DC Sills

DC Sills

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DC Sills, Singer-Songwriter, Jackie of All Trades, telling stories through songs about people I've met, people I've lost and people I just made up!

Biography

With a blend of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel, DC Sills weaves stories into songs about people she’s known, people she’s lost and some people she’s just made up. Who does she sound like? She puts it this way, "Mostly, I just sound like me, DC, but there have been comparisons made to: Tracy Chapman, Maura O'Connell and even Cheryl Wheeler...I can only hope they are true!"

Raised in the piney woods of Central Louisiana, DC Sills taught herself to play the guitar by watching Austin City Limits. Influenced by the local bluegrass and gospel music scene and through the tutelage of writers like Nanci Griffith and John Prine (via Austin City Limits), DC's songwriting career was born. As a songwriter and performer DC feels both experienced and naive. She sums it up this way, "Sometimes it is a very scary thing, songwriting, telling people's stories, often turning fact into fiction, to protect the innocent and not so innocent. I don't know why I was chosen to have these words and melodies appear in my head but I am thankful and grateful."

DC's first CD, Always a Tourist, was released in September 2005 was a six song collection of songs is an eclectic blend of country, folk & bluegrass. Herb Barbee of Roots Music Review had this to say about Always a Tourist, “If DC Sills were a painter, no doubt she would use a very broad brush. As a talented musical artist, she accomplishes the same artistic feat. Her music crosses many genres from country to folk to bluegrass to gospel and the really cool thing is that she is versatile enough to perform all these music types well.”

Her follow up CD, "Better When I'm Loved", is her 1st full length CD that includes 11 original tunes. According to Penguin Eggs Magazine, “Her songwriting is a cut above the usual and some of these numbers like Cajun Blood, Small Town, Hard Headed Country Boy Blues and Heaven Knows tend to stick in the mind.” The songs are personal, inspirational and many are true! One dollar from every "Better When I'm Loved" CD will go to Louisiana non-profit organizations, Save NOLA Now and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA).

DC's song "I'll Wait Forever" is included in the Independent film "Big Dreams in Little Hope".

One of DC's favorite songs she's written, "Another Reason to Drink" was included on the ShutEye Records compilation CD "The United States of Americana vol. 5" .

DC has been chosen by KOA Kampgrounds to be a featured entertainer for the KOA Kampertainment program.

DC is a BMI affliated artist.

Lyrics

We'll Be Fine

Written By: DC Sills

Got a full tank of gas
And four good tires
The wind at my back
And the water is rising
We’re gonna out run this storm

Everything that means
Anything to me
Is buckled right beside me
In the passenger seat
And they just hung out the sign New Orleans Closed

Chorus:
Cause there’s a hurricane
Out in the Gulf
And they swear she’s gonna be
The end of us
She’ll bring the wind
She’ll bring the rain
Blow down the houses
Wash the coast away
But we’ll be fine
We’ll be fine
Cause life goes on

The girls of summer
They can break your heart
But these girls
They tried to tear us apart
But they just couldn’t break our Cajun souls

Now I got a generator
That sings me to sleep
And I got fish & shrimp
In my freezer to eat
It may not seem like much
But to me its gold

Chorus

My Grand Daddy remembers the days
When Camille and Audrey
Tried to blow us away
Things were tough
But you know they made it through

So we’re gonna gather
We’re gonna pray
And together we’ll rebuild
It all one day
And one day we’ll be telling our grandkids too

Chorus
© DC Sills

Cajun Blood

Written By: DC Sills

Cajun Blood

If you take a trip
From the Atchafalaya basin
To Louisiana’s tip
Then you’ll catch a glimpse
Of life from another time
Generations flow by
As the bayou glides
Quietly into the Gulf
Quietly into the Gulf

Chorus

We remember our roots
We honor our dead
We praise the Lord
That blesses our boats
& No matter how far we roam
We’re all bound by Cajun Blood
We’re all bound by Cajun Blood

When that fiddle rings
And that old squeeze box
Starts to sing
You’ll get swept away
By the sounds of yesterday
So hold your partner tight
There is only tonight
Allon Dancer
Allon Dancer

Chorus

Bridge:
& people wonder why we stay
When each year we might get blown away…

Chorus

© DC Sills

Heaven Knows

Written By: DC Sills

Heaven Knows

I called Marilyn today
She turned 62
10 years ago
She didn't know if she would make it through
Another day, another year
Now she's on the other end of the line
Thanking me, Thanking you
Thanking God
For your sacrifice

Chorus:
Heaven knows
I didn't want to lose you
Heaven knows
I'll always miss your smile
I may never know
Why God chose to take you
But Heaven knows
You left a legacy behind

Talking to Marilyn
Brought me back 9 years
To a hospital room
Full of machines and fear
Where I prayer for answers and strength
To help me sign
Away your life
And my hope that you'd be fine

Chorus:
Heaven knows
I didn't want to lose you
Heaven knows
I'll always miss your smile
I may never know
Why God chose to take you
But Heaven knows
You left a legacy behind

Bridge:
Somewhere your heart still beats
And a little boy plays ball
And someone wakes up
And sees the world
Through brand new eyes

Chorus:
Heaven knows
I didn't want to lose you
Heaven knows
I'll always miss your smile
I may never know
Why God chose to take you
But Heaven knows
You left a legacy behind

(c) 2006 DC Sills




Small Town

Written By: DC Sills

It’s a small town
You say it like it’s a bad thing
All the young people
Say they can’t wait to get away
But give them 5 or 10 years
And they’ll be right back here
Living in a small town
And singing it’s praise

CHORUS
It’s good and bad
All at the same time
It’s what we all search for
But not always what we find

It’s a small town
And it’s such a cliché
But everybody
Really does know your name
And they know your momma
And they know your daddy too
Living in a small town
Nobody really knows you

CHORUS

It’s a small town
And you’ll always be an outsider
It doesn’t matter
How long you stay
If you weren’t born here
Then you’re not from here
Living in a small town
It’ll always be that way

CHORUS

Final Verse:

It’s a small town
You say it like it’s a bad thing
Everybody
Really does know your name
If you weren’t born here
Then you’re not from here
Living in a small town
It’ll always be that way

Better When I'm Loved

Written By: DC Sills

Better When I’m Loved

It was Graduation night
And the crowd came alive
As Sarah Jane was called up to the mic
Folks around me started to talk
We wondered if she could pull if off
You see Sarah Jane just never got things right
We watched her walk down
To the front of the stage
White knuckles on the podium
She stared out into space

Then she said:

CHORUS
I, I just do better when I’m loved
And you all have loved me
Lifted me up and made me
Better than I am
Better than I was
I just do better when I’m loved

Now you could have heard a pin drop
As a hush fell upon the crowd
None of us expected much much less something so profound
In the silence Sarah’s tears began to fall
She was so afraid
She had disappointed us all
But we all felt the magic
In that star filled night
For 18 years we called her special
But that night she proved us right
When she said

CHORUS

Bridge:
It’s funny how the simplest things
Bring such clarity
And how those simple words
Have meant so much to me

Hard Headed Country Boy Blues

Written By: DC Sills

My momma she done told me
My daddy he told me too
Don't mess with no hard headed country boy
'cause he ain't no good for you
Well I didn't listen
No I didn't pay them no mind
Here I am with you baby,
& I'm just blue all the time

Now when they told me those stories
I said they couldn't be true
and when I looked into your eyes
I swore it couldn't be you
So, I didn't listen
I didn't pay them no mind
Now Here I am with you baby
& I'm just blue all the time

When we took those vows
I said forever more
But everytime I see you baby
You're walking out my door
I didn't listen
I didn't pay them no mind
Now here I am with you baby
& I'm just blue all the time

Now we've had our good times
But their outweighed by the bad
& when I think of the time I've wasted
I really wish I would have
But I didn't listen
No I didn't pay them no mind
Now here I am with you baby
& I'm just blue all the time

Now if I have a daughter
I'm gonna warn her too
I'm gonna tell her girl
Now don't you be no fool
& she's gonna listen
She's gonna memorize every line
Cause I don't want her singing
These hard headed Country Boy Blues

Small Town (Country Demo)

Written By: DC Sills

It’s a small town
You say it like it’s a bad thing
All the young people
Say they can’t wait to get away
But give them 5 or 10 years
And they’ll be right back here
Living in a small town
And singing it’s praise

CHORUS 1
It’s good and bad
All at the same time
It’s what we all search for
But not always what we find
It’s front porches & lemonade
Saturday afternoon parades
Sunday Sermons and dinner on the grounds

It’s a small town
Things move here at a slower pace
And everybody
Really does know your name
And they know your momma
And they know your daddy too
Living in a small town
You know that it’s true

CHORUS 2
It’s good and bad
All at the same time
It’s what we all search for
But not always what we find
Sleepin’ with the windows up
Mud ridin’ in a beat up old truck
Drivin’ home everybody waves
It’s a small town

Bridge

Some people call us old fashioned
We still pray at the game on Friday night
Our kids still say please and thank you
And I thank God for givin’ me this life

