Whalebone

by Marc Douglas Berardo

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about

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 RamsHead Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year, 2013 DJ Pick Top Ten for the Year on THE VILLAGE ). He has a gift for powerful lyrics, haunting melodies and polished story telling. His music is classic and timeless.

An engaging and popular performer, Berardo has shared the stage with a variety of the best in acoustic, folk and rock music including: Livingston Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, John Haitt, Cliff Eberhardt, Peter Rowan, Guy Clark, Vassar Clements, Ralph Stanley, blues legend Chris Smither, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Buffalo Springfield, Brooks Williams, Norman Blake (Oh Brother Soundtrack), NRBQ, Steve Forbert, Mustard's Retreat, Eric Anderson, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ruthie Foster, Red Molly, Garnet Rogers, Greg Trooper, Kate Taylor, The Pousette-Dart Band, Amy Speace, Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedy's among others.
As a sometime member of The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts including Little Feat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Levon Helm, David Allen Coe, America and others.

Berardo's highly anticipated 2013 release Whalebone was produced by Brother Chris Berardo (Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos) and includes guest appearances by Jon Pousette Dart (Pousette-Dart Band), Abbie Gardner (RED MOLLY), Lincoln Schleifer (Donald Fagen, Rosanne Cash, Richard Shindell), Craig Akin (Hands Off My Sister) among others.

When not playing his songs all over the place, MDB lives in a heavily secluded and fortified compound on a river near the ocean in Westerly, RI.

"Whalebone is a confirmation of a true talent and an amazing artist."-Remo Ricaldone, The Long Journey Magazine, Italy.

"Marc Douglas Berardo's newest CD WHALEBONE, will surely turn new fans on to his music. Berardo's songs are musical narratives with the feel of acoustic Springsteen and Tom Waits, with Buffet-eque subjects. You will want to own this one."-The Roots Report, Motive Magazine.

“Whalebone is a highly polished personal collection in the tradition of many clever songwriters of the past that forged songs like short stories. These songs are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy with suave rhythms, cool as an icy summer drink back-up vocals, lots of presence and personality."-John Apice-No Depression Magazine.

"Berardo's music is like a warm breeze in March when hopes are high for a thaw."-Toledo City Paper.

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released September 17, 2013

Produced by Chris Berardo
Basic Tracks Recorded at Mark Dann Recording, NYC
and Mark Dann’s Woodstock Studio Complex, Woodstock, NY. February, March 2013.
Recorded by Mark Dann
Additional Recording:
Circle Sound Studios, Stratford, CT by Dick Neal February, March, April 2013
Mixed By Dick Neal, Chris Berardo and MDB at Circle Sound, CT
Mastered By Mark Dann, NYC, May 2013.
All songs: 2013 Marc Douglas Berardo (ASCAP/Overhead Map Music)
Except: My Mistakes-Abbie Gardner/Marc Douglas Berardo (ASCAP/Gimme Some Ribs Music/ Overheadmap Music)
Silvermine Daydreamin’-Chris Berardo (BMI/Raoul Duke Music)
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Photography: Kim Mitchell for Milo Productions: okkimmi@aol.com
Art direction and layout: Chris Brown: CBonline@aol.com
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Management: Trespass Music, PO Box 591, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
www.Trespassmusic.org
Contact Tracey Delfino: Tracey@trespassmusic.org
Booking: Larry Ahern: Larry@trespassmusic.org
Publicity: Michelle Fortier: Michelle@Trespassmusic.org
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Contact MDB:
MDBMUSIC@gmail.com
www.MarcDouglas.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Douglas-Berardo/812511464
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MDB uses all of these music making machines:
Hiscox Cases, Recording King Guitars, L-130 Gibson,Cl-40 Gibson, Kyser capos
California Blonde Amplification, Fishman Matrix Pickups, LRBaggs Para EQ.
Strings by JustStrings.com
Chris Berardo appears courtesy of Greenhaven Music
Dick Neal appears courtesy of Prime Numbers

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Marc Douglas Berardo is a fast moving, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival). In the past year he has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The Doobie Brothers, America, Red Molly and Livingston Taylor. ... more

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Track Name: Don't Wait For Me (Slow You Down)
It's the summer of vodka, It's the season of fear
I've got nothing left to say that anybody needs to hear
you want to be my girlfriend, well that gets pretty dark
I'm a broken down roller coaster in an empty amusement park

Chorus
So come up behind me, and then go around
don't wait for me, I'm only gonna slow you down

There are tourist out on Water Street and they spill into the bars
they spill their drinks on me dancing under the stars
I keep a room in the back, where I go to be alone
I turn off my head and I don't answer the phone

