Dilip n the Davs

Dilip n the Davs

 Fremantle, Western Australia, AUS
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Fremantle's busiest and most dynamic original party band playing infectious grooves blending rock, funk and reggae riddims. Up-tempo & high-octane music for seriously funky dancers.

Biography

Fremantle's busiest and most dynamic original party band playing infectious grooves blending rock, funk and reggae riddims. Up-tempo & high-octane music for seriously funky dancers.

With over 600 shows all around WA,  6 recording releases since their formation in 2008, this eruption of rhythms have become well known for their captivating live performances. The Davs have been multi award winners and nominees in the West and have played at all the major original music festivals in the state over the last 7 years.

Their latest album titled Together was recently voted 6th out of 95 nominations for Reggae/Ska/Rocksteady 2013 album of the year in a worldwide poll of over 8000 voters. A track from the album was also featured on the Qantas inflight entertainment channel 

Another of the band's tracks was used in promo videos for the successful environmental campaign to Save the Kimberley.

Nominated for 3 WAMIs (Best Funk/ Best Blues & Roots/Best Drummer) in 2011; the band also won WAM Song of the year (Blues & Roots) in 2012 for a song called Driller about workers in the Goldfields.


Lyrics

Hawaiian Rules

Written By: Dilip n the DAVs

HAWAIIAN RULES Dilip n the DAVs

VERSE 1

You no longer leave your light on
I’m not welcome at your door no more
But my friend, there’s just a couple of things I think you need to know
You feel, an axe has been taken to your heart
But look up, and see here
We’ve all got the same scars
It time to let go and move on
Pick another flower
Come on, bright smile and loud shirt
Its time for Hawaiian Rules
Alright……

CHORUS
So, Love deep, love wide
Everyones’s a friend
Give love, get joy
I think you understand

You ve got to, sing loud,and, reach high
Give it all you got
Go hard or go home
Now thems’s Hawaiin rules
Lets go

Tell the truth its easier to remember
Never judge a day by the weather
And without rain, there are NO rainbows

Love deep and love wide
Everyones’s a friend
If you give love you get joy/more
I think you understand

So sing loud and reach high
Give it all you’ve got
Go hard or go home
Now thems’s Hawaiin rules

9 Days

Written By: Dilip n the DAVs

Nine Days

Verse 1
Did I have too much fun last night
I don’t know, I cant remember
So good to see you all
Hey good friends, you’re such a wonder
But I’m leaving on that plane
Up again, heading up the Pilbarra
This living in two worlds
Its insane, so confusing

Chorus
And its nine days
Nine daaaays
Nine days without music and you
Nine days
Nine daaays
Nine days without vodka and you

Verse 2
What I heard you say today
Makes me feel so special
Looked into your eyes
And you said, can you love me
But I’m leaving on that place
Off again, heading home to Freo
This living in two worlds,
Its insane, so confusing

Chorus

Verse 3
Guitar solo over melody

But I’m leaving on that place
Off again, heading home to Freo
This living in two worlds,
Its insane, so confusing

Double Chorus

Its Alright

Written By: Dilip Parekh

It’s Alright

Have you lost your groove
Your well run dry
No certainty no more
Don’t be surprised
Hey man, its alright
Yeah man its alright

Too many needles here
Gotta leave this place
For somewhere far away
Get your shit together man
Hey man its alright
Yeah its alright

Its alright
Its alright

Did they let you down
Abuse your trust
Taken all away
You’re not the only one
You know its alright
Yeah man its alright

And your blood will boil
Tear them limb from limb
Erupting into rage
Its better out than in
Hey man its alrigh
Yeah its alright

Its alright
Its alright

Too many needles here
Gotta leave this place
For somewhere far away

Have you lost your groove
Your well run dry
No certainty no more
Don’t be surprised
Hey man, its alright
Yeah man its alright

Its alright
Its alright

Blue Dress

Written By: Dilip Parekh

BLUE DRESS

I tried to track you down
and tell you how I feel
it isnt easy
cause you never notice me

Sent you messages
with clever lines
still waiting for an answer
you just take your time

I know that I'm a fool
and they all laugh at me
but I cant help it
you see ...

