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you're my friend    sound clip

I like honey in peppermint tea
And the way you sit your guitar on your knee
And I like coffee to stay awake
And the way you play every note so great

I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied
You're my friend, you're my friend

I like groovin' just like that
And I like the way you wear your funky hat
I like Jaco* and I like Miles**
And the myst'ry of your Mona Lisa smile

I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied
You're my friend, you're my friend

How many people touch us this way?
How many people simply slip away?
The moment is passing, the hour is getting late
There's someone beside you now
Turn to them and say
You're my friend
You're my friend
You're my friend
You're my friend
Christine

I like laughin' anytime
And I like the way you simply speak your mind
I like cool and I like heat
And I like the way you keep that conga beat

I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied
You're my friend, you're my friend
I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied, I'm so satisfied
You're my friend, you're my friend
You're my friend


* the late great Jaco Pastorius
** Miles Davis


Sam Turton: lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
Christine Bougie: lead electric guitar
Jesse Turton: bass guitar
Peter Grimmer: drums, percussion
Drew McIvor: acoustic piano
Jane Lewis: harmony vocal


commentary

This song celebrates friendship. It is dedicated to Christine Bougie, my good friend and past music partner. In 1998 when I first ventured forth to sing my own songs in public (after years of backing up other people's material), Christine accompanied me on guitar. At the time, she was only 16 years old, a young virtuoso who played with more soul and maturity than anyone I had ever heard. We eventually created an ensemble—The Turton Bougie Band—that played my original songs and extended blues, soul, and funk jams. Christine went on to graduate from Humber College of Music and is making a name for herself in Toronto.

Friendship is a precious thing, and too often we don't bother to express our love and appreciation to those who matter most. This song is a musical hug and a smile to Christine, whom I was fortunate enough to get into the studio to play on this track. I just love her style.

The melody and music for this song is hybrid Motown/Beatles. It comes from a long tradition of purely happy, finger-poppin' tunes intended to make us feel good.