All the Right Friends
R.E.M. Lyrics


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I know you say
Maybe some day
I need never be alone
I know I say
It's the right way
But you'll never be the one

I've been walking alone now
For a long, long time
I don't want to hang out now
With the friends that just aren't mine

Party to party
You've been looking
But your search will never end
You've been hanging
With the wrong crowd
You've got all the right friends

I've been walking alone now
For a long, long time
I don't want to hang out now
With the friends that just aren't mine

I don't want to be with you anymore
I just don't want you anymore




I don't want to be with you anymore
I just don't want you anymore

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to R.E.M.'s "All the Right Friends" convey a sense of loneliness and the desire to find true companionship. The singer of the song believes that their current friends are not the right ones and longs for someone who truly understands them. The repeated lines "I've been walking alone now, for a long, long time" and "I don't want to hang out now, with the friends that just aren't mine" emphasize this feeling of isolation.


The chorus of the song has a deeper meaning though. It suggests that the person the singer is singing to may have all the right friends but that doesn't necessarily mean they have found the right people. They may be popular and have many "friends" but those friends may not provide the companionship and understanding that the singer is looking for. The line "your search will never end" highlights this idea.


At its core, "All the Right Friends" is a song about the longing for true companionship and the struggle to find it amidst a sea of superficial connections. It's a theme that is relatable to many people, making the song a powerful expression of the human experience.


Line by Line Meaning

I know you say
I am aware of what you say


Maybe some day
Possibly at some point in the future


I need never be alone
I am not required to be by myself


I know I say
I am aware that I say


It's the right way
This is what I believe is correct


But you'll never be the one
You are not the person I am looking for


I've been walking alone now
I have been traveling alone for a while


For a long, long time
For an extended period


I don't want to hang out now
I have no desire to spend time with


With the friends that just aren't mine
The group of individuals who don’t share my interests


Party to party
From one social gathering to the next


You've been looking
You've been searching for


But your search will never end
You will never find what you are looking for


You've been hanging
You've been socializing with


With the wrong crowd
The group of individuals who do not share the same values as you


You've got all the right friends
You may have the individuals who are socially acceptable, but not the ones who fit your personality


I don't want to be with you anymore
I don't want to continue our relationship any further


I just don't want you anymore
I don't have any feelings for you


I don't want to be with you anymore
I don't want to continue our relationship any further


I just don't want you anymore
I don't have any feelings for you




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BILL BERRY, PETER BUCK, MICHAEL MILLS, MICHAEL STIPE

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