Dale LaDuke

Dale LaDuke

 Tujunga, California, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

Actually a trio, based around the singer/songwriter Dale LaDuke. Two acoustic guitars, mandolin/dobro and 3 vocals.

Biography

A principle performer/songwriter in the popular southern california bands: "Five Wheel Drive" a finalist in the first Yahoo Music Awards held in NYC at Studio 54 hosted by John Lugiziamo. The group disbanded in 2000 after recording two demos for Warner Bros Nashville. And "Kaedmon" the folk/celtic group that was voted one of the top bands of 2006 by Music Connection magazing and public radio's "Tied To The Tracks" program. on KCSUN.
On his own, Dale is becoming a sought after performer on the singer/songwriter circuit. He was a finalist at the 2007 Durango Song Expo. His song "Lone Ranger" was a finalist for "Single of the Year" at the 2008 Los Angeles Music Awards as well as the 2014 Great American Song Contest.. His song : "It's About Us" was a Top Five Finalist :2009 International Acoustic Music Awards. He was a top 3 finalist in the Jazz category of the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
His new group "The Dale LaDuke Group" is currently recording their first CD and wowing audiences across Southern California.

Lyrics

The Lone Ranger

Written By: Dale LaDuke

Riding for days in the desert
Silver is thirsty again
My white suit is soiled and filthy
and I've got blood on my hands

The sun's going down in the canyon
I'll stop and make camp in awhile
And lay there alone in the starlight
and dream of your beautiful smile

I am still the Lone Ranger
I've gotta big job to do
I've had adventure and danger
but I could've been happy with you

I remember when I was a young man
I never had thoughts such as these
My heart was filled with conviction
I knew who I wanted to be

But Tonto, my faithful companion
way back when he was alive
He said I should take off this mask
and let someone inside

I am still the Lone Ranger
I've gotta big job to do
I've had adventure and danger
but I could've been happy with you

I still want to be somebody's hero
Once again see that look in their eye
By the time most of our children have grown up
Most of their hero's have died

I am still the Lone Ranger
I've gotta big job to do
I've had adventure and danger
but I could've been happy with you

I am just a Lone Ranger
questioning all that I knew
I chose adventure and danger
but I could've been happy with you

Hy-oh Silver....away....

It's About Us

Written By: Dale LaDuke

I can still remember
I'd start to play this song
And she'd sit down beside me
and she'd want to sing along
But I'd mumble only fragments
I'd leave the key words out
and she'd ask me
Hey, what's your song about?

Well I wrote the words on napkins
and hid them in a drawer
and everytime I saw her
I would write a little more
She'd come over with her lover
and she'd want to just hang out
and she'd ask me,
Hey, what's your song about?

It's about you, and it's about me
It's about our lives together
and how good they're going to be
It's about faith, and it's about trust
It's about us

Later I got married
and had a little boy
and I'd be writing late at night
and he'd be sleeping with a toy
But when his mother wasn't looking
sometimes he would sneak out
and he'd ask me
Hey, what's your song about

It's about you, and it's about me
and it's about our lives together
and how good they're gonna be
It's about faith, and it's about trust
It's about us

Well these songs will be a record of our lives
and when we're gone, it's the song that survives

Well I've many tales behind me
as I sit upon this stage
and your faces all remind me
of every chapter, every page
And I see honesty and kindness
uncertainty and doubt
and if you ask me
Hey, what's your song about?

It's about you, and it's about me
It's about our lives together
and how good they're going to be
It's about faith, and it's about trust
It's about us

It's about you....

She's Gone

Written By: Dale LaDuke

She's Gone

Yea, You're finally rid of the girl
You're free to take on that big world you see
You want that great big love in the sky
That feeling that makes grown men cry, I see

Well, you've got it all now boy
'cause she's gone
And you've never been so right,
and she's never been so wrong
You ought to feel great, so how come I'm singing this song.
You ought to be on top of the world boy,
she's gone

But you don't need her,
that's for sure,
It's just that when she was around
You were everything you always wished you were
She even seems to be ok on her own
But suddenly you're turning lonely blue, but that wasn't supposed to happen to you
'cause you'd sit at night
in your lawn chair sippin beer
dreaming about all the "what could be's".
She'd come up and run her hands through your hair
'cause she loved you, but she
couldn't help but see
that you wanted to be free

Now you grasp at some "devil may care"
but the drinking won't block out
those "where can she be's"
no, and not those memories...but

You've got it all now boy
çause she's gone
and you've never been so right
and she's never been so wrong
you ought to feel great
so how come I'm singing this
sad, sad song
you ought to be on top of the world boy...'
'cause she's gone
Yea, you've got it all now....
'cause she's gone
she's gone

Charleston

Written By: Dale LaDuke

Charleston, you're a beautiful city,
your river's so pretty, through dawn and through day.
I can see that, you're changes are subtle: a silent rebuttle to your backwoods way.

Charleston, what keeps you so stable, while others arn't able to make their own way.
There is a horizen, but you needn't notice, 'cause your sky's the bluest that I've seen today.

Ladies keep the fires burning 'cause your men are earning, their daily ration of hope in your lives.
And though rations be meager, if you'll keep on eagerly fighting for all of your dreams you'll survive.

I've been there so I know what I'm saying, nobodys paying for this expose.
And this lonely sagebrush, whippin through cities, might someday lodge in your fences and stay.

De Los Angeles

Written By: Dale LaDuke

The first time that I met you,
you smelled of ocean breeze.
And I thought that I was only passing through, but I would never leave.
I grew up in the factory towns, in the harshness of the east.
And as a child lying in my bed, it was you there in my dreams.

Oh El Pueblo De Nuestra Senora La Rena...De Los Angeles

Land of the Chumash by the ocean, and the Tongva in the hills
Where the spanish built their missions, to convert their souls and wills
Then came rancheros and their families, and they spread out on the land
And everywhere they looked, it seemed that god had touched his hand

Oh El Pueblo De Nestra Senora La Rena...De Los Angeles

La la la la la la la la rena, de los angeles
la la la la la la la rena, de los angeles
Here in la la la la la la la la land...
Los Angeles

And as I stand upon this hill, and gaze out at the sea
I know the traffic and the glitter, have aged you dreadfully
And you've been wearing too much makeup, and your jewelry's much too bright
But I still see your beauty in the palm trees framed against the night

Oh El Pueblo De Nuestra Senora La Rena...De Los Angeles

Me amore....

I Want A War

Written By: Dale LaDuke

I want a war
I want a war

I want a war that has no fighting
I want a war that tells no lies
I want a war that keeps no secrets
I want a war where no one dies

I want a war that is forgiving
I want a war that sheds no blood
I want a war that helps the living
I want a war that ends in love

Since Homer and Herotodus
said the greeks and persians bled
this sadness on us, for the wounded and the dead
But the secret facination, that we've always had for war plus,
nation mistrusting nation,
always brings us back for more

Now I want a war

I want a war that helps no lenders
where oil for blood is never sold
I want a war where all the soldiers
only die by growing old

Since Homer and Herotodus
said the greeks and persians bled,
this sadness on us, for the wounded and the dead
But the secret facination, that we've always had for war plus,
nation mistrusting nation,
always brings us back for more

Now I want a war
yea I want a war

I want a war
I want a war

I Promise

Written By: Dale LaDuke & Kenny Edwards

I Promise

The sun has sunk below the ocean
Soon the moon will be in motion
Time for children to be sleeping
Their little souls adrift and dreaming

Throw your cares away, tonight
I promise that tomorrow, everything will be alright

Today brought happiness and sorrow
We'll do it all again tomorrow
All the grand adventures filled with wonder
Then sleepy eyes will turn to slumber

Throw your cares away, tonight
I promise that tomorrow everything, will be alright
will be alright

In this world with masses teeming
Somtimes it feels there is no meaning
But lay your head upon my pillow
Just close your eyes, and let go

Throw your cares away, tonight
I promise that tomorrow everything, will be alright
Throw your cares away, tonight
I promise that tomorrow, everything, will be alright
will be alright...it's gonna be alright.

Shine it all Around

Written By: Dale LaDuke and Dana Charnofsky

Shine it all Around

When I woke up in the morning
and saw that blue sky staring down
thought that I should grab that sunlight
and shine it all around

I see that light when I'm forgiving
and in the good things that I've found
and like a gospel choir in four part harmony
I want to shine it all, shine it all around.

I want to shine it all, shine it all around
yea, shine it all, shine it all around
I want to go out in my neighborhood
find something bright and something good
and shine it all, shine it all around.

