You Are My Friend

Patti LaBelle

About You Are My Friend

"You Are My Friend" is a ballad co-written and recorded by American singer Patti LaBelle, released as the second single off her self-titled debut album, in 1978 on the Epic label. While it only reached as high as number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot-Selling Soul Singles chart upon its initial release, it has gone on to become one of the singer's signature anthems.


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You are my friend,
I never knew it till then
My friend, my friend

You hold my hand,
You might not say a word
But I see your tears when I show my pain

You're my, my friend
I never knew it till then
My friend
I feel your love,
When you're not near
It helps me make it knowing you care

The thought of you helps me carry on
When I feel all hope is gone
I see the world with brand new eyes
Your love has made me realize
My future looks bright to me,
Oh because you are my friend
You are my friend

[Repeats in background]
I've been looking around and you were here all the time
I've been around and around and around and around
I've been looking around and you were here all the time

You know what I've been doing

I've been looking [Repeat: x7]

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Patti LaBelle

Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards (born May 24, 1944), better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is a Grammy Award winning American singer, author and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song, "Lady Marmalade". more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Year and Performance
"You Are My Friend" by Labelle and Patti LaBelle was released in 1978, as part of Patti's debut solo album, "Tasty".
Co-authors and Inspirational Message
The song was co-written by Patti LaBelle, James "Budd" Ellison, and Armstead Edwards with a message that emphasizes friendship and support system.
Chart Success
Despite being a popular song, it did not become a major hit on the Billboard Charts, but it did peak at #31 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Popularity in Live Performances
It has been reported that "You Are My Friend" has always been a crowd favorite during Patti LaBelle's live performances and was often performed as her closing number.
Influence and Importance
Since its release, the song has served as an empowerment anthem for many fans and has had considerable influence in Gospel and R&B music genres.
Re-recorded Versions
An alternate live version of the song was included on Patti LaBelle's 1991 album, "Burnin'", which reached #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Cover Versions
Many talent show contestants like American Idol's Fantasia Barrino and The Voice's Jennifer Hudson have covered "You Are My Friend."
Accolades for the Album
The album, "Tasty", earned Patti LaBelle a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Cultural Impact
The song continues to be used in various media platforms such as shows, movies, and playback radio for its uplifting message about friendship.
Symbol for Patti LaBelle
The song is often seen as a symbol for Patti LaBelle's resilience and commitment to her solo career after the split from her group, Labelle.

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