Dave Falk

Dave Falk

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Dave Falk sings about disaster-ridden trips, lost love, and visits with “Grandma.” With impeccable comic timing, heartfelt lyrics, and a voice that has been compared to Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Dave charms critics and fans alike with his “Falk Music”.

Biography

On his soon to be released second album, Wherever You Go . . . There You Are!, Boston-based singer/songwriter Dave Falk sings about disaster-ridden trips, lost love, and visits with “Grandma”. With impeccable comic timing, heartfelt lyrics, and a voice that has been compared to Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Dave charms critics and fans alike with his “Falk Music”.

Dave Falk’s first album, Love Breaks All the Rules, was released in the spring of 2002. His song “In the Light” quickly reached #1 on the mp3.com Alternative Country charts, while his song “Peace O’ Mind” received international acclaim when it was featured in the film Director’s Bugs, which won First Place in 2003 Dublin Film Festival (Experimental Category). Radio stations WMFO, WXRV (the River), and WBRS were quick to add Love Breaks All the Rules to their playlists.

With the release of Love Breaks All the Rules, Dave began touring, playing clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, and the Boston subways. In December of 2003, a subway riding fan brought him a copy of local independent newspaper “The Weekly Dig” that listed Dave as #2 on their list of Top Ten Buskers in Boston.

In addition to playing music in the subways, Dave was active in the fight to keep music there when the MBTA announced new and restrictive regulations against performers in the fall of 2003. Dave was interviewed by the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, and a whole slew of college papers, as well as appearing live on radio stations WMFO and WMBR to talk about the issues. The huge grassroots effort mounted by subway musicians and their supporters was ultimately successful in getting the MBTA to back down so that subway music can continue in its great tradition.

Dave’s upcoming album is off to a running start, with the track “Grandma” already winning First Place in the 2003 Dallas Songwriting Contest and two tracks from the album winning Dave a showcase spot in the Minnesota Folk Festival’s New Song Competition.“The Gatekeeper”, about fare collector Roy Rhines, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack this spring, has been especially touching to Porter Square subway riders, many of whom have commented on the community that Dave has been able to create amongst listeners down at the subway station.

Review site Godsofmusic.com says of Dave:

[Love Breaks All the Rules] has that kind of familiar sound that sticks by you as though it's been a lifelong friend. I had never heard of Dave Falk before hearing this track, but after the song finished playing, it seemed as though he had known me . . . The tune catches hold of you even in its simple nature, and the vocals just roll off his tongue as I'm sure only he could sing them.

Lyrics

Grandma

Written By: Dave Falk

When I was five, my parents went away on a one week vacation
I went to the door, and who did I see? The best Grandma in the
nation!

“Hey Jon, Jon! Grandma’s here! Do you know what that means?
We get to stay up late and watch movies, and eat lots of ice cream
and go to Brigham’s!”

LIFE IS GOOD, YEAH, LIFE IS SWEET
GRANDMA’S HERE, SO LET’S HAVE A TREAT
COME SIT DOWN AND WATCH A MOVIE
EAT SOME CAKE AND FEELING GROOVY

Grandma let us stay up late that night to watch
James Bond in For Your Eyes Only
And Grandma seemed to have her eyes on Roger Moore
She said, “That Roger Moore is quite handsome.”

“Jon, Jon! Do you think Grandma and Roger Moore could get
married?”
“Wow! That would be so cool! Grandma married to James Bond!”
“I get to sit next to Grandma.”
“No, I do! It’s my turn!”
“If Grandma sits in the middle, then we both get to sit next to her.”

LIFE IS GOOD, YEAH, LIFE IS SWEET
GRANDMA’S HERE, SO LET’S HAVE A TREAT
COME SIT DOWN AND WATCH A MOVIE
EAT SOME CAKE AND FEELING GROOVY

Grandma told me she came from Foggia
Which is across the Adriatic Sea . . .
I said, “Grandma, let’s go back there and visit someday,”
But she said she can’t because she’s an alien . . .

“Jon, Jon! Grandma said she’s an alien . . . Like ET . . .”
“I wanna go ride in her spaceship!”

Grandma drives her blue Buick Regal spaceship really slow
She drives 10 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone
She points to a sign and says the speed limit is 16
“Grandma, I think that means route 16.”

LIFE IS GOOD, YEAH, LIFE IS SWEET
GRANDMA’S HERE, SO LET’S HAVE A TREAT
COME SIT DOWN AND WATCH A MOVIE
EAT SOME CAKE AND FEELING GROOVY

Someday when I’m older, and they find a cure for koodies
Maybe, I’ll have kids and grand kids of my own
And we can go feed the ducks, and walk through the autumn leaves,
Eat lots of ice cream, and watch movies!

LIFE IS GOOD, YEAH, LIFE IS SWEET
GRANDMA’S HERE, SO LET’S HAVE A TREAT
COME SIT DOWN AND WATCH A MOVIE
EAT SOME CAKE AND FEELING GROOVY

“Jon! Mom and Dad are coming home today, and you know what
that means! Grandma’s going to have to go
back to her house, and no more staying up late and watching
movies and eating lots of ice cream.”

