Dark Path

by Isobel Anderson

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Dark Path is the second album from Belfast based musician Isobel Anderson. Combining the intimate and personal approach found in Isobel’s 2010 debut solo album Cold Water Songs, Dark Path features a more expanded instrumentation and dynamic sound, featuring Paddy McQueen on Cajon and Gascia Ouzounian on violin. The album benefits from Chris Corrigan’s skilled mixing and mastering and stunning artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

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released September 1, 2011

All songs written by Isobel Anderson
Voice/Guitar: Isobel Anderson
Cajon: Paddy McQueen
Violin: Gascia Ouzounian
Production and Engineering: Chris Corrigan

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Isobel Anderson Belfast, UK

“Beautiful, shimmering and wonderful... I highly recommend the album… a stunning new record.”


Lauren Lavern - BBC Radio 6 Music


"As I go through the pile of CD's I receive every week sometimes you come across something really special. I love this record... Real effortless simplicity. Dark path is a great album".

Jamie Cullum - BBC Radio 2
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Track Name: Resolution
I feel I gave you up too soon,
And I took for granted,
All the love I felt from you.
And even though at the time I,
Made up my mind,
I'm still not clear.
And I'm thinking of ways,
That I can keep you near.

You're such a resolution darling,
For the problems in my life.
You're such a resolution darling,
You make me feel so alive and,
I don't understand why,
I never said it before.

And if time's a healer,
I think it drags,
I think it dags far too long.
And if time makes all things better,
I think it's dragging,
I think it's dragging far too long.
Track Name: My Love
Long long ago I fell in love,
A handsomer man there never was,
And he was as gentle as a white dove,
Oh love, my love.

Right from the start I let him in,
I knew all along how much I loved him,
And really you know there is no better thing,
Than love, my love.

We'd be together most every day,
And how I would miss him when he went away,
I'd stare out my window and softly I'd say,
Oh love, my love.

Day turned to months and months turned to years,
I'd say "love I'm happy as long as you're near",
He'd tell me that there was nothing to fear,
"Oh love, my love".

We had a house, oh we had a life,
A white picket fence and a sharp kitchen knife,
A small picture frame showing off our nice life,
Oh love, my love.

He'd read to me as I fell asleep,
And I'd sing him lullabies quietly,
I'd always wake first then him after me,
Oh love, my love.

One morning I found my love in our bed,
Lying next to me as if he were dead,
But his breathing was steady and his cheeks they were red,
Oh love, my love.

And still he lies there peaceful and still,
A beautiful memory with which to fill,
The emptiness left and the time left to fill,
Oh love, my love.
Track Name: Your Love Is Cruel
Oh Love I think you're wrong,
To take my hand and then to run,
Oh how I feel inside,
If this is love then I must hide.

Why'd you feel so alone,
When so many hearts you have owned?
Why'd you treat her like your fool?
Well, I know, I know your love is cruel.

Your love is cruel.
Track Name: The Proposal
I love you like a flower loves a bee,
Come pollinate me.
And just like the birds up in the trees,
I melt into honey when you sing to me.
And when I look at you I'm 16 again,
It's like I've only just discovered men.
I giggle and play with my hair,
When you look at me with that brooding stare.
You've traveled all over the world,
I sometimes wonder if you've found yourself a girl.
Maybe you'd like the girls round here.
I think you'd like it sound here so,

Come and visit me in Belfast,
If you come once I know you'll come twice,
I don't have to be your girlfriend,
Just to know how to make you feel nice.

And if you came to visit we'd sit by the river,
And get ourselves into a drunken stuper,
And maybe we would go to a bar I sometime visit,
Maybe it would go a little like this.
Black velvet to loosen your nerves,
Whisky mac to get you saying those words,
A Baileys on ice to round of the night,
And all that's left is to head back to mine.
Track Name: Never Enough
You make me feel so good,
Just being with you,
Makes me so happy.
I never thought that this,
Would make me feel this way.
Just being with you,
Makes everything OK.

Am I loosing time?

I don't just wanna talk anymore.
I need to feel you,
Right next to me.

One day,
Is running in front of me.
And the next,
Is dragging me down.
Why,
Can't I stop,
Measuring time,
When you're not around.
Track Name: Let Me Go
I want you more than you'll ever know,
And I can't see an end,
'Cos this began so long ago.
And I'm a woman,
But with you I'm just a child.
I put on a brave face,
I just shrug and smile.

So much has changed,
Since the last time we met,
But it doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing.
I can't forget,
I want to forget.

You're vague,
You never give that much away.
But there's a warmth between us,
That means that I can't walk away.
I want to hold you,
And tell you all the things I feel.
But I know that you won't say what I want to hear,
I know this isn't real.

So much has changed,
Since the last time we met,
But it doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing.
I can't forget,
I want to forget.

You say you want to be friends,
And that you want to keep in touch,
Oh but I'm sorry boy,
To me that doesn't sound like much,
And I just wish I could be what you're waiting for,
Although you said you wanted me,
Once upon a time before.

And I'm just so scared,
At how far I might go,
I can't trust myself,
To just let go.
I want to let go.
Track Name: An Hour With You
A big old house,
To settle in and love,
But it never feels that nice,
I'd rather live in somewhere half the size,
If only it could just be how it was.

I spoke to him,
You know he talked for hours about the way he feels,
It's comforting he feels like me,
Although I hate to see him sad.

Oh for an hour,
Or even a day,
With you.
I long for,
I'll wait for.

You spend your time,
On someone elses life,
But while you were helping out,
There's a whole world,
You left out,
And you know you won't get this back again.

They're like a shadow,
Of what they used to be,
It always makes me cry,
To see how it's changed your life,
And i know I won't get this back again.

Oh for an hour,
Or even a day,
With you.
I long for,
I'll wait for.
Track Name: Dark Path
A silent solitary room,
With postcards on the walls from you,
Too scared to take them down,
I guess it's just it feels too soon.

Sometimes I like to hurt myself,
By dreaming that I'm somewhere else,
A wild enchanted place,
I see myself,
I keep myself in this place.

I'll be there,
I'll be there beneath the trees,
On the dark path,
Where we stood together,
And leads nowhere and,
I don't care,
I don't care if it rains,
I'll always want to be,
On the road that leads to you.

And even though it's dark outside,
I see tiny twinkling lights,
That help me see the signs,
There's still life.
And my skin is six years younger,
And my mind's naive,
And full of hope.
And though I know that waiting only makes you stand still.
I still hope.

I'll be there,
I'll be there beneath the trees,
On the dark path,
Where we stood together,
And leads nowhere and,
I don't care,
I don't care if it rains,
I'll always want to be,
On the road that leads to you.