Before It's Too Late

by Karen Tobin

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Karen Tobin’s solid Americana/country music roots are bursting at the seams in her long-awaited new release, Before It’s Too Late. Think honky-tonk angel with long golden hair and a crystal clear voice singing no-nonsense lyrics – straight from her heart. Her melodies are memorable and instant toe-tappers that are dance floor worthy. Think: Linda Ronstadt + Emmylou Harris. With the release of Before It’s Too Late, her writing takes you back to the time when songs were stories that meant something. “Give back my heart,” Karen Tobin, now that you’ve squeezed every drop of emotion into it. She’s got decades of credits in the music business but what counts now is what you’ll feel when you listen to her CD or catch her live in concert. Karentobinmusic@gmail.com

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released April 8, 2018

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Karen Tobin Los Angeles, California

Karen Tobin, is a veteran of the Los Angeles Music scene and former recording artist with Arista Records - New York, and Atlantic Records - Nashville. Often compared with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, Karen is a powerful vocalist and a prolific songwriter with a sensitive lyrical style. ... more

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Track Name: Homeless Heart
It’s hard to believe, lookin’ at me
That I’d be the lonely one
Rumors in town say I’ve been around
Yeah I guess I’ve had my fun
Money can bring material things
But it’s no good at holding you tight
There’s a chill in the air
It’s gonna be a cold one tonight

I’ve got a homeless heart
I’m hungry for romance
I’d be willin to work for love
All I need is a chance
All I want are some tender arms
And a new place to start
Could it be you? Are you looking too?
For a homeless heart

When I first saw you, somehow I knew
You were qualified
The smile on your face hides just a trace
Of an empty place inside
Between the lines you show all the signs
Of a heart that’s about given up
Well you’re not alone
We’re both searchin for someone to love


Electric, acoustic, and gut string guitars: Howard Yearwood ; drums: Gary Ferguson; bass: Taras Prodaniuk; mandolin: Cary Park; piano: Jack Lee; harmony vocals: Karen Tobin and Lisa Bialac-Jehle

E. Berghoff, M. Fosson, K. Tobin
© Eds Up Music, ASCAP; Big Otis Music, BMI; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Before It's Too Late
I’ve been cautious and careful
All around my feelings like walking on high-wire rope
Searchin’ and seekin’, wanting to believe in
Hope my confusion doesn’t show

Because love is such a powerful thing
It can last three days or for eternity
It can make you weak, it can make you strong
Feel so right even when it’s wrong
Taken for granted or tossed away
Bring tears of joy, it can devastate
Oh love, oh oh love

When hurting words are spoken
I’ve felt a range of emotion, have a hard time letting go
Those old memories haunted but love is so undaunted
It sure can keep you from the cold

Love is such a mystery
It can bring you hope and teach your heart to sing
Turn you on and turn you down
Think it’s gone for good, then it comes back around
Up and down like some roller coaster, baby
Ooh ooh love, such a mystery

It can happen in an instant
Then no more walking through this world alone

Love is such a delicate thing
It’s got kisses sweet and touches tenderly
First it’s holdin’ you close then lettin’ you go
Taking it fast then it’s movin too slow
Lying in the sunshine, feeling the rays
Then alone in the darkness feelin’ the pain of
Love, oh ooh love

It’ll make you weep when a baby’s born
Break you down and leave you torn
When you lose someone who is dear to you
You wanna tell the rest who are near to you
How much you love them
Before it’s too late

Electric guitars: Edward Tree; electric solo: Marc Mann; bass: Taras Prodaniuk; drums: Shawn Nourse; harmony vocals: Essra Mohawk and Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Those Blue Eyes
My weakness
Is in those blue eyes
Just one look and I’m on fire
Oh you got me goin’ crazy
Feels like I’m walking
On a tightrope wire

Can't you see what you're doin’ to me?
Don't you know there’s no place
My heart can hide?
How can I keep you from seeing
Right through me
When I can't turn away
From those blue eyes?

Should I go now
Or should i gamble
That I can trust in those eyes of blue?
Is that heartache in those blue eyes
Or do I see a love so true?

What's behind those eyes of blue?
Is it love enough to
Last a whole life through?

Can't you see what you're doin’ to me?
Don't you know there’s no place
My heart can hide?
How can I keep you from seeing
Right through me
When I can't turn away
From those blue eyes?

When I can't turn away
From those blue eyes?


