Roads Leading Everywhere

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Roads Leading Everywhere is the sound of early Friends at their peak, and is the band's most popular album. Often compared with groups like Teardrop Explodes and the Smiths, Friends attracted rave reviews with their second album, a collection of some of their most characteristic songs. You'll Never See That Summertime Again is the song for which the band are best known through radio play, and sets the scene for a summery set of ten songs of acoustic, trumpet-driven pop. Other favourites are the blissful and reflective I Like and Were We Really There? and the manic upbeat Here Comes The Breakdown and Give Me More. If you don't know the band, this is as good an introduction to their music as any.

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released June 6, 2011

William Jones: voice, acoustic & electric guitar
Jo Pattison: voice
Steve Benson: electric guitar
Stewart Moffat: trumpet, keyboards
Keith Peberdy: bass
Graeme Robinson: drums

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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
Track Name: All Around You Now
Take it away
I don’t need any more
Leave any day
A world outside my door

Roads leading nowhere
Roads leading everywhere
Roads never ending
Can take me far from you

High on a hill
I can see everything
World standing still
I can do anything

Follow your feelings
Follow your heart beating
Follow your footsteps
To where you started

Why look away
Instead of looking back at me
Why turn away
Instead of turning round
Why give away
A chance of living
When it’s all around you now

Life in a day
It makes my head spin round
Turn any way
I’m two feet off the ground

I can feel nothing
I can feel everything
I can feel something
Reminding me of
When I think of you

Why look away
Instead of looking back at me
Why turn away
Instead of turning round
Why give away
A chance of living
When it’s all around you
All around you now

Long summer days
I never sleep at night
Lost in a haze
I always feel alright

Every emotion
Every anxiety
All my devotion
Is there to enjoy
Makes me wonder

Why look away
Instead of looking back at me
Why turn away
Instead of turning round
Why give away
A chance of living
When it’s all around you
All around you
All around you now


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: Here Comes The Breakdown
Every time you think that things are going well
And the skies above are clear but you can tell

Something knocks you back again
Someone kicks you back again

When at last you can do all you never could
And you start to think that things are looking good
And you’re smiling to yourself
And you’re laughing at yourself

Something throws you back again
Someone slams you down again
Something brings you round again
Someone drags you down again

Here comes the breakdown
Here comes the moment to cry
How far can you take this obsession?
You’ll never know until you try

In a world you know where some things never change
And you’re happy but it feels so very strange
And you open up your eyes
And you’re glad to be alive
And it’s never going to rain again

Something tears you right apart
Upside down and inside out
Round and round and round about
Down and down and down and out

Here comes the breakdown
Here comes the moment to cry
How far can you take this obsession?
You’ll never know until you try

Here comes the breakdown
Here comes the final goodbye
How far can you take this obsession?
You’ll never know until you
Never know until you
Never know until you try


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: I Like
I feel a change in the air
And nothing stays the same
Look at the leaves everywhere
I feel it’s going to rain
I know it’s going to rain

Bring back the smile to your face
And brighten up my day
Wait till the sun fills this place
And suddenly I’m okay
Suddenly I’m okay
Suddenly I’m okay

I can remember the darkest Decembers
Of days and long nights on my own
Thunder and lightning were never as frightening
As lying awake all alone

I like brilliant summers
I like shivering winters
I like the colours of autumn
All of my life leads me here
So near and yet so far away

Fight back the tears in your eyes
And turn to face the day
Look at the clear open skies
And memories fade away
Memories fade away
Memories fade away

Just when it seems I am lost in my dreams
Then I open my world-weary eyes
The more I pretend that the nightmare has ended
The less I can hide my surprise

I like familiar faces
I like faraway places
I like friends and relations
Even the darkest of days fade away
I can still say

I like my mother and father
I like my brother and sister
I like the past and the future
Even the stars in my eyes
Can’t hide how I feel inside

I like crying and laughing
I like winning and losing
I like every emotion
Even the pain when it’s true
This too, and maybe I like you


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: There's Another Day
Wipe away the years of pain
They’ll never come again
And only tears remain
Reminding you of then

Break me with the hardest stones
You’ll never break my heart
I’m only flesh and bones
It’s pulling me apart

And when I run from you
And when I hide from you
Then do I believe you
Do I believe you?