CHORUS
..cause ..
when you wear that Blue Dress, baby
you know the one
my body just becomes a mess
my mind
becomes undone
and when I see you movin
doing your thing
I just wanna ... sing ... sing ... sing

Back from Malaysia
glad you're safe n sound
sure would like to meet with you
if you can spare the time

You make me laugh
and how you make me smile
showing what you got
as you move around the room

I know that I'm a fool
and you may laugh at me
but I cant help it you see

CHORUS
..cause ..
when you wear that Blue Dress, baby
you know the one
my body just becomes a mess
my mind
becomes undone
and when I see you movin
doing your thing
I just wanna ... sing ... sing ... sing

REPEAT CHORUS & end

Cool Blue Water

Written By: Dilip Parekh

Cool Blue Water

Verse 1
Your little sister s thinking of you
She’s counting stars in the sky
From where you are
Hope you see the same light

Hope your travelling wisely
Going wide and moving far
And then when you get there
Breathing it all in

Chorus
But do you miss this cool blue water
Taste of salt and feel the sky
Cool blue water
And sun in your eye.

Cool blue water
Taste of salt and feel the sky
Cool blue water
And sun in your eye.

Verse 2)
Your room is quiet and empty
Pile of letters getting high
But take your time my son
We wont cry

Your friends are asking of ya
Where you are and how you going
I just tell them you’re doing fine

Repeat chorus

Verse 3)
Your room is quiet and empty
Pile of letters getting high
But take your time my son
We wont cry
Your little sister s thinking of you
She’s counting stars in the sky
From where you are
Hope you see the same light

Poppy Fields

Written By: Dilip Parekh & Brian Bell

Poppy Fields

Verse 1)
Buzz n spice of old Asia gone
At the end of a flight
Sleepy drive from the airport
Suburbs deader than night

On the west coast again
In this emerald city of Oz
Back in a field of poppies
Because
Because

Chorus 1)
No more highs n lows for me
Can hardly raise my head
Back in comfort zone again
Poppy fields so red

Verse 2)
Beautiful fragrant flowers
I’m back on middle ground
Roots are starting to take hold
In the sandy soil again

Sleepy suburban
Well sanitized town
Familiar byways
Am I up or am I down

Chorus 2)
No more highs n lows for me
I’m back on middle ground
In a sea of conformity
Yes, I’ll be one of them

Chorus 1)
No more highs n lows for me
Can hardly raise my head
Back in comfort zone again
Poppy fields so red

Driller

Written By: Dilip Parekh

Driller
By Dilip Parekh

Oh ha ha how X 2

Tomorrow I’m leaving for the ocean
Cool, cool breeze wash over me
The heat, the dust and the flies here in Sandstone
Drilling holes as deep as can be

My pockets are full but my heart is empty
Don’t know how much more I can take
The look, the taste and the taste of a woman
Somethings my friends
Cant pretend you don’t need

Oh ha ha how x 4

Wandering through the streets of Boulder and Kalgoorlie
In the front bars those girls know my name
Juicy tits and their cheeky asses
Hey baby, come sit with me
Oh yeah !

Oh ha ha how x 4

I’m having such a good time
Haven’t slept, I think it’s a week
Hey man these people here are so friendly
Everyone you meet wants to take you home
But my head is sore and my pockets are empty
I guess its back to work in the bush again

Oh ha ha how x 6

Too Funky

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Too Funky for me

Your’re just too funky for me baby
Way you move, things you do
I’m thinkin , of gliding over
Think its good ? think I should ?

I love the move in your groove
I love the glide in your stride
I love the barge in your charge
And everything beside

I love the funk in your spunk
Love the swerve in your curves

But most of all
Most of all
I love the love/sparkle/look/light in your eyes

X 2

Look What Happened to Me

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Look what happened to me

Intro

Sing and dance forever
4 progs

If you go too close to the edge
Looking down, you might fall in
You got to love them all
You got to Love them good
Oh yeah, don’t that feel right

4 progs

Happened to me
Look what happened to me
See what happened to me
It could happen to you

Me
Look what happened to me
See what happened to me
It could happen to you

16 progs

You got to love them all
You got to love them good
Oh yeah, there aint no second chance

You got to do it all
You got to take some risks
Oh yeah don’t that feel right’

8 progs

Dub Section

Dance hall + key change
And the wise man comes
Bringing light and love
And drops his hands upon you
He sees your mind, the scars you hide
Believe and you shall receive
One chance to live and just one chance to love
Its a wake up call from the stars above
Sing and dance forever

4 progressions

If you go too close to the edge
Looking down, you might fall in
You got to love them all
You got to Love them good
Oh yeah, don’t that feel right
You got to love them all
You got to love them good
Oh yeah, there aint no second chance

4 progessions

Happened to me
Look what happened to me
See what happened to me
It could happen to you

Happened to me
Look what happened to me
See what happened to me
It could happen to you

Mollie

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Mollie

Intro 8 bars

What a lovely time to be
We’ve been waiting just for you
So happy now you’re here
Captain welcomes you aboard
Untie the ropes and raise the chains
For we are ready to set sail

Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl
Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl

8 bars

So much love is all around
Floating on this sea of bliss
Just reach and its all there
Stick with us we’ll show you how
Untie the ropes and raise the chains
For we are ready to set sail

Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl
Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl

Key change to

Bass n drums

Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl
Oh mollie welcome to our world
Oh Mollie, such a lovely girl

Thick or Thin

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Thick or Thin

Intro 2 rounds

Verse 1)
You know I’ll always love you
Thick or thin, rough or smooth
Always in my heart dear
Deep in there, tenderly
Come and hold my hand girl
Love me well, dance with me
Long as we are shining
Me and you, you and me

Verse 2)
When I first set eyes on you
My friend he said
You are dreaming
You are dreaming boy
Now that you are here with me, tell me darling
Are you dreaming
Are you dreaming too

2 rounds

Verse 3)
You know I’ll always love you
Thick or thin, rough or smooth
Always in my heart dear
Deep in there, tenderly

Bridge
Jah loves all those who love to love
Yes he does
Jah cares for those whose hearts are true
Yes she do

Instrumental over 4 rounds

Verse 4)
When I first set eyes on you
My friend he said
You are dreaming
You are dreaming boy
Now that you are here with me tell me
Are you dreaming
Are you dreaming too

Verse 5
You know I’ll always love you
Thick or thin, rough or smooth
Always in my heart dear
Deep in there, tenderly
Deep in there, tenderly

Like a King

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Like a King

Intro 2 complete rounds

You make me feel like a king
Walking by your side in the rain
Can you feel , the waterfall
Lets jump in and clean our souls
Give me the key, I’ll take you away
To a place you’ve never been

Chorus
And tonight, tonight
Just be beautiful
And tonight, tonight
You’ll be beautiful

2 complete rounds - Instrumental

You have come, from so far away
How you found us , I don’t know
Your place is here, right by my side
Hold me tight and make me strong
I can see, there’s a fire
We’ll burn together as one flame.

Chorus
And tonight, tonight
Just be beautiful
And tonight, tonight
You’ll be beautiful

Bridge Key change

2 full progressions of normal verse pattern for instrumental

You have come, from so far away
How you found us , I don’t know
Your place is here, right by my side
Hold me tight and make me strong

And tonight, tonight
Just be beautiful
And tonight, tonight
Just be beautiful

Outro

..... tonight
..... tonight
.....tonight
.... tonight

Nine Days

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Nine Days

Verse 1
Did I have too much fun last night
I don’t know, I cant remember
So good to see you all
Hey good friends, you’re such a wonder
But I’m leaving on that plane
Up again, heading up the Pilbarra
This living in two worlds
Its insane, so confusing

Chorus
And its nine days
Nine daaaays
Nine days without music and you
Nine days
Nine daaays
Nine days without vodka and you

Verse 2
What I heard you say today
Makes me feel so special
Looked into your eyes
And you said, can you love me
But I’m leaving on that place
Off again, heading home to Freo
This living in two worlds,
Its insane, so confusing

Chorus

Verse 3
Guitar solo over melody

But I’m leaving on that place
Off again, heading home to Freo
This living in two worlds,
Its insane, so confusing

Instrumentals Bm get funky

Double Chorus

Reggae Gone

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Reggae Gone
Intro 2 full progressions

Walking in Dublin in the rain
Rhythms pounding in my brain
Searching for the right kind of music’
Found this place in Temple Bar
Band named Weed Way on the floor
And they were playing , my kind of sound

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae Reggae gone

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae
gone

One progression

Back in Freo once again
In the sunshine not the rain
Searching for that right kind of music
Walked into Mojos as I do
And what do you think I should hear
It was a perfect, it was a perfect sound

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae Reggae gone

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae

Two progressions instrumental
One progression

Back in Freo once again
In the sunshine not the rain
Searching for the right kind of music
Walked into Mojos as I do
And what do you think I should hear
It was a perfect sound

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae Reggae gone

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae Reggae gone

Gone Gone so far gone
Gone gone gone having too much fun
Gone gone gone Reggae Reggae Reggae gone

Yokohama Girl

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Yokohama Girl Song Structure

YOKOHAMA GIRL Am, F, Em (Reggae Verses, Dancehall chorus)

Intro Oriental with horns & gong

Intro 8 rounds

Verse 1) Reggae style

Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama girl, you rock my world
With your smiling and your dancing
Sweet timing
You rock my world

Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama girl, you rock my world

Chorus 4 sequences of dancehall style

Verse 2) Two thirds of verse w lyrics

Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama girl, Yokohama Girl you rock my world

With your smiling and your dancing
Sweet timing
You rock my world

Solos

Verse 3) Yokohama girl lyric sequence X 2

Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama girl, Yokohama Girl you rock my world

Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama, Yokohama Girl
Yokohama girl, Yokohama Girl you rock my world

Lookin at Ya

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

LOOKING AT YA

Bass intro (two rounds)
Verse 1)
I’m looking at ya
I like what I see
Hey what a vision
Could you be real ?
I’m looking at ya
Your eyes are sparkling
Your body’s burning
I’m in your glow
I’m looking at ya
Hey what you doing
That way you’re moving
Come move with me
I’m coming at ya
No use running
No use hiding
I m on my way?

