Not having regrets

My very cool friend Chantal is taking some time out from being a doctor in Switzerland to do a bit of travelling. We’ve been able to follow her progress via the blog she posts to now and again. A recent post from New Zealand included a quote (“Wherever you go, there you are”) that reminded me of a couple of lines from a song that I wrote while we were living in Amsterdam. I thought she might appreciate the lyrics so I sent them to her – and she did! She asked me to send her a recording of the song and since one didn’t yet exist I sat down this evening with my trusty Zoom H4 to do a quick and dirty recording. Et voila!

 

[Edit 2016: actually the recording above is a later one I did in a studio in Lausanne…]

And the lyrics…

Have No Regrets

If I could do it all again I’d make the same mistakes my friends,
I’d follow all the bad advice, ’cause that’s what brought me here tonight.

I’d take a big sharp left down the rocky road to wrong
And realise experience is going for a song
I’d miss my step and I’d stumble and I’d trip
Then climb back on the pony once again to crack the whip.

Have no regrets, Have no illusions,
If what’s for granted’s kind of slanted then just slide away in doubt,
Have no regrets, not no amusement,
And eventually you’ll end up where you’re meant to be, oh yes.

If I could take it from the top, rewind the tape, restart the clock,
I’d say the same lines every time, ’cause they’re the lines that made her mine.

I’d make the same bad choices, upset the apple cart,
And fall in love with women who would only break my heart
I’d pick the same bad moment to say what’s on my mind
Accept the consequences, take the hit and do the time,

Have no regrets, Have no illusions,
If what’s for granted’s kind of slanted then just slide away in doubt,
Have no regrets, not no amusement,
And eventually you’ll end up where you’re meant to be, oh yes,
Have no illusions,
If what’s for granted’s kind of slanted then just slide away in doubt,
Have no regrets, not no amusement,

and eventually, take it from me, you’ll end up where you’re meant to be,
And that’s exactly here you see, ’cause no one’s ever been
Where they’re not meant to be,
Have no regrets.

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