“Grandma, Jon and I were thinking . . . Even though mom and dad
are coming home today, maybe you could
stick around the house for a bit?”

(Lisa, I'm Sorry I Brought You to) New York City

Written By: Dave Falk

We’re heading over the Brooklyn Bridge now
Our engine sputters and comes to a halt
And the cars around us clench their wheels in anger
Against the sparkling asphalt

You say, “You should have filled the tank up back in Jersey!”
I say, “I would have but the gas gage doesn’t work!”
Now the cars are backed up for miles and miles
As we get a ticket from an NYPD parking clerk

LISA, I’M SORRY I BROUGHT YOU TO NEW YORK CITY
SORRY YOU’RE HAVING A BAD TIME
WHERE THE BUILDINGS STRETCH SO HIGH AND THE SKYLINE SO PRETTY
MAYBE YOU’D HAVE A BETTER TIME OF IT
IF YOU COULD JUST STOP COMPLAINING

Our friends we’re staying with they just got married
And after three days with us they’re threatening divorce
They offered us free tickets to see the Sox play the Yankees
But you told them, “We don’t like sports!”

I was scared half to death at the Life Café
There was a Pit Bull in the vestibule by the door
He was chewing on the remains of a bacon double cheeseburger
And he looked like he wanted something more

LISA, I’M SORRY I BROUGHT YOU TO NEW YORK CITY
SORRY YOU’RE HAVING A BAD TIME
WHERE THE BUILDINGS STRETCH SO TALL AND THE SKYLINE SO PRETTY
MAYBE YOU’D HAVE A BETTER TIME OF IT
IF YOU COULD JUST STOP COMPLAINING

Well, the restaurant in Chinatown sure made you nervous
With its dead chickens swinging on a string
So we went up north to the village
To the place where the people there all dance and sing

When we got there, I must admit, it was quite lovely
Our waitress danced with candles on her head
She tripped on your bag
And the highlights of your hair turned a brilliant fiery red

You sprinted all the way out to the front door
Were you crying out in anger or in pain?
You stepped outside
And your hair was extinguished
By the sweet summer rain

LISA, I’M SORRY I BROUGHT YOU TO NEW YORK CITY
SORRY YOU’RE HAVING A BAD TIME
WHERE THE BUILDINGS STRETCH SO HIGH AND THE SKYLINE SO PRETTY
MAYBE YOU’D HAVE A BETTER TIME OF IT
IF IT WOULD JUST STOP RAINING
(song fades with thunder storm)

Wherever You Go

Written By: Dave Falk

I was conquered by your kiss, overthrown by your beauty, Babe,
When Jed came in for the hostile takeover
Yeah, he came in so valiantly on his Trojan Horse
I think it was around the same time that we used our last pack
Now I sit here amongst the rubble of empty beer cans and pizza boxes
But I’m rebuilding Rome in a day

I think about you in my sleep
My head grows heavy and my knees get we-e-eak

WHEREVER YOU GO, I WILL BE WITH YOU
A-A-A-ALWAYS
WHEREVER YOU GO, I WILL BE WITH YOU
IN YOUR MEMORY

You and Jed finally left that shed
You’ve got a one room apartment with weeds in the lawn
Yeah, we used to talk about having babies together
A girl named Jasmine, a boy named Leo or Zack
Yeah, Jasmine was gonna be an Astrophysicist
And Leo, a writer of songs
Yeah, we’d look on so proud on graduation day, babe,
When Jasmine gave the Valedictorian Address

Your ghost comes back at three past noon
You might have left this place too so-o-oon

WHEREVER YOU GO, I WILL BE WITH YOU....

I’m pied piper to the rats in my practice space
Where I practice all I do and say
And I relive my past, and I realize my dreams
And it’s the place; you all know the place,
Where we all get a little better or a little worse each day

There’s Sleepy- keeps me up all night with his snoring
And Grumpy cheers me up when I get real angry
And Sister Heartache looks at me with her halo smile
She says, “It’s only a matter of time.”
And Grumpy says, “Hey man, get over it,
She’s a real pain in the ass and you can do much better!”
Sister Heartache cries, “You may never find a love as good as this one.
Man, there’s not even a reason to try.”

I think about you all the time
I try to come up with words that rhy-y-yme

WHEREVER YOU GO, I WILL BE WITH YOU....
Always

Discography

Wherever You Go, There You Are (Coming Soon)
Best Medicine (2004)
Love Breaks All the Rules (2002)

Set List

(Lisa, I'm Sorry I Brought You to) New York City
Grandma Song
Winter Hill
Pacific Shores
Wherever You Go
Peace O' Mind
Love Breaks All the Rules
Nine Tries
Curious Eyes
The Door
Million Dollar Smile
Kiss of Heaven
In the Light

Covers:
To Live is to Fly (Townes Van Zandt)
Halleluiah (Leonard Cohen)
If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt)
Angel from Montgomery (John Prine)
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)
Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt)
Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Wild World (Cat Stevens)
With Or Without You (U2)
In the Pines (Ledbelly)
Uncle John's Band (Grateful Dead)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)