaleeon January 16, 2015   Link

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