Leave the Drama

by Dale and the ZDubs

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Here at Dale and the ZDubs, we're working to hit it all - reggae, rock, acoustic, pop, and anything else - in our own alternative, Friday-night-party style. Breathe easy over the cool reggae grooves of "Nothing at All" and "Man in White," or get rowdier with tracks "In Go the Lies" and "I Like." With songs about relationships, dreams, failures, and people that have inspired or slept with the band, "Leave the Drama" has a little something for everyone. Emphasis on “little.” Sit back and enjoy multi-part vocal harmonies; get up and dance to radical solos from guitar, saxophone, and drums; or dive ears first into our songwriting. All love, and come hang with us at a show some time!

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released April 1, 2013

All songs written by Dale and the ZDubs except "Never Land" co-written by Lori Powell. All songs produced by Greg Parker at Amped Recording Studio in Baltimore, MD except "Nothing At All" produced by Jim Ebert at Cue Studios in Falls Church, VA, "J's Song" co-mixed by Andrew Maury, and "Bearded Dragon" produced by Josh Insel at Ambiance Recording Studios in Germantown, MD. All songs mastered by Andrew Maury. Album layout by Dani Cox, cover photo by Billy Bird. Special thanks to guest musicians Audrey Hamilton - violin," Gabe Slesinger - trumpet, and Carmen and Alison - intro on "Too Smooth." Copyright 2013 Dale and the ZDubs. So much love to everyone who has helped us along the way, and thank YOU for listening to this album!

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Track Name: Man in White
I met a man dressed in white,
Didn't have a place to stay at night.
“You feeling well?” He said, “Quite.”
Last thing he'd pick would be a fight.
Pick a flower put it in his hair.
“Where you going?” He said he didn't care where.
Hair long, tree of life wrapped around.
Hop in the car, tell me what you're about.
Gave up a life of supposed best things,
Cause the best things ain't damn things.
Doesn't like money driven men.
Or people that'll sell out to win.
Wants to feed the world with his song,
I told him, great, but when it's done, it's gone.
He said, oh no, no, you are very wrong.
You have forgotten about that special bond.

If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.
If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.

Ain't looking for a personal edge,
Just a peaceful place with a bed.
Love that reaches further than self,
That right there is the wealthiest wealth.
Talking about pain that he's felt,
Knows the unhelped need damn help.
That's why he's been telling himself
And telling me, you can't live trapped in yourself.

If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.
If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.

I was chilling with the man in white,
Getting up, getting down all night.
Telling stories and summing up life,
Whipped out the twelve-string and the night took flight.

Ohhh, Ohhh, Ohhh
If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.
If we were all like the man in white,
That much closer to fighting the good fight.
If we were all, if we were all, if we were all, if we were all
If we were all, if we were all, if we were all, if we were all.
Track Name: Cheater
Ain't it crazy when something good is over so fast?
Like shattered glass to the heart, to the soul, I don't even know
Who to talk to, how to be, where to go.
My emotions are bleeding, I can't clean it up.
I said was it me? Was it you? Was it just bad luck?
Done and gone, startin' to realize, it didn't matter much.
Done and gone, startin' to realize, it didn't matter much.

Because she's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.
She's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.

Every new sunrise, looking forward to seeing your face.
It was so great, so grand, so wonderful.
I guess this relationship stuff, I just don't understand.
She said I was drunk, it was dumb, it meant nothing.
I said, me and you, we are so done.
I thought me and you, we were more than a drunken thing.
I thought me and you, we were actually something.
Apparently, I was wrong, apparently, I was wrong.

Because she's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.
She's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.

ZDubs sing it like,
Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (yea)
Na na na na na, na na na (yea)

She's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.
She's a cheater, she's a liar, I ain't in denial
But I certainly was for some time.
Track Name: Too Smooth
I could tell from the first conversation
Somebody was gonna be chasing
Never thought that somebody'd be me.
Fat hand, fire-red hair
Laid back screaming, I don't care.
You could tell, she liked herself.

She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.

Probably thought she was out of my league.
Funny is, I thought the same thing.
But yea, there was something about her.
She walked away; had me wondering why
I'm already falling for the girl I don't like
And man, I'm not over it.

She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.
She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.

She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.
She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.
She thinks her smooth is too smooth.
She plays the game like she'll never lose.
She thinks her cool is too cool.
Think she different, but she ain't nothin’ new.
Track Name: I Like
I like...
Rolling up with my fanny pack
Stacked full of sour-diesel-doobie snacks.
Rocking out with my pink shower cap.
Everybody in the house like, who is that?
Dreads too natty for a hat to match,
But my rainbow kicks maintain the swag.
Spontaneousness wrapped around my hip,
You can see it in my step when I walk like this.
So J-Mast just give me a lick,
Pass me the mic you know I can't resist.
The only thing in life that really gives me a lift,
Is you and me baby getting off to this.

