Pamela Drover

Pamela Drover

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"If she was an instrument, she'd be made of the finest quailty of wood." - The best compliment a stranger has ever paid me...

Biography

Beginnings
I was once a 4 year girl with curlers in her hair and a bandana wrapped around her head sitting at an old antique upright piano trying to master Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino and You Are My Sunshine by Jimmy Davis. Growing up in a small isolated community in Newfoundland, I was very fortunate to have a mother that was a piano teacher. Although I took lessons for years the piano wasn't what interested me. What called to me...everyday...was my dads dusty old Fender. So I dug my dads old guitar books out of the back of a closet and decided I would teach myself. It didn't take long to learn basic chords, and it didn't take long before learning covers was not enough for me so I looked for inspiration in my surroundings and family and began to write!

The Change
When I was 18 years old I moved to Edmonton, Alberta. It was a really big change for me. I didn't know anyone or have the supportive network of friends that I had in Newfoundland so my music fell to the wayside. I felt a nagging emptiness in those years and I know it was because I didn't have music in my life. The change came about 8 years ago. I started playing some open stages around town and meeting other musicians. I started writing music again...good music which gave me the confidence I had lost. Finally I bought some gear and started playing by own shows locally. In July I rented some professional equipment and recorded my first EP. I have enough material that by early 2013 my goal is to release my first professionally mastered album. I do regret waiting so long to pursue music but it's never too late to start so here I am!

Influences
I have many earlier influences that still affect my style of writing today...CCR, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Bob Marley, Blind Melon, Ben Harper, RadioHead. Some more recent musicians that inspire me are Serena Ryder, Brandi Carlisle, The Civil Wars, Damien Rice, Bon Iver and Ray Lamontagne.

Lyrics

Tent Town

Written By: Pamela Drover

She needs a warm blanket
and some socks in her shoes
when she finally has her baby
what will she do
the chain link fence won't keep her full
and that guard won't pretect her
from the freezing cold

She got herself a job at the supermart
nine fifty puts away the carts
but that won't cover the diapers she will change
and that won't cover the bills she'll pay
to make sure her babies gonna be okay

Chorus
I can't believe she lives in tent town
you know, it's not too far away from downtown
and there's got to be a better way
to wipe those tears away

We can spend all our millions on rockets and wars
but only fifty thousand on our homeless neighbours
we can spend all our millions on rockets and wars
but her childs going home to a tent screen door
it's so wrong

Chorus
I can't believe she lives in tent town
you know, it's not too far away from downtown
and there's got to be a better way
to wipe her tears away

wipe her tears away, wipe her tears away

Clouds

Written By: Pamela Drover

I look through the skylight there are clouds in the night
it's so hard to breathe, but I will try
I have taken all that I can
there's no good in this place I am in

Was I a fool for believing
am I blind for not seeing
and my heart it is bleeding
I feel it as it tears me apart
I feel it and its tearing me apart

Chorus
And I know that I should look to the sky
but there are too many clouds tonight
there are too many clouds in my...sky
tonight

Bridge
My hands they tremble
oh and my whole soul it hurt
things won't get better
before they get worse

Chorus
And I know that
I should look to the sky
but there are too many clouds tonight
there are too many clouds in my...sky
tonight

Streetlights

Written By: Pamela Drover

Oh my baby come home
come on in and close the door
cause I've been thinking about you
all day long
and I can't wait to kiss that handsome face
say that you missed me
and come over here and kiss me
and I do that thing where we hug and I start to dance
and you can pretend that it drives you mad
but I know that you love to come home

Chorus
And if the stars don't come out tonight
baby it's ok cause we've got the streetlights
and if it seems like I'm okay with that
well that makes you a star

You're just as cute to me
as you were at seventeen boy
being with you has been a dream
and there's nothing I wouldn't do for you
that you wouldn't do for me too

Chorus
And if the stars don't come out tonight
baby it's okay cause we've got the streetlights
and if it seems like I'm okay with that
well that makes you a star

Return To The Sea

Written By: Pamela Drover

My grandparents lived at the oceans front door
you can't get much closer but I'd take some more
it's not that I saw you everyday
it's that I can't see you again

My grammy she'd run out of firewood sometimes
and the sea would say here my dear
take some of mine
I wish I could smell that old driftwood burn
in that little old house by the shore

Some nights when the ocean
would reach our for more
my dad he could hear it knockin on his front door
just a small boy lookin outside
when he should be in bed
but he'd rather look outside instead

Chorus
Our lives were more simple
it was easier to see
was it youth we had to thank or
the place we should be
what I'd give for that feeling
just for today
even if just for one day

My flashes of moments of sunsets and moons
shining softly on water so beautiful blue
stay here in my heart forever with me
until I return to the sea

It was so nice to grow up
in the heart of the bay
cause the water it was never too far away
and what's part of a history
is still a part of me
and that's how it always will be

Chorus
Our lives were more simple it was easier to see
was it youth we had to thank or
the place we should be
what I'd give for that feeling
just for today
even if just for one day

When Springtime Comes

Written By: Pamela Drover

(This song is meant to be a duet but I have not recorded it as such yet)
(girl)
There's a cold breeze in my room
shaking through my windowsill
it feels heavy on my skin
but I'm not worried I know it's wind

It is dark but I can see
a shadow standing over me
the face of a man I do not know
and the error of a life
he won't show

Chorus (girl & guy harmony)

Oh I am here standing here
and there's nothing to fear
I am so tired of running away
I just wanna stay right here
with you

(Guy)
Can I trust her with my heart
cause she sees good in all my dark
she she's the man I want to be
a man that's good
that I was supposed to be

(girl)
Well how do I know he's not like snow
that comes in winter when it's cold
then melts away when the springtime comes
and leaves me with a mess
to clean up

Chorus
Oh I am standing here
and there's nothing to fear
I am so tired of running away
I just wanna stay right here
with you

Oh I am standing here
and there's nothing I fear...

Discography

A Part Of Me - July 2012

Set List

Available upon request. Varies with venue and stage times. I have approx fifteen originals and perform many covers.