Why Can't We Be Friends?
by War

Album: Why Can't We Be Friends? (1975)
Charted: 6
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh

    La, la, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la, la

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    I seen ya around for a long long time
    I really remember you when you drank my wine

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    I'd seen ya walking down in Chinatown
    I called ya but you could not look around

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    I pay my money to the welfare line
    I see ya standing in it every time

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    The color of your skin don't matter to me
    As long as we can live in harmony

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    I'd kinda' like to be the president
    So I could show you how your money's spent

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    Sometimes I don't speak right
    But yet I know what I'm talking about

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    I know you're working for the CIA
    They wouldn't have you in the mafia

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends

    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friends
    Why can't we be friendsWriter/s: CHARLES MILLER, GERALD GOLDSTEIN, HAROLD BROWN, HOWARD SCOTT, LEE LEVITIN, LONNIE JORDAN, MORRIS DICKERSON, THOMAS ALLEN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 27th 1975, "Why Can't We Be Friends" by War entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on August 17th it peaked at #6 (for 1 week) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #9 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1971 and 1982 the band had fourteen Top 100 hits; six made the Top 10 and "The Cisco Kid" was their biggest hit, it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) on April 22nd, 1973...
    The two weeks that "Cisco Kid" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando.
  • Joel from Vallejo, CaThis was also used in one of the Lethal Weapon films.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaMy mother and my aunts wennt to high school with most of them at Long Beach Poly(Long Beach,Calif.). I love War and they continue to this date with two splinter bands, War and another band name that slips my mind...
  • K from Geneva, NyDave Matthews gives a nod to this song on his "Funny the Way it is" from Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.
  • Drew from Tulsa, OkWhat a great song. While War and this song will always be associated with unity, it's clear from the lyrics that they drew the line somewhere, as if they were to say I want to be your friend, even though you drank my wine but now you don't, even though I called your name but you couldn't acknowledge me, and even though you seem to be on permanent welfare, I'm cutting you a break. Until you join the CIA, that is!
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