We're Going to Be Friends
|"We're Going to Be Friends"|
|Single by The White Stripes|
|from the album White Blood Cells|
|Genre||Folk rock, Country blues|
|The White Stripes singles chronology|
"We're Going to Be Friends" is a promotional single by the American alternative rock band White Stripes from their album White Blood Cells. It was released in late 2002, and tells the story of meeting a new friend at the beginning of a school year. Through its lyrics, it is able to evoke the simplicity of childhood, in which the narrator is worried only by school and making friends.
The name Suzy Lee, the childhood love interest of the song, appears in "We're Going to Be Friends", as well as other White Stripes' "mythology", most notably on their eponymous album, which includes the song "Suzy Lee", as well as on Get Behind Me Satan, which is dedicated to Suzy Lee, "Wherever she may be..." It is rumored that Suzy Lee was a childhood friend/crush of Jack White.
In popular culture
Featured in the opening credits of the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite, writer/director Jared Hess commented that originally, they couldn't find the song they were looking for, but wanted to use "We're Going to Be Friends", so a copy of Napoleon Dynamite was sent to The White Stripes, who promptly approved the song's use in the film. Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recorded a cover of the song on his album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George. In 2008-2009, it was used in a promo for PBS Kids. Bright Eyes covered the song with guest First Aid Kit for the charity album Cool for School: For the Benefit of the Lunchbox Fund.
This song was also played at the end of an episode of House entitled "Mirror Mirror", which aired October 30, 2007. The song is not included in the show's soundtrack.
"We're Going to be Friends" by The White Stripes.
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All songs by The White Stripes unless otherwise noted
- "We're Going to Be Friends"
- White Stripes’ Final “Late Night” Gig: Conan O’Brien on Special Relationship With Jack and Meg