If You Really Want
to Be My Friend

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany; Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Mick Jagger's home, Newbury, England; & Island Recording Studios, London
January & April-May 1974

Never performed onstage

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Mick Taylor
Acoustic guitar: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor (incl. solo)
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Backing vocals: Blue Magic
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
 

If you really want to be my friend
Let me live it up like I used to do
If you really want to understand me
There's some giving up we've got to do

I know everybody wants to be your man
I don't want to tie you up, go ahead, you're free
And I never want to scar you with my brand
We could live it up, just you and me

If you really want to understand a man
Let him off the lease some time, set him free
If you really, really want to be my friend
Give me the look of love, not jealousy

I know you think that life is a thriller
You play the vamp, I play the killer
Now, baby, what's the use of fighting?
By the last we will be crying, crying, crying
Yeah

If you really want to be my man
Get your nails out of my back, stop using me
You know I really, really want to be your friend
But just a little faith is all we need

I don't want no dog eat dog world for you and me
Get your nails out, stop bleeding me

You know, people tell me you are a vulture
Say you're a sore in a cancer culture
Ah, but you got a little charm around you
I'll be there when they finally hound you, hound you, hound you

If you really want to be my friend
And I really want to understand you, baby

Ah, ah yeah

If you really want to be my friend
If you really want to understand me
I really want to be your man - I want to try to give you a helping hand
Live it up - yes I do, oh yeah, oh yeah

I want to push you when you're up and pull you when you're down
I'll tell you something, that love, that love can't thrive on jealousy, ah no
Really try to understand you, baby, yes I do
Cause understanding is something everybody needs, oh yeah

I really want to be your friend
And I love you, love you, yes I do
 

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