Best Friend - Foster The People



The Experience: When your best friend's all strung out... Foster The People sings about the difficulty of being friends with a drug addict, and not giving up on them...


Music video: Although it starts off with pills, the video for Best Friend is completely different from the song itself. A body vampiress goes on a rampage, eating top models for their looks - lips, legs, waistline - and getting farther and farther away from real beauty as she goes. You could find a very loose connection between drugs with their false high, and worshipping the idol of an impossibly false body, but that's pushing it. The best would be to think of the song and the video as two completely different works of art. That said, the video does have a lot more to do with the album title - Supermodel - than the lyrics seem to.


The Meaning of Best Friend: Foster The People addresses the problem of addiction - all strung out - and what it means to watch a friend struggle. If you're real, you'll suffer with them, hoping as they begin to come back to life - feeling, sleeping, in the field again. You'll hope - premonition smiling in the dark. And you won't give up on them even when they fall again - When you feel up in the clouds you ought to know hat I'm here no matter where you want to go.

Ask yourself: Are you strong enough to stick by your friends when friendship isn't fun anymore?


LYRICS:

When your best friend's all strung out
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
When you find it all around

Yeah, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start
Feeling, sleeping, in the field again,
Oh, I can feel, I can feel, I can feel, it's beginning to end
Yeah, premonition smiling in the dark
Oh, I can see, I can see, I can see the story's starting to arc

Ohhh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhhh

It dries up
I've been a spoken word
I've been a river bed
I've been a rabid force
And let it flow up from within
Sometimes it feels like I only dream in black and white
Ahhh, ahhhh, ahhhhhh, ahhhhh
And colors so...

When your best friend's all strung out
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
When you find it all around
Yeah, you say it's what you need
And hide your eyes when you're close to me
When you feel up in the clouds
Well, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start

Waves in theta, slipping into dreams
Oh, I can feel, I can feel, I can feel the celestial beings
Wilted pleasures leave you with a breath
I can see, I can see, I can see the beauty in the mess

Ohhh, ohhhh, ohhhh, ohhh

It dries up
I've been a river bed
I tried to salt the wound
I've carried more than I can
I feel I've got a lot to prove
Sometimes I feel like I only dream in black and white
Ohhh, ohhh, ohhhh, ohhh
But colors so....

When your best friend's all strung out
You'll do everything you can
'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down
When you find it all around
Yeah, you say it's what you need
You hide your eyes when you're close to me
When you feel up in the clouds
You ought to know
That I'm here no matter where you want to go
In your head hanging upside-down
Well, it comes in waves, but it's hardest from the start

I'm here, no matter where you are
So let it in with, open arms, no matter where you are
Sometimes, you'll have to wait,
And it passes by like a satellite or star
No matter where you are

When your best friend's all strung out
You know when
Ooh-hoooo-hooooo
When you feel up in the clouds
Oh, yeah, you know when
Ooh-hoooo-Ooh hooooo

When your best friend's all strung out
Oh, yeah, you know when
You ought to know
That I'm here no matter where you want to go
In your head, hanging upside-down
Yeah, you know when
That's how you know
When your best friend's all strung out

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