Chorus

You want to laugh, I'll keep you up all night
But don't expect me to remember what happened come the morning light
When I see you again, tell me what did we do
and I'll tell you if any part of your story rings true

Chorus

it's a long ride and I want you to make it to town
but don't wait for me, I'm only going to slow you down.
Track Name: Sorting Out What Happened In The Night
(1) People keep asking if I’m Ok
I guess that’s just what good friends say
When you up and fade away and disappear
(2) But I didn’t mean to upset anyone
I was just killing time and avoiding the sun
until I ran out of room to run and found myself right here

Chorus
Living with all of the things I’ve done wrong
Living with all the things I’ve done right
sorting out what happened in the night
Sorting out what happened in the night (D)

(3) In my town they call me MDB
In the seaside bars I drink for free
Mostly they just let me be around
(4) Down the river into the compound
I go looking for a little solid ground
But my dark thoughts follow me down-no matter where you are you are

BRIDGE
(am) When I started to doubt (em)
(F) what it was I was all about (c )
(am) I took a little vacation and only came out at night (d)
(em) but the truth is you can’t run (f)
(c ) the truth is you cant hide (d)
(em) the truth is you can’t keep it all inside (f) (c)

(am) (em) now I am waking up with two cats in the yard (f) (c )
(am ) (em) no matter how you try to avoid the morning
(d) it will find you wherever you are and you will have to be:
Track Name: You Are Already Gone
You are not broken
Your wings are not clipped
It is just a temporary melancholy into to which you have slipped
Maybe it didn’t work out
But you got to love just the same
But it is time to put that memory behind a picture frame

Chorus
Pack up your bag Close the drawer
You don’t have to dance around each other anymore
Something’s not right and You can’t fix it all tonight
But there are some feelings here that you can’t ignore
Like how before you even walk out that door
You are already gone

Put the wind at your back and ride this one out
You have come too far to give up now
Everything you need you can carry through the door
Don’t even stop to think about what you are leaving for

They’ll be No more empty promises, no more keeping score
No more dodging bullets in this dirty little war
Give yourself as break let your heart just rest
And bandage up the places that you’ve bled
And listen to the voice in your head
Telling you you’re already gone

Bridge
Gather all your thoughts and gather your things
Gather your strength and leave the key
Scars and Wisdom
They are earned and then owned
Something you carry from everyplace you have roamed

You are made of whalebone and getting stronger everyday
Just take what you need and be on your way
You are tough as stone and you can be alone
So here you stand at the dimming of the day
And there is nothing left that anyone can say
You are already gone
Track Name: Hotel On The Bay
I came to
This sun soaked place to stay
At least until this feeling goes away
13 nights and 14 days
Holed up in this hotel by the bay

My friends have told me just to let it go
You will never miss the memories that you will never know
My man, Luis pours another into his tallest glass
And the ice melts and slides into he past

CHORUS
At night I dream the color of these waters green and Blue
And in those dreams I am floating silently with you
In the morning I can clearly see your face
But by the time the sun begins to fade I have lost every little trace
Another sad case in this hotel on the bay
(another day laid to waste in this hotel on the bay)


Soy un sonador
Another Gaucho with the fading eyes
Under these Caribbean skies
Killing time before I search the quiet night

But soon I will have to cowboy up and get a grip
And put an end to this self inflicted and lonely trip
And Luis will pour one more to send me on my way
One more glowing moment at the dimming of the day
Track Name: Marc Douglas Berardo/ Abbie Gardner - My Mistakes (with Abbie Gardner)
I have made mistakes I have made them all
If I couldn’t run from trouble then I would crawl
when it came to mistakes I made them all

I had love in my life but I let it slip away
Leaving me to wonder at the end of the day
I built it up just to watch it fall
I had love in my life after all

Chorus
When faced with a choice I often chose wrong
But even those bad choices moved me along
So I cannot regret what I’ve learned from my mistakes

I have let words fly from an angry mouth
Held back forgiveness and given into doubt
Then I slipped into silence
When I needed to shout

I have tripped and fallen so many times
I’ve got busies all over this heart of mine
But its lead me here, straight to you
As if I knew, as if I knew..

BR We have both been here so broken down
cracked wide open where love is found
The beating of our hearts fell right in time
Tapping out a rhythm that only the broken can find

So if this is the path that led me to you
I will bless each missed turned and every sky that wasn’t blue
And I will pray that I will learn from my mistakes
Yes I will pray that I learned from my mistakes
Track Name: With Every Passing Day
How long can you run trying to outrace the setting sun?
How long can you roll before you have to pay the toll?

