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Friends” is a song by Justin Bieber. It is Bieber's first single credited as lead artist to be released in over a year, the previous being "Company", which was released in March 2016 for his studio album Purpose.

Bieber released a remix version of the song featuring American singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels.

Background[]

It was a demo Michael Tucker had written with friends and rising songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. Tucker liked the song, but nothing really happened to it. So he did what he usually does when songs don’t really move: he tore it apart and put it back together again. “We played it for Justin [Bieber’s] team, and they loved it” - Tucker explained.[1]

Justin Bieber played a snippet of the song at Milan Airport on June 17, 2017. He played it again at the Old Fashion Milan club in Italy on June 19, 2017. On August 13, 2017, Bieber first teased the single by tweeting: "Can we still be friends". A day later, Bieber announced an upcoming release on Twitter and Instagram, the accompanied artwork featured a monochrome illustration of two birds tearing apart a worm in front of highlighter yellow text, captioning: "New music. Thursday noon".

Audio[]

A commercial was filmed for a German T-Mobile ad.

Lyrics[]

[Intro]
BloodPop®

[Verse 1]
I was wonderin’ ‘bout your mama
Did she get that job she wanted?
Sell that car that gave her problems?
I’m just curious ‘bout her, honest (Uh-huh, uh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends?
Can we be friends?
Can we be friends?

[Verse 2]
Wonderin’ if you got a body
To hold you tighter since I left (Since I left)
Wonderin’ if you think about me (Uh-huh, uh)
Actually, don’t answer that (Uh-huh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends?
Can we be friends?
And if it ends, can we be friends?

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends?


Radio version[]

The radio version is featured on the compilation album, The Best which has minor changes like the echo in the drop and Julia Michaels' voice in the middle of the first verse.

Lyrics[]

[Intro]
BloodPop®

[Verse 1]
I was wonderin’ ‘bout your mama
Did she get that job she wanted?
Sell that car that gave her problems? (Uh)
I’m just curious ‘bout her, honest (Uh-huh, uh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends? (Can we be friends?)
Can we be friends? (Can we be friends?)
Can we be friends?

[Verse 2]
Wonderin’ if you got a body
To hold you tighter since I left (Since I left)
Wonderin’ if you think about me (Uh-huh, uh)
Actually, don’t answer that (Uh-huh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends? (Can we be friends?)
Can we be friends? (Can we be friends?)
Can we be friends?

[Pre-Chorus]
Know you’re wonderin’ why I been callin’
Like I got ulterior motives
Know we didn’t end this so good
But you know we had something so good

[Chorus]
So I’m wonderin’
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Can we still be friends? (Ah-ah)
Doesn’t have to end (Ah-ah)
And if it ends, can we be friends?


References[]

  1. Kaplan, Ilana (November 25, 2017). "BloodPop® Wants to Take Over the World With Positive Vibes". Noisey.