Late Night Early Morning

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Late Night Early Morning pursues and develops the glorious sound of Beautiful You, with its intoxicating mix of acoustic guitars, Hammond organ, trumpet and very English voices, and takes it to another level again.

From the upbeat pure pop of opener After All to the doomladen Dark Side; from the London landscape of Streetscene to the Americana of Go Jojo Go; from the nature-mystical weirdness of The River Flows to the existential emptiness of Someotherwhere, taking in some beautifully Beatleish string arrangements along the way - Late Night Early Morning is an album of celebration and meditation which talks of living, dying and many things in between. The album showcases the whole range of the band's style from straight-ahead tunefulness to downright strangeness.

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released July 25, 2011

William Jones: voice, acoustic, electric, acoustic 12-string & Spanish guitar
Melanie Harrold
Tom Tait: trumpet
Al Wood: soprano saxophone
Richard Buckton: electric guitar
Andrew Price: violin
Bob Wild: violin
Nick Howson: viola
Elise Towler: cello
Jon Kirby: keyboards
Edwin Pearson: bass, double bass
Martin Parker: drums, percussion

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Track Name: After All
After all the conversation’s done
After all the lingering guests have gone
What’s not right
We’ll sort it out all night
Let’s carry on
We’ll talk it through till dawn

After all the birds are singing
After all the bells are ringing
After all there’s something you can trust
And after all I still believe in us

After all the wine we drank back then
After all those times that shouldn’t end
Day by day
The music died away
It’s not so hard
Don’t tear yourself apart

After all the trees are swaying
After all there’s children playing
After all we waited long enough
And after all I still believe in us

Bye bye you
Do you have to go so soon?
I know what it means
I’ll hang on to those dreams

After all the stories have been told
After all the memories have turned cold
Year by year
You know that I’m still here
It’s not so late
I’ll park my car and wait

After all the birds are singing
After all the bells are ringing
After all there’s something you can trust
And after all I still believe in us

After all I still believe in you
You know I still believe in me
You know I still believe in us


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: The River Flows
When I was a young man
And never watched the time
The way ahead was nowhere in my mind

Early April mornings
Wondering why I’m here
Lie beside the river
Watch the water disappear

Blazing noon in August
Half my days to go
Where the river’s widest
Come and swim against the flow

Cool September evenings
The overhanging trees
Shadows through the branches
See it swallow down and drag away the leaves

Only keep on walking and you know you’ll reach the sea
Follow where it leads you and you’ll grow to be
A better man than me

The river flows and nobody knows where it goes
The river flows and nobody knows
The river flows and nobody knows where it’s been
Who it’s seen and what it means

Wading by the willows when the sun is climbing high
Dive into the river, hold your breath until you reach the other side

The river flows and nobody knows where it goes
The river flows and nobody knows
The river flows and nobody knows where it’s been
Who it’s seen and what it means

The river’s always talking
Many things to say
Listens to my secrets
Takes them all away
The water’s always changing
But only says the same
Shows me my reflection
Doesn’t know my face or recognise my name

The river flows and nobody knows where it goes
The river flows and nobody knows
The river flows and nobody knows where it’s been
Who it’s seen, what it means and how it dreams

The river flows and nobody knows where it goes
The river flows and nobody knows
The river flows and nobody knows
The river flows and nobody knows where it’s been
Who it’s seen and what it means


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Two Strong Arms
When you feel down and out
Well I’ll still hang about
At the end of the day
You can throw me away

Round and round in circles with your words
Tell me something that I’ve never heard

Two strong arms to wrap around you
Two tired eyes to dream about you
One warm heart to beat against you
A second skin to help protect you
All I can say is how I feel
And all I mean is what I say
In my way

And you cry when you’re hurt
And hide away from the world
I can share in your pain
Till you feel good again

Darling you’re the image in my dreams
Darling this is where I want to be

Two strong arms to wrap around you
Two tired eyes to dream about you
One warm heart to beat against you
A second skin to help protect you
All I can say is how I feel
And all I mean is what I say
In my way

