Bad Outside Friends
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


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Sometime I'm thinking
Thinking about the times have been
Sometime I'm thinking
Thinking about the times have been
If you want to fall in bad
Just get your outside friends

Players can be so swell
Love can be so frail
But your outside friends
Will have you begging for it

Sometime I'm thinking
Thinking about the times, have been
If you want to fall in bad
Just get your outside friends

I have sat and watched
Evening sun go down
People saying it's sad
Not even a friend around

Sometime I'm thinking
Thinking about the times have been
If you want to fall in bad
Just get your outside friends
Play it for me

I've called and called
Hey, you know half the town
My heart pains
Salty tears come rolling down

Sometime I'm thinking
Thinking about the times have been




If you want to fall in bad
Just get your outside friends

Overall Meaning

In the blues song "Bad Outside Friends" by Memphis Minnie, the singer is reflecting on the times they have been let down and hurt in love. They emphasize the danger of relying on "outside friends," people who are not truly invested in the relationship and may encourage negative behavior. The first stanza warns that falling in with these friends can lead to trouble. The second stanza discusses how players can seem charming and love can seem fragile, but ultimately outside friends can be destructive. The final verse paints a picture of isolation and desperation, with no true friends to turn to in times of need.


The lyrics speak to the universal theme of betrayal and the importance of surrounding oneself with positive influences. In particular, the warning against "outside friends" speaks to the idea of peer pressure and the damage it can cause in relationships. The song also touches on the struggle for connection and the pain of feeling alone.


Line by Line Meaning

Sometime I'm thinking
Sometimes my mind wanders


Thinking about the times have been
And I reflect on the past


If you want to fall in bad
If you want to get into trouble


Just get your outside friends
Just spend time with the wrong people


Players can be so swell
People can seem great


Love can be so frail
Love can be easily broken


But your outside friends
But your negative acquaintances


Will have you begging for it
Will cause you to crave bad things


I have sat and watched
I have observed


Evening sun go down
The sun setting in the evening


People saying it's sad
People lamenting


Not even a friend around
Without anyone to comfort them


I've called and called
I have repeatedly attempted to reach out


Hey, you know half the town
I know a lot of people in this area


My heart pains
I feel emotional distress


Salty tears come rolling down
And cry uncontrollably


Play it for me
Continue playing the music




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: MINNIE MCCOY

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