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Beautiful Friend


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Charlie asked me if I would go and see his friend from far away Meet for tea in the afternoon, then go and see B & S play When I arrived you were there. I thought please let this be her Then you smiled, my heart lit up. I forgot about all my hurt I felt alive again, found my smile again Will I see you again My beautiful friend You had never seen snow before, you made it magical for me Then you showed me your drawings as we warmed up drinking tea I was alive again, I could smile again (I'll be your girl) I want to see you again My beautiful friend
Well I know this love cannot be wrong It is flowing wild and growing strong I will never regret these days Always remember your smiling face As we worked together on our song And living in our song there is a child He has his father's eyes, his mother's smile But this child doesn't have a name Will never play at children's games But in these notes he will live on How I wish that I had met you Many years ago Before we both laid out our life's plans Now I have I can't forget you And in the only way it can Something of our love will live on Our love has had little time to grow  And we've been afraid to let it show But we've made a child of our own Our hearts is where he comes from He will live forever in our song
Sometimes I feel that my life is standing still And the world is moving so fast it's making me ill I'm not where I want to be  And the future that I see is not the future I had planned for me All the hustle and bustle is just too much for me I feel this world is just too too tough you see I'm not where I want to be And the future that I see  Is not the future I had planned for me I need to find someone who'll go my way And not play games I don't want to play I'm not made that way That way I'm like an odd sock left alone in a drawer Still haven't found the one I was made for Maybe there's someone odd too Who would like to be one of two  And together we will make a pair
We're all students of human nature So show some respect for mother nature Let's run naked through the playing fields Let's get naked from our heads to our heals Students of life, students of love Student's of life, students of love We're students of life We're students of life  Students of life, students of love Your dress brings out the best in you Your dress brings out the beast in me If I could have a little taste of you You could have a whole feast of me


FORMATS: 7" Single [Limited Numbered Edition of 500 copies] [Yellow Colour Vinyl] / Digital Single


One of the stories that made up part of the puzzle that ultimately became that marvelous pop opera called “BMX BANDITS In Space” was the narration of an almost perfect night: a person feels his wounds begin to heal after meeting a girl at a BELLE & SEBASTIAN concert, enjoying the snow in Glasgow, and feeling enough warmth to get through it. “Beautiful Friend” hides real things and things that Duglas T. Stewart wishes were real; maybe that’s why the song has become, after “Listen To Some Music” and “All Around The World”, the newest single from the Scottish band’s latest album. The single will be released by Elefant Records as a limited-edition (only 500 copies) yellow-colored vinyl, and it will come with an excellent video directed, with all the skill that characterizes him, by Chris Croft.

The title track’s irresistible soul-pop touch gives way to three previously unreleased tracks that, as is to be expected from any of the singles in the infinite collection already sparkling in their discography, could be included on any of their albums, shining with its own light. “Children Song”, which was co-written with the Japanese singer Miette-One, begins with echoes of Burt Bacharach and winds up embracing the baroque arrangements of HARPERS BIZARRE and THE LEFT BANKE, as well as the melodic elegance of Keith West. It is a beautiful song that tells the story of a love between two people who already have their lives set up and who, faced with the impossibility of living out their desires, recreate them in a virtual world that grows stronger every time someone hears their song. Yes, in case anyone still had any doubts, Duglas is a hopeless romantic, which is why, or one of the many reasons, we love him.

On the B-side we find “Standing Still”, which was recorded in Tokyo, with the voice of Yeongene and the collaboration of Sayuri and Ueno from TENNISCOATS, the Japanese band so admired by Duglas. The recording was basically done live, with just two microphones, in Sayuri and Ueno’s home, and it talks about the feeling of seeing how other people’s lives seem to progress so quickly while your own feels like it stays constantly the same, immobile. “Students Of Life” was released on that marvelous album that was “Star Wars”. The song was almost left out, but it was recorded in the end thanks to the insistence of Francis Macdonald (TEENAGE FANCLUB, NICE MAN), and here we’re releasing a live version of the song, recorded at the group’s 25th anniversary celebration. It’s a folk-pop delicacy that ends with a fun and eccentric ambiance of a bar with a player piano.

A new single to add to the extensive collection that BMX BANDITS already has amassed on their fans’ shelves all over the world. And just like the rest, it can’t be missed.


released September 23, 2013


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