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10 Hard-Hitting Songs About Losing a Friend

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The loss of a friend hits us almost as hard as the end of a relationship. Friends are people we think we can always rely on through the tough times, and losing one is like losing a huge part of your support group.

These songs are about the loss of a friend for various reasons: from death to a misunderstanding to a full-on fight.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – The Crossroads

Let’s start off the list with one of the worst ways to lose a friend: through death. The Crossroads is a song that the group dedicated to Eric “Eazy E” Wright, a rapper and music mogul who was a member of NWA. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were signed to his label, Ruthless Records. Wright passed away due to AIDS in 1995, and the group decided to write this song for him.

Losing a friend lyrics: Now Eazy’s long gone

Really wish he would come home

But when it’s time to die



Gotta go bye bye

All a thug could do is cry, cry

Why they kill my dog and man

I miss my uncle Charles y’all

And he shoudn’t be gone, in front of his home

What they did to Boo was wrong

Oh so wrong, oh so wrong

Gotta hold on gotta stay strong



When the day comes

Better believe bone got a shoulder you can lean on

 

Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me

For those of you who are more into the alternative genre, this might just be the ultimate goodbye song for a friend who passed away. Hear You Me is a song of thanks for the kindness of a friend who has passed away. The song is actually about sisters Mukel and Carli Allen, who ran the Weezer fan club. They were friends with many of the bands in Weezer’s fan circle, including the members of Jimmy Eat World.

Losing a friend lyrics:  And if you were with me tonight

I’d sing to you just one more time

A song for a heart so big,

God wouldn’t let it live

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

Don’t Speak is a song about not wanting to hear any more excuses about a falling out. The song is actually about the breakup of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. In the song, they describe the breakup as losing their best friend and not wanting to hear any explanations because it just makes the situation worse.

Losing a friend lyrics: You and me, we used to be together

Everyday together, always

I really feel that I’m losing my best friend

I can’t believe this could be the end

It looks as though you’re letting go

And if it’s real, well I don’t want to know

 

Blink-182 – I’m Lost Without You

This might be one of those “out of place” songs by Blink-182 because it sounds different from most of their other songs. I’m Lost Without You is a song about the loneliness of losing a friend who was also your lover. In the song, Tom DeLonge sings about how he’s hoping she would come back to him because life without her feels empty.

Losing a friend lyrics: I swear that I can go on forever again

Please let me know that my one bad day will end

I will go down as your lover, your friend

Give me your lips and with one kiss we begin

Are you afraid of being alone

Cause I am, I’m lost without you

Are you afraid of leaving tonight

Cause I am, I’m lost without you

Nelly Furtado – All Good Things (Come to an End)

All Good Things is one of those songs that you know is sad, but there’s a certain feel to it that shows how the singer is resigned to her fate. In this song, the protagonist laments the end of a relationship and friendship. What was once a bright flame has become nothing but dust, and she wonders why good things come to an end. It implies that this situation has happened before, and instead of wallowing in pain, she just accepts the heaviness and tries to move on.

Losing a friend lyrics: Traveling, I only stop at exits

Wondering if I’ll stay

Young and restless

Living this way, I stress less

I want to pull away when the dream dies

The pain sets in, and I don’t cry

I only feel gravity, and I wonder why

 

A Day to Remember – All Signs Point to Lauderdale

Of course, we can’t have a playlist about the end of a friendship without at least one punk-rock song. All Signs Point to Lauderdale is about a protagonist who hates his hometown because of how it ties him down. It also doesn’t help that his friends don’t care about him and his dreams, so he goes out searching for a place where he’ll belong.

Losing a friend lyrics: I hate this town

Cause no one can understand

I just can’t be tied down

Nothing comes between me and my plans

So now I never know the things to say to you

That help me prove that I’m still on your side

I never show just what you do to me

Guess I’m what’s always wrong

Dandy Warhols – We Used to Be Friends

Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor explains that this is a song inspired by his friend named Mark. While there was no fight between them, Courtney and Mark went through a mix-up that ended up with them not talking to each other for years. In this song, the lyrics are more about wanting to reach out to his friend after a mix-up that happened so long ago.

Losing a friend lyrics: A long time ago

We used to be friends

But I haven’t thought of you lately at all

If ever again

A greeting I send to you

Short and sweet to the soul I intend

 

Destiny’s Child – Fancy

Have you ever had a friend who seems more like your enemy? If you have, then you might want them to give Fancy a listen. In this song, the ladies of Destiny’s Child sing about a girl who uses them to get by. This girl is a liar and a schemer who latches on to them to try and get up in the world. In the song, Destiny’s Child is chastising this girl for doing what she does, and they end up just severing ties with this toxic person.

Losing a friend lyrics: I’ve always been so nice to you, girl

Helping you girl, there for you girl

You always tried to compete with me, girl

Using me girl, abusing me girl

Flirtin’ with every man you see

Especially if the man likes me

Baby where’s your self esteem

Find your own identity

 

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

Here’s another song about getting back at someone who pretends to be your friend, but is actually a snake. A Hollaback Girl is one of the lesser cheerleaders who hollers back during a cheer dance. In this song, Gwen insists (and proves) that she’s not one of those background girls who can’t stand up for herself.

Losing a friend lyrics: I heard that you were talking shit

And you didn’t think that I would hear it

People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up

So I’m ready to attack, gonna lead the pack

Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out

That’s right, put your pom-poms down, getting everybody fired up

+44 – No It’ Isn’t

Do you have that friend that you just really want to get rid of? If they need a hint, have them listen to the first line of this awesome song about not only losing a friend, but actively trying to get rid of one!

Losing a friend lyrics: Please understand

This isn’t just goodbye

This is I can’t stand you

 

If you’re going through the loss of a friend, take heart. These songs are here to help you get through it.

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