Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There's dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now its time to learn
We clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
Playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

We don't notice any time pass
We don't notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow I'll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are gonna be friends


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We're Going to Be Friends Lyrics as written by John Anthony White

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  • +6
    General Comment

    I do believe that this is the most innocent and sweet (not cheesy sweet, but honest sweet) that I've ever heard. To be honest or realize these childhood friendships and how we act at that age makes me feel a little better about adulthood, if Jack White gets it maybe I can.

    clash_chykon April 04, 2002   Link
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    definitely has a lot of innocence to it, but maybe that's a little deceptive (or i'm overanalyzing it). if you've ever read the poem "in just" by e.e. cummings, which is similar to this song in many respects, you'll know what i mean.

    we know that this innocence will not last. most of us (all of us, i hope) visiting this website know that eventually we lose those carefree days and have to deal with all the problems and complications that come with growing up. jack can tell he and suzy are gonna be friends, but what will that mean when they're all grown up? is he gonna get her pregnant? will she cheat on him with his best friend? some other lyrics that sort of capture this same vein is system of a down's "soil," in which tankian says: "my memories are of fun and friendship, of weakness within the strength of youth, for reasons undefined... friends for years, images in red, blew off his own motherfucking head... why the fuck did you take him away from us, you motherfucker!?"

    hope i made sense.

    HelloOperatoron September 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    Here it is. It will explain the seeming contradiction you all have with the "innocence" and the "melancholy" of the song: Imaginary friend. Suzy Lee does not exist, other than in the narrarator's head. Go ahead, re-read the lyrics.

    mlganser3on September 14, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I think in a much broader sense, this song is about mankind's time on earth.

    jack and meg want us to pick up what they are putting down, lyrically... thus the 'simple' guitar riff. they are truly great artists and this song is nothing short of a masterpiece. they would not just put something like this together and intend it to be taken literally... and to do such a thing would be an insult to them.

    the breakdown.

    *simply put - they choose the word 'SCHOOL' to signal that they are TEACHING us something about this life, if only from their viewpoint.

    first stanza: childbirth. "fall is here/hear the yell" (spring time is mating season... from beginning of spring to end of fall is nine months... "fall is here/hear the yell" = 9 months has passed and a child is born.)

    the stanza continues through learning to walk and climb...

    *school time is our time to learn things only for the betterment of the economy...

    "Teacher" = SOCIETY

    "teacher marks our height against the wall" AND "teacher thinks that i sound funny, but she likes the way you sing"- judging, categorizing, and discrimination of society.

    "we don't notice any time pass" - this is our adult life. the monotony of it all and the lulling of our conscious to sleep, from all the nonsense surrounding us... like the internet :)

    "we sit side by side in every class" - we are all equal. once again, this has nothing to do with an actual school. we all have something to give to this world. no one person is better than the other. even jack white knows this. as he says that we are sitting side by side... a very humbling gesture from such an outstanding artist.

    last stanza: death/rebirth...

    sleep = death. wake = reincarnation.

    this is art and it can communicate on different levels based on our perception... resulting in different meanings to different people. I believe, however, that I have found their level of intention for this song in particular.

    "you and i will walk together again"

    :)

    kook27on December 16, 2011   Link
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    I think this this is a beautiful and innocent song, with a lot of melancholy. When I readed this song ar the first time It makes me cry cause it remind me when i was a kid and the primary school. a GREAT song.

    dissidenton May 30, 2002   Link
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    i love this song. the lyrics remind me so much of my childhood and is one of the reasons i miss it so much. plus jack white has a beautiful voice.

    covet____on June 04, 2002   Link
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    I love this song! It is my favorite white stripes song!!!! woohoo

    lumosnox90on June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song makes me so happy =) but it makes me miss my youth..when sex wasn't so important and the simple things were all the matter...

    RubberDuckieYAYon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I miss those pre-double-digit years so much... this songs rocks.

    Flyingtreemonkeyon August 11, 2002   Link
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    This is such a sweet song...when I bought White Blood Cells, this song immediately struck a chord with me on the first listen.

    gdson August 19, 2002   Link

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