Songs of Love and Regret

by Isaac Tabor

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A small collection of love songs, about losing, gaining, hanging on and letting go. Recorded in the beautiful setting of Bantry, West Cork, Ireland in the summer of 2013.

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released January 31, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Bean Dolan and Isaac Tabor at Beach Cottage Studio, Bantry, Ireland. Mastered by Stephen Quinn at Analog Sound Studio, Limerick, Ireland. All songs written and performed by Isaac Tabor. Featuring Dave Hastie on backing vocals on track 1, Andy Wilson on backing vocals on track 3, Bean Dolan on guitar and backing vocals on track 4, Irene Dunne on backing vocals and Brian Murphy on lap steel on track 6. Artwork by Agustina Balcarce.

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Isaac Tabor Bantry, Ireland

Born and raised in the Netherlands, American-Dutch songwriter Isaac Tabor sings of lost love on all continents, the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana, the dust of the Pampa trail in Argentina and Methamphetamine invasion of Arkansas, to name a few. A storyteller at heart, he likes to bring the audience into the story and share the feelings we have all have in common, one verse at a time. ... more

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Track Name: Don't Let the Winds Pass Us By
It sure seems that the winds have changed
They changed their course and never made it this way
We've been waitin just to board that train
With a little bit of luck, we can steer it this way

And I said: dont let the winds pass us by
oh lord no…dont let the winds pass us by
cuz I am the storm and you are the night
lets make the sky a thunderin cloud once more...

I never hit ya and you never skipped on me
We never went behind eachother's backs
Its the hardest when there aint one thing to blame
Cant point my finger at what did us in

Oh no…dont let the winds pass us by
oh lord no…dont let the winds pass us by
cuz I am the storm and you are the night
lets make the sky a thunderin cloud

we were new, we were runnin wild
thats when it first came out
we quit the road and we settled down
now those sparks dont seem to come round

Oh no…dont let the winds pass us by
oh lord no…dont let the winds pass us by
cuz I am the storm and you are the night
lets make the sky a thunderin cloud

Once more…
Oh, to be workin those fields
Once more…
Drivin' Venus again
Once more…
Those tie-dyed dreams
Once more…
the dream team
Track Name: Blood Money
We save and we save
Till we're old and we're grey
Never spend a penny
I lost you that way

But of all of the riches
Of all that I have
There ain't no fortune
Will make you love me again

Dumb as a mule
Blind as a bat
Thick as an ox
And mean as a cat

The red of a rose
And thicker than honey
I don't want no more
of this blood money

What's with getting older
What's with losing our head
What's with all of these riches
Making the rounds again

Why must it be so hard
Why can't I be more like them
I never wanted these riches
Just someone to love instead

Stubborn as a mule
Sick as a dog
Loyal as a ferret
And smart as a hog

The red of a rose
And thicker than honey
I don't want no more
Of this blood money

Ain't no one to tell you
What to spend your fortunes on
No cancellations
On love's subscription
To know the difference
Between right and wrong
I guess its true what they say
That love fades away
Please not for us
No, no, no..

When we're older
And our days are few
I hope that I can say
That I learned a thing from you
Spent all that I earned
Spent it on the ones that I loved
And then when I go
I'll be smiling from above

Free as a bird
New as a lamb
Happy as a puppy
And proud as a man
The red of a rose
And thicker than honey
I'll have no more of this blood money
Track Name: Emmanuelle
We've been waging a war on the battlefield
And love is a territory that none of us gain
So we lay awake again, thinking of the wishing well
Emmanuelle, time will tell

And the moment is all we'll ever have
So now is the time that I do declare
Let peace be there
Emmanuelle, time will tell

Just two strangers doin' the dance again
Jagged edges falling into place
Lost souls with so much to gain
Emmanuelle, let her do well

I may never set foot in this place again
But one moment is enough to realize
That we can love and be loved
Emmanuelle, merci la belle
Track Name: Something's Gotta Change
This life has blessed me
I've lived every kind of sin
Like the roving hunter
I ripped the fur right off its skin

Neglected my loved ones
Yeah, I'm done neglecting myself
I put the tiger in the cage
Yeah, something's gotta change

Something's gotta change
Gotta start singing again
Moving again, believing again
Something's gotta change
In the direction we're going in
Moving again, believing again

Believe in the power of the word
To feed your soul and fix my blues
Three chords and the truth
And love will fill the room

When we start singing again
We'll make time and space bend
We'll go places we've never been
Man, we're gonna make these guitars ring

Something's gotta change
Gotta start singing again
Moving again, believing again
Something's gotta change
In the direction we're going in
Moving again, believing again
Track Name: We'll Never Know
On the clearing stands an empty house
Where a family used to live
Working hard each day for an honest wage
They gave all they could give, they could give

But the times were tough and people were laid off
And the cuts came down the line
And when the banks came in and bought the block
They took all they could find, they could find

So they packed the car and headed south
Down to the canning sites
Where the climate could accommodate
Camping in the pines, in the pines

Yeah, our camps are free of alcohol
And there's meetings every night
And yesterday before the rain
We gathered to say goodbye, to say goodbye

Our kids still read the good book
And there's a glimmer in their eye
To get back to the North Country
To another space in time, a space in time

Where we'll end up, we'll never know
Where we'll end up, we'll never know
Where we'll end up, we'll never know
We'll never know
Track Name: A Place
Let me give you a story, a familiar case
Of a man and a woman locked in embrace
When one goes up, the other must go down
Now the woman he loves is no longer around

He took many a look on the old school yard
Studied her ways and what she took to heart
Like loving and laughter, never a frown
Now the woman he loves is no longer around

Where's the justice, when all's said and done
When you've realized your failures, then its time to move on
And though he may be wiser and better for the cause
He'll always leave a place for the woman he loves

On a hot summer's night he grabbed the bait
Ripe for the plucking the grapes they ate
Well, they tasted like nothing you'd find in town
Now the girl from the fields is no longer around

She taught him to look into the beyond
Loved to fall asleep listening to his song
She'd stare into evil and fight off the hounds
Now the girl with the questions is no longer around

Where's the justice, when all's said and done
When you've realized your failures, then its time to move on
And though he may be wiser and better for the cause
He'll always leave a place for the woman he loves

There's a lesson in every hurt we feel
Things we could've done better, next time we will
Make sure we make every moment count
For the people we love aren't always around

Where's the justice, when all's said and done
When we've realized our failures, then its time to move on
And though we may be wiser and better for the cause
We'll always leave a place for the people we love
We'll always leave a place for the people we love
We'll always leave a place for the people we love