"Friend of Ours" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
Before leaving get to the bar
No one 'round here makes you pay
Never very good at goodbyes
So gentle shoulder charge, love you, mate
Love you, mate

Salford skyline gloom
Always you could fly 'round any corner
But until you do
Love you, mate


Lyrics submitted by niteflite01, edited by fairy565, MoogLee

"Friend of Ours" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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  • +7
    General CommentThe heartbreaking closing track on "A Seldom Seen Kid" wrriten and performed for the Seldom Seen Kid himself, Bryan Glancy, a Manchester singer songwriter and best friend to Guy Garvey, Elbow's lead singer.

    Bryan passed away in 2007 after a sudden illness. This is Garvey's tribute to him.

    Something in the way the lines "Love you mate.." are delivered is simply heartbreaking. It's not that they're twee or sugary or naff. It's because it's sung very matter of factly, and very bluntly. It's clear it's from the heart.
    niteflite01on February 24, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song. I went to Salford Uni with Bryan. He died during the second year. I didn't know him well because he was on a creative writing course and I was doing Literature but I spoke to him a little.
    We used to have a Lit meeting where we'd all read our writings to each other.. I remember he read a story he'd written and it was set in Israel, It was so vivid the way he told it, I felt like I was there. He was such a talented guy. I knew he played music but I had no idea just how much he'd done in his life until recently. This song sums him up wonderfully.
    RaeSavon September 26, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen Guy bumped into Bryan Glancy. Bryan would finish the conversation with 'Love ya mate'. Knowing this makes the song even more emotional. So sad.
    baby cakeson March 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFuck this song really gets to me.. now I know what it's about. :(
    Mr Jacksonon March 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman this song is so relaxing and so good. so much emotions in this song.
    Yoga1978on March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. There are very few words but the emotion and the mood portrayed by the music and Garvey's voice is astounding.
    wilsoncseanon April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and honest, the more if you know the background of it (For Bryan, reads the inscription on The seldom seen kid booklet). Wonderful music by elbow, to my opinion the summum of emotional/melancholical but especially honest music.
    groenteboeron December 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI'd like them to sing this song live, but it would be gut renching if people there who were not really listening to the song chatted through it. It would be like disrespecting Bryan and his friends, so it might be better if they don't.
    lucky with diseaseon February 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite Elbow songs. Its simple words some up the complex emotions related to a friend dying, I don't think anyone could have ever put it better. Elbow: Bringing back meaningful songs in a time where people are forgetting the simple pleasures of real music.
    INdieKiD21on December 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionit is "Salford skyline blue" not "Salford skyline gloom". Everywhere seems to have this wrong but if you check the lyrics printed on the album cover/digital booklet, you will see.

    Great song.
    maccataqon June 28, 2012   Link

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