The Sun Still Shines

She said the spring is in the air
And summer will blossom everywhere
But we're as dead, as dead, as autumn's leaves
Oh let me warm you in the breeze

And the sun still shines
The sun still shines
Oh the sun, the sun, keeps shining through
Behind everyone
And over me and you

And every time I try
You walk, walk away
And now I know the end
The end's here to stay
I'd like to lose myself
Inside of you
But God I know the things
We'd do

Yet the sun still shines
The sun still shines
Oh the sun, the sun keeps shining through
Behind everyone
And over me and you

To fall down the stairs
And cry at my door
How much does it hurt ?
Can you sing the blues now ?
I know I'd like to
You wear it like a shirt, shirt

The sun still shines
The sun still shines
La la la...

Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown


John Squire (lead guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Andy Couzens (rhythm guitar for first demo only, March 1986)
Pete Garner (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, backing vocals)

Produced by:
The Stone Roses

Available on:
250 white label promos were pressed and distributed around various radio stations. These were 12" one-sided singles in a plain cardboard sleeve.

First live performance:
In 1986.

The Sun Still Shines was dropped by The Stone Roses around the beginning of 1988. It is a shame that it was not worked on further, as the demo from December 1986 has great potential. Reni's mellifluous harmonizing with Ian on the middle eight gives a flavour of what was to come. Reni joined The Stone Roses in August 1984, after reading an advertisement that the band had placed in Manchester's A1 Music store, now the Academy of Sound. He ripped it off the wall in order to ensure that no-one subsequently would know of the audition, which took place in what was at the time, Decibel Studios, to the north of the city centre. This rehearsal studio required the band to carry Reni's drum kit up three flights of stairs, before running through some songs. The band were immediately impressed. Reni taught himself drums in his youth, and his musical development benefited from often being around musical instruments in a pub environment (his parents ran a pub). His playing style was characterized by his use of a 3-piece kit; however, his use of a smaller kit did not limit the range of sounds he could produce. He was soulful, funky, dynamic and inventive, the perfect complement to John and Mani. Incredibly, the band - encouraged by Howard Jones - in a Reni-less meeting acquiesced to the sacking of Reni at one point, but soon came to their senses.

Despite having not performed live on drums for 22 years, and being the band member who has had the least involvement in music in those intervening years, the drummer immediately recovered much of his form for the reunion gigs. The only disappointing aspect of his drumming on the reunion tour was that it was more straight-up; not playing the offbeats as much, his performance had lost some of its groove and swing (see, for example, some of the underwhelming drum solos on the 2013 tour; the time to be giving Reni drum solo slots was 1989 / 90).

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