Barcelona

by Zak Sobel

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Recorded at Tumbleweed Studios in New Hyde Park, New York. Produced by Zak Sobel and Tony Montalbo. Mixed and mastered by Tony Montalbo. Artwork by Matthew Gordils

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released March 1, 2011

Music and Lyrics by Zak Sobel

Zak Sobel - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica
Josh Angert - Lead Guitar
Tony Montalbo - Bass, Mandolin, Fiddle, Background Vocals
Janet Leto - Background Vocals
Linda Mackley - Percussion
Paul Errico - Keys
Mark Newman - Lap Steel

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Zak Sobel New York, New York

Zak Sobel is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Huntington, New York. He currently has four independent releases under his belt, with a fifth album on the way. Zak just finished working as the Music Supervisor, a Composer of Original Music, and as an Associate Producer on his first feature film, "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked," from the producer of the Twilight Series. ... more

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Track Name: Cares Float Away
I’m riding south through Baltimore, past the inner harbor,
Making left and right-hand turns, I can’t go much farther
I’ve got holes in my shoes, and sporting empty hands
I’m broke, I’m alone, not everything goes as planned

I kick the dirt that’s in my path as I stroll through my past
I think of loves I’ve lost and what I didn’t understand
How the hourglass sands, they just slip away
But I’m going down to the southland, to swim down by the bay

And it pains me to think past today
I’ll put a bandage on my brain
Tonight, I’ll let my cares float away

Arts crafts describe the sunset, while reds and yellows do rest
The clouds are stained pink from the westward bound
Sun and the moon and all the golden fireflies
It’s impossible to be upset, in the middle of a summer night

When the hands of time, strike twelve on the dime
When it’s my time to say goodbye
I will rest so easy, knowing I lived my life so free
I was never bound by the chains of society

And it pains me to think past today
I’ll put a bandage on my brain
Tonight, I’ll let my cares float away
Track Name: Voodoo Woman
Every time you call my name
I come running right away
Because you’ve got this hold on me

You know how to make me cry
You know how to hurt me deep inside
So won’t you please just go ahead and let me go

You’re a voodoo woman
Spinning a web of lies
Spells are cast and I finish last
When you’re at the finish line

You’re poisonous words, they spoil my day
Pushing things out of place, making me crazy
I can’t focus on a thing with you on my mind

Do me a favor and fade to the dark
So your unkind words, they cannot do me harm
I can’t take no more, my shield has been broken down

You’re a voodoo woman
Spinning a web of lies
Spells are cast, I finish last
When you’re at the finish…

Line…
Spin it to me one more time
You’re like Medusa; I could turn to stone
If I look into your eyes

You’re a voodoo woman
Spinning a web of lies
Spells are cast, I finish last
When you’re at the finish line
Track Name: Hard Times
Man standing in the moonlight
He lives alone
Staring down the mountain trail
Waiting for her to come along

He says, “Hey Mama,
Why don’t no one love me?”
She says, “Baby wait, your turn,
Wait patiently.”

But it’s hard to be a man
Without a woman by your side
Someone to hold you tight and treat you right
All through the night

He holds still as a stanchion
Atop the mountain peak
He is standing all alone
In a subzero freeze

Ain’t got no legacy
Nothing to call his own
He’s got the kind of heartache
Only a man knows

Cause it’s hard to be a man
Without a woman by your side
Someone to hold you tight and treat you right
All through the night

Peaceful calm at the break of dawn
Suitcase in the room
Movin’ off the mountain, headed to the downtown
To see what he can do

He feels so nervous
He gets so scared
Cause a woman broke his heart, she tore it apart
And brought him to tears

Cause it’s hard to be a man
Without a woman by your side
Someone to hold you tight and treat you right
All through the night
Track Name: Travelin' Alone
Baby came around that bend just the other day
I forget everything I know
She started talking about far off lands
With far out bands and shows

Her self-righteous rambling did not really catch my ear
She was more impressed by herself
I dropped her at the corner told her to chew off another ear
Cause she clearly needed someone else

And though it pained me to send her on her way
She wasn’t the girl I had known

She was traveling to Amsterdam
And she was traveling alone

Gray was the day she went away
But then sunshine shone
It parted the clouds, and golden shrouds
Of sun shined down below

I don’t even miss her, no I don’t wanna kiss her
I’m just so glad she’s gone
It’s much more peaceful and much easier to be
When she’s not coming ‘round my home

