Letters Of Regret

by Joe Martin

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I co-wrote this song with my good friend Terri Calderon. It's a story of missed opportunity, where the character in the song writes letters to his childhood sweetheart but never had the courage to send them, and has to live with the regret of not knowing what could have been...


Unopened mail for you
Letters in a drawer
With all the words I could have said
But I can't anymore

When I was little my dad was the mail man
In the summer he'd let me ride
Our last stop would be your house
But I never thought to write

I was just a young boy
Didn't know about love yet
And how I'd soon be writing
Those letters of regret

Finished college with a three point 0
And made my parents proud
But you were aiming higher
A guy from the A-list crowd

Well I'd write to you 'most every day
To tell you how I'd be
By your side until the end
You could depend on me

I was just a no one
A name you'd soon forget
So I began collecting
Those letters of regret

So I followed my old man's footsteps
And I do the downtown run
My last stop is your office
How successful you've become

You've got a family to go home to
And I just got my TV
I lie awake late at night
Wishing he was me

I never had the courage
To take that fearless step
Now all I have to hold are
Those letters of regret

Now my memory's fading
And you have since passed on
I speak the words that I wrote for you
And through them you live on

I will soon be with you
And since we never met
I'll read you every single
Last letter of regret


released May 12, 2019
Produced and mixed by Chris Clarke at Reservoir Studios
Mastered by Mark Lord

Pedal Steel: Henry Senior
Bass: Chris Clarke
Lead vocal and rhythm guitar: Joe Martin

Written by Joe Martin and Terri Calderon

Photo by Jesse Kilmon


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Joe Martin Manchester, UK

Joe Martin is an independent Country and Americana singer songwriter from the Ribble Valley. Influenced by artists such as Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan and James Taylor. Small World EP is available to download free from Bandcamp, and download/ stream from all major online music platforms. Keep up to date with what Joe is doing by visiting his site www.joemartinmusic.com ... more

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