You'll Never See That Summertime Again

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A newly-recorded version of the band's most popular song, which originally appeared on their second album Roads Leading Everywhere.

It's a driving, melodic celebration of summer, tempered with nostalgia for holiday adventures and romances, with a chorus which will hook itself into your memory until at least next year. The song is the band's most-requested and most-broadcast, and this is the first time it has been available as a single.

This Is The Start is the equally upbeat opener of Beautiful You, and Into The Sun takes a whimsical look at travel in space and time, with the band augmented by a sumptuous string quartet arrangement.

The set is completed by an acoustic version of Beautiful To Me, recorded in a single take by singer and guitarist William Jones.

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released July 30, 2011

William Jones: voice, acoustic, electric & acoustic 12-string guitar
Katherine Dow Blyton: voice
Richard Buckton: electric guitar
Julian Gregory: violin
Clare Dixon: violin
Tania Maxwell: viola
Peter Dixon: cello
Jon Kirby: keyboards
Edwin Pearson: bass
Martin Parker: drums, percussion

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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: This Is The Start
This is the start of a beautiful friendship
Don’t worry will it last, forget about the past
This is the start of another adventure
Don’t try to see the end, the time ahead is ours to spend

I look at things today
In a different kind of way
I’ll tell you all I’ve heard
And tomorrow there’s a whole new
World there outside
Roads leading worldwide
Suddenly it’s real
And I only hope you feel what I can feel

This is the start of a day to remember
I know because I know, my instinct tells me so
This is the start of a glorious summer
Enjoy it while we can, and don’t forget where we began

Disappear from out of view
And I could soon believe that I was dreaming, simply dreaming
Suddenly the vision clears
And I can see you standing in the sun

This is the start of a brilliant morning
The burning sky is clear, the future goes from here
This is the start, where the blossom is falling
It’s one day at a time, we’ll find what only we can find

This is the start of a magical journey
With only you and me, we’re travelling for free
This is the start of a shimmering highway
We’ll follow where it goes
The way the river flows
Whichever way the breezes blow


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Into The Sun
You climb so high to the top of the sky
And you end up flying
It’s cool up there with the wind in your hair
And it’s easy gliding

There’s no fear of falling
Can I hear you calling to the ground?

Into the sun
See you flying into the sun
Into the sun
Closer to the heat of the sun

And then you rest a while from a million miles
On the astral highway
The view’s so clear and you love it up here
On a solar driveway

Here the rain is frozen
Here the cool breeze blows into your face

Into the sun
Watch you all the way to the sun
Into the sun
See you heading into the sun

You are my blue sky eyes

Watch for the trail of aeroplanes
Search for the blaze of shattering stars
Will you reach out
I know you’re travelling far

You’re out of here in the white stratosphere
And you’re on your way now
Light years on and the memory’s gone
Of your earthbound days now

I can see you soaring
Can you hear me call out of the past?

Into the sun
See you climbing into the sun
Into the sun
Closer to the heat of the sun

You are my blue sky eyes


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Track Name: Beautiful To Me (acoustic version)
The music that you play, that song you’re always singing
And everything you say, it’s beautiful to me
The poems that you wrote, the pictures that you painted
The letters that you send, are beautiful to me

Everywhere I look I see you all around
The sunlight and the dark, your face in every crowd

The sudden moves you make, as though you’re always dancing
The smile that’s on your face, it’s beautiful to me

The funny things you say, your very strange expressions
To hear them every day, is beautiful to me
The way you cut your hair, I’ve still seen nothing like it
The crazy things you wear, are beautiful to me

And when you’re not around, I feel you in my dreams
And often talk aloud, to hear if you reply

Clear enough to see that everything about you
Is beautiful to me, I have to tell you so
Hard to disagree, can be no doubt about it
I try to make you see, you’re beautiful to me

Everywhere you go it feels that I could follow
As though I’d always known where every road would lead
Strange how things have gone, it’s funny how it happened
Whoever could have told what’s beautiful to me?

And all around the house, to hear the sound of laughter
And even when you cry, it’s music in the air
December to July, I’ve seen you in all weathers
And frozen or ablaze, you’re beautiful to me

To see and touch and taste, you fill my senses high
And how you call my name that makes me feel so fine

The way you fill the space, the way the light surrounds you
Your shadow on the lawn is beautiful to me

Clear enough to see that everything about you
Is beautiful to me, I have to tell you so
Hard to disagree, can be no doubt about it
I try to make you see, you’re beautiful to me

Clear enough to see, you might as well believe it
You’re beautiful to me, I’ll tell you one more time
Easy to explain, I can’t deny my feelings
I’ll say it once again, you’re beautiful to me


Written by William Jones
Published by Summerhouse Music Ltd