Friday, January 14, 2011
Elbow - Friend of Ours
Was listening to this on the way to work and thought it was a nice little song. Here is some interesting song facts I found on this particular song:
This song was written about Elbow's late friend, Manchester songwriter Bryan Glancy, who died in 2006. The album was also titled in honor of Glancy. The "Seldom Seen Kid" originally was a character from a Damon Runyon book. Frontman Guy Garvey explained in an interview with The Sun March 14, 2008 that Glancy was an extraordinary person and when he died the whole of Manchester mourned him: "He was best man for seven people, including singer songwriter David Gray. He was friends with homeless dudes who walked the streets and was friends with millionaire rock stars. His funeral was the biggest the Jewish cemetery had ever seen. The title is just a gentle way of dedicating the record to him but it's more about celebrating life than mourning death. If you lose a friend it makes you appreciate all the others."