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I Can Be Your Friend is a song from Are You My Neighbor?. The Boyz in the Sink later did a cover of this song.

Lyrics

Original (1995-1998)

(Jimmy): Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes? A girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? Some kids call them odd balls, some kids call them weird.

(Jerry): Is it my imagination or does Aunt Ruth have a beard?

(Jimmy): God makes lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes. He loves them very much and what we need to realize is that calling people names because they're different is wrong. Instead, we need to look on them in love and sing this song.

(Jimmy & Jerry): I can be your friend. I can be your friend. Any day in any weather, we can be friends and play together.

(Bob): Yeah we're all pretty different: some are skinny, some are stout.

(Larry): But the inside is the part that we're supposed to care about.

(Scooter): Aye! That's why we have feelings that are very much the same.

(Junior): So instead of saying "weirdo," I think "friend's" a better name!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) If your hair is red or yellow, we can have lunch...

(Junior): ...I'll share my Jell-O!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

STARS Edition

(Jimmy): Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes? A girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? Some kids call them odd balls, some kids call them weird.

(Jerry): Is it my imagination or does Aunt Ruth have a beard?

(Jimmy): There are lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes. All of us are loved and what we need to realize is that calling people names because they're different is wrong. Instead, we need to look on them in love and sing this song.

(Jimmy & Jerry): I can be your friend. I can be your friend. Any day in any weather, we can be friends and play together.

(Bob): Yeah we're all pretty different: some are skinny, some are stout.

(Larry): But the inside is the part that we're supposed to care about.

(Scooter): Aye! That's why we have feelings that are very much the same.

(Junior): So instead of saying "weirdo," I think friend's a better name!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) If your hair is red or yellow, we can have lunch...

(Junior): ...I'll share my Jell-O!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

1998-present

(Jimmy): Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes? A girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? Some kids call them odd balls, some kids call them weird.

(Jerry): Is it my imagination or does Aunt Ruth have a beard?

(Jimmy): God makes lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes. He loves them very much and what we need to realize is that calling people names because they're different is wrong. Instead, we need to look on them in love and sing this song.

(Jimmy & Jerry): I can be your friend. I can be your friend. Any day in any weather, we can be friends and play together.

(Bob): Yeah we're all pretty different: some are skinny, some are stout.

(Larry): But the inside is the part that we're supposed to care about.

(Scooter): Aye! That's why we have feelings that are very much the same.

(Junior): So instead of saying weirdo I think "friend's" a better name!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) If your hair is red or yellow, we can have lunch. I'll share my Jell-O!

(Chorus): I can be your friend. (la la la) I can be your friend. (la la la) It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

Boyz in the Sink

(Larry): It's important to remember that everyone is special in God's eyes! Isn't that right?

(Junior): Yeah, and we should be kind to everyone, no matter how different they are!

(Mr. Lunt): Even if they speak a different language, or wear different clothes, or don't listen to the #1 vegetable band in the world, the Boyz in the Sink!

(Jimmy): That's right! Everyone can be friends!

(Junior): Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes? A girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose?

(Larry): Some kids call them odd balls and some kids call them weird. Is it my imagination or does Aunt Ruth have a beard?

(Mr. Lunt): God makes lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes. He loves them very much and what we need to realize is...

(Jimmy): ...that calling people names because they're different is wrong. Instead, we need to look on them in love and sing this song.

(Larry & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Junior & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): Any day in any weather, we can be friends and play together!

(Mr. Lunt & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Jimmy & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

(Chorus): Your friend!

(Jimmy): Yeah we're all pretty different: some are skinny, some are stout, (I'll be your friend) but the inside is the part that we're supposed to care about. (I'll be your friend)

(Larry): That's where we have feelings that are very much the same. So instead of "weirdo," I think "friend's" a better name! (I'll be your friend)

(Larry & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Junior & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): If your hair is red or yellow, we can have lunch. I'll share my Jell-O!

(Larry & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Jimmy & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

(Mr. Lunt): It don't matter if we're not the same! (Your friend) We're all different and that's a good thing! (Your friend) This God loves us! He knows us by name! (Your friend) Cause we're all special, so stand up and say...

(Larry & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Junior & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): Any day in any weather, we can be friends and play together!

(Mr. Lunt & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Jimmy & children's chorus): I can be your friend! (la la la)

(Chorus): It's okay if we are different, we can still play 'cause I can be your friend!

(Chorus): I'll be your friend!

Fun Facts

  • The O.C. Supertones did a cover of this song on VeggieRocks! Also, during their cover, the line "Is it my imagination or does Aunt Ruth have a beard?" was changed to "Is it my imagination or does your mother have a beard?".
  • According to All the Shows Vol. 1, the song was written and produced in 1994.
  • In the original version of the song, only Junior sings the line "I'll share my Jell-O." This was carried over into the STARS edition and the 1997, 1998, and 2000/2001 Lyrick Studios re-releases of Are You My Neighbor? as well as earlier releases of Very Silly Songs! (including when it was named A Very Silly Sing-Along!). In the VeggieTunes CD re-releases from 1998 and 2004 and also in the DVD releases of Are You My Neighbor? and Very Silly Songs!, this time Bob, Larry, Scooter and Junior all sing this line.
    • On a similar note, the song was also later remixed with actual brass horns.
  • In the STARS edition, the lines "God makes lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes" and "He loves them very much and what we need to realize is:" are changed to "There are lots of people in all colors, shapes and sizes" and "All of us are loved and what we need to realize is:"
  • This song was also remade for Songs For A Princess with, exclusively, female actors.

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