All the tv's and newspapers
talk of darkness all around
but there's light in childrens laughter
I want to shine it all around

So that person in your cafe
or on that park bench in your town
may only need a smile to find their light inside
and shine it all, shine it all around

So let'm shine it all, shine it all around
yea, shine it all, shine it all around
let'm go out in their neighborhoods
find something bright and something good
and shine it all, shine it all around

And while some people moan and tremble
about the towers crumbling down
what if we could make a light
that made friends of enemies
and we shined it all around

Well you may think that I'm a dreamer
but I'm not the only one
and I hope someday you'll join us
to shine some hope and a little piece around

C'mon and shine it all, shine it all around
yea, shine it all, shine it all around
go out in your neighborhoods
find something bright and something good
and shine it all, shine it all around
yea....

Jerusalem

Written By: Dale LaDuke & Tysa Goodrich

Verses
Pope Urban called the first Crusade, in 1095 he swore to aid
Byzantine Christians in a daring raid, against the heathen foe.

He told the council at Claremont, that what our Eastern brothers want
Is help along the northern front, so go my children go

But before you go, there’s one thing more
There’s a city in our holy lore, taken in the Muslim war, of centuries ago

This holy city on a hill, I think it could be Christian still
If bold Crusaders have the will, to take it for our lord.

Chorus
Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Verses
And as he spoke his passion grew, and all that listened felt it too
And when he finished they all knew, just what he had in store

The Pope’s words spread from man to man,
forgotten were their Christian friends, we’re taking back the holy lands
the pious Templars swore

Chorus
Jerusalem Jerusalem
The blood upon your lands
is spreading all across the earth and I can see no end
Jerusalem Jerusalem
our fate is in your hands
Hands of the Jews and Christians, and of the Saracen

Verses
Now within the holy city gate, the wise Islamic Caliphate
Years before did dictate, an imperial decree

To honor and protect he swore, the Jews and Christians there before
So could there ever be a more, tragic irony

For when the Templars gained the walls, disregarding desperate calls
killed Jew, Muslim, Christian all, in the name of Christianity.

Now those walls are mostly dust, but some still stand reminding us
that through forgiveness and through trust, we could someday have peace.

Chorus

Slaves of History

Written By: Dale LaDuke,Travis Allen

Slaves of History

I must admit I’m getting nervous
Can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep
If Fox and CNN don’t really hurt us
Then why do I see rockets in my dreams?

I fear the leaders that keep saying
We need more war to bring us peace
One day killing, one day praying
Enslaving man for centuries

Why, when we try, for change
Slaves of History
We remain, in chains of pain
Slaves of History

Most of us ignore the men of reason
For those that shout the loudest in the street
Tricking us with lies that should be treason
Our masters, the enemies of peace

Why, when we try, for change
Slaves of History
We remain, in chains of pain
Slaves of History

My Great Fall

Written By: Dale LaDuke

My Great Fall
By Dale LaDuke (BM)

Verse
I was sitting in a friends apartment, waiting for the sun
And the sky was filled with clouds and the wind was blowing every one
And all my thoughts were concentrated
on just how small this planet really was

Verse
Oh if I were only Superman, how many things I’d change
Instead of the Lone Ranger, lost forever on the range
And though my thoughts are concentrated,
It doesn’t seem to help me much at all

Chorus
‘Cause I am just a spirit here
Who can’t remember much...since my great fall

Verse
Oh at night I dream of other lifetimes, out among the stars
And of lazy ecstasy adventures, in crazy Star-Wars bars
and though my thoughts are wonderful,
I wake up so amazed, that I’m so small

Chorus
‘Cause I am just a spirit here
Who can’t remember much...since my great fall

My great fall...
Instrumental bridge

Chorus
Yes, I am just a spirit here
Who can’t remember much, since my great fall
My great fall….

Outro
I was sitting in a friends apartment, waiting for the sun

Discography

"First Gear" by Five Wheel Drive. "My Love" by Kaedmon

"First Gear" was one of 5 finalists at the first Yahoo Music awards, based on the number of internet sites that were playing it. At one time it held 6 of the top ten slots on MP3.com, which brought it to the attention of Warner Bros. Nashville.
"Lone Ranger" from the CD "MY Love" by "Kaedmon". One of the top songs of 2006 on public radio station KCSN. Played on several stations and streaming podcasts on the internet (Celtic Podcast, Flatcat Radio...etc).

Set List

Set lists vary depending on the venue.
A standard 40 minute set would consist of a mix of guitar and piano originals. I have a few covers I like to toss in occasionally by artists like Lenoard Cohen, Jackson Browne, etc.