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Where Isabelle Played



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This is a song I wrote for my wife, she returns to her parents home in France every summer with our children and the experience leaves her feeling very nostalgic and reflective. In the photograph she is the little girl on the left.
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It started without thinking about it,
Memories came back to her.
The way the light played on the moment,
And her children's voices calling.
She's standing at the door,
They're lying in the shade.
Beneath a sky where a lone cloud strays.
There in the place where Isabelle played.

The smallest things bring her back there
Her mother standing in the kitchen
The pattern on her childhood bedroom wall
A broken doll she remembers falling
She feels it in the air
The frailty of time
Like dreams in the night
That never seem to fade
There in the place where Isabelle played.

She's standing at the door
She's rolling back the years
Secrets she'd forgotten
Little promises she'd made
There in the place where Isabelle played.
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Uploaded: Aug 18, 2006 - 06:57:24 AM
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2006 - 07:25:16 AM Last Played: Jun 03, 2019 - 11:32:08 PM
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jiguma said 4719 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Songs which stand the test of time
Nicely done Will - I really like these personal songs - for me they are
definitely the easiest to write and the ones which best stand the test of
time. At first I wasn't too sure about the persussion/drums, but as the
song went on, they seemed more and more appropriate. Minor nit is
that you haven't left enough room at the end so that the song has the
chance to fade out - simply a matter of moving the marker a little I
suspect. Like the lyrics and simple melody - reminds me of someone,
but can't think who.
Wish I had an excuse to visit France every summer!!
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Willywagga said 4719 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Songs which stand the test of time
Thanks for your comments Neil, Yeah I've got to sort the ending out and soften
it abit, and the bass needs redoing, but I decided to post as is, to get some
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j2morrow said 4719 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Heart felt
Really nice song. Understated in just the right way that it comes off like a
personal conversation. Unlike jiguma I find personal songs really hard to
write. (Hummm...I wonder what that says about me?) Anyway, this is so
real and rings so true that I could see each line in my head. Many thanks.
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composerclark said 4719 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Very sweet, hearfelt song, almost like a painting. I think your wife is
lucky to have such a nice song written for her!
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william devine said 4718 days ago (August 19th, 2006)
I live for that PLACE
You Guitar is so nice. The tone captures the solitude of the feelings you
had when this song came through you. The total sound is so nostalgic,
dripping with a sadness( the frailty of time) the kind of tune you want to
save for speciaal times.
Its songs like this that almot make me put my stuff away.
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(I here on the computer upstairs
my daughter Emily is listening to macjams with a friend. The new way.
A children song she likes.
Anyway...Great song!
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seamus said 4718 days ago (August 19th, 2006)
You brought me home, to Ireland, especially where my beautiful Irish Rose grew up, in Dublin, she was a tom boy,and beat up all the boys playing a game on skates,like hockey, but she was alaways a lady.Loved music,and had the charm of the stone,took me all over to show me her places.Then we went to Galway,my home.
Thanks a million,
eleveneyes said 4717 days ago (August 20th, 2006)
a very beautiful song.
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Feter said 4717 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
Great Tune !
this is a true folky spirited song ...with wonderfull singin
reminds me of Jimi Croce s alot ... very decent ... and the best thing about it ...its simplicity ...well done !!
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alley-oop said 4716 days ago (August 22nd, 2006)
Great songwriting, understated but full of emotion. Wonderful
melodies in voice and guitar. Lyrics are superb. I think it's so full of
love..that's the best part.
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moorlandt said 4714 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
so heartfelt and beautiful
Wow man, this is an extroridnary beautiful and touching song. I couldn't resist replaying it several times. The guitar noodling sound is extraordinary, and your voice fits exactly with the melancholic mood of the track.

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said 4713 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
pensive...evocative. Vivid lyrical imagery. Nice vox and guitar work. Good

Be well!

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breezer said 4713 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
Very thoughtful too.
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Cori Ander said 4711 days ago (August 26th, 2006)
The closeness in this is enchanting. A very true and heartfelt song that
went straight to my heart! Thank you, I downloaded and faved and
evereythinged! I am going to play this one many times!
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moorlandt said 4710 days ago (August 27th, 2006)
this song has really grown on me...
Yes, I know, I commented on this one earlier. I just wanted to let you know, the more I listen to this song, the more I'm enchanted by it. For sure your very best so far, Will. And looking forward to your next upload...

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Macaudion said 4694 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
That was especially beautiful - I like the tenderness that comes across in your picking - Why don't I know that you play this well... Anyhoo, this is a very special piece and it had to make your wife cry if it's got me clouding up - I also like your delivery of this piece - The percussive thing was a nice touch too - Just enough... Can't download it, but I can fav it to remind me to do so at a later day - Very nice - Thank you sir. And thanks to Walter for sending me here - Dion
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AEROjet said 4694 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
You offer me something I cannot return; sweet sweet music. This is an A
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Scott Carmichael said 4692 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
wonderful impressions
this post is packed full of subtleties... you certainly have touched on
the emotional threads that we all can relate to... this is very effective
writing... I love how the line "There in the place where Isabelle played"
is only 7 words, but it says so much.... the song also reflects an
unusually good communication between you and your wife... the
melody works very well weaving through the chords and propelling the
story forward... the guitars sound great... On a recording like this, I
would like to here the voice be a little more immediate and intimate...
I'm not sure what kind of mike you are using for vox.. but sometimes
proximity to the mike can produce this
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AquilA said 4690 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Just Beautiful
That's a lovely song. Terrific, heart touching lyrics. Excellent
performance on the guitar and fine delivery on the vocals. Wouldn't
change a thing. Bravo.
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MunichG said 4684 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
I like the structure
I think the drums fit really well too, great nostalgic tune.
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stilesja said 4682 days ago (September 25th, 2006)
Great song
Good job, I really enjoyed this song. Excellent writing and performance! Very relaxing and laid back, while at the same time holding my curiosity with the lyrics.

Keep it up!
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said 4674 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
I can
feel the emotion in the guitar and the singing it is full of feeling and the lyrics are composed with great care, to bring the listener to understand the way your wife feels about her life. Her attachement to that place where she grew up I like this song very much
PantaGorian said 4666 days ago (October 10th, 2006)
I love Isabelle already
right from the heart. well done.

no comments on it , because its good!
i cant judge a song negative if its an emotional song.
because then i'll judge someones personality, and i wont do that.!!

i love this song!
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tsand19151 said 4651 days ago (October 25th, 2006)
excellent vocals and production.
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blaky smith said 4639 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Très belle chanson
A very beautiful and touching song from the hearth for your wife. Very well done. Bravo...
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thetruffulaseeds said 4636 days ago (November 9th, 2006)
very pretty
That's just the nicest song. Thanks for sharing
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Joe Brady said 4524 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Great imagery
What surprises me in this song is the eloquent empathy for your wife's situation/emotion; if it were your own, that's one thing, but this is a whole next level of writing. Very well done, a pleasure listening.
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said 4512 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
Very soft sounding.
I like your guitar work. Sounds "classical" to me.
Beautiful lyrics.

Well done!
michael2 said 4487 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
really nice, especially the unxpected minor chord changes. i personally like the drums, reminds me of the Velvet Underground. the sound of the vocals and guitar is perfect as well. maybe i need to spring for a condenser mic, what are you using?
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Char said 3824 days ago (January 30th, 2009)
How evocative.
Sensitive and meaningful lyrics...a love song for your wife. Touching. Thank you.
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guitapick said 3672 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
I've been thinking...
...quite a bit, of my daughter's childhood years...and how much I miss them...so much...still love her so much. But the childhood years are golden.

This made me cry...
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davisamerica said 3671 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
classic beauty here ... lovely tune.
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timothy devine said 3671 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
back for another listen
I love this song
simply great
I keep telling people bout this song
so cool
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