Dawn Cooksey

Dawn Cooksey

 Dayton, Ohio, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Original music influenced by diverse musical genres. Feminist undertones. Painfully honest lyrics.

Biography

Singer-songwriter/guitarist born in Dayton, Ohio and now residing in Yellow Springs, OH (home of Antioch College). Lived several years in Austin, Texas and performed as part of folk/alternative/rock band, "Dik Dam Dyk". In Ohio, has been part of a couple bands, "Social Workers with Guitars" and the all female "68 South". Has opened for/shared stage with Carrie Newcomer, Ani DiFranco, Katie Reider, and the Corndaddies. In July 2006, performed for a packed coffeehouse in Bangalore, India. Follow-up album to "no blue sky girl" has recently begun recording process. Also, performing as a trio with Neil Thompson on upright acoustic bass and Tracey Poole on drumset (billed as "Dawn Cooksey and 68 South").

Lyrics

Fall

Written By: Dawn Cooksey

Leaves are blowin'
every which way
Dancin' 'cross my windshield
as they fall
I have to admit
I feel that way
Tryin' to make sense
of this all

I see myself blown up and down
Spinnin' all around
as I fall

It's too late
to catch myself now
I'm already
too far down
Ain't no puttin' a leaf
back on a tree
Once it's layin'
on the ground

I see myself blown up and down
Spinnin' all around
as I fall

You are the wind
that blows through me
Blows me
to and fro
Maybe you feel the same
way about me
But
I don't know

I see myself blown up and down
Spinnin' all around
as I fall

They say Spring's
the time for love
to blossom
and grow
Well maybe Fall's the time
for love like this
That has nowhere
to go

I see myself blown up and down
Spinnin' all around
as I fall
as I fall
as I fall

no blue sky girl

Written By: Dawn Cooksey

Dark clouds in my rearview mirror
Nothing but blue skies ahead
I never dreamed a few miles back
that I'd soon be here instead

They'll always be dark clouds in my rearview mirror
No matter how far I go
So don't call me no blue sky girl
'Cause you don't know

The sun shines on my face, my eyes light up, my cheeks glow
But my head hung down, my eyes dim, not long ago

They'll always be dark clouds in my rearview mirror
No matter how far I go
So don't call me no blue sky girl
'Cause you don't know

I'm always lookin' back over my shoulder
Afraid the storm's on my trail
See I don't take these sunny days
for granted
'Cause I've been through hail

They'll always be dark clouds in my rearview mirror
No matter how far I go
So don't call me no blue sky girl
'Cause you don't know

said you were crazy

Written By: Dawn Cooksey

I always loved you and your wild ways
Now I can't help thinkin' it was all just some manic phase
But it don't seem right to think this way about ya
Rattlin' off diagnostic criteria

'Cause I remember the summer you lived with me in Texas
You got married in a pawn shop to a boy who looked like Elvis
You were wild, drinkin' whiskey and playin' pool
We said you were crazy, but we meant you were cool...

I've had clients who I wished could be my friends
Never had a friend quite so far down at the other end
I wish I didn't understand quite the way I do
How fuckin' painful this must be for you

(but) Do you remember the summer you lived with me in Texas
You got married in a pawn shop to a boy who looked like Elvis
You were wild, drinkin' whiskey and playin' pool
We said you were crazy, but we meant you were cool...

I feel like cryin', feel like screamin'
Somebody wake me up, tell me I'm just dreamin'
I don't know, I feel so confused
But I know it's nothin' compared to what it's like for you

(but) Do you remember the summer you lived with me in Texas
You got married in a pawn shop to a boy who looked like Elvis
You were wild, drinkin' whiskey and playin' pool
We said you were crazy, but we meant you were cool...

They pay me to drive around each day in the town that made you
These days it ain't the easiest thing to do
I'm wearin' the necklace that you made for Angelface
And starin' at your art hung up all over our place

And I remember the summer you lived with me in Texas
You got married in a pawn shop to a boy who looked like Elvis
You were wild, drinkin' whiskey and playin' pool
We said you were crazy, but we meant you were cool...

Train don't come

Written By: Dawn Cooksey

You were my favorite destination
But I've been standing too long at this station
Still the train don't come
No the train don't come

And I'm tired of waiting
Tired of waiting for you to decide
the rest of my life

I've been staring down
the same set of tracks
Years of my life
I'll never get back
Still the train don't come
No the train don't come

And I'm tired of waiting
Tired of waiting for you to decide
the rest of my life

All aboard
I hear another train calling
I step inside
and i feel myself falling, down
But I never touch the ground

And I'm no longer waiting
No longer waiting for you to decide
the rest of my life

My train has come
But it's not the one
I was waiting for
Now I'll wait no more

Cause I was tired of waiting
Tired of waiting for you to decide
the rest of my life

So now I will decide

Discography

"they would not understand" now released on compilation CD titled "Sing Out Loud" (available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/tetomasian1)

"no blue sky girl" self-released CD in July 2006
(available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dawncooksey)

"Nice Kicks" self-released cassette in 1992

Set List

Mostly originals with a few diverse covers thrown in. Have covered Bob Dylan, Erykah Badu, John Prine, Justin Timberlake, Patti Smith, John Lennon, Beyonce, Gillian Welch, Sade, Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Patsy Cline, pj harvey, Lucinda Williams, Stevie Nicks, and EmmyLou Harris.