The First Day Of Spring

by Friends

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Friends third single, originally released as a 12", is the best-selling of the band's six singles, with four contrasting songs showing the full range of the band's style. The First Day Of Spring is a joyous two-and-a-half minute burst of euphoria coming from the point where pastoral pop meets rustic rock. Powered by an unrelenting beat and driven by a big trumpet riff, the song is an earthy celebration of the sheer joy of being alive on the day winter's over. As Years Go By is a darker, passionate number from the rockier end of the Friends repertoire. I'll Never See You is a whimsical pop song led by the characteristic Friends trumpet, while Wanting is a pared-down, heartfelt acoustic number. Four classic tunes for the months of spring, encased in a classic cover.

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released August 1, 2011

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

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Track Name: The First Day Of Spring
Bye bye bitter winter here’s the sun
Welcome back at last that day has come
Another year of joy just begun

Darkness dying hard before the dawn
Brightest light the trees and fields reborn
The orchard’s green at last
The blossom falling softly to the grass

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again

Waking naked underneath the sky
Frozen earth is aching with desire
It’s heaven to be there
The rain just hanging gently in the air
The village bell still ringing everywhere

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again

Every day now, coming awake now
Every day now, living again
Every day now, back into life now
Every day now, bringing it round again


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: As Years Go By
Take the world that’s all you’ve known
Take the place that you call your home
Look around you and cry
Feel the changes as years go by

When the warmth has turned to cold
You feed your body but starve your soul
Reach your hand out and try
Though it’s harder as years go by

Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Try to keep your memories alive
Fight to keep your hopes and dreams alive

When your hopes have changed to fears
When the laughter has turned to tears
Do you break down and die
Or fight harder as years go by?

Somewhere in this god-forsaken world
Catch a glimpse of paradise for a moment
And it’s gone

Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Try to keep your memories alive
Fight to keep your hopes and dreams alive

Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Everywhere you are, each and every hour
Try to keep your memories alive
Fight to keep your hopes and dreams alive


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: I'll Never See You
Anything I say you take another way from how I mean it
Anything I mean you don’t believe a word I say
Everywhere I look I see you look away into the distance
Every day I wait until I see you look my way

Nothing here that I would miss
I could be so far away from all this

I’ll never see you any more
I’ll never need you any more
And I’m so sad to be leaving
But I’m so glad to be leaving
And I can’t say what I’m feeling
So I’ll say nothing at all

There’s a thousand things I wish I’d never told you, never shown you
There’s a thousand words I wish I’d never said at all
Never make the same mistake a second time till next December
Just remember how to stand up every time I fall

Running hard and standing still
I could get away but I never will, I’m here still

I’ll never see you any more
I’ll never need you any more
And I’m so sad to be leaving
But I’m so glad to be leaving
And I can’t say what I’m feeling
So I’ll say nothing at all

We don’t belong here any more
I’ll never live here any more
And we lie, and we cry
And we try, we could die laughing out loud

Often there are times I wish I’d never met you, just forget you
Often there are days I don’t feel anything at all
Often there are nights I feel I can’t survive another winter
Stay asleep until the sun comes streaming through my door

Every word I said was true
But I can still get by alright without you about me

I’ll never see you any more
I’ll never need you any more
And I’m so sad to be leaving
But I’m so glad to be leaving
And I can’t say what I’m feeling
So I’ll say nothing at all


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Wanting
You came out of nowhere
Just appeared at the door
“I’m just passing through
Can I sleep on the floor?”

I know that I know you
You’re a friend of a friend
You’re welcome to stay here
But I’ve nothing to lend any more
Any more

In dead chill of midnight
It was easily done
Two bodies together
Are warmer than one

The light through the curtains
And a stranger in bed
What started as nothing
Turned to something that led on and on

Through the long days of summer
And the long nights of winter
As if seasons and years never changed

Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s harder
As the time goes by
Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s easy
And it’s easier
When you don’t try

Hide me away till the cares of the day
Disappear from my world without trace
Just carry on singing the same old song
Till the colour returns to my face
To my face

With no explanation
Coming home late at night
You’d gone without warning
Just as you’d arrived

The sun on your body
And the wind in your hair
Wherever you’re going
Well I long to be there
By your side
By your side

Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s harder
As the time goes by
Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s easy
And it’s easier

Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s harder
As the time goes by
Wanting to be wanted
Needing to be needed
And it’s easy
And it’s easier
If I don’t try
If I don’t try
If I don’t try
If I don’t try


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd