This song is about the innocent playful friendships made in the early days of school. Written by Jack White, he takes the perspective of a young boy who befriends a schoolgirl, Suzy Lee. They walk to school every day and have lots of adventures along the way, often stopping to chase bugs. He knows they're going to be great friends.
This song plays at the beginning of the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite, where it is used under a clever opening sequence where the credits appear on various everyday objects (lip balm, bag lunch). The film was a surprise hit and earned a great deal of exposure for the song. The main character, Napoleon, is a strong-willed, talented, quirky type with big ideas. Kinda like the White Stripes frontman.
The White Stripes played this song when they made their first Saturday Night Live appearance on October 19, 2002.
On February 20, 2009, they played a slower version of the song on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Instead of playing the drums, Meg White played guitar and sang next to Jack White. This ended up being the last public performance by the duo.
"We're Going To Be Friends" wasn't released as a single, but thanks to its use in Napoleon Dynamite, it is one of the most-downloaded songs in the White Stripes canon.
The video is a single, locked-down shot of Jack White playing the song on a curbside couch while Meg sleeps on it (he wakes her up at the end). It was shot the same day they did their video for "Hotel Yorba
," using the leftover film stock.
Jack Johnson covered this song for the soundtrack of the 2006 film Curious George.