Spangleland

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Spangleland is the ninth studio album by Friends. The London-based band, who this year celebrated 20 years in music, have spent the time since 2004's Late Night Early Morning developing a set of highly contrasting songs exploring several new directions for the band, and finally returning to live performance after a gap of several years.

The ten-song set kicks off with the glorious sunshine pop of Juliet, and takes in the regrets of Give Me Back My Life and Constantly, the enigmatic humour of Twice Around and Natural History, the hallucinatory weirdness of Spangleland, closing with a near-ten-minute sun-worship mantra Turn The Sun On Me.

Spangleland retains all the approachability and immediate qualities of classic Friends, while taking listeners down several new avenues as the band have done throughout their long career.

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released July 28, 2011

William Jones: voice, acoustic, electric & acoustic 12-string guitar, didgeridoo
Katherine Dow Blyton: voice
Richard Buckton: electric guitar
Jon Kirby: keyboards
Edwin Pearson: bass
Martin Parker: drums, percussion

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Track Name: Juliet
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet, I can’t forget
The first time I heard your name
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, I must confess
My world’s never been the same
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet would smile
And stay with me a while
Juliet was fair
The sunlight in her hair
Could shine through my shaded eyes
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet, I never dreamt
I’d wake up and see you there
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, don’t know you yet
But I’ll be with you anywhere
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet was fine
And maybe she was mine
Juliet came first
I wanted to be hers
I’m asking you one more time
Will you promise darling?
Don’t make a move till then
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet, I always meant
To show you my secret life
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, I might have guessed
You won’t get to see those sights
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet flew high
The laughter in her eyes
Juliet swam low
The darkness in her soul won’t die
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet, what happens next?
I don’t know what’s in your mind
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, I can’t expect
To steal all your precious time
Juliet, Juliet

Juliet, I don’t regret
The days that I spent with you
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, we never met
So how come you know me too?
Juliet, Juliet
So how come you know me too?
Juliet, Juliet
Juliet, Juliet


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Happy New Year
A thousand crazy messages
Are filling up my phone
I just don’t want the company
I’ll spend this one alone
At midnight sing that stupid song
And count the seconds down
Just call me if you ever come around

A bunch of faded daffodils
You’ve thrown them all away
Another New Year’s resolution
Broken every day
You know I want the best for you
You want the same for me
But God is this the best that it could be?

Still you do the strangest things
Just to spite yourself
And then you make that injured face
The one I know so well
You know I’ve heard it all before
It doesn’t matter any more
It doesn’t mean I didn’t ever care

The same performance every time
You know I know the words
Pretending it’s original
That no-one’s ever heard
The audience will all applaud
And think it’s something new
But me I know exactly what you do

I thought about it then
I don’t remember now
I never saw the signs
I can’t imagine how
And here we go
And here it comes
And there you go again
I think I’ll take a shower in the rain

I wish you every happiness
I wish that I could stay
I’ve tried to be a better man
Is that all you can say?
And one for all and all for one
I still believe today
It never made a difference anyway

So Happy Birthday, Happy Christmas
Happy New Year, happy life
And all the best for all of you and me


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Missing Person
When I was fifteen
I saw you on TV
I felt that you knew me
You’re saying it to me

When I had grown up
Or when I was older
And all that I know now
Is nothing beside how
I would have said it to you

Today I was thinking
Of something that’s missing
Something unfinished
That never continued

Now that I want to
Where do I find you?
What happened about you?
And where did you get to?
And did it turn out alright?

Through those many years
I wish I’d made some sort of sign
Just some clumsy kind of move
To see if I could ever find
Where you had gone

Will you fly high
Climbing through the blue sky
I’ll see you through my closed eyes
Way above the world
Will you please say
I will see you some day
On a superhighway
Heading for the sun
Heading for the sun

Missed the connection
Lost the direction
Dreaming of something
Was better than nothing
Never forgotten
The memory frozen
Never forgotten
Only grew older
When I was fifteen
When I was thirty
When I was fifty
When I was sixty

And now that I’ve found you
And now that it’s over
I’ll tell you about things
And all that drifted away

Will you fly high
Climbing through the blue sky
I’ll see you through my closed eyes
Way above the world
Will you please say
I will see you some day
On a superhighway
Heading for the sun

Will you fly high
Climbing through the blue sky
I’ll see you through my closed eyes
Way above the world
Will you please say
I will see you some day
On a superhighway
Heading for the sun
Heading for the sun