I like the night, I like no plans.
I like when I'm playing in this rock and roll band.
I like to get weird, I like the girls.
I like living, giving, dancing, and singing
In this crazy, beautiful world.

Sitting back six strings in my lap,
Burn the fire louder, pass the bottle of Jack.
I like the wah-wah on my guitar-tar.
I like the phat on my bass when it's melting my face.
So Seany-D, I'm just saying hey.
Play that thing with a P and a H.
When the PH level's high and we all getting high,
You lost in this rhythm and you're feeling so alive.
Stop and take a moment just vibe
Stop and take a moment just vibe.
Stop and take a moment just vibe
Stop and take a moment just vibe.

I like the night, I like no plans.
I like when I'm playing in this rock and roll band.
I like to get weird, I like the girls.
I like living, giving, dancing, and singing
In this crazy, beautiful world.
I like the night, I like no plans.
I like when I'm playing in this rock and roll band.
I like to get weird, I like the girls.
I like living, giving, dancing, and singing
In this crazy, beautiful world.
I like living, giving, dancing, and singing
In this crazy, beautiful world.
Track Name: Bearded Dragon
Summer time in the city, getting sleepy in the city.
Mother nature getting heavy, bearded dragon getting hungry.
Going to tame that dragon, dragon going to tame me.
Getting up and waking up, to the chirping sound.
Want to hear that dragon, bearded dragon growl.
Want to hear that dragon baby, dragon loving sound.

You've got to...
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.

Go on collect your crickets, as fast you can.
Bearded dragon getting hungry, as that sun goes down.
Going to to feed that dragon, dragon going to feed me.
Going to ride that dragon baby, until the morning bird sings.

You've got to...
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.

When bearded dragon, is fed good and right.
Best go collect your crickets, for tomorrow night.
Because bearded dragon needs you, just like you need it.
So be good to your dragon baby, now it goes like this.

C'mon!

You've got to...
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.
Do a lot just to do a little, give a lot just to get a little.
Track Name: In Go the Lies
Growing up with this idea in my head,
Thinking life's going to have a fairytale end.
Little did I know, it was all up to chance,
I ain't slaying the dragon, and there's no princess.
There was a time when they were there for me,
Able to lean on my family.
She came along and it didn't matter who,
Was trying to help me make it on through.

In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgment day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell for you.
In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgment day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell for you.

Maybe, wait, it could all be okay.
Let's push this down and away.
When I push, I try to make way.
It fuels my crazy.
Did you not feel what you did to me?
All this time, you faked the whole thing.
Shadow of myself, jaded and frigid,
The evil was creeping, I just couldn't see it.

In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgment day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell for you.
In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgment day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell, I fell. Can't believe that I fell, I fell.
Can't believe that I fell for you. For you, for you, for you, for you, for you, for you.
I can't believe that I fell,
I can't believe that I fell for...

Lost cause no need for help.
No damage control I've lost myself.
Going to scream with the time I got left.
Staring at the past, counting my breaths.
Ripped and twisted heart shifted my mind.
When you love somebody that much, it just takes one time.
Love turns to hate, past begins to fade,
And I realize that I have nobody.

In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgement day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell for you.
In go the lies and out go the truth
Judgement day's coming and it's coming too soon.
Living on a whim, yeah we all fools.
Can't believe that I fell, I fell. Can't believe that I fell, I fell.
Can't believe that I fell for you. For you, for you, for you, for you, for you, for you.
I can't believe that I fell,
I can't believe that I fell for you.
Track Name: J's Song
J, your smile paralyzes my body
Your eyes make mine see nothing, but everything
That I ever want.
Your laugh makes me laugh,
And I do love that.
When you say hello,
My heart beats so damn fast.
J, you say it all happens for a reason
I lay next to you I start to believe it.

J, please stay right here with me
J, you don't know how I feel
Maine can wait, ‘cause I simply can't
J, you don't know how I feel

J, I want to hear your whole song
I'm not just here for the chorus,
I know those have come and gone.
J, there's no way this can end just yet
Come back and see, I'll still feel how I felt.