Chorus
The body breaks and is slow to respond
The mind is half full and then its half gone
The hair on your head turns to gray
With every passing day, little by little every passing day

Time is a currency you can’t save crashing on the beach like so many waves
The body is a shell of wires and bones slowly broken up by sticks and stones

Chorus
each moment comes and then its gone
Out into the great beyond
The hair on your head turns to gray
With every passing day, little by little every passing day

Bridge
The Pranksters say “nothing last/ everything now will surely be past”
Bobby says “you better get busy being born”
Dinah says “Blow your horn” 2x

Everything that matters maters now, everything is changing The moon is jumping over the cow
Twenty four hours on the clock
Somewhere in the cradle the baby will rock2x

Chorus
Mother and child in a beautiful bond
The child grows up and then is gone
The hair on your head turns to gray
With every passing day, little by little every passing day
Track Name: My Friend
A1A, rented car
radio playing that song
Over the bridge into the old city
I can almost hear you singing along

Spanish rice salted tequila
looking down on St George Street
there are ghost here on every corner
I can see them from my barroom window street

CHORUS
My Friend wish you were here with me again
My Friend

Now I’m not one for looking back
God knows I am trying to move ahead
But something ancient in the wind led me here
And whispered words unsaid

I’m aware how very cliché songs about old love can be
but I would sing about anything
To have you here with me

CHORUS

Bridge
It’s the people in your life and all the places that you’ve seen
That put your life up on that movie screen
There is a river laid out before you and you must be moving on
Just remember to look back before its gone

My friend you are still shining
Like those stars out on the bay
My friend we will always have our memories and those will never go away

so I’m just going to sit here for a while
Maybe sing one with the band
Drinks a few more then walk it off
Somewhere with you out there on the sand
Track Name: Our Troubles
Lately we‘ve been up against a cold and bitter wind
Blowing us back on our heels not knowing where to begin
Our troubles are real as the day is long
And its making us feel like it’s getting harder to carry on

Chorus
I love you, this is true
I don’t want to know what my life will be like living it without you
Our troubles they are problems we can face
Right now we can work it all out

We haven’t always been so kind we have made some mistakes
Once or twice we have crossed that line and there are words you can’t take back
The battle between us has left us bruised and battered
And we have lost sight of the little things that matter

Chorus

These days I am looking back on the miles we have rolled
And the beauty we beheld both fragile and strong
The bird is on the wire and getting ready to fly
So before it’s too late we have to give this one more try

Solo/ bridge
We are in this together for worse or for better
Through cloudless skies and stormy weather
When we said we would ride this road together we knew
Our troubles would come; our troubles will go our troubles will come
but you need to know

Chorus
I love you, you pull me through
I don’t want to know what my life will be like living it without you
Facing our troubles together that is what a real love is about
Track Name: This Is What I Call Fun
Travel by airplane, travel by van
It’s always been a kind of perfect plan
Big stages or the corner of the bar
Good songs really do take you far

Where’s the whiskey where’s the beer
what do I got to do to have some fun around here
The whole thing never really gets old/ Man, I still love the road

Chorus
Let the poor Boy run heading west into the sun
I can always sing another one This is what I call fun

I have played in every place
with neon in the window and a little bit of space
If you have something you have to say
you have to go out there and blow them away

Yes the lonely parts make me blue
but this is all I really know how to do
make a good noise all night long
Chasing down another song

I’m always up for another show
so I’m checking out of here it’s time to go
Dallas TX, Portland, ME
Blowing through town like a hurricane

Me I I love the little rooms
when you come in tired running on fumes
But the audience there will get you high
You will never want to say goodbye

BRIDGE
Out here on the borderline is where I catch up with these friends of mine
Its good to see them from time to time/ I love these friends of mine

You are up and out by noon
The tour always ends too soon
But the truth is when I’m alone my idea of fun is going home

Let the poor Boy run heading west into the sun
I can always sing another one/ This is what I call fun
After he show its hard to put it down
so pass that guitar ‘round
sing me the pretty one
This is what I call fun
Track Name: Lightning
1966 the world was just waking up and coming to
In San Francisco the beatles played candlestick and everything was feeling brand new
The Beat Poets had all but left North Beach
And the scene had moved to the park
In the middle of all that my man lightning lit up the dark

He was born Charlie McCristy in an east coast suburban town
He was a country club kid with a silver spoon playing on fresh cut ground
All the teachers called him brilliant
All the girls they loved his face
But he didn’t feel the love inside so first chance he got he lit up out of that place

