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Can Lovers Be Friends?

From the Michael Andrew album Michael Andrew
Words and music by Michael Andrew Itzoe

This one has been a favorite among my circle of friends since high school. Written in 1990 (long, long before the TV show, I was at one time compelled to add), I'm particularly pleased with the complexity of relationships that I addressed so early in my songwriting career.

Lyrics

Can lovers be friends after they've been in love
Can lovers be friends when lovers aren't enough
Can lovers ever live the way they lived before
Can lovers be friends after they've closed the door

Can friends be lovers if all they are is friends
Can friends be lovers or will it never end
Can friends ever live the way they're living now
Can friends be lovers and make that kind of vow

Just a friend
They say she's just a friend
But here's a word to the wise
Don't compromise your sanity
Just to fullfill a fantasy

Can lovers be friends after they share so much
Can lovers be friends and then to never touch
Can lovers ever be the way they were before
Can lovers be friends and never come back for more

Just a friend
They say she's just a friend
But here's a word to the wise
Don't compromise your sanity
Just to fullfill a fantasy

Can lovers be friends after all they have done
Can lovers be friends after so long as one
Can lovers be the same when they've been together
Can lovers be friends and yet love another