All My Internet Friends

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Monday afternoon I gave a presentation to the staff
Kicked off with a knock-knock joke to liven up the charts and graphs
That crowd
Never laughs out loud
But all my internet friends were tickled pink
They put animated smileys when they passed around the link
They said, Hey, girl, here’s another awesome thing we found
Sarah Palin getting smacked down
With a Prince song in the background
Better watch it quick before they take it down

Wednesday night I figured I’d go out and buy a DVD
Walked into a store and walked right out again immediately
This sucks
They want thirty bucks

But all my internet friends give things away
They just really like to make stuff even when it doesn’t pay
They say, Hey, girl, here’s a picture, here’s a poem too
Here’s a blog post, here’s a podcast
Here’s a song and here’s a lolcat
And an iPhone application all for you

Saturday I had a date with Dave the software engineer
Told him bout the time I got my headphones wrapped around my ear
I swear
He just didn’t care

But all my internet friends they listen well
They make sympathetic comments when I say that I’m in hell
They say, Hey, girl, what’s your status? I say, Omigod,
I’m not sleeping, I’m not eating
I can’t take another meeting
With the clean, well-meaning morons at my job

There are those who say I spend a little too much time online
Sometimes I agree, but on the whole I think I’m doing fine
Click, buzz
I feel strong because
All my internet friends are here with me
Saying Love and information want only to be free
And we’ll take no crap from anyone who says that they know better
We won’t stand for that because we all came here together
We’re remaining interwoven
We’re a net, and we have chosen
To be knotted tightly to each other
You be client, I’ll be server
We won’t ever have to be alone

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61 Comments

  • By Vinita, December 14, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    This is a fabulous song, Amanda. I can’t get enough of it. Nice work!

  • By Patricia, December 14, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

    I love the truth of this song! I was just talking about this very phenomenon with friends the other night–how we connect with each other online in ways that just don’t happen with the people we see in person every day. You capture it: We *are* a net, definitely.

  • By Tam, December 14, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    I love this song! I hope you receive enough donations to upgrade your home studio!

  • By Eric, December 15, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    I really enjoyed this song. The message rings true and the rhyming/metre is very clever. It would be awesome if you and JoCo worked together on a song one day, I think you’d bring complimentary talents together.

  • By Jason, December 15, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    great song!

  • By Lisa, December 15, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    Awesome song! Love the wordplay, and your voice is gorgeous.

  • By phatemokid, December 15, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    i <3 you for making this song!

  • By rtadlock, December 15, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    You have a very nice singing voice. Do you have music I could buy? I would love to listen to more.

  • By Amanda French, December 15, 2008 @ 10:41 am

    Thx, rtadlock! Actually no, I don’t have any music for sale — I’m strictly amateur, yo, and I’ve never gotten my act together enough (or had enough dough) to put out anything pro-quality. There are four free downloadable tracks at http://myspace.com/amandalowryfrench if you want ‘em, though.

    Phatemokid, I couldn’t have made it without you. Rock on.

  • By Jason Howell, December 15, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    I know someone who wrote a kick-a$$ song… oh right, that’s you Amanda. :)

  • By shoggoth, December 15, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    Not really my kind of music, but very nice, indeed. Will have to check this site more often. good luck with the “all open and free”-thingy ;)

  • By spyder, December 15, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I am sending this to all my internet friends, especially those in the music. This is really quite good; i hope i get to see it live someday.

  • By Sam's G'mother, December 15, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    Amanda: I always knew you had great talent. I am so impressed with this song. Keep at it!

  • By JG, December 15, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    Joe mama is really proud, and I don’t blame her! Great to hear you again. . . perhaps we’ll get to see it live some day!
    BTW is “metre” in metric units? Whatever, it’s great stuff.

  • By SusieG, December 15, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    What a great song Amanda! Your mom sent the link to me and I’m so proud as well! Keep up the good works!

