I wrote this song in 1993 for my friend Byron Alexander Shakespeare. He was killed while hitchhiking to Glastonbury Festival. Knocked over by a local man in a van. His friend who was with him also died a year later, having never fully recovered.
Byron would have been 18 the next day. He was a phenomenal fellow! Renowned for his yellow and black jumper and for always walking barefoot. A great DJ who introduced me to 'Blood' by 'This Mortal Coil' on a cassette that I never gave back. He used DJ at the 'Dig-in' in Bristol. He left A Lot of Friends.
The first recording of this song was done in 1994? I Guess. A tale in itself. Pretty sure it was the night Kurt Cobain died and it snowed all the way to Bristol...
The version on the album, although the Best Song, is the least compleat. No piano. No harmonica, no drunken crowd at the end. No acid lines! Patience people. I'm saving this one for a Big Studio to release as a single. Get me a choir in there!
Thank you Byron for 'Our' song. And yes Byron Was Ginger!
Backing vocals by Amy Evans
70's funk Bass by Steve Pantlin of Flat Afro Wig
buzz buzz buzzing around
dig digging in the summer sun
party time and you're all invited
your life love your life yeh