We're Going to Be Friends

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"We're Going to Be Friends"
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Single by The White Stripes
from the album White Blood Cells
Released Late 2002
Format CD
Recorded Early 2001
Genre Folk rock, Acoustic rock
Length 2:28
Label V2 Records
Producer(s) Jack White
The White Stripes singles chronology
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
"We're Going to Be Friends"
"Red Death at 6:14"

"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.


"Suzy Lee," who is mentioned in the song in "We're Going to Be Friends", makes recurring appearances in White Stripes' discography, including in their eponymous album, which includes the song "Suzy Lee", as well as on Get Behind Me Satan,[1] which is dedicated to Suzy Lee, "Wherever she may be..."


The video features Jack White playing the guitar on a couch and Meg White sleeping alongside him. Jack wakes Meg as the song ends. The cover of the single is a still from the video.

In popular culture[edit]

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.[2]

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.

This is one of Conan O'Brien's favorite songs by The White Stripes,[3] and at his request, they performed it on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 20, 2009.

The song is also featured in the Life in Pieces episode "Sexting Mall Lemonade Heartbreak".

Track listing[edit]

All songs by The White Stripes unless otherwise noted

CD promo[edit]

  1. "We're Going to Be Friends"


  1. ^ SARO (July 20, 2009). "#7 Suzy Lee". everyjackwhitesong.blogspot.com. Blogspot.com. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.covermesongs.com/2011/10/listen-bright-eyes-and-first-aid-kit-cover-the-white-stripes-to-benefit-south-africa.html
  3. ^ White Stripes' Final Late Night Gig: Conan O'Brien on Special Relationship With Jack and Meg

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