There’s another day in the morning
If it ever comes
And there’s another way from the darkness
If it ever goes then
Could I believe you
Should I believe you now?

Light another fire tonight
That never burns away
And in the fading light
It’s getting hard to say

Who’s that in front of me?
Who’s there outside my door?
I can’t face this evening
Can’t face tomorrow

There’s another day in the morning
If it ever comes
And there’s another way from the darkness
If it ever goes then
Could I believe you
Should I believe you
Could I believe you now?

Close away the world outside
I should have closed my eyes
And in the town tonight
I could have lost my mind

And in the shadows we will hide
And in the darkness we will lie side by side and
Just stay alive till

There’s another day in the morning
If it ever comes
And there’s another way from the darkness
If it ever goes then
Could I believe you
Should I believe you
Could I believe you
Would I deceive you now?


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: This Town
Run, run away
And never turn to look round
Each passing day
It could be years till we’re found

I don’t know what to say
Can’t explain it
Nothing here anyway
Nothing changes here

Wait for the train
The days are getting colder
Sleep in the rain
The nights are getting longer

I feel nothing at all
Only sorrow
I’ll go nowhere at all
Till tomorrow

Hard as I try
I’ll never leave this town and
Much as I cry
It only lets me down but
I’ll never find
A perfect heaven here but
Every year is a year I’m wasting here

Up in the air
Round and round and
Fall to the ground
Down and down and
Head in the clouds
Every sound is
Lost in the crowd
Never found but

Every beat of my heart
Brings me nearer
Every day we’re apart
Makes it clearer

Turn, turn around
Go back on every word and
Face to the ground
Pretend I never heard you

I can’t say how I feel
Empty inside
I can’t tell what is real
Nothing outside

Hard as I try
I’ll never leave this town and
Much as I cry
It only lets me down but
I’ll never find
A perfect heaven here but
Every year is a year I’m wasting
Every year is a year I’m wasting
Every year is a year I’m wasting here


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Wheels Go Round
Here where the world is sleeping
Deep in summer heat
The city’s heart is beating silently

Dark and warm all around me
Calm and still deep inside me

Wheels go round and round and
Wheels spin round and round
Wheels forever turning
Every day and every way
Everything grows just to blow away
Every day and every way
Everything changes and nothing remains

Now in the glare of daylight
Under brilliant skies
A million lives are moving by

Hard to try to describe it
Part of something outside me

Wheels go round and round and
Wheels spin round and round
Wheels forever turning
Every day and every way
Everything grows just to blow away
Every day and every way
Everything changes and nothing remains

Help me, help me find my way
Help me, help me find my way

Right from my life’s beginning
To the journey’s end
Another circle turning round

Far from here there’s an island
Lie at last in the silence

Wheels go round and round and
Wheels spin round and round
Wheels forever turning
Every day and every way
Everything grows just to blow away
Every day and every way
Everything changes and nothing remains

Nothing, nothing stays the same
Nothing, nothing stays the same


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Give Me More
Single-minded blind ambition
Foolishness or self-conviction
Drawn towards long and loud applause
And when it’s over
Hear it ringing on

Give me more, give me more
It’s the point of my existence
Give me more, give me more
This is life and death to me
When I reach my destination
Will you still be waiting?
Give me more, give me more
This is real and all the rest is fantasy

Flattered by your kind attention
Taken in by sheer deception
Yes I’ll know when it’s time to go
And when the time comes
Just go on and on

Give me more, give me more
Give me something to remember
Give me more, give me more
Give me one last glimpse of fame
All or nothing, now or never
Make it last forever
Give me more, give me more
Then it’s gone and life will never be the same

Only harmless entertainment
Fickle trends forever changing
One more time, give me one last try
And when it’s over let it start again

Give me more, give me more
This is heaven for a moment
Give me more, give me more
This is pleasure, this is pain
Tears and laughter, joy and heartbreak
Hand held out, just take it
Give me more, give me more
And I promise I will give it back again

Give me more
It’s the air that I am breathing
Give me more, give me more
It’s a drug without a name
Now I crave your recognition
Feed my hard addiction
Give me more, give me more
Only tell me that it hasn’t been in vain
Give me more
Because I know I’d still do everything the same
Give me more
And I’ll just get by until we meet again


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd