Lisa Dudley

Lisa Dudley

 Tivoli, New York, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

It's "spirit country"-- folk music with a bluegrass beat. Lovely and uptempo, these songs matter and they feel good. People cry (yes, even big strong men) and they melt when Lisa Dudley sings "her amazing ballads in that incredible voice." Angel songs, soldier songs, even a heart transplant song!

Biography

Lisa Dudley has a passionate following of soldiers and veterans. Her latest album, Broken Purple Heart -- Lisa Dudley Live, is a live recording from last year's Concert for Veterans. Lisa sings her most requested songs including Angel on My Shoulder, Twenty-One Guns, Dangerous Curves, and Trail of Tears.

Coming after the release of "Harley Girl" Lisa Dudley solidifies her place in the country/folk-music genre as a singer who touches the heart and helps people feel the emotions they can only barely touch.

Lisa is a healer with a ministry of music. Part Native American (Cherokee and Blackfoot,) she believes she has a calling to write and sing her original songs -- "hauntingly beautiful", socially relevant, and just plain entertaining.

Lisa Dudley is an advocate for veterans. Many of these battered men and women say these songs make them "feel" again. And they cry. And they laugh. And they sing along.

Lyrics

Trail of Tears

Written By: Lisa Dudley

I have a photograph
Taken long ago in Oklahoma
Of my mother's great grandmother
Before she died
And passed on
Down to me
Her amazing story
She walked the trail of tears
And she cried

v2:
Well her name was Grace
And she walked to Oklahoma
Over a thousand miles
So many died
There were guns
And no one could run
No one could hide
From the soldiers
She walked the trail of tears
And she cried

Chorus:
She cried, "Always and always
And always remember
Tell your children
What was done

v3:
I am Cherokee
My people walked to Oklahoma
Barefoot in the snow
So many died
But my mother's great grandmother
Had giant angels watching over
She walked the trail of tears
And she cried

Chorus

v4:
I have a photograph
Taken long ago in Oklahoma
Of my mother's great grandmother
Before she died
And passed on
Down to me
Her amazing story
She walked the trail of tears
And SURVIVED!

Tag:
She walked the trail of tears
And she cried

Angel On My Shoulder

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

There's an angel
On my shoulder
Surrounds me with light
Fills me with hope
When fear grips my life
She whispers, "I'm with you"
On the wind in the night
There's an angel
On my shoulder
Surrounded by light

v2:
Although I can't hold her
She's there all the time
And I'll never forget her
She lives on in my mind
She whispers, "I'm with you"
On the wind in the night
There's an angel
On my shoulder
Surrounded by light

Fingerprints

Written By: Lisa Dudley

In a worn out shack
Down by the bay
There lived a man
Who worked in clay
But now he lies
In a potters field
Rewards were few
But his joy was real

Chorus:
Wish I could feel
Just one more time
His hands in clay
Holding mine
He left his mark
On works of art
And fingerprints
Upon my heart

v2:
A gentle man
Who walked in faith
He touched my nights
And he touched my days
Just a pot of clay
That's all I have
To remind me of
The love we shared

Chorus

Bridge:
Hands in clay
He taught me to create
To make the most of my life
Hands in clay
I can still hear him say
You can, you must, you must try

Chorus

Tag:
His fingerprints are on my heart
A fingerprint upon my heart

I Believe in America

Written By: Lisa Dudley

I believe in America
Land of the brave and the free
I pledge my allegiance
To justice and equality
I will proudly stand and sing
An anthem to liberty
I believe in America
Land of the brave and the free

v.2
I believe in America
In the red, white, and blue
Melting pot of brotherhood
Freedom to choose
Georgia peaches, Grand Canyon deep
Sequoia trees, the Chesapeake
I believe in America
Land of the brave and the free

Bridge:
I may no always agree
With what some people are
Saying to me
But I will stand
And I will fight
For their right
To speak as they please

v.3
I believe in America
In goodness and light
I pray all our leaders
Will be blessed with
Spirit sight
May the eagle always be
Flying high from sea to shining sea
I belive in America
Land of the brave and the free

City of Light

Written By: Lisa Dudley

My heart is in the mountains
My soul flies with the birds
But my feet walk in this valley
Where these songs, they wanna be heard

Chorus:
City of Light
City of Angels
grant my wish
my wish, tonight.

v2
Well some play in the sandbox
and some play down in the dirt
but I just play my music
these songs, they wanna be heard

chorus

bridge:
Well I wish for the world to sing along
To sing along with all my songs
To sing of joy
To sing of peace
I wish for the world to sing with me

Chorus

v3
Well some will rise to glory
and all rise for the word
but I will rise up singing
these songs they wanna be heard

Chorus

All Is Well

Written By: Lisa Dudley

All Is Well
c2007 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

Chorus:
All is well
Life is good
We are safe and happy
We are strong
We are loved
All is well
Life is sweet
We are rich and healthy
Blessed be

v.1
We will rise up singing
In the morning with the dew
Positive and peaceful
Our dreams come true

chorus

v.2
For the wind and the water
For our bread for this day
We are counting our blessings
We walk a sacred way

chorus

There Isn't A Day

Written By: Lisa Dudley

There Isn't A Day
c2007 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

chorus:
There isn’t a day that goes by
When I don’t wonder why
And light a candle and whisper your name
In the flame
There isn’t a day that goes by
When I don’t silently cry
And pray the pain will go away
There isn’t a day

v.1
Sometimes I think about
Where are you now?
And sometimes I’m sure
I’ve lost my mind
And sometimes I hope I’ll wake
and find this is just a dream
And you’ll still be
The sunshine of my life

Chorus

v.2
Some day I’ll understand
Why you had to go
And someday I’ll know
The truth
And someday I’ll sleep again
The sleep of peaceful dreams
Until then sweet memories
See me through

Chorus

Dangerous Curves

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Dangerous Curves
c2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

I'm a sunflower blooming in a field of beans
I got love power if you're hungry feast on me
I'm a vine-ripened honeydew
I'm a luscious girl
I got Dangerous Curves

Silky smooth and sassy
See me move and sway
Sensual and happy
Dance the night away
Passionate and peaceful
I'm a delicious girl
I got dangerous curves

Chorus:
Dangerous curves
I got dangerous curves
You ain't never known soft like this
And you ain't never tasted hot sweet kisses
Til you been around the world
With dangerous curves

I'm a blushing bouquet
I'm a fine vintage wine
Succulent and sparkling
I get better with time
treat me right baby
I'm a light your flame girl
I got dangerous curves

chorus

Harley Girl

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Harley Girl
c2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

Chorus:
I'm a Harley girl
Come and ride with me
Come and ride
By my side
Come and fly
Down that highway with me
I'm a Harley girl
Come and ride

v.1
Feel the throttle and the thrust
We'll leave our day jobs in the dust
Rolling thunder is sweet release
Hear the rumble and the roar
As our hearts begin to soar
We're riding wild and free

chorus

v.2
Man you look so fine
Reflected in the shine
Of the mirrors the chrome
And the steel
You know it turns me on
When you mount that hog
And we're riding
Wild and free

Chorus

Bridge:
Or I can pack on that saddle behind you
Wrap my arms around you tight
Together in our leather
Down the open road
We'll ride off into the sunset tonight

Chorus

Your Face

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Your Face (doesn't light up anymore)
c2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

v.1
I can see a change in you
Nothing feels the same
There's a hardness in your voice
I can hear the pain
You're trying to hide it
But I know it's true
You're drifing away
Sweet baby
From me and you

chorus:
Ohhh
Your face doesn't light up anymore
When you see me
Come a dancing through the door
Your eyes don't shine
Like they once did before
Your face doesn't light up anymore

v.2
I need your tender kisses
They take my breath away
I'm aching for your arms
And your strong embrace
I need your healing hands
Running through my hair
I'm lonesome for your loving
Sweet baby
Show me you still care

Chorus

Body By God

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Melanie Crawford

Body by God
by Lisa Dudley and Melanie Crawford

Chorus:
This body by God
I love and approve
This body by God
speaks the truth
this body by God
Well I am blessed
This body by God
deserves the best

v.1
Well I wonder sometimes
When everything is grey
when it feels like I don't measure up
Just how I'll face the day
I remember I am beautiful
And brighter than my flaws
I am here now I am perfect
This body by God

v.2
Well time it travels quickly
and youth it does not last
Find your soul in the mirror
make peace with the glass
To compare is to despair
Stand up and applaud
Life's perfect creation
This Body by God

Buford's Heart

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Buford’s Heart
©2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music

Chorus:
He was a wild man
Born to have fun
The days weren’t long enough
To get it all done
Cause he loved to laugh
And he loved to play
Dancing on the tables
And singing in the rain

v.1
One night the roads were slippery
He’d had too much to drink
He should’ve called a taxi
But he just didn’t think
When Buford signed that donor card
He thought it was a joke
They’d never want his liver
After all that rum and coke

Chorus

v.2
Miss Frances was the proper sort
On her knees at church
She was never one to party
Always wearing her long skirts
But now she carries Buford’s heart
She can’t explain the change
She’s dancing on the tables
And singing in the rain

Chorus 2
Now she’s a wild woman
Born to have fun
The days aren’t long enough
To get it all done
Cause she loves to laugh
And she loves to play
Dancing on the tables
And singing in the rain

Bridge:
Buford’s babies
Got a letter from that lady
Thanking them for
Buford’s heart

Chorus 2

Chorus – Solo -- Chorus -- Bridge

Laid Off Again

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Laid Off Again
©2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
e-mail: Lisa@LisaDudley.com ♦ myspace.com/lisadudley

Chorus:
Laid off again
I’ve been laid off again
Someone upstairs blew it
And now we must depend upon
The help of our neighbors
The support of old friends
Dag-namit
I’ve been laid off again

v.1
They say they need to downsize
They need to cut again
They just see us as numbers
They don’t see us as men (and women)
They say we make too much money
For the little that we do
Well tell that to my aching back
And to my worn out shoes
We’ve no say in what they’re doing
And no chance to defend
The ethics and the honor
Of the working man

Chorus

v.2
I wonder what kind of cuts
Are they making upstairs
You know it makes me angry
When no cuts are theirs
The boss just got a bonus
More than I make in a year
And he just bought a Jaguar
While my mortgage is in arrears
There’s still caviar in the board room
And limos at their door
It’s from our hides they prosper
Now they want to cut some more

Chorus

You Are Forgiven

Written By: Lisa Dudley

You Are Forgiven
©2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
When I was just a girl
I often spilled milk on the floor
Once my Daddy made me walk back
For another bottle at the store
So I would learn a lesson
So I would understand
He was waiting at the corner
To take me home again.

Chorus:
He said…
You are forgiven, you’ve made your amends
You can put the past behind you and begin again
You are forgiven -- all your sins
Move forward, walk in the light
You are forgiven

v.2
Now it turns out Daddy didn’t stay with Mama
They just couldn’t get along
And it really isn’t for me to say
If his leaving was right or wrong
But being in the middle
Has been the hardest part
Now I’m finally able to sing this song
With loving in my heart

Chorus: Daddy -- You’re forgiven – you’ve made your amends…

Bridge:
And when my life is over
I can only hope and pray
That God in all his mercy
Will speak to me and say

Chorus: You are forgiven…

All My Memories

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

All My Memories (are in the music)
„¦2009 Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore
Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
I remember my first day at the bus stop
How it hurt to say goodbye
Taking that first step, leaving mama¡¦s side
I heard the radio playing, ¡§Mama tried.¡¨

Chorus:
All my memories are in the music
Every time I hear that song
Brings to mind all the heartache and the good times
I tap my feet, I sing along

v.2
I still remember how I cried for my true love
I nearly died when she walked away
Although I tried to keep her there was nothing left to say
And the radio played, ¡§He stopped loving her today¡¨

Chorus

v.3
I can¡¦t forget the strength in Daddy¡¦s eyes
He¡¦d say a hard day¡¦s work is the only thing worth counting
You know we found him on his old John Deere still plowing
And the radio played, ¡§Go Rest High On That Mountain¡¨

Chorus

Tag:
All my memories are in the music
All my memories are in the music
Precious memories are in the music
All my memories are in the music

Little Crow

Written By: Lisa Dudley

Little Crow
„¦2008 Lisa Dudley and Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
e-mail: Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
It¡¦s the beat, beat, beating of the drums you hear
With every beat of your heart
Your people walked the trail of tears
And in your blood they survive
After all these years

Chorus:
You¡¦re Chicahominey and Cherokee
And Shawnee and Pawnee
Chickasaw and Chippewa
Apache, Shoshone
Seminole, Arapaho,
Navaho and Sioux
Oh Little Crow, remember who you are

v.2
As you honor your -- heavenly father
Honor your earth mother too
By walking softly on the land
You hold our very future
In your hands

Chorus

Bridge:
Every hawk and deer you see
Is alive like the rocks and trees
And they¡¦re singing a sacred song
Oh Little Crow won¡¦t you sing along?

Chorus

Angel Sing

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

Angel Sing
„¦2009 Lisa Remer & Harry Moore
Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

Chorus:
Angel sing, sweet angel sing
And He¡¦ll bring you your own wings
You¡¦ll go soaring to heaven in glory
You are an angel, you¡¦ll have your wings

v.1
I see the glow of light around you
His love, you know, always surrounds you
Don¡¦t be afraid, afraid of flying
You are an angel, you¡¦ll have your wings

Chorus

v.2
Take a leap of faith, keep your eyes wide open
He¡¦ll hold you safe, his truth has spoken
There¡¦ll come a day, a day of rejoicing
You are an angel, you¡¦ll have your wings

Chorus
Last Line: You are an angel spread your wings

Simple Life

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

Simple Life
©2009 Lisa Dudley & Harry Moore
Steinbrenner Music; ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
He lives in a cabin
Way back on a dirt road
No worries, just an old fishing pole
He’s gone back to the basics
Now he eats what he raises
He’s traded his riches and gold

Chorus:
For the simple things
That make a man happy
For a gentler way of life
It’s cornbread and beans
And faded old jeans
Just give him the simple life

v.2
Some say there was a woman
She cost him a fortune
And he lost his heart and his soul
But she taught him a lesson
About magic and mirrors
A lesson about what matters most

Chorus

Twenty-One Guns

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

Twenty-One Guns
©2006 Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore
Steinbrenner Music;ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
In the bright Kentucky sunshine
On the side of a coal-miner’s hill
Stood an honor guard
Arms raised in salute
To a brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his burden down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

Chorus:
He fought for victory and valor
To defend the right to be free
And he was always faithful to honor and liberty
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his burden down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

v.2
As the sun set on that hillside
They played, “Day is done”
And they wrapped him
In the pride of the red, white, and blue
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his burden down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

Chorus:
He fought for victory and valor
To defend the right to be free
And he was always faithful to honor and liberty
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his burden down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

Tag:
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

Outro: TAPS

Louisiana Boy

Written By: Lisa Dudley and Harry Moore

Louisiana Boy
©2007 Lisa Dudley & Harry Moore
Steinbrenner Music;ASCAP
Lisa@LisaDudley.com

v.1
Louisiana boy on his way home
Hasn’t been there in years
He always knew he was bound back
By the sound of the whippoorwill calling him near
Well it’s hot down there but it’s good clean air
And the boll weevil’s sitting on the square
There’s no other place as dear to his heart
And the Bayou is better than anywhere

Chorus:
Now his heart still yearns for Louisiana
Where he learned to be forthright and strong
He can’t wait to see his true love’s face
Louisiana boy’s going home

v.2
Louisiana boy on his way home
To magnolias shining in the rain
Pecans in the trees watermelons on the vine
And the sweet taste of sugar cane
He’ll go fishing and slow down his pace
Feasting on catfish and greens
Eula Mae will bake him a blackberry pie
He’s been hankering for cornbread and beans

Chorus:
Now his heart still yearns for Louisiana
Where he learned to be forthright and strong
He can’t wait to see his true love’s face
Louisiana boy’s going home

Tag:
He can’t wait to see his true love’s face
Louisiana boy’s -- going home