All the Signs Were There​/​Forgotten Friends

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'All the Signs Were There' provides a welcome change of pace. Breezy is not what you normally expect from this measured and driven artist, but it works. There’s no mistaking the attention to detail, great arrangement and polished delivery throughout this Beatles-inspired track. From the opening bars of bright acoustic guitars, the bass and drums irresistibly invite the listener to hitch onto this upbeat groove. When Denney’s voice joins the party, he’s the cheerleader for a determinedly optimistic ride.

What follows, is a remarkable vignette of a track. 'Forgotten Friends' clocks in at 97 seconds, but conveys so much in a dual delivery of quiet compassion and heart wrenching pleading. If that sounds depressing, it certainly isn’t. S J’s voice breaks new ground as he softly broaches feelings so delicate, matters so deeply rooted that he knows he needs to tread gently. It’s evocative of Springsteen at his most tender and Costello at his warmest.

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It’s no use wishing on a rain cloud
You should be looking to a star
When it comes to it
You’ve got to follow my advice
When it comes to it
You don’t think twice

And when you’re waiting for tomorrow
You could be living for today
When it comes to it
You’ve got to open up your mind
If you look for it
Then you will find

When I tried telling you that all the signs were there
You didn’t listen, but you lived your life with care
If you had a choice
Would you believe me when I say-
“Every mountain points a different way”?

These are the lessons you’ve been learning
So don’t repeat the same mistakes
And though you recognise their faces
You don’t expect a warm embrace

When I tried telling you that all the signs were there
You didn’t listen, but you lived your life with care
And you may never be the one I thought you were
But something’s telling me you get what you deserve
If you had a choice
Would you believe me when I say-
“Every mountain points a different way”?

When it comes to it
You’ve got to follow my advice
When it comes to it
You don’t think twice
When it comes to it
You’ve got to open up your mind
If you look for it
Then you will find

When you feel alone, why don’t you say-
“There’s a feeling that I can’t explain
And it aches me to my bones
Then it breaks my heart in two”?

When you’re feeling like you can’t go on
Won’t you tell me that you need someone-
Who can take you by the hand-
If the black dog barks again?

This is a story of forgotten friends
If you’re thinking that it don’t make sense

credits

from Forgotten Friends EP (High Resolution Master), released September 20, 2019
Written by S J Denney
Arranged by S J Denney & Mat Leppanen
Produced, engineered & mixed by Mat Leppanen at The Animal Farm
Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters

S J Denney - Vox, backing vox & acoustic guitar
Mat Leppanen - Piano, bass guitar, drums & percussion
Ville Leppanen - Electric guitar
Roisin O'Hagan - Backing vox
Rus Rogers - Trumpet
Louise Dearsley - Cello

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S J Denney Leigh On Sea, UK

S J Denney is an Essex-based singer-songwriter.  He performs folk music with an indie edge.

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