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Can't We Be Friends?
Composer
Paul James
Lyricist
Kay Swift
Published
September, 1958
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1955
Recording
February 8, 1955
Royalties
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In the Wee Small Hours - Can't We Be Friends
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"Can't We Be Friends?" is a song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1955 album In the Wee Small Hours.

History Edit

"Can't We Be Friends" was written in 1929 by Paul James with lyrics by Kay Swift. The song was introduced by Libby Holman for the Broadway musical The Little Show. Since its initial performance, the song has been recognized as a classic jazz standard.

Releases Edit

Studio recordings
Reissues

Lyrics Edit

I took each word she said as gospel truth the way a silly little child would.
I can't excuse it on the grounds of youth,
I was no babe in the wild, wild wood.
She didn't mean it,
I should have seen it,
but now it's too late.

I thought I'd found the girl of my dreams,
now it seems,
this is how the story ends:
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be friends?"
I thought for once it couldn't go wrong,
not for long,
I can see the way this ends:
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be friends?"
Why should I care though she gave me the air,
Why should I cry,
heave a sigh,
and wonder why,
and wonder why?
I thought I found the gal I could trust,
watta bust, this is how the story ends:
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be just friends?"

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