Brett Shady

Brett Shady

 Nevada City, California, USA
SoloAmericanaAcoustic

Original folk-pop artist based out of Nevada City, CA.

Biography

From NoDepression.com

[Brett] Shady follows in a long line of rock musicians whose later years led them away from the outward-bound excess of rock and punk to the introspective songwriting of folk and Americana... There’s a sensibility in the combination of disparate musical influences – waltzing country, folk strumming, pop melodies, 50s balladry, indie-pop – that could only come from a single head full of music listening. It all tumbles out so seamlessly as to make it look simple.

Lyrics

Somebody Else

Written By: Brett Shady

I got a friend
Gives me advice
But I ain’t buying what he’s selling this time
It’s not quite that simple I say
I wish you were right
There must be a reason
Why I’m up every night

For every somebody in love
There’s somebody else

I don’t want perfection
I don’t ask for the world
I wouldn’t even want it as it is
But I’d kill for someone
Somebody to take for granted
I’ve heard that there’s someone
For us all

For every somebody in love
There’s somebody else

(Beautiful solo guitar by Ehren Haas)

When all of our nighttimes
Start adding up
When only half the stars still shine
I lie awake and I count
All the remaining ones
And wonder how many
I’ll spend alone

For every somebody in love
There’s somebody else

Red House Plea

Written By: Brett Shady

Come
The wind is blowing
A bit too hard tonight
I’m not as young as I used to be
To try to stay and fight
There’s nothing out there calling your name
Your name

The world is ending in the place
The world for you began
Whenever things would get too dark you would
Reach out for my hand
But once when you were looking my way
You looked beyond me
And from that sad moment on
My fists could stop an army

Don’t
Please don’t remind me
Of things I might have done
Here I stand before you a different man
A different day’s begun
I won’t let him take you away
Away

But I kept you in the dark
For a reason
And without you my world is cold
My lonely heart is freezing
I gave you all the warmth that it had
And now it’s in the back of your mind
One look at who you’re leaving behind
And you’re gone

Gone

Slowly drown away the sorrow
Drown away the love I used to feel
Drown away the way I’ll feel tomorrow
Let this water wash away the emptiness inside
I should’ve known
I could never hide anything from you
You

Oh, darkness take me

Darling

Written By: Brett Shady

Darling
I’m the one who’s been calling
I’m the one who’s been driving all night
To sunlight

Baby
You’ve been driving me crazy
You’ve been making all the stoplights that face me
Hazy

Driving past signs of the fall
If you look real hard, you can see them all

(Oohs)

Darling
I’m the one who’s been calling
Without you I’ll continue to
Keep falling

There’s only two things I can do
I can drive on forever or stay with you

Darling
Oh Darling…

She Ain't Worth It

Written By: Brett Shady

Broken window
Summer blowing
Looking down at the heart he’s stolen
Way too young
To keep it quiet
Son, meet heartbreak

Can’t go home
Can’t go nowhere
His warm heart can’t keep the beat in the cold air
He stands gutted
He stands defeated
By the one thing he was living for

From snowy streets
Followed blindly
The broken English smoke signals find me
The only light around for miles

But where is it now
Is it still shining brightly
Is it still saving souls from a death in the vacant sea
‘Cause some nights I notice
Something I brought home with me

But let it go, kid
No one’s looking at you
I know it hurts like hell when she walks away
We’ve all had that day
Nothing’s worth going back to

(Now, listen to Lee Bob)

But let it go, kid
No one’s looking at you
I know it hurts like hell when she walks away
We’ve all had that day
Nothing’s worth going back to

Just stay on the road
That you’re walking on
And just walk along
Nothing’s worth going back to

Jerome, AZ

Written By: Brett Shady

I’m sort of sad to say
But this is where my stay in Hollywood ends
Southern California may be lovely
If you’re into making friends
We’ve all got ideas and opinions
Of what it means to be alive
I don’t want to add mine to the garbage can
I just want to drive

So I’m heading for Jerome

I was near to victory
The moment that I landed in town
I don’t want to perish here
Before I have a chance to look around
Seems that I’ve been fighting for survival
Through my endless seven years
I just want to be where I can see
The horizon bright and clear

