Andrea Dawson

Andrea Dawson

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandBluesSoul

This talented lady is a Late Bloomer with one hell of a Flower! She is the Sultry Soulstress of the Blues. Andrea Dawson's repertoire swings from Ella to Aretha to BB King to Tracy Chapman...all in one show.

Biography

This talented lady is a Late Bloomer with one hell of a Flower! She is known by some as (Hashbrown's) Baby Sister and by others the Sultry Soulstress of the Blues. With an eclectic taste in music, Andrea Dawson's repertoire swings from Ella to Aretha to BB King to Tracy Chapman...all in one show. She offers a mixture of Smooth Blues and Rocking Jazz,

Having started late in life to pursue a dream of entertaining, she was spurred on by childhood memories of being touched by singers like Mahalia Jackson in "Imitation of Life" who left an indelible impression on her psyche. Andrea is a self-taught band leader and performer with a driving ambition to integrate herself in the Dallas music scene. From juke joints to the prestigious Museum of Art, from intimate wine bars to rowdy Roadhouses, Andrea has lived by the adage that if there's music to be made and lives to touch, what better place to be?

Along with tours to sunny Portugal with the Lucky Peterson Band and headlining in Santiago, Chile, Andrea has also performed at several local and regional festivals including the Frog Blues Festival, Dallas Juneteenth Festival, Amarillo Texas Blues Festival and many more.

