Paul Dakota

Paul Dakota

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopCountry

Paul on guitar, piano and vox believes in writing real songs, in the classic singer-songwriter tradition. Influences: Beatles, Elliott Smith, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and Lucinda Williams.

Biography

In 1990, Paul started busking the streets of downtown Toronto with partner Greg McConnell as the Dakotas. After selling over 1,000 independent cassettes playing in the city’s subway system and on Queen Street West, the duo founded a full band, the country-pop outfit Lost Dakotas. The band showcased at the CMJ festival (New York, 1992) and the SXSW festival (Texas, 1993). The Lost Dakotas played several national folk festivals while on tour, including the Edmonton Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Along the way, Lost Dakotas shared the stage with The Band, Tea Party, Spirit of the West, Barenaked Ladies and Mary Margaret O’Hara among others. The band also took part in the Kumbaya benefit concerts held at Ontario Place two years running (in 1992 and 1993). They released two albums: Last Train to Kipling in 1991 and Sun Machine in 1993, both distributed by Universal and selling more than 15,000 copies. Lost Dakotas crossed Canada several times on tour before their breakup in 1995. The band—and more specifically, the songs—garnered the interest of Sire Records label head Seymour Stein. Paul is also currently working on writing songs for a solo project, composing on guitar and piano. Several of his recent compositions (one is ‘Stars’) are being considered for inclusion on an Emmylou Harris album. Recently Paul received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

Lyrics

DAYLIGHT

Written By: © Paul Dakota 2008

Daylight breaks on another day and you try to care
But it’s getting hard to make plans too far when she’s not there

You’re feeling the same but something’s changed
She don’t need you now

The mornings pass slow, watch her put on her clothes
‘Cause she’s going out
Frustrations come out, there was love in this house
But it’s over now

You’re feeling it too when she’s gazing at you
Put it in your song
‘Cause the look in her eye gives you no place to hide
She’s already gone

What would you give to believe
That this has all been a dream
And she’s not going to leave after all

She’s slipping away, a little more everyday and you can’t let go
‘Cause the look in her eye gives you no place to hide
She’s already gone

CIGARETTE

Written By: © Paul Dakota 2008

When you woke up this morning
I wish that I was
Your first cup of coffee that
gave you your first buzz
I wish I was the pillow
you left lying there in bed
It slept with you last night
and comforted your head

Wish I was the socks and shoes
you put on your feet
The feet that took you out the door and down the street
I’d like to be your bicycle
that gets you around town
Or your deodorant
I’d never let you down

If I can’t be the cigarette
held by your fingertips
I want to be the phone
because you hold it to your lips

And when the day is over
you watch the setting sun
I wish I was the bathwater
that you always run
I want to be the book you hold
to read until you sleep
Will I be in your dreams
I know in mine you’ll be

Some Other Day

Written By: Paul Dakota

I can drift by like the clouds in the sky
Watch them chase my trouble away
Watch them all fade away
Come back some other day

I will get dressed but it’s under duress
And I don’t see why she wants to stay
Won’t you please go away
Make it some other day

Oh life’s not hard to ignore
Oh I’ll just sit here some more

I try to stay clean if you know what I mean
See I’ve really got nothing to say
Read the words of the dead
Because it’s all been said

Oh life’s not hard to ignore
Oh I’ll just sit here some more

She will insist all the chances I’ve missed
Are the ones that I threw away
Make them all go away
Make it some other day

Fall Asleep

Written By: Paul Dakota

Baby let me fall asleep
We’ll talk it over in the morning time
When our heads are clear from all the wine

Baby let me fall asleep
It can wait until the daylight comes
It’ll all look different with the sun

Now don’t you start to cry
You know I’d never lie
You’ll just regret the things you said
If you don’t mind I’m going to bed

Baby let me fall asleep
Neither one of us is thinking clear
In the morning we will still be here

Now don’t you fool around
Come on now put that down
Such harsh words from one so soft
Now won’t you please turn the light off

Baby let me fall asleep
We’ll talk it over in the morning time
When our heads are clear from all the wine

4 A.M.

Written By: Paul Dakota

4 a.m., she called her friend and said
‘Help me get out of here again’
She was talking soft, he was sleeping it off
The hotel light switching on and off
She was trying hard not to cry
A bag of ice on her eye