And though it pained me to send her on her way
She wasn’t the girl I had known

She was traveling to Amsterdam
And she was traveling alone
Track Name: Penitentiary Bound
Baby you got my name strewn about your room
Loving me ain’t what you’re living for
To you, I am a no-go. I’m the last seat sitting in the back row.
I’m a heaping pile on the floor

What number of times has your heart been hurt?
Can you count them all on one hand?
Double that number, spin around, throw it across your little town
That’s what it’s like being your man

But I threw in the towel a long time ago
Cause I knew you would not let me run out
You were the warden, with the lock and the key
My heart was penitentiary bound

That sun ain’t risen, showing blood red
Since you did run out the other night
Signifies how I ain’t got no life, no pumping veins, no loving wife
Call me crazy, honey baby, that just ain’t right

It’s not my fault you live under a sky of gray
In a sea of black
You live aboard a ship of knaves; hell is where you’ll spend your days
But mean, mean, Mama, I know I’d take you back

Cause I threw in the towel a long time ago
When I knew you would not let me run out
You were the warden, with the lock and the key
My heart was penitentiary bound

But I threw in the towel a long time ago
Cause I knew you would not let me run out
You were the warden, with the lock and the key
My heart was penitentiary bound
Track Name: Where The Green River Flows
Silhouette in the middle of the night
Or the cigarette smoke in the candlelight
The freeway moans off in the dark

Summer’s skin is getting thin
Soon enough winter will set in
After autumn falls apart

Grass stained knees turn to silver car keys
Weeping willows turn to alpine trees
5 o’clock changes from dusk to dark

There in the silhouetted cigarette smoke
And in between streams of the freeway moans
There you are

Oh, record player, won’t you play me your song
I am old and gray and my life is gone
Take me, sweet chariot, roll me on home
To where the ocean meets the road and the green river flows

I put up the clouds with tacks and pins
I tape up the sun and watch the rays shine in
Birds shape the letter “V” when they fly

Back to the smoke of cigarette
And the silhouette of the airborne jet
I live under a bulletin board sky

Oh, record player, won’t you play me your song
I’m old and gray and my life is gone
Take me, sweet chariot, roll me on home
To where the ocean meets the road and the green river flows
Track Name: Your Heart's Refrain
You seemed to be closed off, caution tape surrounds
You’re Halley’s Comet, impossible to be found
You’ve made elusiveness your unrivaled art
But I see through the window that leads straight to your heart

You’re a leap year baby, I seen you once every four
You’ve been in hiding since the Second World War
I’m standing on your front lawn, I don’t know where to start
But I see through the window that leads straight to your heart

It’s nighttime, the light shines through the frames
I’m out in the cold and you don’t feel my pain
I just want to sing your heart’s refrain

Not the beginning and not the ends; you’re a student of in-betweens
I saw you in your underwear and I smiled so obscene
Your life is something from which I like taking a part
Cause I see through the window that leads straight to your heart

Mosaic made from bits and pieces, earth from stone and seed
I don’t stand a chance, for you my path will never weave
They tore me up in little pieces, and served me a la carte
Cause I see through the window that leads straight to your heart

It’s nighttime, the light shines through the frames
I’m out in the cold and you don’t feel my pain
So I’ll say…

That I just love you. I simply love you.
All the way.
Track Name: Where The Green River Flows (Acoustic)
Silhouette in the middle of the night
Or the cigarette smoke in the candlelight
The freeway moans off in the dark

Summer’s skin is getting thin
Soon enough winter will set in
After autumn falls apart

Grass stained knees turn to silver car keys
Weeping willows turn to alpine trees
5 o’clock changes from dusk to dark

There in the silhouetted cigarette smoke
And in between streams of the freeway moans
There you are

Oh, record player, won’t you play me your song
I am old and gray and my life is gone
Take me, sweet chariot, roll me on home
To where the ocean meets the road and the green river flows

I put up the clouds with tacks and pins
I tape up the sun and watch the rays shine in
Birds shape the letter “V” when they fly

Back to the smoke of cigarette
And the silhouette of the airborne jet
I live under a bulletin board sky

Oh, record player, won’t you play me your song
I’m old and gray and my life is gone
Take me, sweet chariot, roll me on home
To where the ocean meets the road and the green river flows