Hi Hi, I Love Ya
by John Forster & Tom Chapin
1994 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

I got a buddy who can make you feel so cruddy
'Cause you never know where you stand.
If you're lucky he will hug you
But he's just as apt to slug you,
It's a friendship built on sand.
He'll be friendly in the morning
Then without a word of warning
He'll become your mortal foe.
Well I find it so confusing,
It's a game I think I'm losing.
What's the problem? I don't know.
Hi Hi, I love ya. Bye Bye, I hate ya.
Every day it's a different story.
"Let's play." turns into, "Amscray."
It's like I never know where I stand.

When we're playing here together
He's as fickle as the weather,
He's a sunny day and then
He goes suddenly Kerblooee!
And I said, "What did I do?"
He says, "You're doing it again!"
He says, "I want to be alone."
And so I go off on my own
And then he'll launch a sneak attack.
And I start to get the feeling
That it's possible I'm dealing
With a full-blown maniac.
Hi Hi, I love ya. Bye Bye, I hate ya.
Yes. Yes. No. No. Stay. Stay. Go. Go.
"Let's dance." turns into "Fat chance."
It's like I never know where I stand.

When he knocks on my door will it be Jekyll or Hyde?
Mister Rogers or Bonnie and Clyde?
Was it something I said? Was it something I did
That made Winnie The Pooh turn into Billy The Kid?

Mama says, "It's him. It isn't you, it's him,"
But it's hard to keep my cool.
When you're living in the middle
Of a friendship that's a riddle every day is April Fool.
And I must be a dummy
'Cause I let him treat me crummy
And keep coming back for more.
Well I've had about enough. I'm fed up with his stuff.
Tell me, what do I need this for?
Hi Hi, I love ya. Bye Bye, I hate ya.
Everyday it's the same old story.
Best friends turn into dead ends
Because I never know where I stand.
Hi Hi, I love ya. Bye Bye, I hate ya.
Yes. Yes. No. No. Stay. Stay. Go. Go.
I'm gone. It's time to move on
Because I never know where I stand.
And I want to know where I stand.


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Zag Zig CD.

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