  • By elynross, December 15, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    A friend just passed this to me, and it’s AWESOME. This. THIS. This is me and my friends.

    Thank you for this. I got a little teary when I listened to the last few lines.

  • By mpoetess, December 16, 2008 @ 1:00 am

    What Elyn said (and no doubt we were linked by the same source). This song made my night, and your voice is lovely.

  • By dwholmz, December 16, 2008 @ 6:45 am

    Just heard a reference to your song on BOL while on my way to work, so I pulled up the page before I forgot about it. The lyrics stand on their own as a statement, you really hit the mark. I am looking forward to hearing the song this evening when I get home. I hope BOL brings you many more friends!

  • By rtadlock, December 16, 2008 @ 10:08 am

    Amanda, thanks for the downloads. You can’t see it, but I’m crossing my fingers that I find your CD on Amazon some day…

  • By JoeMama, December 16, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    Yes, I sent this song to my friends and family and even some people I work with (I was making them do PowerPoints). Love, love, love it!

  • By jon, December 16, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    Amanda,very good and sooo timely. Do I detect some Billy Idol
    influences in it? If so, please give me some ink when the album
    goes platinum.

  • By Christopher Humphries, December 16, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    Totally awesome song. I’m a big fan! Do you have other songs?

  • By Deepa D., December 16, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

    Those lyrics are perfect, and your singing is lovely. Thanks for sharing this, I’ll be forwarding the link to all my internet friends!

  • By faddah, December 16, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    best. internet. web 2.0. toobz. folk. song. evah.

    is the internet the new millennium version of the café wah?, woodstock and the summer o’ love all (rick-)rolled into one, with all the free-sharin’-love goin’ on?

    yes. yes, indeed, i think it is.

  • By wohali, December 16, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

    Love the lyrics and the sentiment! Very sanguine. Well done!

  • By Gizmology, December 16, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Way to DIY, Amanda! Someone said Billy Idol, and I have to say I don’t hear that one — but I do hear a Dar Williams influence for sure — great song! (Especially the part about the Sarah Palin/ Prince-soundtrack Smackdown! ;)

  • By counteragent, December 17, 2008 @ 2:16 am

    I love this!!!! I hope everyone donates.

  • By graycastle, December 17, 2008 @ 7:26 am

    Aw, this is lovely! All my internet friends told me to come listen to it, and they were right, as usual. You sing beautifully, and the rhymes are clever and awesome, and the message is right on. I hope you get all the donations you need.

  • By MAX, December 17, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    Wheres the album? I love it, I relate to it, and at no point is any lyric disappointing, :D

  • By Belle, December 17, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    Truth, girl. Truth.

  • By Amanda French, December 17, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

    That is so weird, jon! Billy Idol is one of the few major musicians I’ve met. When I was fourteen — backstage at Red Rocks. (Long story as to how that happened.) But I’d have to say that Dar Williams is probably a fairer comparison. I do sound a lot like her sometimes, and my songwriting is absolutely in that genre. I love her work, although I like to think I’m about 3 degrees less earnest than she is.

  • By Mayank Patel, December 18, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    its been of repeat for weeks. great work

  • By Jessica, December 19, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

    Love it! It’s a beautiful song, and so true. :-)

  • By Awesome, December 20, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    Great song. I LOVE it. Can’t stop listening to it.

  • By Scott Jacobs, December 20, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

    The song stands on it’s own as just a great song but the lyrics make it an absolute geek anthem (and I mean that in a good way)!

  • By Michael S., December 21, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    LOVE the song Amanda! I heard you on Buzz Out Loud! I wish you the best. Your song will live on happily in my Itunes library. Hope my $ helps. :)

  • By Trek Michaels, December 21, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

    It’s a beautifully awesome song. 9 out of 10 former TSS cast members would agree.

  • By Laura Shapiro, December 24, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

    I saw this all over my LiveJournal friendslist this week. I thought the lyrics were great, but when I finally came to listen, I was delighted with the song. You have a lovely voice and the melody’s downright hooky.

    Thank you for the humor and the beauty of this.

  • By Rebecca Grant, December 25, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    Heard this on BOL and just loved it -great song and a great voice! Do you have a video? I’m going to include this in the repetoire of internet-related songs I use to open my undergrad e-commerce class. Thanks for sharing!

  • By Amanda French, December 27, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    I thought there were supposed to be all kinds of horrible people making mean comments all over the internet! What is wrong with you people? I’m not even deleting any comments.

    If I were deleting comments, I’d delete mine above. Embarrassingly, the “jon” above is my uncle, whom I did not recognize on the internet. He took me to see Billy Idol backstage when I was a teenager. Um, sorry I didn’t know it was you, Jon. But how was I to know that Mama spammed the whole family with the link?

    Scott, “geek anthem” is exactly what I was going for. Rebecca, I don’t have a video, but hmm, perhaps I’ll make one . . .

  • By Valiant Westland, December 30, 2008 @ 5:18 am

    Thought provoking social commentary, sung well. I’m going to pass this on to my sister, who is a “folky” and a Democrat; which upon reflection may actually be a requirement to be a Folky! She’ll remark how sweet and sensitive it was for me to share this with her and that I find the coolest stuff on the Internet. Damn! Now what did I do with that bookmark… Ahhah! There it is! http://www.sofmag.com/

  • By Myra Joyce, December 31, 2008 @ 8:10 am

    Love this song, you really nailed how close we are to our internet friends compared to our face-to-face friends. The singer-songwriter genre is alive and well, and you are perfect for it: voice, lyrics, humor.

  • By Amanda French, January 5, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    Soldier of Fortune, Valiant? Hee hee. Very amusing.

  • By HValli, January 7, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    This is great! I especially like the last four lines.

  • By relrobber, January 10, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

    Hey, Amanda! Heard your song on BOL today. (Yea, I’m a few weeks behind.) Too bad you don’t live in Arkansas, or I’d let you come to my church and record it.

  • By RogueTess, February 15, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    Coming late to this party, although I’m commented elsewhere – this is such an awesome song! It really captures my experience of my internet friends, too. And I love your voice! Continued creative success to you, BOLpal!

  • By HVX Silverstar, February 17, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    Wow, Amanda! Thanks so much for the super song!!! It made my day…

  • By Adra letov, February 17, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Fabulous osng, want to listen and sing it out very loudly at work! WTG Amanda!

  • By Phil & Laura, February 18, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

    What a great song. Keep writing & playing & singing & and using the internet.

    We Love you. From Bailey

  • By Lyrics Online, March 4, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

    Loved your insight!! For once someone got everything correct!! Would you mind if I put a blogroll link back to your post? :)

  • By racine, March 29, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    ccooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllll

  • By Colin, March 31, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

    Amanda, once the new recording is done, get it on blip.fm so we can share it!

  • By Stephen, April 3, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    made me cry…thanks!

  • By Stephen, April 3, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    made me cry!

  • By Ursula Zage, May 8, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    I want an Internet friend

  • By Nathan, May 19, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

    Great job Amanda! I keep coming back to listen to this song when the “real” world is bumming be out.

  • By Douglas Arrison, September 13, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    Amanda, great song. You have a beautiful voice and the lyrics are spot on. I started crying I was laughing so hard with the “moron” refrain.

    Cheers!

  • By Jason Benur, September 11, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    Very sad. If you really believe the web offers a different perspective on your self esteem, well, truly pathetic.

  • By Amanda French, September 13, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    I’m glad the song moved you, Jason Benur. :)

  • By Shane, November 5, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Amanda, love the song. It’s the theme for my Internet Research slideshow (www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq9i6oEg7xk).

  • By Tom R, March 15, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    Just heard this on BOL at SXSW. Love it. Alright if I post to Facebook?

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