All My Friends (song)

September 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem. This song is not new. I’ve had the album for over a year. I’ve listened to the song many times. I always liked it. To be honest, it wasn’t one of those that I intently listened to though. Recently, I added this to a running playlist because it just has that feel. It’s kind of monotonous and has a nice beat for running. As I was about halfway through a 7k run the other night, I really started to absorb the lyrics more and more. I probably could have sang the song to myself for the most part, but never really deciphered the lyrics. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a super-cryptic song by any means. It’s actually pretty straight forward. 

I could be wrong, but what this song means… or means to me at least, is the life I’m dealing with right this minute. Maybe that’s why it’s so poignant. That would certainly make sense. I feel this song is about the life of someone who is accepting that they aren’t “young” per se anymore. I know I’m not old. I’m only 33, but I still feel like I’m 25 most of the time. I still want to go out whenever I can and have a great time with my friends. If there’s a live show and I like the band, I want to be there. I don’t want to stay home. I think there will be plenty of time in my future for that. The problem is that you have to balance all of this with work and career. It’s not easy when there are lots of things going on in the middle of the week and you have to be up at 6 a.m. the following day. Sure, I tough it out every once in a while. I think it helps keep you somewhat fresh and actually makes you feel younger. Even if it’s just a feeling that will eventually pass, it’s a completely harmless one. 

I’ve been thinking about this sort of thing a lot lately and how to balance it all. I scaled back on going out and I think it’s a good thing. However, I try to make the most of my weekends and the occasional weeknight out and about. Some people can do it all the time. I don’t know how they are able to have the energy. Are they naturally energetic? Are they using a stimulant to help keep them going? Who knows?

I just know that life right now is an interesting mix of maturity, immaturity, work, play, meetings, parties, family and definitely friends. Your friends are your surrogate family. They’re the ones that probably know you better than most family members. That’s what this song is about. It’s about being with your friends and how important it is. It’s about working your ass off and then trying to make time to be with your friends. It’s really about a lot of things. I would even venture to say that it’s about people in their 30’s existing in 2007/2008-ish. 

I’m just going to post the lyrics + the actual song. You’ll notice the monotony of the music. I think it’s all about how it relates to life in general. It’s interesting at times. It’s monotonous at times. Basically, I think this song is fantastic. 

Lyrics courtesy of

That’s how it starts.
We go back to your house.
We 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.

And so it starts.
You switch the engine on.
We set controls for the heart of the sun,
one of the ways 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.

You’re talking 45 turns just as fast as you can,
yeah, I know it gets tired, but it’s better when we pretend.

It comes apart,
the way it does in bad films.
Except in parts,
when the moral kicks in.

Though when we’re running out of the drugs
and the conversation’s winding away.
I wouldn’t trade one stupid decision 
for another five years of lies.

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?

And to tell the truth.
Oh, this could be the last time.
So here we go,
like a sail’s 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 sewn 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 leave impossible tasks
you think over and over, “hey, I’m finally dead.”

Oh, if the trip and the plan come apart in your hand,
you look contorted on yourself your ridiculous prop.
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

And here is the sweet-ass video:


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. linda  |  September 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Word. I’m downloading this song ASAP.


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