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Never Take Friendship Personal - Anberlin

Never Take Friendship Personal

Never Take Friendship Personal
rock emo alternative alternative rock christian rock


This is the title track of Never Take Friendship Personal (2005) by American alternative rock band Anberlin. It is about former guitarist Joey Bruce, who was ejected from the band because he was "all about sex and drugs." The track features Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter, Invisible Creature) on screamed vocals. "It was a July morning, I woke up and realized I had dreamt about killing someone so many different ways in just one nights worth of dreams. I told my tour manager about it, he laughed because he probably had the same dream about the same person. This songs lists a few of the ways. Ryan Clark originally screamed as a placeholder, we ended up liking it, so it stayed on the record. In retrospect I wish it wasn’t there only because a genre of screaming and singing combined suddenly became a thing and for a second people lumped us in that category. We did not want to shed our ‘Christian Emo Indie Warped Tour Alternative Radio Rock’ label that we had worked so hard to achieve." - Stephen Christian


Anberlin was formed in 2002 in Winter Haven, FL, USA and disbanded after the release of their final album, lowborn, in 2014. Their debut album, Blueprints for the Black Market, was quite successful. Spurred on by popular singles Readyfuels and Change the World, it sold over 60,000 copies and raised Anberlin's profile. They released their sophomore album, Never Take Friendship Personal, in February 2005. The album was praised by critics, garnering favourable reviews and winning the band new fans. Show more ...

Never Take Friendship Personal - Anberlin

There's a hatchet got a knife
When I awoke there was nothing real in this life
But dreams are so intoxicating, (intoxicating)
When you're doing this alone
Gun, rope, brick on the way
But words have no meaning when it's you that says
I really do care, no baby I, I really do care!

Innocence gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?

In a sense gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?

Once a skeptic, now the critic
And you think that you finally found a place of your own.
Amongst the cold and timid souls
Where only failure knows your name

Look around for the closest to blame
But look no further than the hands beneath your arms
And now you're six feet down,
Buried with, with your passing fame


Innocence gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?
In a sense gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?

Oh, oh, oh, you lie
Tell me something more than what you've tried to hide
If you can't find yourself,
Then how can I expect to find you
Oh ,oh, oh, you cry
Tell me something more than what you try
The greatest tragedy is not your death
But a life without reason,
That your life had no purpose
Life has no reason
(Life has no purpose!)

Innocence gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?
In a sense gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?

Innocence gone, never take friendship personal
If you can't hold yourself together
Why should I hold you now?



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