Electric guitar: Edward Tree; bass: Taras Prodaniuk; drums: Shawn Nourse; B-3 organ and piano: Jack Lee; electric solo: Craig Stull; lead vocal: Karen Tobin; harmony vocals: Craig Stull and Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin, R. Sharp, M. Fosson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Longitude, EMI, ASCAP; Big Otis Music, BMI
Track Name: Shadow On The Wall
You left your shadow on the wall
And like a ghostly apparition
It haunts me in the dark
Calls to my broken heart
And keeps me up remembering

And like a wound that never heals
The pain I feel’s relentless
No matter what i do
Your memory cuts right through
Against it I’m defenseless

I try to run but I can’t hide
I can’t escape these tears I’ve cried
Each one that falls breaks me in two
With loving memories of you
And I’ve got nowhere I can go
That the ghost of the love won’t follow
You took my heart, you took it all
And left your shadow on the wall

Days go by and there’s no change
Time offers no solution
I still fear the fall of night
Get lost in broad daylight
There is no restitution

I try to run but I can’t hide
I can’t escape these tears I’ve cried
Each one that falls breaks me in two
With loving memories of you
And I’ve got nowhere I can go
That the ghost of the love won’t follow
You took my heart, you took it all
And left your shadow on the wall

You took my heart, you took it all
And left your shadow on the wall

You took my heart, you took it all
And left your shadow on the wall

Electric guitars and bass: Edward Tree; drums: Shawn Nourse; synth strings: Jack Lee; lead vocal: Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin, B. Collins
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Collins Music, BMI
Track Name: Flame Of Love
I know it’s just a small thing
But there’s such a sweet ring
When you whisper my name
I always want to hold you
I guess I never told you
I sure hope that you feel the same
Let’s make some sparks fly, honey
And maybe we’ll ignite the flame

I know what’s been missin’
Your huggin and a-kissin’
You tickle me down to my core
I know just what I’m needing
And you got me believing
You and me could be so much more
Let’s make some sparks fly, honey
Maybe we can light a fire

The flame of love
It burns hotter every day
To live without love
Would be such a crying shame
So when the sparks fly, honey
Maybe we can light a flame

I kow that it’s a strange thing
And I don’t prearrange things
I guess it sorta happens that way
One touch and then I tingle
I’m tired of being single
I think I’m really ready for a change
Let’s make some sparks fly honey
And maybe we’ll ignite the flame

The flame of love
It burns hotter every day
To live without love
Would be such a crying shame
So when the sparks fly, honey
Maybe we can light a flame

Electric guitar: Edward Tree; slide guitar solo: John McDuffie; bass:
Taras Prodaniuk; drums: Shawn Nourse; piano: Jack Lee;
harmony vocals: Karen Tobin and Craig Stull

© K.Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Beautiful Day
Oh the sun’s shining bright
Yes indeed it’s a beautiful day
Not a cloud in the sky
Yes indeed it’s a beautiful day

And you’re holdin’ me close
And I’m looking in your eyes
Darlin’ you’re like a rose
And your love takes me off to paradise

Where a gentle breeze is blowin’
Chasing all our cares away
And I’ll walk through this world knowin’
When I’m with you
It’s a beautiful day

Oh the sun’s shining bright
Yes indeed it’s a beautiful day
Not a cloud in the sky
Yes indeed it’s a beautiful day

Where a gentle breeze is blowin’
Chasing all our cares away
And I’ll walk through this world knowin’
When I’m with you
It’s a beautiful day
When I’m with you
It’s a beautiful day

Acoustic guitars: Howard Yearwood; mandolin: John David; bass: Paul Marshall; drums: Shawn Nourse; lead vocal: Karen Tobin; harmony vocals: Craig Stull and Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Bed Of Promises
You came on soft and easy
Like a warm summer’s rain
Your kisses washed away this heart of stone
You swore you’d never leave me
But you left me just the same
I was better of without you
I was better off alone

You laid me down in a bed of promises
Swore I saw true love in your eyes
You had me dreamin’ of forever
But I woke up in a bed of lies

Before the day I met you
I was running wild and free
Breaking hearts and breaking every rule
But now I can’t forget you
Look at what you done to me
I’m a brokenhearted, crying, lonesome, lovesick fool

You laid me down in a bed of promises
Swore I saw true love in your eyes
You had me dreamin’ of forever
But I woke up in a bed of lies

