False Friends
Stephen Marley Lyrics


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Just when I thought everything was good
Friend I guess I misunderstood
Thought that we had mutual respect
Now I see the thanks that we get

So be careful who you choose as your friends
For they might let you down in the end
Just when I thought, a real good friend I found
They pick you up to let you down, yeah

Them let you down down down
They let you down down down
Them let you down down down
Down down down down down

So my son always bear in mind
A faithful friend is the hardest thing to find
It is better an open enemy
A false friend is the hardest thing to see

'Cause when times are good when the friends are plenty
In times of trouble, we're not one in twenty
Just when I thought, a real good friend I found
They pick you up to let you down, ah

We were friends, we were friends
Real good friends, we were friends
We were friends, we were friends
And I remember when

Just when I thought everything was good
My friend I guess I misunderstood
Thought that we had love and respect
But now I see the thanks that we get

So I'm careful who I choose as my friends
For they might let me down in the end
Just a thought, when I thought, when I thought

Them let you down down down
Them let you down down down
Them let you down down down
Down down down down down

They let you down down down
Them let you down down down
Them let you down down down
Down down down down down

We were friends, we were friends
Real good friends, real good friends
We were friends, we were friends



And I remember when were good friends
Real good friends

Overall Meaning

The song "False Friends" by Stephen Marley talks about the disappointment and hurt that comes from trusting someone who turns out to be untrustworthy. The singer thought he had found a real good friend, someone he had mutual respect and love with, but it turned out that the friend betrayed him. He warns that one must be careful who they choose as their friends because they might let you down in the end. The lyrics also suggest that a faithful friend is hard to find but it is better to have an open enemy than a false friend because they are harder to see.


This song's chorus is repetitive and catchy, emphasizing the message of the song. The verses, on the other hand, tell a personal story of the singer's experience with betrayal, giving the listener a relatable experience. Marley's vocals bring out the pain and disappointment in his voice, making the song emotional and powerful.


In conclusion, "False Friends" by Stephen Marley highlights an important lesson about the importance of choosing the right friends, being cautious of false friends, and knowing who you can trust.


Line by Line Meaning

Just when I thought everything was good
At a time when I felt content and comfortable


Friend I guess I misunderstood
I was wrong in my assumption about our friendship


Thought that we had mutual respect
I believed there was mutual admiration between us


Now I see the thanks that we get
Seeing the lack of appreciation for our efforts


So be careful who you choose as your friends
Select your companions thoughtfully


For they might let you down in the end
One can experience cruel outcomes from those they trust


Just when I thought, a real good friend I found
Despite my hope in discovering genuine comradery


They pick you up to let you down, yeah
They briefly offered support, only to ultimately disappoint you


Them let you down down down
They leave you feeling disappointed and depleted


So my son always bear in mind
A valuable lesson for my child to keep in memory


A faithful friend is the hardest thing to find
A loyal friend is a rare treasure


It is better an open enemy
It is easier to cope with an honest foe


A false friend is the hardest thing to see
Deceiving companions are difficult to recognize


'Cause when times are good when the friends are plenty
In better moments, where people surround you


In times of trouble, we're not one in twenty
In times of strife, true friends are scarce


We were friends, we were friends
In the past, our amicable relationship was genuine


Real good friends, we were friends
We once had an excellent and honest friendship


And I remember when
Reflecting upon the pleasant memories of our relationship


My friend I guess I misunderstood
My friend and I did not see eye-to-eye


Thought that we had love and respect
There was a belief of honesty and admiration between us


But now I see the thanks that we get
Now realizing the lack of gratitude or respect from them


Just a thought, when I thought, when I thought
Remembering the hopes they had for the relationship


Them let you down down down
They bring you down, down, down




Lyrics © Ultra Tunes, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ANDRE FORREST, STEPHEN MARLEY, DESMOND SMITH

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Reb Bull

Just when I thought everything was good,
 Friend a case I misunderstood
 Thought that we had mutual respect,
 Now I see the thanks that we get,
 So be careful who you chose as your friends,
 For they might let u down in the end,
 Just when I thought a real good friend I found,
 They pick you up to let you down Dem let u down down down,
 They let you down down down down,
 Dem let u down down down,
 Down down down down down So my son always care in mind,
 A faithful friend is hardest thing to find,
 It is better an open enemy,
 A false friend is hardest thing to see
 Cause when times are good well are friends are plenty
 In times of trouble when not one in twenty,
 Just when I thought a real good friend I found,
 They pick you up to let you down We were fiends, we were fiends,
 Real good fiends, we were fiends,
 We were fiends, we were fiends and I remember when... Just when I thought everything was good,
 My friend a case I misunderstood,
 Thought that we had love and respect,
 But now I see the thanks that we get,
 So i'm careful who I chose as my friends,
 For they might let me down in the end,
 Just a thought, when I thought, when I thought Dem let u down down down,
 Dem let u down down down,
 Dem let u down down down,
 Down down down down down, They let u down down down,
 Dem let u down down down,
 Dem let u down down down,
 Down down down down down, We were fiends, we were fiends,
 Real good fiends, real good fiends,
 We were fiends, we were fiends,
 And I remember when we were good friends, real good friends



All comments from YouTube:

Godwin Ajogi

Realistic song. Never gets tired of listening to it.

Amilcar Xavier

Este som merece ser escutando junto das pessoas que mais amamos e os com mesmo gosto pelo Reggae, lembrando das boas pessoas que já se foram!

Isaias Mendez

Soy de México y me gusta esta música, tengo mis dread y aunque no conozco Jamaica siento que tengo parte de sangre de ese gran país

metzanima

simply an awesome song, stephen has that warm marley tone in his voice

Devone Johnson

Str8 up

OteroGaming

This song just makes me realise who my friends are, and who not to trust.

Devone Johnson

No doubt💯

Tricia P

This song speaks to us all … everyday is a learning day and a day to pay attention to the ones around you. Pay attention to the people that reach out to you and why they reach out to you.

Donnah SexciiSwaggah Callaway

You know when your body just feel the rhythm and you just can't stop!!!!

Autre Femme

I just turned 28 and I'm only now realizing this after everyone continuously warned me. I'm happy I didn't listen in a way because I needed to feel the burn of betrayal. People mostly let you down at some point. Wish I would have just stayed close to God instead. God NEVER lets you down. Real talk.

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