Adam Sandler returned to the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend to host the show for the very first time, although he's certainly no stranger to the halls of 30 Rock. In the early '90s, Sandler was one of SNL's most prominent cast members before being let go for reasons he still doesn't understand in 1995, just as his film career started to take off by way of Billy Madison. His ouster wasn't the only significant shake-up at the time — co-star Chris Farley, who was also breaking out on the big screen thanks to Tommy Boy, was canned alongside Sandler.
Three years later, Farley passed away from a drug overdose, and although it's been more than two decades since his death, Sandler decided to pay his late friend tribute on the show that brought them together. The actor-musician sang a piece he wrote about his time with Chris Farley, from their first encounter to their very last and lots of memories in between. The tone of the tune is incredibly sincere but also filled with points of levity about Farley's undeniable antics and how he left his unmovable mark on the comedy world.
The full lyrics to the number are below:
The first time I saw him he was sweeter than honey
Plaid jacket and belt too tight, he wasn't even being funny
Then he cartwheeled around the room and slow-danced with the cleaning lady
He was a one man party
You know I'm talking about, I'm talking about my friend Chris Farley
On Saturday night, my man would always deliver
Whether he was the Bumblebee Girl or livin' in a van down by the river
He loved the Bears and Ditka, danced at Chippendale's with Swayze
When they replaced his coffee with Folgers he went fool-on crazy
The sexiest Gap girl and Meatloaf in the band
Without him there'd be no lunch lady in Lunch Lady Land
You know I'm thinking about, I'm thinking about my boy Chris Farley
After a show he'd drink a quart of Jack Daniels then stick the bottle right up his ass
But hungover as hell that Catholic boy always showed up to morning mass
We'd tell him 'Slow down, you'll end up like Belushi and Candy'
He said, 'Those guys are my heroes, that's all fine and dandy'
I ain't making that stuff up, that's the truth about my boy Chris Farley
I saw him in the office crying with his headphones on
Listening to a KC and the Sunshine Band song
I said 'Buddy, how the hell is that making you so sad'
Then he laughed and said, 'Just thinking about my dad'
The last big hang we had was at Timmy Meadow's wedding party
We laughed all night long, all because of Farley
But a few months later the party came to an end
We flew out to Madison to bury our friend
Nothing was harder than saying goodbye
Except watching Chris' father have his turn to cry
Hey buddy, life's moved on but you still bring us so much joy
Make my kids laugh with your YouTube clips or Tommy Boy
And when they ask me who's the funniest guy I ever knew
I tell 'em hands down without a doubt it's you
Yeah, I miss hanging out watching you trying to get laid
But most of all I miss watching you torture Spade
You're a legend like you wanted but I still wish you were here with me
And we were getting on a plane to go shoot Grown Ups 3
Yeah, life ain't the same without you boy
And that's why I'm singing about, I'm singing about my boy Chris Farley
And if we make enough noise, maybe he'll hear us
Give it up for the great Chris Farley
Saturday Night Live airs live at 11:30/10:30c on NBC.