Electric guitar and slide guitar: Edward Tree; bass: Taras Prodaniuk; drums: Shawn Nourse; lead vocal: Karen Tobin; harmony vocals: Karen Tobin and Lisa Bialac-Jehle

© K. Tobin, M. Fosson, A. Nathanson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Big Otis Music, BMI; Home of the Hits, BMI
Track Name: What Used To Be
Flying into Amarillo, Thursday morning 9:05
And I rent a car cause I’ve still got a hundred-mile drive
Watch the buildings turn to barbed wire
And an old ranch windmill turns
Heading home to where I don’t live anymore

My daddy comes out when he sees me
I can tell he’s slowing down
But he gets my mom and takes us all
To the only café in town
And Bonnie brings us coffee
The neighbors they all gather round
And they ask me when will I be moving home

We talk about how much has changed
And yet somehow remains the same
We reminisce, old friends and me
And talk about what used to be

Do the boys still meet at Alsop’s
To find the girls on Friday night?
And race their cars down 83
Out to the county line?
The water tower, Wilson’s pond
The church where my folks still go
When they’re gone, there’ll be no reason
To come home

We talk about how much has changed
And yet somehow remains the same
We reminisce, old friends and me
And talk about what used to be

Acoustic and electric guitars: Craig Stull; bass: Paul Marshall; drums: Shawn Nourse; piano: Jack Lee; lead vocal: Karen Tobin; harmony vocals: Craig Stull and Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin, P. Marshall, S. Roberson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Paul Marshall Music, ASCAP; Steve Roberson Music, BMI
Track Name: Give Back My Heart
Take back your ring
Take back your picture
They don't mean a thing
Without you around
Take back the promise
You made in the dark
All that I ask is
Give back my heart

Take back the nights
We loved until dawn
How could it feel so right
And end up so wrong?
Moments of magic
Till we had to part
All that I ask is
Give back my heart

How can I go on living
When I can't seem to forget
Your memory
Unfortunately
I'm not quite over you yet

Remember the time
When we danced in the rain
We laughed till we cried
As you twirled me around
I knew it was risky
Right from the start
All that I ask is
Give back my heart

Take back your shirt
Take back your letters
Meaningless words
And an old souvenir
Oh, I tried to resist you
But I let down my guard

All that I ask is
Give back my heart
All that I ask is
Give back my heart



© Karen Tobin; Snap Happy Music BMI
Track Name: Honky Tonk Heartache
She’s just a honky tonk heartache
Waiting to happen
She’ll never love you ’cause
Love doesn’t matter
She’s a honky tonk heartache
She’ll make you cry
Take my advice
Kiss that heartache goodbye

Out every night
Playing around
Spending your money, honey
Painting the town
People are talkin’
You know it’s true
Why do you put up with what
She puts you through

It’s not my problem
I guess that’s right
None of my business how
You run your life
I just hate seein’ her walk over you
Don’t you think it’s time
You stopped playin’ her fool?

Electric guitar: Edward Tree; bass: Taras Prodaniuk; drums: Shawn Nourse; piano: Jack Lee; lead and harmony vocals: Karen Tobin

© K. Tobin, M. Fosson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Big Otis Music, BMI
Track Name: Walk Through Fire
He drove all night to find her again
Through the blinding snow and the freezing wind
He had tried so hard to let love die
But his heart wouldn’t let him say goodbye
Her memory was burning in his heart
Ever since the day they had to part
Time had left its mark on him
But nothing else had changed
He’d walk through fire for her
And Laura was her name

He’d walk through fire for her
He’d do anything
He’d live and die for her
Just to hold her in his arms again

It was late one night back in 1965
He had to face a man who held a knife
It had happened accidentally
But the judge and jury showed no sympathy
He spent his best years payin’ for the crime
He’d memorized her letters line for line
He kept her tattered photo
Danglin’ from a golden chain
He’d walk though fire for her
And Laura was her name

He’d walk through fire for her
He’d do anything
He’d live and die for her
Just to hold her in his arms again

He held his breath and knocked upon the door
She stood there looking lovely as before
Though the years had turned her hair to gray
Her smile was still the same
He’d walk through fire for her
And Laura was her name



© K. Tobin, M. Fosson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Big Otis Music, BMI
Track Name: Burnin'
Like the steam from a blacktop road
I feel the heat rising in my soul
And I’m burnin’, burnin’, burnin’

Sun beatin’ on the desert floor
I feel a thirst I never felt before
And I’m burnin’, burnin,’ burnin’