Say how you’re feeling right now
Tell what you’re thinking about
Stay till the storm has blown out

And it’s hard to be sure
What you want any more
There’s a long way to go
But I still need to know

It’s better to be sorry than be safe
Better that it’s never than too late

Two strong arms to wrap around you
Two tired eyes to dream about you
One warm heart to beat against you
A second skin to help protect you
All I can say is how I feel
And all I mean is what I say
In my way


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Some Of The Things
I see the sadness in your smile
The distance in your eyes
I love the passion when you talk
The different way you look

I hear your laughter in the air
I feel the lightness of your touch
And even times when you’re not there
You’re still around me just as much

I like the special things you do
The easy way you move
I love the colours in your hair
The strange things that you wear

And any time I picture you
And I imagine where you’d be
And if you’re thinking of me too
I see you looking back at me

When I’m feeling down I think of
When you’re not around I think of

Some of the things I like about you
Some of the things I wish we could do
Some of the places I’d take you away
Some of the things I wish that you’d say

And are you always in my mind?
And are you always in my eyes?
And am I only killing time
Until I know you’ll be around?

Some of the things I wish we could see
Some of the things that matter to me
Some of the days I’ll never forget
Some of the times that haven’t come yet

I want to spend my time with you
And share the things you do
I knew you all those years before
And now I know you more

Do you remember me from then?
Didn’t you know we’d come so far?
I’m only asking you my friend
To be exactly as you are

When I’m feeling down I think of
When you’re not around I think of

Some of the things I like about you
Some of the things I wish we could do
Some of the places I’d take you away
Some of the things I wish that you’d say

Some of the times I’ve waited for you
Some of the dreams I wish would come true
Some of the days I’ve wanted you here
Some of the nights I’ve felt you were near

I see the sadness in your smile
The beauty in your eyes


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Streetscene
I used to live right there
Down the hallway and up the stairs
Now we’re going back
Over twenty-five years

Where I started out
It’s nothing much to shout about
An empty room to sleep
And the noise of the street

Moving up the hill
Climbing high and further still
Walls are shining white
And the cool of the night

Goodbye Hamilton Road
I knew you so well
We had a few years
And there’s so much to tell
Goodbye Highbury Grove
It’s time to move on
I’m getting ahead
So much has come and it’s gone

Round and round, up and down
Through the town, then and now
Streets I’ve seen, how I’ve been
What I know, where I go

61 and 17
32 and 33
54, 25
86 and 49

Good times, favourite places
Old friends, smiling faces
Loves, hates, keep repeating
Hideaways, secret meetings

Late night early morning
Pale light, rain is falling
Sunrise, mist is clearing
Tired eyes, sky appearing

Regents Park and Primrose Hill
Camberwell and Robinsfield
Mansfield Town, Billingham
Stockwell Park and Nottingham

Elms, ash, oak, pine
That’s yours, this is mine
Blue door, yellow walls
Corner shop, market stall

Streets that I have been
Places that I’ve seen
Something that is mine
Going back to find

Goodbye Cavendish Road
I miss you so much
It’s been a long time
And now we’re out of touch
Goodbye Newington Green
I loved you for years
And on a clear day
I still can see you from here

Then I crash and burn
Blew as much as I could earn
A corner on the floor
And the holes in the wall

Goodbye Avenue Road
So what did I do?
I’ve fallen so far
Now I’ve come back to you
Goodbye Cannondale Lane
I’m dead on my feet
With nowhere to go
I’ll find your rundown street

Goodbye Liverpool Road
We had a good time
Those nights were the best
You know those friends of mine
Goodbye Parliament Hill
You’re looking so old
The end of the street
Is not the end of the world

I used to live right there


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Till I Met You
I’ve got a book of broken promises
That I could dedicate to you
One on every page
Another every day
Disillusion shining through