Repeat CHORUS 1

© DC Sills

Couldn't Wait to Go

Written By: DC Sills

Lawrence Welk was young then
And every Saturday night in my Grandfather’s den
We’d tune in
It was the 1st TV I’d ever seen
We did like the show but we love to dream
And watch those dancers spin
It was kids on the floor
Adults on the couch
Everybody came to the big ole house
Starched, white and clean

CHORUS
And we couldn’t wait to go
My brothers, my cousins and me
That TV took us places
We never thought we’d know
And we couldn’t wait to go

We paid $9 a month
For the old black phone hanging in our house
And we sure loved that party line
We could call up all our friends
Say we’re going to town again
Would you like to ride
Adults spent the day
With no time clock
(song now says “At Bob Kotch” which was a bar in my mom’s home town)
And dropped us kids off to watch
Our heroes on the silver screen

CHORUS
And we couldn’t wait to go
My brothers, my cousins and me
Those movies took us places
We never thought we’d know
And we couldn’t wait to go

Bridge:
& now we seen
Those places that we only dream
& memories
Still take us back to the place in time
When we couldn’t wait to go

CHORUS
And we couldn’t wait to go
My brothers, my cousins and me
Our lives took us places
We never thought we’d know
And we couldn’t wait to go
We couldn’t wait to go
We couldn’t wait to go © DC Sills

Never Be the Same

Written By: DC Sills

Verse 1
I been walking through this desert
Not knowing where I’m bound
Following a man
From town to town
I got a lady on my back
She’s got a baby on her mind
We’ve got to find a place to rest
While there’s still time

Refrain
You Don’t even know my name
But without me the story would never be the same

Verse 2
The lady shifts in her seat
And says we’ve gotta stop soon
The man shakes his head
And says honey there no rooms
The pains are coming faster
She says it won’t be long
And I curse this desert and the king
That made us flee our homes

Refrain

Verse 3
We see a building in the distance
We’re hopeful it’s an inn
I say a silent prayer
That this will be our journey’s end
The man runs ahead
But comes back with his head bowed
Then I realize
Its all up to me now

Refrain

Verse 4
So I walk right past the man
And take the lady with me
When he catches up
He shakes his head in disbelief
As I walk into the stable
All safe & warm with hay
Just as the sun dips down
And night replaces day

Verse 5
Now as the stars come out
There’s one that brightly shines
Right above this stable
A sign for all mankind
That here in this manger
On this night was born King
And I got watched it all
And hear the Angels sing

Refrain

Verse 6
Now as you wander through
This crazy life of yours
You may think you’re insignificant
But this one things for sure
Life is just a story
Played out on God’s stage
And without you
It would never be the same.

Refrain
No one may ever know your name
But without you the story would never be the same

You don’t even know my name
But without me the story would never be the same

Discography

Always a Tourist (2005) -6 Song EP
-Opening Track "Another Reason To Drink" was featured on the Shuteye Records Compilation CD, "The United States of Americana Vol. 5".
-"Another Reason" played on "All Things Acoustic" is a weekly program of folk, singer-songwriter, and world music broadcast at 100,000 watts on Alabama Public Radio

Better When I'm Loved (2007)-11 Song CD
-"I'll Wait Forever" featured in Independent film "Big Dreams in Little Hope"
-"We'll Be Fine", "Great Day to be a Martyr" and "Sometimes You Surprise Me" featured on UK Podcast "InWorkingham"
-CD highlighted on US Podcast, "DigiVegas"
-"Let You Back In" played on "DigiVegas Podcast"

Available on-line at CDBaby.com/dcsills , www.cdbaby.com/dcsills2 & www.dcsills.com

Set List

1. Always a Tourist
2. Small Town
3. Dance with You in Heaven
4. Couldn’t Wait to Go
5. Bring it all to You
6. Cajun Blood
7. Thankful
8. Another Reason to Drink
9. I’ll Wait Forever
10. Misery Loves Company
11. One More Time
12. Hard Headed Country Boy Blues
13. Sometimes You Surprise Me
14. Feel the Rhythm
15. All About Love
16. Be Here Now
17. The Gap
18. Path of Paul
19. Drive Thru Fast Food World
20. Moses
21. Sun & a Song
22. Julia Said
23. Heaven Knows
24. I Can’t
25. Great Day to be a Martyr
26. We’ll Be Fine
27. Better When I’m Loved

Set list varies according to venue. All songs are originals, no covers. Folk/Country genre.

Set times also vary according to venue request & needs.

Can perform in range of 15-30 minute sets to 1 hour show with no break or 2 hour show with 15-20 minute break.