Buddies is about having close friends to talk to, as a major part of our safety net during difficult times. It’s essential to have a “family of choice” to support us. This is a song for buddies we love, regardless of their gender. If you’re bothered by the reference to alcohol in the line, “You're a mug of cold beer!", change it to, "God, I wish you were here!". Some of us medicate with alcohol, while others preoccupy ourselves with relationship difficulties.


As my lifeline runs through my fingers
And it snags on knots time to time
Just talkin’ to you, helps them slip through
A buddy like you’s hard to find.

Buddies like you never need to be told
What buddies like me need to say
Life has a flare when you’re standing there
And it’s hollow when you’re away.

Remember that night I was ready to die?
We shared your last Cuban cigar
I laid down in the highway, but no one drove by,
So you went to borrow a car!

I helped you etch all them lines in your face
And you helped me grow these grey hairs
If I make you sore, hell! What’re friends for?!
We’re buddies ‘cause I know you care!

I like you better than corn-on-the-cob
More than the air that I breathe
You’re a mug of cold beer,
You’re a laugh, you’re a tear,
Buddy, you’re a god-damned relief!!

Buddies like you never need to be told
What buddies like me need to say
Life has a flare, when you’re standing there
And it’s hollow and empty, when you’re away

Written by Peter Alsop, ©1978, Moose School Music (BMI)

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Peter Alsop is a nationally known singer-songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut and did his doctoral work at Columbia University's Teachers' College and Columbia Pacific University. He worked as the Director of The Harbor Schools Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Maine and as a New York City elementary school teacher in the South Bronx ghetto.

Peter has produced nineteen audio recordings and seven videos and dvd's for which he consistently wins "Best Children's" awards from Parents' Choice and the Association For Independent Music. His songs are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues. His "Wake Up" video with John Ritter helps families prevent child abuse and abduction. He's acted on stage and on television, directed a feature film, and performs extensively at conferences, festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada as well as hosting an annual training workshops at his Otter Space conference center in Northern California. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife, actress/director Ellen Geer, and their two daughters Willow and Megan. Contact: Moose School Productions, Box 960, Topanga, CA 90290 or 310-455-2318 or E-Mail or


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