Thank You for Being a Friend

Most people will remember the song “Thank You for Being a Friend” as the theme for TV’s The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992.

The show used a cover version recorded by Cynthia (Cindy) Fee. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Andrew Gold (1951-2011) wrote the song and recorded it in 1978, and it is one of his best-known hits. He also wrote the theme for the TV comedy Mad About You (1992-1999, and 2019). Aside from Gold’s success as a solo musician, he also played for many artists, including Linda Ronstadt.

“Thank You for Being a Friend” has a personal connection, too. It’s a song that was embraced by a group of men I meet up with periodically, which they used to listen to as a sort of opening for their gatherings, years before I met them. It is an excellent tribute to deep, abiding friendships; the kind of friends to whom you might say “I love you” when saying bye (or, as happens so often nowadays, when leaving a Zoom call).

“Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true
You’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off
Won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see
The biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say
“Thank you for being a friend.”

Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack
I’d surely buy you a Cadillac
Whatever you need
Anytime of the day or night

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off
Won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear, even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say
Thank you for being a friend

(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend (repeats x7)

And when we die and float away
Into the night, the Milky Way
You’ll hear me call, as we ascend
I’ll see you there, then once again
Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
Whoa, tell you about a friend
(Thank you right now, for being a friend)
Thank you for being a friend
(I wanna tell you right now, and tell you again)
Thank you for being a friend
(I wanna thank you, thank you, for being a friend)
Thank you for being a friend”

(“Thank You for Being a Friend,” by Andrew Gold)

I was thinking about friendship after a meeting today and some discussion about missing face-to-face contact with people. The feeling of physical isolation is real for most of us these days. At the same time, I am glad that we can meet in virtual spaces to keep those relationships thriving… and some of these connections are ones I know only virtually, with friends I’ve made in meetups since March. I’d never have imagined that online gatherings would become a primary way interacting with people outside our home, before this year.

I am indeed thankful for friends and family and all the connections in my life. And since you are reading this, you’re most likely one of them, so thank you for being a friend.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official music video from the Rhino Entertainment YouTube channel:

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