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Give Me Back My Life
I’m going to tell you
I might as well do
Some of the painful facts of life
‘cause what you don’t know
The way the world goes
Nobody else will put you right

And when you first start
You’re trying so hard
To get ahead and don’t look back
And then you realise
It’s nearly midnight
You’re going to soon run out of track

So give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I had
Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I loved

Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I had
Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I loved

And every weekend
It’s what you can’t spend
Because it all went yesterday
You’ve done a lifetime
To meet a deadline
That didn’t matter either way

So give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I had
Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I loved

Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back my precious life
Give me back my life
Just give me back my life
Just give me back the life I had


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Time To Move On
It’s time to move on
We’ve been here too long
Our best days have gone
It’s time to move on

We’ve come to the end
You’ve been a good friend
I won’t see you again
We’ve come to the end

It’s time to move on
We’ve been here too long
Our best days have gone
It’s time to move on

It’s time to let go
Of all that we know
Our faces all show
It’s time to let go

Over and over again in my mind
Searching for something I know I won’t find
So many years and I’m still here today
Hoping I won’t find a reason to stay

It’s going to be hard
To make a new start
Break all this apart
You know it’s so hard

We’re all getting old
With the stories I’ve told
I’m feeling the cold
We’re all getting old

I’ll tell you and tell you until you agree
There’s no place in this place for someone like me
You know yes you know that I’m telling it true
You do understand what I’m going to do

I’ll follow the flow
Don’t know where I’ll go
Just keep moving slow
And I’ll follow the flow

The sun’s going down
The seasons go round
The light’s fading out
The sun’s going down

On our own
Where the birds have flown
And be unknown
And get away

I want to go
Where no-one knows
Where the warm wind blows
Every day

It’s time for a change
Start over again
No more of the same
It’s time for a change

I just need to rest
I’ve given my best
And never done less
And I just need to rest

Time to move on
And wherever I’ve gone I will stay
Find a new home
And to be on my own anyway

I just want to see
Whatever will be
Break finally free
I just want to see

I’ll find somewhere new
Whatever I do
I won’t forget you
I’ll find somewhere new

It’s time to move on
We’ve been here too long
Our best days have gone
It’s time to move on


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Natural History
Can you come out to play?
I’ve got off work today
I know an easy way to town

We’re going back to school
Forget the book of rules
Remember when we fooled around?

There’s so much we could do
Been always meaning to
The things we lost and never found

Now we’re stepping across the zebra crossing
I’m showing you all my dirty washing
I’ll carry your high street shopping home again

With your psychology
And my biology
You know our chemistry is true
Some weird geography
Your rare philosophy
I’ll share my history with you

I’m running around in a souped-up motor
Cracking my gags like a stand-up joker
Getting along just drifting through the day

My natural history is
How all the world can see it
And I will change my ways for you
There’s no great mystery to
My inconsistency so
I’ll tell you all those deals I do
Yes I do
And I do
And I do

You’ll get a good degree
The ancient faculty
The university of me
I’ll teach you all I know
This isn’t just for show
It’s how the way ahead could be

From Tottenham Hale to Crystal Palace
I’ll show you the world that I have travelled
Finally drag my tired old body home

You’re looking beautiful
I’m feeling supercool
We’re in a special mood tonight
It’s unbelievable
Not even feasible
So let me get this absolutely right

You don’t know where I’ve been and
You don’t care what I’ve seen you’re
Not even bothered what I’ve done
I don’t ask your forgiveness
You don’t need my permission
To join my minority of one

You know I never once dreamed
Not in a month of Sundays
That we would end up like we do
My natural history is
How even you can see it
And I will change my ways for you
Just for you
Only you
Only you
Only you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Constantly
At last
Everything happens so fast
No more waiting to see

For you
Can everything come true
And make it happen for me?

A random conversation
In an unexpected place
Some sudden inspiration
And an unfamiliar face

Why now?
I couldn’t imagine quite how
My whole world would just change

Not yet
I’m trying to forget
And are you feeling the same?

But somewhere in the corner of my mind
A feeling that it took so long to find

I’m thinking about you constantly
I want to be with you constantly
I’m missing you near me constantly
I’m finding it hard without you

What for?
Well I don’t want any more
There’s nothing else we could do

And then
Do we begin again?
And shall I start without you?

