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Lyrics

No Regrets

Jeff Powel & Ray Burns

Some day I want to travel
On a midnight flight
Go some place exotic
Where people dance all night.

Some day I’ll learn a language
That’s different from mine
So I can reach beyond this place
Where we’d spent all our time

But you’ve no need to travel
When you’re your own island
You can see the ocean of life
Just beyond the shoreline
Like a Robinson Crusoe
without a man Friday
I put my hope in the smoke from my fire
And sit waitin’ for a ship to come by.

She said she’d take me with her
To leave all my work un-done
It was an open invitation
A song we’d just begun.

I thought of things I had to do… They seemed
So important then
And to this day I can’t recall
A single one of them.

But I’ve no need to travel
Cuz I’m my own island
I can see the ocean of life
Just beyond the shoreline
Like a Robinson Crusoe
Without a man Friday
I put my hope in the smoke from my fire
And sit waitin’ for a ship to come by.

So she took chances for me… Left
all regrets behind
I kept them for myself
Only surfaced from time to time.
  
Some day I’m going to travel
If I can find the time
If only I can find a way
To leave all regrets behind.

Solo

 

But I’ve no need to travel
Cuz I’m my own island
I can see the ocean of life
Just beyond the shoreline
Like a Robinson Crusoe
Without a man Friday
I put my hope in the smoke from my fire
And sit waitin’ for a ship to come by.
   
Some day I’m going to travel
If I still have the time
And if I can find a way
To leave all regrets behind.

 

 

 

The words and music for this song are, mostly, the creation of Jeffrey Powel although credit also goes to Ray Burns for the first line and to Chris Rininger for just... everything! This song is typical of the efforts of the DeComposers. Ideas are thrown out and then something really fun tends to happen. For this one, Jeff had been worrying over his daughter Melissa who was, at the time, traveling alone in Brazil. Melissa went to Brazil for Carnival in February 2012, on her own, staying 10 days at a youth hostel. Was it mentioned that she went all by herself? While State Department sources seemed to characterize American tourists there as "prey," Melissa embraced the culture and the experience. She went to learn Portuguese, dance all night, and have an adventure of a lifetime. By her report and based on the photographs that accompanied her return home, all goals were achieved. Her dad, of course, made the song about him and wrote it from the perspective of the provincial xenophobe who doesn't take such chances nor travel outside of the neighborhood unless under duress.

Chris Rininger and Ray Burns sing the chorus and helped make a very ordinary series of chord changes interesting. Ray also lent his ear and remarkable patience to the end product by sitting through the editing process and being availble on the weekend to add parts we couldn't get to during the usual Thursday Night sessions.


Authors: Jeffrey Powel & Ray Burns
Vocals: Jeffrey Powel
Backup vocals: Jeffrey Powel, Ray Burns, Chris Rininger
Acoustic guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Midi bass: Jeffrey Powel
Midi drums: Jeffrey Powel



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