Dale May

Dale May


I sing from the heart, so it's filled with emotion and life's experiences. When I write, the topic usually evolves with the song and is not some pre conceived idea. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing an audience relating and enjoying my music.


WITH nothing more than his guitar, surfboard, backpack and a head full of dreams, Dale left Australia to travel the world.
A year later his debut album was born.
That wasn't his intention as he headed for the beaches and mountains of South America. But it didn't take long before his experiences became the lyrics to his songs and his moods were translated into the music to accompany them.
“I don't suppose I was influenced by any single musical genre,'' says the surfie-turned-muso.
“When I was growing up I was exposed to a lot of rock and soul music from the seventies. Mix that in with my classical guitar background and my love of blues, jazz, serious country and even a bit of Bob Dylan and Irish folk and you get a musical mix that's hard to define.
“I guess my songs are the mirrors of my heart and my music is drawn from the mood of the occasion.
“The songs I have written all relate to some kind of experience in my life.
“Travelling on my own opened up the floodgates for the words that came out.
“It didn't matter what I was writing when I was abroad. It became a way of expressing myself.
“I wouldn't always write only songs either. I just had to write about my experiences, my thoughts and the best way for me to express myself I found was through my guitar.
“It was great to listen to the different styles of music that were played overseas ... and to fall in love with cities and their sounds ... like the country-blues in Austin, jazz and original music in New York, gypsy punk in Montreal, Greek music on Crete, church music in Medjugorje in Bosnia.
“I listened to it all and somehow the people, the places, and the music on my journey changed me.
“When you are travelling, various forms of transport obviously play a big part in your life and, when I think about it now, the majority of my songs were written around some kind of transport ... ferries, trains, planes, terminals, airports.
“I became addicted to the act of travelling and the new places I was about to visit.
“Every time I set foot in a new city I'd walk around the streets with this stupid grin on my face, lyrics and melodies nagging me until I scampered back to wherever I was staying and locked myself away and emerged with a song.
“Most would only take a day or so to write but the exception was `Give Me a Ride' which seemed to be made up of bits and pieces off scraps of paper I had written on in airports and stations.
“The first time I wrote some lyrics for that song was at Sydney airport where I remember sitting on my haunches waiting for a connecting flight, staring at people, curious about where they were going. Another place that comes to mind would be the train station in Milan as I headed for Spain.
“I never played that song when I was travelling. The lyrics and chords just seemed to come and go but it didn't seem important to finish it at the time. It just kinda finished itself when I was sitting in a friend's lounge nine months later and I sang it from start to end for the first time.
“Hell, I wasn't even going to record it, but a few days after finishing it, I walked into the studio and decided to lay it down. And it was incredibly easy to do.''
By the time the upbeat ‘Por Qué’ was born, Dale had left South America, crossed Mexico and the States, and was sitting on the other side of the Atlantic where the sounds of Eastern European music captured his imagination.
“The words of the song were inspired from travelling through countries where you could see the scars of war. The people were happy and friendly, but there was still a deep sadness in their eyes that no one could hide.” He says, “It just felt right that the music take on that gypsy interpretation.”
At the other side of the musical spectrum is ‘Goodbye’. It's a song from deep in the heart, a haunting musical tribute to a close buddy whose life was cut tragically short.
“It's sad. But that's what my music is all about. It is created from the heart and you can't only have happy memories and experiences,'' he says.
“I want my music to be honest and have some meaning.''


Travelling Man

Written By: Dale May

the wind has a bite
my head is numb
my body aches
another you're the one
gusty shivers pushing me
giving me the hurry on

coz i'm just a travelling man
with the shadow of loneliness by my side

the sun meanders down
it's early day is done
innocence behind doors
stopped from having fun
if you would stay a while
you could burn away my desperation

coz i'm just a travelling man
with the shadow of loneliness by my side

i pray don't look into my eyes
you might see my disguise
don't even peek the curtains are drawn
i pray don't take my advice
take a look it's passion on ice
lend me your fire and make me warm

the moon clambers up
and sadly whispers along
my world on my shoulders
my younger years are gone
just let me howl at you
before i turn and move on

coz i'm just a travelling man
with the shadow of loneliness by my side

Good Bye

Written By: Dale May

such a terrible waste it was to say goodbye
love came home that day with a tear in her eye
trembling lips and a heaving despair
why did you take him away, oh it’s just not fair
at all

maybe i’m just being selfish but i wish you were here
you made us all shine brighter with your flair
i raised my eyes up to the sky and i watched you float away
they could’ve made an ocean from the tears that we shed that day

i hope wherever you are it’s better than here
coz god it’s a fukn cruel world, and you think you care
you took the brightest star and you made it disappear
why did you do that, oh no no, oh it’s just not clear
at all

and so the years have passed since that fateful day
like scattering birds we all went our own way
but i know i can still see you if i look up in the sky
but now i, i have the courage to say goodbye

i know wherever you are it’s better than here
this world it could not cope oh no no, it trembled in fear
and now i can thank the times that i had you by my side
i have the courage to say goodbye
goodbye, goodbye
oh goodbye my friend
such a terrible waste it was
but i know I will see you
in the end

Give Me a Ride

Written By: Dale May

they say that all roads lead to rome
if that's the case then i've been there 1000 times
tell the doctor to throw away the key
if collecting dust ever becomes a crime

if trainstop lovin ain't the lovin for you
then don't go bury your soul in my backyard
it's not that i don't wanna stay
its just that i have to go and
go and get gone x 2

and planes, trains and automobiles
i have to say give me a thrill
i wanna know where you're going to
and i wanna know if you will...give me a ride
oh please give me a ride

this kinda lonely's gotta be worth living
pushing your life around
watching all the others bubble by
can't they see my feet don't even touch the ground

so little boy with the glasses on
don't you worry it won't be long
soon you can grow your own wings and fly
and then you can go and...
go and get gone x 2

and planes, trains and automobiles
i have to say give me a thrill
i wanna know where you're going to
and i wanna know if you will...
give me a ride outta here
give me a ride...
oh please give me a ride


Give Me a Ride - March 2007

Set List

Travelling Man, Salty Taste, The Feeling You Get, Por Que, In The Dark, Make You Fall, Good Bye, Tears for Show, Bare My Soul, The Feeling You Get 2, Give Me a Ride, Slow Down
These are all original songs and the set can go for up to 1 and a half hours.