2 Progressions

Verse 2)
I’m coming at ya
You dancing goddess
You swirling priestess
I’m at your feet

I’m coming at ya
Hey what you doin
This spell you’re casting
Will it never end
I’m coming at ya
Beautiful woman
As you brush against me
Can feel my need ?

I’m coming at ya
there’s no use running
there’s no use hiding
we’re on our way

Bridge

George Joe – Free style section

Verse 3)
I’m looking at ya
I like what I see
Hey what a vision
Could you be real ?
I’m looking at ya
Your eyes are sparkling
Your body’s burning
I’m in your glow
I’m coming at ya
Ya dancing goddess
Ya swirling priestess
I’m at your feet
I’m coming at ya
No use running
No use in hiding
I’m on my way

Looking at ya Im on my way
Dreaming of ya
Thinking of ya
Looking at ya Im on my way

Verse 1)
I’m looking at ya
I like what I see
Hey what a vision
Could you be real ?
I’m looking at ya
Your eyes are sparkling
Your body’s burning
I’m in your glow
I’m looking at ya
Hey what you doing
That way you’re moving
Come move with me
I’m coming at ya
No use running
No use hiding
I m on my way?

2 Progressions

Verse 2)
I’m coming at ya
You dancing goddess
You swirling priestess
I’m at your feet

I’m coming at ya
what you doin
Spell you’re casting
Will it never end
I’m coming at ya
Beautiful woman
Come brush against me
Can feel my need ?

I’m coming at ya
there’s no use running
there’s no use hiding
we’re on our way

Bridge

2 rounds
Verse 3)
I’m looking at ya
I like what I see
Hey what a vision
Could you be real ?
I’m looking at ya
Your eyes are sparkling
Your body’s burning
I’m in your glow
I’m coming at ya
Ya dancing goddess
Ya swirling priestess
I’m at your feet
I’m coming at ya
No use running
No use in hiding
I’m on my way

Looking at ya Im on my way
Dreaming of ya
Thinking of ya
Looking at ya Im on my way

Nannup Song

Written By: Dilip n the Davs

Nannup

Intro

Officer, I was hungry
A little drunk, and a little stoned
All my friends were with me
Without fire, there is no flame
Can you hear those rhythms
Floating out above the town
And do you like reggae music
Cause the DAVs are back in town
Could I be dreaming
Haven’t felt his good in years, not for years

Chorus
Oh those river stars are calling
Must be Nannup time
River stars are calling
Sing sing sing
Sing a Nannup song

Verse 2
Take a short cut through the bushes
Dusty road to fresh water hole
Is cousin Gav is he with us
We got a mini amp with a mighty sound
So much happening in all direction
Fun and laughter, everywhere
Oh we love this tribal music
Feels so good, makes us so strong

Chorus
Solos and key change to Bm

Officer, I was hungry
A little drunk, and a little stoned
All my friends were with me
Without fire, there is no flame
Can you hear those rhythms
Floating out above the town
And do you like reggae music
Cause the DAVs are back in town
So much happening in all direction
Fun and laughter, everywhere
Oh we love this tribal music
Feels so good, makes us so strong

Chorus

Discography

2008 - 'Don't Mind if I Do' - an 11 track studio album
2009 - 'Thick or Thin' - a 5 track EP
2010 - Whaddya Reckon - 10 track album
2011 - 'Whaddya Reckon Now' 9 track album
2013 -  Together  10 track album

Tracks from the all the DAVS cds get regular airplay on West Australian community and local radio stations. Members of the band appear quite often on local shows for live performances and interviews

Set List

The band can perform in a variety of formats ranging from a single 45 minute set to three or four 45 minute sets.

The material is predominantly original, with a few covers thrown in fo good measure. As an example at a recent gig the set list was all original with two popular interpretations.

Rivergirl
Hawaiian Rules
Poledancer
Monkey Man (Toots & Maytells)
Cuban Cigar
Hey You
Firecracker
Nannup Song
Stir it Up (Bob Marley)
Marijuana Music