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"Dee's lyrics for Petula's music fit like a glove. They are so artistically attuned to each other that you feel a mutual lyricism and dramatic sense coming through each song." 

- Paul Bateman

"Petula and I had already been working on the show 'Someone Like You' for quite a while, when we talked about my passion for the life and work of the great controversial French novelist, Emile Zola. I felt the affinity with and resonance between Aznavour's writing and Zola's....... and I told Petula that one day, I wanted to write a musical about him.

And as we went deeper into the subject, it seemed that she became nearly as enthused as I was, and then, at first gradually and then avidly, we were writing it! I would come up with a phrase, a line, and she instinctively started playing exactly the right music: sitting together at the piano, the songs just seemed to grow organically from us! 
And the ideas were flowing from me; the more I researched, the more I discovered, the more intimately connected to the man and his life I became!

To the extent that I was having dreams in which we met, and he told me details of his life and feelings I'd found in no books anywhere! All of which eventually found their way into the songs.

It was when we had reached the part of his life where the great friendship between Zola and Paul Cezanne, to whom Zola had been best friend, mentor, older brother and coach, dramatically and painfully ended, that one night, in our house at the top of Hindhead in Surrey I had the following dream experience...........

We were sitting high up on a steep hillside....... Zola was very young, and I was inside his head; there was another, younger, boy with us. They were best friends..............

I woke early the next morning, and went downstairs to the breakfast room, and sat looking out of the patio doors to where the lawn sloped steeply away down the hill, seeming to be suspended in the sky. The dew was sparkling on each blade of grass; and in spite of the beauty ofwhat I was seeing, I felt immense sadness, and regret - and the dream came back to me..... and I knew that these emotions were not mine, but Zola's. 

And then the words came.................. "

 

 


Friend Of My Heart
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

ZOLA
And diamond fish
Were swimming
Down the grass
Towards the sky.........
And we were boys
Of endless mornings in Provence
Paul and I.....
Paul and I.........
I and Paul..........
When did it all
Fall...... 
Apart...........?

Friend of my heart
Friend of my childhood
Friend of the sun
And the seas
And the sky
And the trees
Of the wild wood

Friend of my laughter
Youth and madness!
Nectar tears
Sweet spectre 
Of years
With you

The life I knew
Was all the light you had to give
And still lives 
Within my heart

Friend of my laughter
Youth and madness!
Passions!
Fears!
That fashioned my years
With you........

Each breath I drew
Was life that only you could give
And still lives
Within my heart

You were my colours..............!
Friend of my heart...

 

Friend Of My Heart (Reprise)
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

SANDRINE
The diamonds that
You give me
Have the coldness
Of your touch………
They can’t replace
The loving warmth I miss so much
Only pain
Now remains
Like a pall……
How did it all
Fall
Apart…………..?

Friend of my heart
Friend of my childhood
You were the sun
And the seas
And my sky 
And the trees
Of my wild wood!

Friend of my laughter
Happy hard times
Now my tears
Are spectres
Of years
With you

The life I knew
Was all the light you had to give
And still lives
Within my heart

But did you ever
Really love me?
Yes, as friend
Pretending
At passion too…..

And yet…

Each breath I drew
Was life that only you could give
And still lives
Within my heart

You were my colours……….
Friend of my heart..!

 










RECORDINGS

  • Original demo recording by Dave Willetts (1988) arranged and produced by Kenny Clayton

 

 


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