Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"Righteous roots music with a leetle twang." Straw Dogs sound sort of like someone you love - Counting Crows, Ryan Adams, Oasis before they got too drunk - but mostly like themselves: award-winning songwriters with their own sound. Alt-country pop songs that love to be listened to over and over.

Biography

With the upcoming release of their new CD, "No Dividing Line" in July 2013, Straw Dogs add to their string of solid Americana records. Three of the band's songs have appeared in films ranging from indie to feature films to Warren Miller films, and several songs have appeared in ads ranging from Toyota to Eddie Bauer. Straw Dogs music that remains distinct despite its broad appeal. Straw Dogs continue to draw impressive comparisons: the rock and groove of Counting Crows and Ryan Adams, melody and harmony of CSN and Indigo Girls, and songwriting that demonstrates an allegiance to the craft.

Directors, radio DJs, song judges, and listeners agree.

Lyrics

Amelia

Written By: Dave von Beck & Darren Smith

I said, “We’re out of gas now, Amelia”
And she smiled and said, “Well I’ll just put her down”

So we pulled off the doors and we sailed them to see
And we watched as the walls closed around us
Never saw a legend as something to be
I’m just glad that no one’s ever found us

Because my bones haven’t dried
And your versions are all lies

CHORUS:
Everyone wants us to be on some island
Everyone’s hoping that we’re still alive
Nobody knows we got just what we wanted
We all died

There’s a hundred good stories about a man and his boat
And the one he just couldn’t let go
The unspoken reason he’s alone out at sea
Is there’s no one else he’d rather know

And for me and Amelia
That’s about how we feel

CHORUS

The only souls ever lost
Are from lives that have gone soft
You’ve got to burn to be free
Just ask Amelia and me

CHORUS

The Wear

Written By: Dave von Beck

Hand to me
Your struggles of the moment
I can take a little more than I’ve got
Or so I believe
I know it may not look that way
Made my own troubles into such a lot

Stay on a while
Can you help me help you?
So at least for one night
I’ll be the one who was there
Stow away the truths
That you know about me

I am almost sure now
And I’ll convince you somehow
That we are better not worse
For the wear

Bring down the heat
I warmed it up from yesterday
Giving time a chance to make the taste
No story goes
Straight to the good part
That would render our triumphs all such a waste

So fuel up again
‘Cause I’ve a lot left in me
And I intend on this night
To bring you nothing but care
Read me your rights
It was time they’re honored

You pulled me this far somehow
So I’ll take the heavy oar now
And we will be better not worse
For the wear

BRIDGE:
Like the well worn letters on this guitar
We wait for the wine, knowing years are so good to it
There’s something to be said for us coming this far
It would be such a shame if we didn’t learn from it
That’s why I’m here to lend the strength that you have earned from it

So fuel up again
‘Cause I’ve a lot left in me
And I intend on this night
To bring you nothing but care
Read me your rights
It was time they’re honored

I am almost sure now
And I’ll convince you somehow
That we are better not worse
For the wear
We will be better not worse
For the wear

Borrowed Troubles

Written By: Dave von Beck

Where can I run
That I haven’t run a hundred times before?
And why should anyone trust me anymore?
Hold me to my word this time
I’ve finally lost my nerve
And my intent to do even one more thing to you

How will all my debts get paid
When I don’t know the ones I’ve made?

CHORUS:
I can’t borrow any more troubles
Until I lose some of my own
Every old lie gets more than doubled down
Even on its own
I’ve borrowed time
And I’ve borrowed faith that love is blind
Now I owe so much
But could you be so kind
To borrow these troubles of mine?
Borrow these troubles of mine

World, give me strength now
’Cause I’ve never been the force I meant to be
And there’s no heaven here that can help me
So I must help myself
I can beg and borrow, steal some more
And then die some more
But there’s not much of me to go
As I think we both know now

How do I redeem myself
When I do only bad things well?

CHORUS

Lay them all out
And if you sort through them you’ll find
That all the blame is aimed right at me
For all these troubles of mine
All these troubles of mine

CHORUS

Shine

Written By: Dave von Beck

You standing alone there
I pray your waiting for no one but me
The wind brings up the water
And I fall back to swimming in your sea

Hey, that reminds me
Of a very different season
Yeah, that reminds me
Of everywhere we’ve been
And you should know if I had the chance
Well, there ain’t no chance
I wouldn’t do it again

So long to yesterday
I can’t wait till tomorrow is today
We’ll take them one then another
Oh, like the streetlights in L.A.

Hey that reminds me
Of another place and time
Yeah, that reminds me
Of why I want you to be mine
I realized I could never get away
‘Cause I need to stay here
In your shine, shine, shine

All the sun on the lake
And all the gold of the Mayans
They’ve got nothing on my California girl
No, the sun on the lake
And all the gold of the Mayans
They’ve got nothing on my California
Nothing on my . . .

Hey that reminds me
Of exactly why I called
The truth is, the fact is, that reminds me
Of really nothing at all
It’s not that I’m trying to forget
It’s that I’m sure the best is yet to come
No, I’m not trying to forget
It’s that I’m sure the best is yet to come

Star

Written By: Dave von Beck

So many things I’ve done
Seemed like good ideas at the time
I still don’t know whether they were
Or even if they were mine

But I did try
I did break myself in the long pursuit of what’s right
And now as I lay dying
I have one favor to ask:
Can you help me to have mattered?

CHORUS:
Can you hold my star?
Can you carry it on?
You can raise it high, in a moonless sky
And there not forget me when I’m gone
When I’m gone, star
When I’m gone

Bid at the auction house
On a tired piece of land
I knew whatever I made of myself
Would have to be with my two hands

And I did toil
’Til the sunrises and the sunsets ran together
And that’s when I met her
I mean met you, and I knew
That my life could not get better

CHORUS:
Because you hold my star
Now you can carry it on
You can hail my shine, in your hardest times
And there I’ll protect you when I’m gone
When I’m gone, star
When I’m gone

For the reason that I’m not ever leaving you
Maybe “gone” is the wrong word to use
But without you in my arms I’ll be so much less
And so hard pressed to stay
Oh, but I’ll stay
If you hold my star . . .

CHORUS

Discography

"No Dividing Line" (July 2013)
"Love and then Hope (CD, March 2009)
"When Heaven Falls" (single for film, 2008)
Tell the Rising Sun (CD, 2005)
Hum of the Motor (CD, 2003)
Any Place at All (CD, 2000)

Now playing on 103.7 FM The Mountain! "Troubles Down." Several tracks from earlier records, including "Sunslide," "Who I Am," and "All the Things," also have seen rotation on KMTT "The Mountain" (Seattle), on the "Sunday Brunch."

Set List

Set length depends on the show. If we are playing the whole night, we will do two full-band sets with an acoustic set in between. Otherwise, we play one full-band set that lasts as long as they let us play.

That One
Who I Am
Sour Apple Fields
Last Exit
Blinds Me Again
Counting On You
Amelia
Traded Her Love

Guess Again
Opened My Eyes
Not Gone
Pains of Arkansas
I Remember
Beautiful
Crush of Me