Best Of Friends

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The inevitably titled Best Of Friends includes selections from the band's first six albums and from two of their six singles, spanning the period 1986 to 1995. It covers the whole wide range of the band's music, from the pure pop of their indie heydey, through more rock-inclined numbers, to the stripped-down acoustic pop of Folk Songs, all featuring the characteristic Friends trumpet sound and classically English vocals of singer and founder-member William Jones. Best of Friends is accompanied by a lavish 12-page booklet outlining the band's history and including many unpublished photos, with an introduction by former Factory artist Graham Fitkin. It is the perfect introduction to the band's music from their first single It's Getting Louder up to the ultra-acoustic Folk Songs.

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Track Name: Day By Night
Last thing here that I remember
Wrapped inside a heat haze
Is asking you to give me something
To get me through the days

Lost in some unending desert
Staring at the blue sky
You showed me something more than dreams
And opened up my eyes

I took a long time learning
And now I know
This world I found within me
I’m never going to let it go

Gave up waiting for the future
Long before the time came
Never felt this joy in living
Since before the rain

It’s been a long time coming
And now it’s here
I’ve spent a lifetime waiting
And couldn’t wait another year

Or even just another day
Or even just another day

I reached the light
Through the shade and
Day by night
I can see so far
And every moment where you are
Although the journey’s been so hard
I’ve found a place to be at last

I found a world within me
Made it come alive here
And every day decide
Don’t let it disappear

I reached the heights
From so deep and
Day by night
I can feel so free

I reached the place
I’ve been searching
Night by day
I can see so clear
And whether far away or near
I see the future without fear
I want to stay now that I’m here


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: That's The One
Believe me, I’m happier than I have been for a while
And even if I very rarely smile
Appearances can lie

Remember the many ways you thought I was alright
Forget about the things you didn’t like
You never know, you might

Sorry but I won’t apologise

Here’s the rain and here’s the sun
Catch the day and that’s the one
Birds can fly and cats can run
Clear blue sky, yeah that’s the one

I’m sorry, I know I haven’t written for an age
I haven’t had an awful lot to say
I’ll be in touch one day

“Here I am in 1993
This is what I feel and what I see”

Here’s the rain and here’s the sun
Catch the day and that’s the one
Birds can fly and cats can run
Clear blue sky, yeah that’s the one

Here’s the rain and here’s the sun
Catch the day and that’s the one
Birds can fly and cats can run
All-time high, yeah that’s the one

Where I’ll go and where I’ve gone
Come with me, yeah that’s the one
What I’ll do and what I’ve done
Here’s a dream, yeah that’s the one

Hang around and here’s a song
Hit that drum, yeah that’s the one
Can’t wear that, I’m much too young
One more time, and that’s the one

Someone’s friend and someone’s son
Just one life yeah that’s the one
Love will go and love will come
Where’s my kiss? Yeah that’s the one
Where’s my kiss? Yeah that’s the one
Where’s my kiss? Yeah that’s the one
That’s the one
That’s the one


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Were We Really There?
There’s a place I used to know
I’m always drawn back there
Moments from a secret past
That I can never share

These are dreams I’ll always dream
And these are days that never come again

So were we really there
Or was it just a dream?
Memories so clear
Or only fantasy?
I don’t know any more
Couldn’t tell what is true

Feel the endless years of childhood
Say their long goodbye
Watch the last few days of summer
Burn across the sky

Who knows what the future holds
And who can see a clear way ahead?
This paradise or real life instead

Were we really there
Or was it just a dream?
Memories so clear
Or only fantasy?
I don’t know any more
Couldn’t tell what is true

Drifting away into the deep ocean
Slipping away into the dim distance now

Time seemed so much slower then
It goes so fast today
But coming back it’s just as though
I’d never been away

Souvenirs of far away
And photographs of weddings long ago
I never cared but now I want to know

Were we really there
Or was it just a dream?
Memories so clear
Or only fantasy?

Were we really there
Or was it just a dream?
Memories so clear
Or only fantasy?
I don’t know any more
Couldn’t tell what is true
What is true
What is true


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Lies Lies Lies
If I hadn’t seen my family disappear
When you’re at the door
If I hadn’t heard your every good idea
At least once before
I would argue the case for you now

If I didn’t know that every thousand pounds
Was really a ton
If I didn’t hear you putting your best friends down
You’d still be the one
That I’d say was profound
And I’d still be around to impress

Please don’t phone
When you’re sitting all alone in an old folks’ home
I’m not in
And there’s no way I’ll begin when I just can’t win with you

If it hadn’t been for all of your endless talk
With zero to say
After twenty years of watching the way you work
I’ll call it a day
‘Cause you’re pure fantasy
And it’s easy to see through the hype

Don’t come round
‘Cause the kids are going to drown out the doorbell sound
Keep away
‘Cause there’s no-one here today to come out to play with you

If it wasn’t for a mutual friend who said
You’d told them the same
I would even be inclined to believe you meant
The best in your way
I would wait to have heard your excuse

If you didn’t have to make an impression on them
Then why all the fuss?
‘Cause it never really mattered to anyone
And least of all us
But it’s too bloody late
And I won’t hesitate to cut you off

Leave me out
There was never any doubt of what you’re all about
Just steer clear
My pathological fear of you being so near

Lies lies lies
Did you ever see the size of my big brown eyes?
Why why why
Did I never ever cry when I said goodbye to you?


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Over And Over
Could I dream of any more than
I never knew what I could miss
Until I saw you smiling
Until I heard you laughing

Never understanding why I never understand
Never ever ending till I’m back where I began


I thought I could never feel the same
I thought you never knew my name
Until I heard you say it
Until I heard you shout it

Never understanding why I never understand
Never ever ending till I’m back where I began

I could never have believed my ears
But never in a thousand years
I thought you’d never notice
I thought you must be joking
I thought I must be dreaming

Could I dream of any more than this
I never knew what I could miss
It always leaves me wanting
It only leaves me nothing

Never understanding why I never understand
Never ever ending till I’m back where I began

My life is living twice as fast
As if it couldn’t ever last
Another thirty minutes
As if it ever mattered
As if I ever meant it

Never understanding why I never understand
Never ever ending till I’m back where I began
Never understanding why I never understand
Over and over and over again
Never ever ending till I’m back where I began


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Let's Get Away From It All
A summer day
The city heat is killing me
I couldn’t stay
Another moment here but

We could be a thousand miles away, anywhere
We could leave a thousand times a day, everywhere

Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all

I couldn’t say
As if it ever mattered how
But every day
I see you all around me

Now I think of nothing at all, except you
Now I dream of no-one else at all, only you

Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all

Another year
As if it’s just another day
However near
You’re always far too far but

Stay with me and never let me go, for ever
Worlds away from all I ever know, together

Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all

Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all
Let’s get away from it all


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Hey Jo
Hey Jo, you’re a real find
Hey Jo, good friend of mine
Hey Jo, you’d be a big catch for some lucky so-and-so

Hey Jo, you’re the best thing
Hey Jo, I love it when we singHey Jo, I know that sometime soon you’ll make someone’s day

Hey Jo, you’re a magic charm
Hey Jo, you’re a bright star
Hey Jo, the world’s a better place with you around

And when you’re feeling down and out again
Will you remember what I said?
Will you believe that it will end?
Just try and keep in touch till then

Let it come to you
Hey Jo, the way it’s bound to do
Hey Jo, don’t give yourself away so easily

Hey Jo, you know they love you here
Hey Jo, don’t ever disappear
Hey Jo, the world and his son don’t know what they’re missing

And Jo, in your heart of hearts you know
There’ll be a place where you can go
‘Cause all your friends have told you so
Just stick around and take it slow

Hey Jo, you’re just so much fun
Hey Jo, we are the lucky ones
Hey Jo, don’t ever give up hope
Of finding someone like you

Hey Jo, you know you make me smile
Hey Jo, let’s hang around a while
Hey Jo, you can’t imagine how
You make a difference to my life


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Many Places
There where I belong
Far away, long ago
One long lost home
Secret past, I don’t know

Far beyond the hills
Far across the water
Through the deepest fields
Far beyond the roads that brought me here

Up in the clouds
Spinning round, upside down
Shouting out aloud
Echoes sound, all around

Where the journey ends
There the journey started
Every day I spend
Leads me ways so long departed

Fading away, never stay
Where my heart is longing
Time floating by, only find
Distant years returning
I’ve climbed the hills and
I’ve seen the valleys
I’ll live in many places
And die where I was born

Where the skies are clear
Where the bells are ringing
Where the sea is near
Where the trees and birds are singing

Fading away, never stay
Where my heart is longing
Time floating by, only find
Distant years returning
I’ve climbed the hills and
I’ve seen the valleys
I’ll live in many places
And die where I was born

There where I belong
Far away, long ago
One long lost home
Secret past, I don’t know

And in my end
Is my beginning
Years that I spend
Never start and never finish

Fading away, never stay
Where my heart is longing
Time floating by, only find
Distant years returning
I’ve climbed the hills and
I’ve seen the valleys
I’ll live in many places
And die where I was born

Fading away, never stay
Where my heart is longing
Time floating by, only find
Distant years returning
I’ve climbed the hills and
I’ve seen the valleys
I’ll live in many places
And die where I was born


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: The First Day Of Spring
Bye bye bitter winter here’s the sun
Welcome back at last that day has come
Another year of joy just begun

Darkness dying hard before the dawn
Brightest light the trees and fields reborn
The orchard’s green at last
The blossom falling softly to the grass

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again

Waking naked underneath the sky
Frozen earth is aching with desire
It’s heaven to be there
The rain just hanging gently in the air
The village bell still ringing everywhere

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: That Faraway Look
Can you see a cloud in the sky?
Can you feel the rain in the green trees?
Slowly realising that I could be anywhere
And I’d rather be here

Searching for a time and a place
Learning how to speak without dead words
Turn around to look in your face and suddenly see
That I’m here on my own
Only alone

You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
It’s never really telling me anything
You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
And are you going to let me know what you’ve seen?

Silently delirious then
Quietly oblivious now
Are we getting close to the time when anything real
Starts slipping away?

You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
You seem to be a million miles away
You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
And hardly even hearing a word I say

We’ll walk along the waterway
Until we see the sea
And don’t look at the time again
Until it’s time to tell me truly

You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
The future in my picture will never come
You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
The time we have together is nearly gone

You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
I’m living for the memories in between
You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes again
And now I’m getting frightened of what I’ve seen


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Everyone Knows
I’m trying my hardest to get through
I’m trying to find a way to you
Don’t hide away your feelings
Just give yourself completely
And be free

Some people you know won’t understand
I’m putting my whole life in your hands
Just wrap yourself around me
Let your arms surround me
And be still

Everyone knows
There’s no way of hiding it
Everyone knows
There’s no sense denying it
Everyone knows
There’s no point in going back now

Though nothing is secret any more
Here’s everything I’ve been searching for
Believe me and be honest
I will and that’s a promise
Say I do

Everyone knows
There’s no way of hiding it
Everyone knows
There’s no sense denying it
Everyone knows
There’s no point in going back now

I could have been stranded but for you
I would have been lost without you

Everyone knows
There’s no way of hiding it
Everyone knows
There’s no sense denying it
Everyone knows
There’s no point in going back now

Everyone knows
There’s no way of hiding it
Everyone knows
There’s no sense denying it
Everyone knows
There’s no point in going back now

Everyone knows
There’s no way of hiding it
Everyone knows
There’s no sense denying it
Everyone knows
There’s no point in going back now


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Far And Away
Far far and away the best days
Of our life we still recall
Nothing to say anyway
All we used to do was

Fall in the waterfall
Float away and never care at all

Time time and again we would end
This affair that we’d begun
Only intend to be friends
All we used to do was

Run where the rivers run
Hide on the mountainside
Burn in the summer sun
Ride on the ebbing tide all right

Say what I should be saying
Feel what I could be feeling
Stay where I should be staying
Here when I could be far away

Up up and away, never stay
In a life of childhood games
Never betray yesterday
In another world I’m

Saving myself for you
Though I see you everywhere
However old it’s always new
However long I’ll still be there oh yeah

Years after the years we were here
We return each summertime
Shedding our fears and our tears
Fall like cherry blossom

We’ve come far from where we started
Seems like only yesterday
Feels as though we’d never parted
Only waiting till you say okay

Say what I should be saying
Feel what I could be feeling
Stay where I should be staying
Here when I could be far away

Say what I should be saying
Feel what I could be feeling
Stay where I should be staying
Here when I could be far away and away and away and away …


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Butterfly Man
The child puts the fallen leaves into a secret book
Names everything he sees with just a loving look
The evenings he is dreaming of the seasons
When the colours come again

The man spends his summer days collecting butterflies
He dreams letting each away just in the breath before it dies
Frozen in a moment when it’s going
Down in circles in the jar

Flattened in a pattern like a map of
Veins and colours where they are

All the world’s own creatures suddenly mine
All the world’s best secrets finally mine

Pass every summer lost in wonder
Years playing in a secret garden here

All the world’s own creatures suddenly mine
All the world’s best secrets finally mine

One by one the years invisibly by
One by one the golden butterflies die


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Thinking Of You
I never understand the years of silence
The hurt that all this bitterness can do
The feelings I could never kill by hiding
It took so long to find a way to you

However many times the path was open
I only heard the sound of closing doors
A word so often thought but never spoken
I meant it then but now I mean it more
Through all the years it’s you I waited for

Dreaming that it’s better here without you
When all the time I wonder where you are

Here where the sun can never shine
Here where the daylight never finds
In the street light’s gloom
In a cold barren room
Every time I raise my head
I’m thinking of you

I’ll never say this solitude was worth it
Till we can be together without pain
And now I know what took me so long learning
Whatever happens happens anyway
There’s nothing left to think about or say

Hard enough to lose what we had longed for
And harder still to lie here and forget

Here where the memories never sleep
Here where the world will never reach
In a heartless town
With its face looking down
Every time I hold myself
I’m thinking of you

Here where the sun can never shine
Here where the daylight never finds
In the street light’s gloom
In a cold barren room
Every time I close my eyes
I’m thinking of you
I’m dreaming of you
I’m thinking of you
And only of you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Every Summer
Whenever I think of you it’s through a summer haze
Whenever I dream of you it’s sky blue
Wherever I look I see your half-forgotten face

Chase her through the trees
Feel the summer breeze through the window
Open up your eyes and she’s gone now

I feel it in the air
I feel it everywhere
Never let it go till it’s over
Here we go again
Round and round again
Here it comes again
Every summer

Darker now
Fading into autumn
Lighter now
Winter turning into spring

And every year it’s just like turning back again
However I try I can’t resist it
As if I could every find the way that we were then

Happens anywhere
A heart is only there to be broken
Find the hidden door and it’s open

I feel it in the air
I feel it everywhere
Never let it go till it’s over
Here we go again
Round and round again
Here it comes again
Every summer

Far away
Shifting out of focus
Clear today
Moving into view again

I feel it in the air
I feel it everywhere
Never let it go till it’s over
Here we go again
Round and round again
Here it comes again
Every summer


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Everywhere
Blue as sky is blue
And icy chill and mirror still
New and never new
I’m going down, I’m lost within you

Salt against my skin
Sand between my fingers
Draw my body in
Drag me down, I’m drifting from the shore

Dawn and heavy warm
The distant hum, the rumble comes
The calm before the storm
The heat before the rolling thunder

Waves make no fear
Take me to hear
The white sound
Come break down
The white sound
Come crash down

Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
In a pure white
In a wild night
In a clear light
I see you everywhere

Old and know you now
And never end, a constant friend
Feel the silent power
Hidden deep, and deep as evil

A playground to play
A graveyard to lay
My wreck down
To lie down
To slip down
To die down

Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
In a pure white
In a wild night
In a clear light
I see you everywhere

Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
In a warm day
In a cool rain
In a blue haze
I see you everywhere

Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
In a high tide
In a low tide
In a dream life
I see you everywhere


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: You'll Never See That Summertime Again
Nothing else will ever feel the same
You’ll never see that summertime again
Now it’s just a picture in a frame
You’ll never see that summertime again

When we were young
We spent each summer here
Those days in the sun
Could never disappear

So hold onto this
And everything can change
One final kiss
Before the sunlight fades

Nothing else will ever feel the same
You’ll never see that summertime again
A pile of stones to show that we were here
It won’t be there when you go back next year

I will return
The blue of the sky and the sun in your eyes
When the crowds have gone
The chill in the air and the wind in your hair
Look for you there and you’re everywhere

Three weeks have gone
I never saw them pass
You still linger on
We’ll make this drink the last

And goodbye to you
My very special friend
I’ll miss you too
We’ll never meet again

Nothing else will ever feel the same
You’ll never see that summertime again
A photograph to show that you and I
Are hand in hand as long as we’re alive

Long live tonight
Watching you laugh as I lie in the grass
Slowly fading light
Making me smile like an innocent child
Open my eyes and you’re filling the sky

A paradise on earth when time stood still
Has never come again and never will
Nothing else will ever feel the same
You’ll never see that summertime again

A memory that’s coloured blue and gold
A souvenir for when I’m tired and old
Nothing else will ever feel the same
You’ll never see that summertime again

Try as I would
Kissing goodbye through the tears in your eyes
It’s gone for good
Making it last but it’s fading so fast
I should have asked but the moment had passed
Wherever you go I’ll be missing you so
Whatever I do I’ll be thinking of you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd