Leslie Dysinger

Leslie Dysinger

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Imagine if Janis Joplin were still alive and able to metamorph into a folk rock artist / singer-songwriter, throw in a half cup of Patty Griffin, a pinch of Melissa Etheridge and you have Leslie Dysinger

Biography

Imagine if Janis Joplin were alive today and able to metamorph into a folk rock artist / singer songwriter, add a half cup of Patty Griffin and a tablespoon of Melissa Etheridge and you have Leslie Dysinger.

Leslie began her independent music career in 1992 when she decided to move to Memphis, TN. In Memphis Leslie began writing songs and discovering her musical independence. A chance performance at a benefit for a local club led to Leslie's role as the lead singer in an all girls group called "Girls Room Only". After two years of playing with the group, Leslie and guitarist Jody Swanner decided to form a new group called "Undecided". Over the course of four years, "Undecided" played the Memphis bar scene and they became the house band for Denim and Diamonds, Hwy. 51 Bar & Grill as well as Buffalos South. The group also frequently haunted Alfreds on Beale St. and played local festivals with such acts as Carol Plunk and the Belle Curves.

In 1998 Leslie moved back to Nashville to pursue her career as a songwriter. In 2003 she began focusing her creativity on songwriting and has since been writing and performing all over the South since 2005. The release of her debut album, Cause & Effect, is an honest account and reflection of her life. Leslie's unique vocal style is reminiscent of Janis Joplin and her story telling craft is simple, straightforward and poignant.

Lyrics

Good Decision

Written By: Leslie Dysinger

What if I made a good decision
What if I never got off track
What if things happened for a reason
And now they're telling me there's no turning back

Well, I'm learning something about acceptance
I'm learning not to run so far
And I think its funny when you finally realize
That maybe you, maybe you were wrong after all, well

What if I believed ever word you ever said
Would the grass be greener on the other side
What if you never ever made me second guess
Would I be better off not knowing you're alive

I'm learning something about forgiveness
I'm learning not to fight so hard
I think its funny when you finally realize that
Maybe you, maybe you were wrong after all

What if I never fall in love again
What if I never learn to fly
What if I just can't get this feeling back to me
What if I had never told you goodbye

I'm learning something about just letting go
I'm learning not to stack that wall
I think its funny when you finally realize that
Maybe you, maybe you were wrong after all

What if I made a good decision
What if I'd never got off track
What if things happen for a reason
And now its time for me to forget all that

Bad Choices

Written By: Leslie Dysinger

BAD CHOICES – by Leslie Dysinger

Can’t help but laughin’,
As I just run into you
Not three days ago,
well I was really hoping to
So much to say
but we just stand here and smile
Don’t hold your breath
cause this might take a little while

See I no longer play without conscious
Well I am aware of the cause and effect
And they say good knowledge, it comes from
Good use of your bad choices

Can’t help but wonder
if you are seeing through to my soul
I got some truth in there
I never wanted you to know
Like my heart is pounding,
I want your arms around me
But I’m gonna stand right here
and pray that it don’t show

See I no longer play without conscious
Well I am aware of the cause and effect
And they say good knowledge,
it comes from
Good use of your bad choices

Well, hello there beautiful, Tell me, how are you doing now?
Is it easy since you don’t have to love me, yeah?
So, tell me on the surface just how good your life is
And if you won’t, well, I’m sure your gonna show me, that’s why

I no longer play without conscious
Well I am aware of the cause and effect
And they say good knowledge,
it comes from
Good use of your bad choices

Well I’m pretty sure
that every reason has its place
And tonight you know
that you have placed my reasons clear
I’ve already done this
and you have yet to feel this
And anyway, I’m comfortable
at lovin’ you from here

See I no longer play without conscious
Well I am aware of the cause and effect
And they say good knowledge, it comes from
Good use of your bad choices
And they say good knowledge, it comes from
Good use of your bad choices

Going Home

Written By: Leslie Dysinger

It's a funny thing about love
Cause when it leaves you just can't get enough
And that's a funny thing about these tears
They fade away with all the wasted years

So you're not going to be the one to keep it alright
Not gonna be the one to keep it all tight
Not gonna be the one to make it all come true

Baby it's a long way home
And I've got this feeling way down deep in my bones
Well I'm so tired of being twisted up alone
Well I've got to go, I'm going home, I'm going home

And it's a funny thing about truth
It's only good when it's not abused
And that's a funny thing about you
Cause you're nothing that you said you'd be true to

So you're not going to be the one to keep it alright
Not gonna be the one to keep it all tight
Not gonna be the one to make it all come true

Baby it's a long way home
And I've got this feeling way down deep in my bones
Well I'm so tired of being twisted up alone
Well I've got to go, I'm going home, I'm going home

It's a funny thing about life
The more you learn the more you sacrifice
And that's a funny thing about time
It passes by with an ever changing mind

And it's a long way home
And I've got this feeling way down deep in my bones
Well I'm so tired of being twisted up alone
Well I've got a go, I'm going home, I'm home

And it's a long way home
And I've got this feeling way down deep in my bones....

If You Could See Me Now

Written By: Leslie Dysinger

Everybody wants to tell you a story about the past
Everybody wants to sell you a love thats gonna last
Everybody wanna show you what they think you're doing wrong
Everybody want to play you but they don't want to play long, and I said

If you could see me now
I'm on top of the world
And I'm making this hurt look good
If you could see me now
I'm repayin' the step we made
With every lousy chance I get
If you could see me now

You're doing the right thing
and then ya
Feelin' the wrong thing
and then ya
Give in anyway you just like the way it feels
It gets so complicated and ya
It gets so understated and ya
You damn well you hate it as you're pealing back the years

If you could see me now
I'm on top of the world
And I'm makin' this hurt look good ya
If you could see me now
I repayin' the step we made
With every lousy chance I get it
If you could see me now

If you could see me now
I'm on top of the world
And I'm makin' this hurt look good ya
If you could see me now
I'm repayin' the step we made
With every lousy chance I get
If you could see me now

Discography

Cause & Effect, Leslie Dysinger 2008 debut release

Singles include: Bad Choices, Your Regrets, and Going Home

Set List

Originals

Bad Choices
Going Home
Your Regrets
Good Decision
If You Could See Me Now
Maggie May
What They Say
How Long
Bar Song
Tell Him Anything
Congratulations

Some Covers Include:

Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin
Angel From Montgomery - John Prine
Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Synyrd
Last Dance With Mary Jane - Tom Petty
You May Be Right - Billy Joel
I Love Rock N' Roll - Joan Jett
The Weight - The Band
Love Throw a Line - Patty Griffin
Bring Me Some Water - Melissa Etheridge
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams
Chrome Plated Heart - Melissa Etheridge
What's Up - Four None Blondes
Land Of Canaan - Indigo Girls
Stay - Sugarland
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes
Your Little Secret - Melissa Etheridge
Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers