"Isabel" as written by and Francis Edward Turner....
So now the years are rolling by,
And it's not long since you and I could have been
Train drivers and astronauts.

And now we're stuck in furnished ruts,
But yet the thing that really cuts
Is that we can't remember how we got caught.

Filtered air, computer screens,
Muffled sighs and might-have-beens
Count your blessings, then breathe,
And count to ten.

And though it doesn't often show,
We are scared because we know
Our forefathers were farmers and fishermen.

And so the world has changed,
Worse or better's hard to tell,
But my hope remains within the arms of Isabel.

So now our calloused hands once told
A story honest as it's old of sowing seeds
And setting sail.

But now our hands are soft and weak
And working seven days a week
At these salvation schemes that are bound to fail.

And so the world has changed,
Worse or better's hard to tell,
But my hope remains within the arms of Isabel.

And I'll admit that I am scared
Of what I don't understand.
But darling, if you're there,
Gentle voice and soothing hands,
To quiet my despair,
To shore up all my plans,
Darling, if you're there

And so the world has changed,
And I must change as well.
The machines we've made will damn us into hell.
And the time will come when all must save themselves.
I will save my soul in the arms of Isabel.

Lyrics submitted by Maniulo

"Isabel" as written by Francis Edward Turner

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    General Commenti think this song is about frank turner's thought about modern society. it's kind of like in sons of liberty where he talks about being free from the influence of the government and the church, libertarian kind of ideas. similar to how in their early days americans thought the epitome of freedom was being a farmer... living off your own land, not answering to authority, etc.
    he talks about how modern amenities like computers and filtered air actually enslave us in the day to day grind and it would be much better to go back to the days where a man could just farm the land or go out to sea and fish and make a living off a hard day's work.

    but who is isabel?
    and also since im the first comment i feel obliged to say... "i cant believe no one's commented yet it's such a great song!! omg!"
    yamsonon February 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIsabel was his girlfriend. He wrote it about her because a friend told him he only ever wrote depressing songs about old relationships so he wrote a happy one about his current girlfriend at the time.
    Pirateson June 19, 2011   Link

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