All My Friends

by LCD Soundsystem

May 28, 2007

Lyrics for All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem:

Verse 1
That's how it starts
We go back to your house
You check the charts
And start to figure it out
And if it's crowded, all the better
Because we know we're gonna be up late
But if you're worried about the weather
Then you picked the wrong place to stay
That's how it starts

Verse 2
And so it starts
You switch the engine on
We set controls for the heart of the sun
One of the ways that we show our age
And if the sun comes up, if the sun comes up
If the sun comes up and I still don't wanna stagger home
Then it's the memory of our betters
That are keeping us on our feet
You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan
And the next five years trying to be with your friends again
Oh, you're talking forty-five turns just as fast as you can
Yeah, I know it gets tired, but it's better when we pretend

Verse 3
It comes apart
The way it does in bad films
Except the part
Where the moral kicks in
And when we're running out of the drugs
And the conversation's grinding away
I wouldn't trade one stupid decision
For another five years of life
You drop the first ten years just as fast as you can
And the next ten people who are trying to be polite
When you're blowing eighty-five days in the middle of France
Yeah, I know it gets tired, only where are your friends tonight?

Instrumental Break

Verse 4
And to tell the truth
Oh, this could be the last time
So here we go
Like a sales force into the night
And if I made a fool, if I made a fool
If I made a fool on the road, there's always this
And if I'm sued into submission
I can still come home to this
And with a face like a dad and a laughable stand
You can sleep on the plane or review what you said
When you're drunk and the kids look impossibly tanned
You think over and over, "Hey, I'm finally dead"
Oh, if the trip and the plan come apart in your hand
You can turn it on yourself, you ridiculous clown
You forgot what you meant when you read what you said
And you always knew you were tired, but then

Where are your friends tonight?
Where are your friends tonight?
Where are your friends tonight?
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight

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Song Facts

Taken from the acclaimed Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem’s second single is a restless raver that has the inadvertent ring of a Killers track recorded while the band holidayed in Ibiza. You would have to feel for the keyboard player too – the song is built upon a metronomic one note line played at an incessant 140 bpm for the duration, which at four minutes would require an impressive level of stamina. The songs displays a level of repetition that Krautrock pioneers Can and Neu! would be proud of.

Murphy treats us to his usual observational wit with lyrics such as it comes apart the way it does in bad films. The song acts as a comment on friendship’s highs and lows, to a soundtrack that is New Order doing Kraut-funk by way of the New York club scene. Monotonous but fun.

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