Chorus
Like Lightning/ Flashing off and on then he was gone

He took a scholarship to san Franciso State
And had all the promise in the world
But soon he discover Carousel ballroom shows, pills and free love girls
It didn’t take long to change him and he stopped going to class
A few hits of Owsley will do that to you
A few hits of Owsley will put you on your ass

Yeah his hippie friends called him lightning
that suited him just fine
His mind was always moving fast and working moving overtime
He had ideas for space phone and personal arithmetic machines
But the drugs kept the genius bottled up and they remained just dreams

Chorus
He could not bottle Lightning/ Flashing off and on then he was gone

BR They were throwing around the I-Ching
They were dancing round the fire
it would be hard to find a place on earth that was getting any higher
LSD, Mescalito Lightning passed that acid test
But there were times when he couldn’t feel the love inside and it left him disillusioned and depressed

The sixties turned into the 70s and Lightning drifted further west
To a beach shack in Lahina but by then he was just a mess
The dope was replaced by hard liquor and an anger inside
The free love dream was over to him the free love dream was a lie

He drowned one night in Kauia drunk on stolen cheapo champagne
His Hawaiian friends at his funeral didn’t even know his real name
Just a thumb nail sketch of Lightning he came and then he went
one second you are here and then you disappear your soul lost in the firmament
Track Name: It's Love
A shaft of light on the bedroom wall gives me hope
A breeze through open windows on this early summer morning helps me cope
I have ridden your back roads and
waltz across your floor
I have stood at your bar until I could not stand anymore
Now I can hear the fog horn blowing
outside my front door
And love, love is all that I am living for

Now I am hanging on by a thinning , frayed thread
Lately things are slipping away from me and I have been living inside my head
My boat is taking on water and it is
slowly sinking down
believe me, right now I am thankful that
what is left of this boat is still around
I see you waving and calling me back to shore
right now love, Love is all I am living for.

Now I am easily distracted and my moods come and go like the tide
I thought the character I’d invented was perfect but there were flaws that I could not hide
I try to leave everyone laughing and singing
and feeling alive
but the truth is when the music stops
I don’t always feel good inside
When I ran out of what I thought I needed I just went looking for more
But now it is love, love that I am living for
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So if I am to start again, I am to get back home
I will have to loose this crutch and roll away the stone
and come back to you ready and worthy of your love
Slow down on this river and live a life I can be proud of

No more empty, no more lies
Just the love love love in your eyes….
All that matters, all that survives
Is the love love love in your eyes

The past is gone and I don’t know what the future holds in store
So right now, love is all I am living for
Track Name: Wherever I Go
1/ The wind is blowing hard today, storm warning on the way
Standing high on the watch hill lane, waiting for the rain
I was thinking about summer’s past,
it’s been too long since I’ve seen you last
And the wind moves swiftly here and time moves fast
Some people bounce in and out of your life, like a moth to a front porch light
But I know when the four winds blow
I’m taking you with me wherever I go

2/ When we met you had the troubles mind and me, I was drifting over the center line
What we needed from each other was hard to define but we could always sing
so we worked our way through heavy rain, through our collective joy and pain
we had a connection that was hard to explain to others and we knew it could not last
and the love between us now, transcends the sacred cow
that says the heart should not allow this kind of love in your life
so I will look for you in songs and stars, smoke signals from wherever you are
to tell me no matter how long or how far you are with me
Wherever I go

3/you got wicked wind, bending knee, land separated by vast degree
a thousand miles between you and me until I see your face again
until then I wish you:
quiet shores, following seas, long may you run in the calmest breeze
and if life here holds any guarantees, I know
I’m taking you with me Wherever I Go
Track Name: Another Song
For every golden moment I have ever had
there were just as many that were just as sad
For every beautiful thing I have held in my hand
I have let another slip through my fingers like sand

But there was always something to call me back
from every time my train jumped the tracks
something carried me back to where I belong
and helped me sing another song

I sing:
La la la la la…la la…

I have spent so much of my life riding
the borderline that was dividing
the self inflicted damage that I have done
from the person that I could become

I have been told that to fight the breakers of the churning sea
is the very best of what you are and what you can be
not the frightened one who turns to run
With his back turned to the sun

who sings:
La , al la la la la la la la la la la


BRidge
But there is no need for you to feel down today
you are now standing on solid ground today
and life my friend is just a cabaret
And before the show ends you still have another song to play

So winter passes and spring arrives
and from the nest the little baby flies
and starts anew into the friendly skies
Arise arise….