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Jim St.. James
©2016 Jim St. James -
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Lyrics

I WAS A NINTH GRADE STUDENT
IN A SMALL TOWN SCHOOL
JUST SKIPPIN' OUT OF CLASS
COUNTIN' TILES AS I WALKED THE HALLS
WITH MY NURSES PASS
WHEN SUDDENLY IN FRONT OF ME
WAS MY DEAR OLD EX FRIEND JOE
HE HAD MY LITTLE GIRL
IN SOME WRESTLIN' CURL
AND SHE WAS GIVEN HIM QUITE A SHOW

AND WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT
THEY'LL BEND YOU BACKWARDS AT THE KNEES
KNOCK YOUR HEART OUT FLAT

WELL I'VE ALWAYS TRIED
TO COMPROMISE AND PLAY THE DIPLOMAT
CAUSE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT

WELL I BEEN DOIN' TIME ON THIS ASSEMBLY LINE
SINCE 1994
I'M A REGULAR MECHANICAL GENIUS
THAT AND NOTHING MORE
WELL COME PROMOTION TIME
THIS FRIEND OF MINE
HE BOUGHT HIS WAY RIGHT IN
WITH A CHERRY BOX OF CASTRO SPECIALS
AND A TWO LITER BOTTLE OF GIN

AND WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT
THEY'LL BEND YOU BACKWARDS AT THE KNEES
KNOCK YOUR HEART OUT FLAT

WELL I'VE ALWAYS TRIED
TO COMPROMISE AND PLAY THE DIPLOMAT
CAUSE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT

WELL THIS LIST OF FRIENDS
IT JUST NEVER ENDS
ENOUGH TO CAUSE YOU A CARDIAC
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW
BUT WHO YOU KNOW THAT MIGHT
STICK YOU IN THE BACK
YOU GOTTA FAKE A SMILE
KNOWIN' ALL THE WHILE
THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT GOES
OR WRAP YOURSELF IN A SMALL COCOON
AND SPEND YOUR LIFE ALONE

AND WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT
THEY'LL BEND YOU BACKWARDS AT THE KNEES
KNOCK YOUR HEART OUT FLAT

WELL I'VE ALWAYS TRIED
TO COMPROMISE AND PLAY THE DIPLOMAT
CAUSE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT

WHO NEEDS ENEMIES YEA YEA
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT!

Recorded at Greystone Studios
Nashville, TN by Michael Shipley

Words and Music by Jim St. James
Harmonica: Marc Kunkel
Guitar: Jim St. James
Vocal: Jim St. James
Bass: Michael Shipley