J, please stay right here with me
J, you don't know how I feel.
Maine can wait, ‘cause I simply can't
J, you don't know how I feel
J, please stay right here with me
J, I don't know how I feel.
Track Name: When She Smiles
You take up all of my time,
And all of my dime, too.
But I really don't mind,
Cause all I want is you.
You put the uh in my fun.
You load my gun with love,
She my crazy little honey bee,
I'ma' let her sting me.

Unwrap your mind, wrap it around mine.
Take your time, cause you got all of mine.

She lifts my soul, when she smiles.
Let's me know, when she smiles.
Sun on my face, every time she smiles.
Sold for life, when she smiles.

And when you shake your head yes,
I am defenseless.
And when you nibble on my neck,
I'm the one that's tasting it.
Oh when it's me and you,
Leaving's always way too soon.
So stay around, yeah,
You put me in the right mood.

Unwrap your mind, wrap it around mine.
Take your time, cause you got all of mine.

She lifts my soul, when she smiles.
Let's me know, when she smiles.
Sun on my face, every time she smiles.
Sold for life, when she smiles.
Track Name: Nothing At All
Arm out the window, fingers dancing against the wind
I can see her in my rearview, no idea what perfect is.
Can't help but always say the right thing, can't help what it does to me.
She would be anybody's dream, but I'm sitting in my reality.

It's so easy to say nothing; that makes it oh so hard.
With only hope of that slight chance, has me saying nothing at all.
Ohhhh nothing at all, ohhhh nothing at all

Fingers dancing against the wind, fingers dancing against the wind
Fingers dancing against the wind, fingers dancing, fingers dancing.

I think I found the words; my throat, it starts to burn.
Leave myself in silence, then the world it starts to turn.
I feel my feet right back on the earth; my arm, it brushes hers
It's spinning faster than ever before; it’s never hurt to be so sure.

It's so easy to say nothing; that makes it oh so hard.
With only hope of that slight chance, has me saying nothing at all.
Ohhhh nothing at all, ohhhh nothing at all
Ohhhh nothing at all, ohhhh nothing at all
It's so easy to say nothing, it's so easy to say nothing.
Ohhhh nothing at all, ohhhh nothing at all.
Track Name: Never Land
Every time I have a one night stand,
I'm just wishing that I had a girlfriend.
And every time that I land a girlfriend,
I just want to get single again.
What's wrong with all these girls?
Oh maybe he's just not sure.
What he wants and what he knows,
She never knows why he does what he does.
And it's a see-saw, and I saw what I see.
My confusion it's running deep.
She got me thinking that it's time to leave,
But that's another song if you're feeling me.

I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.

Unsatisfiable, maybe that's the unfortunate truth.
Not with, or with you, desire gone and tightened the noose.
I'm always winning, but I always lose,
Yeah, me and Charlie, we some crazy dudes.
Always her, nah, it's probably me.
If love's blind, then I'm trying to see.
Always want what I don't have,
But when I have it, I want it gone.
Na, na, na, this ain't another love song,
I'm just telling all the ladies that my head is wrong.

I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.

I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the rhythm to my jam.
I want to fall and never land,
She'll be the sugar to my jam.
Track Name: Leave the Drama
I just want to dance so leave the drama at home,
This song is your chance to break it on down.

Moving to this music, your body can't refuse it.
Pass me the guitar and let’s all just lose it.
Something you can groove to, make you really want to
Sweat, jump, boogie-down, pass the love all around.
Let’s lose control, freshness on your soul,
That feel good medicine that everybody want.
And when your nine-to-five take a toll on your mind,
Save the night for dancing and get a little high.

‘Cause I just want to dance so leave the drama at home
Don't forget to put your dancing shoes on.

Slide to the left, slide to the right
Shake it on down, bring it up fresh like.
Everybody's watching moves that you make,
If you don't feel like dancing, well you do today.

Mary, Sue, and John, I’ll meet you at the club.
ZDubs going live, we gonna have a little fun.
You can brush your shoulders off, teach me how to Dougie,
But it's left, right, shake it down, and bring it back uppie.
It don't matter where you're from, if you're sober or you're crunk,
This that ZDub love, you just got to vibe with us.
So come on get down, bring the whole freakin' town.
We got the music and it's gonna stay loud.

‘Cause I just want to dance so leave the drama at home
Excuse me everybody, this a dance only zone.

Slide to the left, slide to the right
Shake it on down, bring it up fresh like.
Everybody's watching moves that you make,
If you don't feel like dancing, well you do today.

I just want to dance so leave the drama at home,
This song is your chance to break it on down.

Slide to the left, slide to the right
Shake it on down, bring it up fresh like.
Everybody's watching moves that you make,
If you don't feel like dancing, well you do today.