You’re still in my dreams now constantly
I’m feeling you with me constantly
I’m seeing your picture constantly
I’m counting the time without you

I’m thinking about you constantly
I want to be with you constantly
I’m missing you near me constantly
I’m finding it hard without you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Twice Around
Round and round the town each day
Up and down the same old way
I’ve been around, just couldn’t find
The one who understood my mind

I never cared what people say
They’re going to think it anyway
I’m going to take my own advice
That it’s alright so don’t think twice

And all you say I can’t agree
Your tortured logic’s teasing me
But what you see it’s not quite real
I’m twice the age I used to feel

There’s just so much I’ve still to do
Go twice around the block with you
But certain things are meant to be
And two times one sounds good to me

But I never thought I’d need to offer everything
And I don’t believe I heard you answer anything

The best things in my life aren’t free
They’re twice the price they used to be
There’s no such thing as twice as true
But if there was I’d say to you
You really are the dearest of them all

I’ve run my heart out just for you
I’ve gone as far as I can do
I’ve tried to go at twice the speed
To be the best that I can be
I feel I’ve known you twice as long
As you’ve known me or am I wrong?

And I’m never going to give you empty promises
And I swear you’ll never need to doubt my honesty

I’d keep you secret if I could
But it’s twice around the neighbourhood
His brother and the world can see
I’m twice the man I used to be
And I’m never going back to my old ways

You’re treating me like no-one should
I’m half as bad or twice as good
You know that once you cared for me
So won’t you say it twice for free
And tell me in your very special way?

And warm as fire or cold as ice
What you describe is twice as nice
And everything I’ve heard today
It’s twice as much as I can say

Is just one smile so very hard
Although I’ve asked you twice so far?
And what you say I just can’t hear
You’ve said it twice, but it’s still unclear

So can’t you tell me what you see
Although you won’t look twice at me?
I know I should but I don’t care
Your precious jewels are twice as rare
As any that I’ve ever seen before


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Spangleland
Bed of grass beside the river
Close my eyes, design the picture
Move the orange sun above the sky
Silver moon and pink horizon
Way beyond the jetstream climbing
Colour in the sketches in my mind

Ripples where the boats are drifting
Hear the songs the breeze is singing
Paint the golden shade beneath the trees
Sunlight flashes off the water
Splinters that the mirror’s caught
Are darting through the space between the leaves

Only once and never come again
Only once and never come again

Confetti snowflakes tickertape
Showering on my frozen face
The icicles are turning crystal blue
Avenues of ancient arches
Patterns out of sleeping branches
The mist is hanging low above the dew

Happen once and never come again
Happen once and never come again

Special world in many colours
Secret words and magic numbers
Strangest moods and deepest feelings
Precious dreams with hidden meanings here

All the leaves have blown away
Woodsmoke turns the evening grey
Flickers from the bonfire flames
The shadow of the day remains
Happen once and never come again
Happen once and never come again
Happen once and never come again
Only once and never come again

Special world in many colours
Secret words and magic numbers
Strangest moods and deepest feelings
Precious dreams with hidden meanings

Out of my imagination
Somewhere in my own creation
Winding shapes and twisted reasons
Silent days and distant seasons here

In Spangleland
In Spangleland
In Spangleland
In Spangleland


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Turn The Sun On Me
Follow where the light is leading
Highest place I’ll ever know
Dirty dark and dreary morning
Take me where I need to go

Past the rows of terraced houses
To the hill above the town
Reaching up towards the heavens
Only place to be alone

Now my body’s made of music
All my mind is full of air
Here my eyes see every colour
Feel I’m touching everywhere

Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me

Follow where my mind is wandering
Through the cracks between the clouds
Shall I see the sun arriving?
Will it ever come around?

Down the lines of blackened rooftops
Along the granite streets below
Way ahead the grey horizon
Through the smoke and sulphur glow

Need the breeze of summer mornings
Long for warm September rain
Miss the cool of evening shadows
Want the heat of August days

Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me

It takes the rain to make the garden grow
The wind to get me where I want to go

Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me

Follow where the river’s flowing
Down the valley to the sea
Back to birth and far beyond it
Let the ocean cover me

Carve the lines in ancient faces
Grind the shale and pebble shore
Mountains into sand dissolving
Bathe in sun for evermore

Now I’m only made of water
Washing earth and wood and stone
Mother, father, son and daughter
Brother, sister, everyone

Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me
Come and turn the sun on me


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd