Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?

‘Are Friends Electric?’ performed by ‘Gary Numan and Tubeway Army’ taken from the album ‘Replicas’ (1979).


It’s cold outside
And the paint’s peeling off of my walls
There’s a man outside
In a long coat, gray hat, smoking a cigarette

Now the light fades out
And I’m wondering what I’m doing in a room like this
There’s a knock on the door
And just for a second, I thought I remembered you

So now I’m alone, now I can think for myself
About little deals and S.U.’s, things I just can’t understand
Like a white light that night or a slight touch at times
I don’t think it meant anything to you

So I opened the door
It’s the friend that I’d left in the hallway
“Please sit down”
A candle lit shadow on a wall near the bed

You know I hate to ask
But are friends electric?
[Incomprehensible], mine’s broke down
And now I’ve no one to love

So I find out your reason for the phone calls and smiles
And it hurts and I’m lonely and I should never have tried
And I missed you tonight, so it’s time to leave
You see, it meant everything to me