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"I've seen you 'round for a long long time.
I remembered you when you drank my wine.
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?"
"Why Can't We Be Friends"

War is an American Funk band formed in 1969 as "Eric Burdon and War" until 1970. They have also crossed over with various genres including rock, jazz and Latin music, and has a multi-ethnic lineup to promote racial harmony and brotherhood. They especially had a series of hits in the early-to-mid 1970's, with among the best known including "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "Low Rider".

Not to be confused with the U2 album of the same name.



  • 1970 - Eric Burdon Declares "War"
  • 1970 - The Black-Man's Burden
  • 1971 - War
  • 1971 - All Day Music
  • 1972 - The World is a Ghetto
  • 1973 - Deliver the Word
  • 1975 - Why Can't We Be Friends?
  • 1976 - Love Is All Around
  • 1976 - Platinum Jazz
  • 1977 - Galaxy
  • 1978 - Youngblood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 1979 - The Music Band
  • 1979 - The Music Band 2
  • 1982 - Outlaw
  • 1983 - The Music Band — Jazz
  • 1983 - Life (is So Strange)
  • 1985 - Where There's Smoke
  • 1994 - Peace Sign
  • 2014 - Evolutionary


The low rider tropes a little slower:

  • Car Song: "Low Rider", about the pimped-out variety.
  • Pimped-Out Car: "Low Rider" is about the demonstration of one such car
  • Revolving Door Band: Only one of the original eight members - lead vocalist and keyboardist Lonnie Jordan - is still performing with the band, and a total of 35 have performed with the band throughout its fifty-year history. One founding member Eric Burdon had two very brief stints with the band (1970, 1976), with three albums from those times.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" has this phrase repeated four times every chorus.


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