Lyrics

Watch Me Burn

Written By: Tom Thompson

Watch Me Burn

Verse 1

I brought you the money as soon as it was made

I brought you my paycheck as soon as I got paid

Chorus

Your love and respect I was unable to earn

If I were in a fire would you help or watch me burn

Verse 2

You did what you wanted and all at my expense

Most of the things you did never di make much sense

Chorus

Verse 3

I could put a spell on you using some bad voodoo

I'd ride through town naked just to make love to you

Chorus

Fool For You

Written By: Tom Thompson

Fool For You

Verse 1

Wonder if you really want me or only want me not to go

'Cause you used me and you flaunt me so you can feed your own ego

Chorus

I can not say we're through so what else can I do

But wait and continue to be a fool for you

Bridge

If you love me then let me know if you do not then let me go

Why don't you please make up your mind love me now or leave me behind

Verse 2

Going crazy from the pressure maybe even going insane

You used to bring me much pleasure but lately it's been mostly pain

Chorus

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Another You

Written By: Tom Thompson

Another You

Verse 1

All my love I gave you I'd give you anything

Don't know what else to do you are my ev'rything

I'm still in love with you you've got a hold on me

Nothing seems to help to erase your memory

Chorus

I wonder if I will ever find someone new

One thing I know for sure I won't find another you

Verse 2

I can't get over you but still you don't want me

You're not coming back our love will never be

My mind is full of doubt my choices are not clear

What will my life be like where do I go from here

Chorus

Dead Love

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

The smell of your cologne still lingers in the air

The warmth of your body heat I can feel in your chair

The sight of your footprints still showing on the rug

The touch of your strong arms from our last goodby hug

Chorus

My heart knows you are gone but my heart won't tell my head

That you are not coming back the truth is our love is dead

Bridge

Even though we both tried the love we had has died

Only thing left to do is try to forget you

Verse 2

You slowly close the door I hear you start your car

I listen to your car until you've gone too far

Feels like there is nothing left I'm not sure what to do

I sit here in silence wishihg I was with you

Chorus

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Laugh At The Blues

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

I'm leaning back laughing I'm the one that's loosing

Your the one that's leaving and it ain't my choosing

Why I feel no more misery is still a mystery to me

Chorus

Got feelings can't explain the relief beats the pain

I know that I won't loose so I laugh at the Blues

Bridge

Some day you'll be sorry that yo left me this way

I will not take you back it'll be your turn to pay

Verse 2

Maybe life without you will not be all that bad

You never will be the best one I ever had

Won't be long 'til I do find someone to top you

Chorus

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Dark Days

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

Clouding up looks like rain bad forecast match my pain

Strong winds blow skies turn grey now that you've gone away

Big black clouds block the sun I can't run and I can't hide

Chorus

Dark days show how I feel will my wounds ever heal

Dark days are hell to pay when dark days come my way

Bridge

Skies so dark I can't see since you're not here with me

My life's cold dark and wet I can't seem to forget

Verse 2

"Blue Norther" blowing through I'm alone without you

Rain falling from the skies falls like tears from my eyes

Lightening strikes thunder roars wish we were like before

Chorus

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Less Left Of Me

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

Forget to eat keep losing weight minds getting weak I'm always late

Lost in day light nights I can't sleep I loose the things I want to keep

Chorus

Since you left there's less left of me not as much as there used to be

Time heals all things is what folks say tomes not helping my hurt go 'way

Bridge

I can't believe you'd want to leave I'll never know what made you go

Heart has a hole too hard to fill wish you'd come back you never will

Verse 2

I blindly fell in love with you falling out of love's hard to do

This isn't the way we want to be more than us you want to be free

Chorus

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Wish You Were Here With Me

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

Shuffling the shoulders of back road black top

Cotton white clouds in a Texas blue sky

Tall straght pine trees are casting short shadows

The mid summer sun is twelve o' clock high

Chorus

Wish you were here with me the way you used to be

When you were by my side back when you still loved me

After all this time I miss your company

Bridge

I can still remeber when we were together how much you meant to me

Then came stormy weather nothing lasts forever guess we weren't meant to be

Verse 2

The morning sun is burning off the fog

Squawkinggulls floating close but out of reach

A fresh warm breeze is blowing across my face

The Gulf's surf splashing on an empty beach

Chorus

Not Much

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

I gave you respect and admiration but that was not what you had on your mind

You wanted romance and real affection while I was being nice and kind

Chorus

I was not much for you to love 'cause you knew my weaknesses well

You never knew what I thought of I thought it wrong I would not tell

Bridge

You chose her and not me 'cause of things I didn't know

You tried but I wouldn't see things don't turn out like they are planned

Chorus

Memory To Me

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

All you cared about was only what shows

What's on your mind you alone knows

You kept all things hidden so well

You never came out of your shell

Hiding from life afraid to feel

Was anything about you real

Chorus

You're a mem'ry to me that's all you'll every be

For so long I was blind going out of my mind

Now I'm glad I can see you're a mem'ry to me

Bridge

It came as a surprise I saw through your disguise

I never felt so proud fely like shouting out loud

Verse 2

You treated all of us the same friends like folks that didn't know your name

I can't believe I thought I cared about the things we never shared

Spending my time playing your game and then giving myself the blame

If You See Him

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1
I never will forget the first time that we met
The look in his eyes left me hyptonized
He seemed to be so right, it was love at first sight

Chorus
If you see him don't say my name
So he won't think I feel the same
Or say I'm fine hope he won't guess
Since he's not mine my life's a mess

Bridge
Then one day I heard him say he liked me as a friend
He was kind but my mind knew we were near the end

Verse 2
It was easy to see that he was nice to me
I always felt so proud when we were in a crowd
With him there beside me so that others could see

Chorus

Unwanted Child-The Ballad of Boyd and Gail

Written By: Tom Thompson

Unwanted Child (The Ballad of Boyd and Gail)

Verse 1
Boyd and Gail lived on the same dead end street
Where it’s hard to find any friends to meet
Having any friend beats being alone
They had no one else to depend upon
Gail was pregnant when she walked down the aisle
Nothing’s sadder than an unwanted child

Verse 2
Gail stayed home to take care of Chip, their son
Boyd worked as a guard, he carried a gun
Boyd came home early to moans from his wife
There’s a man on Gail, Boyd’s gun took his life
As the man lay dead, Boyd started to smile
Nothing’s sadder than an unwanted child

Verse 3
Gail cried what you saw was not really rape
They’ll call it murder, you’ve got to escape
Boyd ran until there was no place to hide
He was sentenced to death when he was tried
Gail asked her Mom to keep Chip for a while
Nothing’s sadder than an unwanted child

Verse 4
Gail moved to the city, worked in a bar
Met a man named Flash who drove a nice car
Flash made her go with men for what they’d pay
She was safe but got pregnant anyway
Flash said having a child would cramp his style
Nothing’s sadder than an unwanted child

"Make It Somehow"

Written By: Tom Thompson

Verse 1

Your leaving reminds me of some good advice
We learn from our mistakes, don't make them twice
Things happen for a reason I've been told
No one knows about what the future holds

Chorus

Don't care anymore, not like I did before
'Cause I don't know right now, but I'll make it somehow

Bridge

I believed all your lies until I realized
I'm gonna be OK taking it day by day

Chorus

Verse 2

You caused me plenty of lasting heartaches
That I'll overcome see how long it takes
When I think about you I start to grin
You will not get the best of me again

Chorus

Discography

Democrats of Soul (2008)
Come on and Dream

Left With The Uptown Blues (2010)
Watch Me Burn
Fool For You
Dead Love
Laugh At The Blues
Dark Days
Another You
Less Left Of Me
Wish You Were Here
Not Much
Memory To Me

Set List

Watch Me Burn
Fool For You
Dead Love
Laugh At The Blues
Dark Days
Another You
Less Left Of Me
Wish You Were Here
Not Much
Memory To Me

R&B

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE - BILL WITHERS
BABY, I LOVE YOU - ARETHA FRANKLIN
BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED - GLADYS KNIGHT
DOCK OF THE BAY - OTIS REDDING
DR. FEELGOOD - ARETHA FRANKLIN
FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE - ROBERTA FLACK
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN - TINA TURNER
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE - STAPLE SINGERS
I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG - OTIS REDDING
IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY - SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
KNOCK ON WOOD – EDDIE FLOYD
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH - CROSBY
NEITHER ONE OF US - GLADYS KNIGHT
STAND BY ME – BEN E KING
TELL ME SOMETHIN GOOD - CHAKA KHAN
ROCK STEADY – ARETHA FRANKLIN
FREEWAY OF LOVE – ARETHA FRANKLIN
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – GLADYS KNIGHT
IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN

JAZZ

AT LAST - ETTA JAMES
DAMN YOUR EYES - ETTA JAMES
FEVER - VARIOUS
GEORGIA - RAY CHARLES
GOD BLESS THE CHILD - BILLIE HOLIDAY
POPSICLE TOES