Like a lion through a hoop of fire
Rockets aimin’ at your sweet desire
Rubber burnin’ from a spinnin’ tire
I’m a live wire when I’m near you

Like a fever that I just can’t shake
Like the smoke a locomotive makes
I’m burnin’, burnin’, burnin’
I’m burnin’, burnin’, burnin’

I’m a siren screaming through the night
Heading straight to where you are
Love’s a fire that I just can’t fight
When I fall into your arms



© K. Tobin, M. Fosson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Big Otis Music, BMI
Track Name: Ring Around The Moon
There’s a ring around the moon tonight
A chilly wind is blowing through the trees
There’s an aching in this heart of mine
Ever since the night he set me free
And though I know
He said he would be easy to forget
Still every day I think about that
Night we first met

There was a ring around the moon that night
A chilly wind was blowing through the trees
He said the stars were shining in my eyes
And he would give to me all that I’d need
And I believed those tender lies
That said we’d never part
He broke that vow he made to me
The night he broke my heart

There was a ring around the moon that night
A chilly wind was blowing through the trees
Now there’s an aching in this heart of mine
Ever since the night he set me free

And I believed those tender lies
That said we’d never part
He broke that vow he made to me
The night he broke my heart

Now, There’s a ring around the moon tonight
A chilly wind is blowing through the trees
There’s an aching in this heart of mine
Ever since the night he set me free

There’s a ring around the moon tonight
There’s a ring around the moon tonight
There's a ring around the moon tonight
There's a ring around the moon tonight



©K. Tobin, M. Fosson
Snap Happy Music, BMI; Big Otis Music, BMI
Track Name: All That It Takes
We were flying high on the wings of love
Getting by with just enough
Looking down the road to what lay up ahead
Never even entered our mind

We were taking life day by day
Baby you and I had what it takes
But a broken promise can bring regret
But it never even entered our mind
It never even entered our mind

Love can fade, people change
Nothin’ ever stays the same
With the ebb and flow
Love comes and goes
But it never even entered our mind
Never even entered our mind

We were just two hearts with a passion’s fire
Breaking rules with our love’s desire
Didn’t think about the consequence
No, it never even entered our mind
Love can fade, people change
Nothin’ ever stays the same
With the ebb and flow
Love comes and goes
But it never even entered our mind
Never even entered our mind

I guess we took good love for granted
I guess we let it slip away
I know it’s not the way we planned it
We thought we had all that it takes

Love can fade, people change
Nothin’ ever stays the same
With the ebb and flow
Love comes and goes
But it never even entered our mind
Never even entered our mind
Never even entered our mind



© K. Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Until We Meet Again
You’re gone, I’m blue
What am I gonna do without you?
Now so sad and I miss my best friend

Your love will shine
On and on throughout the years
I know in time I’ll stop crying all these tears

Until we meet again
Until we meet again

I’ll miss your touch
And the funny way your nose curled
When you laughed so much
At the silly things we talked about

Oh how I know
The moments that we shared
Are precious memories
Tattooed to my heart forever

Until we meet again
Until we meet again

This whole keeps turning
The fires of love keep burning
And I can’t stop the yearning
In this heart of mine
I know I’m gonna love you

Until we meet again
Until we meet again

You’re gone, I’m blue
What am I gonna do
Without you now?
So sad, and I miss
The best friend that I had



© K. Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI
Track Name: Those Lovin' Arms
I was going through life
Mindin’ my business
When I ran into the likes of you
Thinkin’ my time had just run out
To ever find a love that’s true
I was overly cautious, trying be careful
A little bit cynical
But with the way you love me, baby
I think I’ve found myself a miracle

In those loving arms that hold me tight
Your kisses sweet, it all feels right
Anytime that I feel blue
I know there’s no place else on earth
But your loving arms that’ll do

I was outta luck, had given up
Didn’t think I stood a chance
Of fallin’ in love, livin’ the dream
Findin’ a true romance
But you touch me tender
And you hold me close
And chase my fears away
Think I’m fallin’ in love
Must be fallin’ in love
And I know that I want to stay

Everybody always thinks I’m crazy
But nobody ever felt
The way I do

In those loving arms that hold me tight
Your kisses sweet, it all feels right
Anytime that I feel blue
I know there’s no place else on earth
But your loving arms that’ll do

I know there’s no place else on earth
But your loving arms that’ll do

© K. Tobin; Snap Happy Music, BMI