Special You

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The first new Friends release since Folk Songs, Special You is a short, sharp blast of intensely romantic pop, and one of the band's most commercial offerings since their first album, featuring a glorious acoustic/electric guitar sound, a driving pop beat and a massive chorus.

Village In My Mind, also taken from the Beautiful You album, is a haunting, nostalgic song about a time frozen early in the last century with the First World War – a kind of musical Picnic At Hanging Rock, about a place that may or may not ever have existed.

Other tracks are Downstream, one of Friends' most unusual songs, almost orchestral in quality, and with minimal vocals (only thirteen words!), and Every Summer, an acoustic version of one of the most popular songs from the band's first album Let's Get Away From It All from 1988, performed solo by singer and guitarist William Jones.

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released July 30, 2011

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

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Track Name: Special You
I start to see you everywhere
Then you freeze me with a stare
I try to find out who you are
And all you say is blah blah blah

Darling get out of my dreams
Darling you know what I mean

The people that you know
The places that you go
The things you think about
The stars above your house
I never thought I’d find the special you

I fill the air with drunken words
Or sit beside you in a church
Stumble through the village streets
I want to be here every week

Darling you already know
Darling I’m sure that it shows

The things I never knew
The other side of you
You opened up my eyes
I never realised
The pleasure when we meet
The bottom of your street
I’m glad that I could find the special you

You’re the vision in my eyes
Sacred mother, sacred child
You’re the sound I want to hear
Getting closer, getting clear
I’ll tell you something you don’t know
A secret that I’ve never told
You speak to me in foreign words
In beauty that I’ve never heard

I’m happy when you’re near
I wish that you were here
I mean it when I say
You take my breath away
You’re quieter than the breeze
You’re wilder than the sea
I’ll tell you how I feel
I promise this is real
I’m glad I got to know the special you

Whatever people say
They can’t take this away
You’re filling up my time
You’re always on my mind
Seeing something grow
Somehow I just know
I’m giving this to you
The best that I can do
I’m glad that I could find the special you
I never want to lose the special you
There’ll never be another special you
There’s just the one and only special you


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Village In My Mind
Reaching back to find
The summers left behind
The village in my mind was always here

The railway tracks have gone
The churchyard’s overgrown
The school was closed in 1917
Forever stays the way it’s always been

Lying on the riverbank to feel the sun
Walk along the village green to see your chosen one
The mornings drifting on
The afternoons so long, so long, so long

Their voices everywhere
The Sunday evening prayers
Fade into the air and disappear
And echo down the ninety missing years

The midday sun at harvest time still burns the fields
Running down the shaded lanes beside the turning wheels
The golden wives and men
Will never come again, again, again

Faded like the photographs from years of sun
The choir has gone, the boys and girls
Sing on and on and on and on

The poppies once a year
And carved in stone still clear
The names of fifty heroes in the square
Remembered through the breezes in the air
And I know I’ll never find it anywhere
The village in my mind was never there


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Downstream
Sun through the breeze
Drift down the river
Slowly downstream to the sea


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Every Summer (acoustic version)
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