I never knew it could be different
Till I met you
I never dreamed it could be better
Till I met

You’re the one who saw me as I am
You’re the one who gave me all your understanding
You looked into my eyes
Took me by surprise
You recognised the lies
Uncovered my disguise
I never knew till I met you

I’ve got a box of faded memories
That I am learning to forget
Relics from the past
I’m rid of them at last
No longer live at this address

I never looked into the future
Till I met you
I never thought that I would be there
Till I met

You’re the one who saw me as I am
You’re the one who gave me all your understanding
Threw it all away
I’m living for the day
Do it anyway
So many things to say
I never knew till I met you

And when the roses bloom in summertime
Then I can show you how I’ve changed
I’ve given up regrets
And started to forgive myself instead
September blowing out the flame
December melting into spring
Another April shower
Waking up the flowers
I’ll lie outside and catch the falling rain
Open up my eyes to see
The endless possibilities
Waiting there ahead of you and me

I never knew this precious feeling
Till I met you
I never understood the meaning
Till I met

You’re the one who saw me as I am
You’re the one who gave me all your understanding
You’re the one who saw what I could be
You’re the one who gave me something to believe in
You made me want to try
Showed a reason why
Opened up my eyes
Another way of life
I never knew till I met you
I never knew till I met you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Someotherwhere
I’ve been away and now I’m home
And you can say I’ve been someotherwhere
I went outside and walked as far from here as the road

I left my history behind
I spent the days forgetting everything
And every night I slept from darkness
Through to the day

Gone away, and not here anymore
Home again, I’ve been someotherwhere

And where I’ve been the years are slow
I’ve been where everything has broken down
You wouldn’t recognise a face or name
That you’d know

I spent the missing years alone
This is an echo from another time
I’m on a visit from a far-off world
That I found

Gone away, and not here anymore
Home again, I’ve been someotherwhere

Out of here, and might be gone a while
Home again, I’ve been someotherwhere


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Go Jojo Go
Jojo will you tell me all your dreams?
Jojo will you tell me what they mean?
All about your castles in the air

Jojo you’re a sapphire in the sun
Jojo you’ll go blinding everyone
You keep on moving while the world’s asleep
The tricks you pull would make your mother weep

You’ve got to go Jojo go
You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to beat the rest
No Jojo no
Don’t want to catch the rain
Don’t want to miss the train
The whole world is watching every move

Jojo I can see how far you’ll go
Jojo I can tell you all I know
Everything you touch will turn out fine
Bronze to gold and water into wine

You’ve got to go Jojo go
You’ve got to set the pace
You’ve got to win the race
No Jojo no
Don’t want to see you fail
So don’t come off the rails

Go Jojo go
You’re going to change the world
Well that’s what I’ve heard
Go Jojo go
You’re going to run the show
Well that’s what I was told

Go Jojo go
You’re going to take a fall
Let’s get away from it all
Go Jojo go
You’ve got to start again
You’re going to need some friends
Go Jojo go
You’ve got to light the fire
You’ve got to walk the wire
Go Jojo go
You’ve got to turn it on
You’ve got to raise a storm

Jojo will you tell me all your dreams again?
Jojo will you tell me what they mean again?

Jojo shall I tell them how you’ve done?
How you spend your millions in the sun
All about your castles in the hills
The special way they say you get your thrills

You’ve got to go Jojo go
You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to beat the rest
No Jojo no
Don’t want to catch the rain
Don’t want to miss the train

Go Jojo go
You’ve got to set the pace
You’ve got to win the race
No Jojo no
Don’t want to see you fail
So don’t come off the rails
The whole world is watching every move

Go Jojo go


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Dark Side
When you’re born
Are you ever warned
The wild spring storms
That hit you from the sky?
As you grow
Do you ever know
Why years go slow
But summer rushes by?

When you’re old
Are you ever told
How freezing cold
The autumn breezes bite?

As you die
Do you wonder why
You’re left to lie
Through lonely winter nights?

You haven’t seen my dark side yet
The kind of dream you don’t forget
You want to know what happens next?
I’m going to show you now

Late night schemes
To keep away my dreams
And what they mean
If I read them right

Meet the sun
Now five o’clock has come
See what I’ve done
In early morning light

Head confused
With alcohol and blues
The midnight news
Is yesterday’s goodbye

Sweat and shake
And force yourself awake
The more you take
The less you wonder why

You haven’t seen my dark side yet
The kind of dream you don’t forget
The big surprise you don’t expect
The kind of thrill you won’t regret

You haven’t seen my dark side yet
The kind of dream you don’t forget
The kind of trick you can’t expect
You want to know what happens next?

When you’re born
Are you ever warned?
As you grow
Do you ever know?
When you’re old
Are you ever told?
As you die
Do you wonder why?

Scream and shout
Let it all come out
It’s just about
The things I’d rather hide

Twist and sway
Through the dead-end day
Chase it away
Right to the other side

Through the haze
I try to find my way
Go out to play
My solitary games

Reach so low
And hope it doesn’t show
Know where to go
To find my secret shame

You haven’t seen my dark side yet
The kind of dream you don’t forget
The big surprise you don’t expect
The kind of thrill you won’t regret

You want to know what happens next?
The kind of trick you can’t expect
You haven’t seen my dark side yet
You’re going to see it now


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: At The End Of My Life
Somewhere in the middle of my life
I took a wrong direction from my path
The way I knew was lost
And the road ahead was closed
I lay alone and waited in the dark

I don’t know how I came to be right there
I can’t say why it happened to be then
Suddenly I saw
What I’d really come here for
All at once I recognised my fear
Everything that mattered once to me
And ever happened, I could see
And now the morning could begin

At the end of my life I don’t want to be sad when it’s spring
At the end of my life I don’t want to regret anything
And I don’t want to wonder what I could have been
If I’d only been stronger and followed a dream
At the end of my life I don’t want to be sad when it’s spring

At the end of my life did I take every chance that I had?
At the end of my life did I miss any moment I had?
At the end of my life have I wasted my time?
Did I throw it away or leave something behind?

If I’m happy or sad well I’m still here today
And I know I’ll be glad that I don’t have to say
“If only I’d said and if only I’d done
And if only I’d seen what I knew all along”

At the end of my life I want someone to know I was here
At the end of my life I want someone I love to be near
When I look at the view I can say I was there
And I gave what I had and had something to share
At the end of my life I want someone to know I was here

At the end of my life I just want to remember today
At the end of my life I can walk in the sun and the rain
At the end of my life there’s still somewhere to go
There’s something to learn and there’s people to know
At the end of my life I just want to remember today

At the end of my life I just hope that I mattered to you
At the end of my life have I done all I dreamed I could do?
At the end of the day I can sing you a song
If you like it I’ll leave it for you when I’ve gone
At the end of my life I just hope that I mattered to you
At the end of my life I just hope that I mattered to you
At the end of my life I just hope that I mattered to you
At the end of my life I just hope that I mattered to you
And I do

At the end of my life I don’t want to be sad when it’s spring
At the end of my life well I’ll know that I gave everything
At the end of my life I can say that I tried
And a name on a stone to say I lived and I died
At the end of my life I don’t want to be sad when it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring
When it’s spring


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Slow Dissolve
I’m breathing in
The scent of grass around my face
The sound is pure
The voices slowly die away

The sky beyond
The windows open to the breeze
The light is clear
The shadows falling through the trees

I’m fading out
I’m drifting in
I’m floating down
And all around

Slow dissolve
Slow dissolve

I’m in the haze
The colours move across the wall
The patterns blend
The echoes softly come and go

The air is still
The room is cool
I know I’m here
I know I’ve gone

Slow dissolve
Slow dissolve
Slow dissolve
Slow dissolve

I’m fading out
I’m fading out
I’m fading out
I’m fading out


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd