Far And Away

by Friends

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Far And Away was Friends' second single, released in 12" format only. The title track is one of the band's most popular songs both live and broadcast, being a classic piece of romantic, acoustic pop with a nostalgic feel. Burning Bridges and Over And Over are in a harder, almost gothic mould with choruses of brass blasts alternating with vocals. The End Of The Affair is an elegiac acoustic number featuring mainly voice and acoustic guitar. Like the first album Let's Get Away From It All, Far And Away is the definitive sound of early Friends from the late 80s.

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released July 28, 2011

William Jones: voice, acoustic & electric guitar
Greg Bone: electric & acoustic guitar
Norman Baron: trumpet
Martyn Clarke: trumpet
Bruce Pearson: keyboards
Edwin Pearson: bass
Chris Wood: drums

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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: Burning Bridges
When you lay down your life
In the far fields of sorrow
And you pray through the night
And you see no tomorrow any more

When the pain never hurts
God and faith, king and country
When you crawl through the dirt
When you climb from the trenches
Then you die every minute of the day

In a world of your own
In a place you remember
Where the work has all gone
In a land fit for heroes
There’s a new order coming in its place

Guns away, run away
Come away, get away from here today
Run away, come away
Get away from here today

In the depths of the town
In the heart of the city
With the lights going down
When they strike without pity
We must hide all our privilege away

Come away, run away
Hide away, get away from here today
Run away, hide away
Get away from here today
Never go, never know
Never so afraid as now
Never go, never know
Never so afraid as now

When they crawl through the streets
Like a new model army
Out of sight, out of reach
When they kill without mercy
Then we hide in our doorway till it ends
And the pain in your body never mends
And we’re still burning bridges in the end


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: The End Of The Affair
There’s nothing left to say
There’s nothing left to do
Just look the other way
I’ll walk away from you

I wasn’t hoping for a perfect ending
I wasn’t looking for a perfect friendship
I never wanted all of this to happen
I never wanted anything at all

I never meant to stay
I never saw the time
I only wrote to say
Don’t write to me again

Colours fly away from you
Colours take me far from you
Never bring me back again
Only think about you now and then

I never saw the snow
I never felt the chill
I thought I’d never know
And now I never will

I’m just waiting for the warmer weather
I’m just trying to put my thoughts together
Won’t be long though it seems a lifetime
I’m just waiting for the sun to shine again


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd