I'll love you forever, cuz you know me better
For the record, at one time, would have married you in a second
But kill the rekindling dreams, and navigate the friendship
Or else by the time the stress wears out we'll both be dead and friendless

from Aesop Rock – 11:35 Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s like “i got love for you, we had something special and will always have a bond, and I would have married the shit outta you girl. But give up those ideas of getting back together. Didn’t you hear, i’m fucking famous now. We can be friends, and if you play your cards right, I might let you meet El-P*.”

*thats probably what he wanted to say at least

I’ve been in this kind of relationship.
He still loves the girl, they had something unique and special, but they need to figure out how to be nothing more than platonic friends, a difficult task. Trying to piece things together after the bad blood that had accrued would have ended in stress and fighting, mistrust, that would really destroy their relationship. they wouldn’t have each other as friends. “friendless” maybe they were the only friends each other needed at one point.

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