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Friend Is A Four Letter Word

by Cake

Features of This Track

basic rock song structures
a subtle use of vocal harmony
a busy horn section
mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
minor key tonality
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
acoustic rhythm guitars
angry lyrics
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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While everyone does interpret songs differently, I think that mdeac48 hit the nail on the head. It IS an unrequited love song and I feel that it's such a relatable song for many, because who hasn't been in that position at some point in your life...nuff said.
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hooprock
this song makes my heart hurt... to be betrayed by a friend...
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indeed it is
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This song perfectly describes being friendzoned. Which is never fun.
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Actually friend is a six letter word therefore your argument is invalid :P
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sounds too much like XTC's "Dear G-d"
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Modest mouse led me here Michael I miss you so much
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economichael
cake is a four letter word.
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mdeac48
Four letter word = a curse word. To be called friend by her is like being cursed. Its an unrequited love song.
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wat about the fact that he just takes the "i" out of friend so basically he only now hears the end of the friendship since he is now out of it....
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Agree with coolyei. Given how often friends rape each other, and how often they also sing about it, it's pretty clear that Cake is writing about rape here. Plus, Cake is full of known rapists, so there's that.
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terrahjeanet t e
I think this is response to a break-up. When she says "friend", all it really is is the "end". So in the end, "friend" is "over".
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There are a lot of four letter words. He could be saying: Jerk, or Push, or Fish. And that's just to name a few!
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four letter word-love
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Actually, after thinking it over again, I postulate he's 'coming out of the closet' as a rapist, and the four letter word is rape.
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To Dave (Can I call you that?)

Exactly what I thought too.
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I recall the first time I heard this song was at the ending crawl of an episode of Daria, it stuck with me but I had no idea the band or where to find it. Many (many) years later it pops up on pandora and I am finally sated.
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friend is not a four letter word. This song makes no sense at all but its awesome. Jacob Tourville, that kind of makes it more clear.
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No doubt he loves the person but it is not returned hence, why they are friends but to him (and I can relate) it is at the end because he cant be with her any more as friends. GREAT SONG!
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They're playing this Thursday in NYC - YAY!
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Four letter word is derogatory, referring to a lot of swears, basically what he means by it (at least I think) is that he is not really friends with them.
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amazing song, love has 4 letters but so does hate hmm interesting
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My opinion is that Cake has been Thee second most underrated mainstream group for a long time . Ween , less main stream , but far more Daring and crazy crazy talented vocals and guitar
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Awesome awesome song... this song and the albums Fashion Nugget and Comfort Eagle are my two all time favorites! I can't say enough about this group, they are the best!
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asajewski
l-o-v-e
1-2-3-4
maybe?
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abweiserff8
Heh. Stuck in the friend zone, forever. :(
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THis is a classis album
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I love this song!!!

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