For years I thought they were saying, “Never mind the splinters ‘cuz I’ll always be your friend….”
Which made perfect sense (to me) because you know what? Sometimes I can get cranky. And…and…splinter-y. But I still like you. So you shouldn’t mind me when I’m in a bad mood, and I won’t mind you when you’re in a bad mood. I will pay no mind to the splinters, my friends, I will pay no mind.
See? Total, perfect sense.