She took one last look around the place
And threw her stuff into one suitcase
In the bathroom mirror, she raised a fifth
And took a look at his parting gift
Sighing she took off her ring
Sunglasses fix everything

All the times he said it’d be the last
Now he won’t get the chance again
‘Please’ is not supposed to mean pain
Standing out in the rain before
She closed the door

9 a.m., her ride’s at ten
Announcements wake her up in the bus station
Lying down, sleepy frown
The driver calls out each sleepy town

Alone in the back of the bus
Open your eyes and wake up
Look just ahead and you’ll see
The light breaking over the trees

Stars

Written By: Paul Dakota

Dreams don’t go away
We watch them pass by
Park the car on red clay
Keep the headlights on high

Stripped of all reason we look to the one
The stars are up high and they’ll hang from the sky when we’re done
Rise to the surface the glittering quiet
The stars are all out and there’s something about them tonight

Clothes piled on a rock
Dive into the green
Skin shines in the light
Fish swim in the stream

Stripped of all reason we look to the one
The stars are up high and they’ll hang from the sky when we’re done
Rise to the surface the glittering quiet
The stars are up high and they’re shining down on us tonight

KEEP ON LOVING YOU

Written By: Paul Dakota

I’m going to keep on loving you, ‘til the oceans all run dry
I keep your picture next to me, I’ll love you 'til the day I die
I’m going to keep on loving you, ‘til the stars fall from the sky
I can’t forget the way we were, I could never say goodbye

Well it was only yesterday, that I held you in my arms
The awful times you couldn’t stay, oh how it hurt to be apart
Back then you couldn’t wait to love me, just as soon as I got home
We’d lock the door and turn the phone off, and stay up ‘til the break of dawn

I’m going to keep on loving you, ‘til the oceans all run dry
I keep your picture next to me, I’ll love you 'til the day I die

And now the days pass slowly by, it doesn’t matter what I do
Some days I don’t get out of bed, what good is living without you
And when I think back to those long, gone days, that’s when the pain begins to start
You may have left our happy home, but dear you never left my heart

I’m going to keep on loving you, ‘til the oceans all run dry
I keep your picture next to me, I’ll love you 'til the day I die
I’m going to keep on loving you, ‘til the stars fall from the sky
I can’t forget the way we were, I could never say goodbye

SHANGRI-LA

Written By: Paul Dakota

Two lane rollercoaster road cuts through the cornfields
That stretch as far as the eye can see
Road kill dots the flattop, possums and raccoons
Watch out for the jail, don’t get off too soon

A right down at the Legion Hall, don’t unpack your gun
A line of trailers glistens in the sun
Right before the steel mill with the fence padlocked
Look for a green Duster up on blocks

He’s in the back, got the TV on
He’s got no wife and the kids are gone
He’s up tonight but not for long

He’s nervous and he talks too loud, so don’t get him upset
The Cubs just won and he wants to celebrate
A ways out past the steel mill, out on the Back Row
The Shangri-La’s the only bar he knows

He’s in the back, got the TV on
Starts to relax when the kids are gone
He’s up tonight but not for long

Angie Says

Written By: Paul Dakota

Angie says she’s got a gun
She keeps it in her dresser drawer
She says it keeps her safe at night
She got it from the kid next door

I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know if it’s so bad
She’s the best friend I’ve ever had

She wraps her hand around the butt
When she shows it to her friends
When she goes out she never pays
Stays out nights and sleeps in days

I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know if it’s so bad
She’s the best friend I’ve ever had

She’s working in a record store
And her friends think it’s cool
She wonders what she’ll miss in school

She’s sitting waiting in the car
She’s the driver for the band
We’re leaving town after the show
We’ve got nowhere better to go

I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know if it’s so bad
She’s the best friend I’ve ever had

Some Other Day

Written By: Paul Dakota

I can drift by like the clouds in the sky
Watch them chase my trouble away
Watch them all fade away
Come back some other day

I will get dressed but it’s under duress
And I don’t see why she wants to stay
Won’t you please go away
Make it some other day

Oh life’s not hard to ignore
Oh I’ll just sit here some more

I try to stay clean if you know what I mean
See I’ve really got nothing to say
Read the words of the dead
Because it’s all been said

Oh life’s not hard to ignore
Oh I’ll just sit here some more

She will insist all the chances I’ve missed
Are the ones that I threw away
Make them all go away
Make it some other day