So I’m heading for Jerome
Where I can keep an eye on my home

There’s nothing much of mine I could repair
But it’ll all be different over there
Way up high where God can see me

I want a place where I’m free to roam
Late at night on the empty road below
And I want a place to call my own
And I want to see the world I’ve know
So I’m on my way to the hillside of Jerome
Where I can keep an eye on my home

Waltz for a Girl in South Carolina

Written By: Brett Shady

Keep all the old days behind you
So you don’t have to wonder where they’ve gone
Stay where the sadness can’t find you
‘Til the sadness is done

Keep looking up for salvation
Just in case it passes and what they believed was right
Even if all it provides
Is some sleep for the night

There’s a girl in South Carolina
Standing in the sweet summer wind
A girl in South Carolina
That I’ll never talk to again

Some east coast landfill is covered
In things that we’ve all thrown away
And it was just a cup of coffee
At the end of the day

But there’s a girl in South Carolina
Standing in the sweet southern wind
A girl in South Carolina
That I’ll never stand by again

What did she want from me
Why does she care
I still think of her fondly
Does she wish I was there

I can’t drink, I can’t smoke
I got nowhere to hide

I can’t drink, I can’t smoke
My mind can not erase

A girl in South Carolina
Oh, my girl in South Carolina

I'll Try

Written By: Brett Shady

The more I see what the world is about
The more I’ve decided to shut it all out
But whenever I see faces outside my door
I think I know now who to open it for

You keep me in mind
You keep me in mind, so I’ll try

The warning’s they gave me are all coming true
It took me ten years to decide what to do
And I tried to pass on the warning to you
I said you might want to think about leaving

But you keep me in mind
You keep me in mind, so I’ll try
You keep me in mind, so I’ll try hard to keep you in mine

Some nights I’m not gonna call
And I got nowhere left to fall
Boy, you’ve done some dumb things in your life
But this beats them all

You keep me in mind
You keep me in mind, so I’ll try
You keep me in mind, so I’ll try hard to keep you in mine

When You Open Your Eyes

Written By: Brett Shady

No sorrow
Inside these walls tonight
No shadows to overtake
The steady light
So sleep
And when the sun is bright
I’ll be by your side

I’ve learned some lessons
I can pass along
But there are things
That I have done all wrong
But every inch
Of every road I’ve walked upon
Has taken me to you

All is silent on a cold, grey morning
Sun reluctant to rise
How I pray you’ll love what you see
When you open your eyes

(Oohs)

All is silent on a cold, grey morning
Sun reluctant to rise
How I pray you’ll love what you see
When you open your eyes

No one has ever caught me
No song I’ve sung
Has rung so true
Do what you will with my love
I saved it all for you

God, Change the Laws of the World

Written By: Brett Shady

God, change the laws of this world for me
I finally decided what I want to be
Now all I’m asking’s the time back to me
God, change the laws of this world

I get the point about not wasting time
You made some lives examples, now you’re fucking with mine
If it’s true that you made the stars and the Earth
God, change the laws of this world

I promise I won’t ever ask for nothing again
Believe me

God, change the laws of this mess that you’ve made
We fear for the darkness that ends the parade
You got our attention, you made us behave
Now God, change the laws of this world

I promise I won’t ever ask for nothing again
Believe me
I promise I will talk you up to all of my friends
Believe me

I know in the past
I said some terrible things, but they were mainly for laughs
If you can prove that you heard them, I’ll take them all back
God, change the laws of this world

God, change the laws of this world
God, change the laws of this world
God, change the laws of this world
God, change the laws of this world

Angels, Ghosts & Demons

Written By: Brett Shady

Blackened walls and
Crooked doorways
Muddy streets
Ghosts of the old days
This was our town we built with our hands

He’s a stranger
And she’s the one he wants
She tries to sleep
Inside the room he haunts
Lights are flickering, raging midnight

He’s walking streets
Inside an endless fog
Searching hard for any tracks
From those who’ve chosen wrong
Inside the sound of drunken laughter

The booze was flowing
Three cheers for me & you
A toast to all of us
And everything we do
Our yellow light surrounded by the deep, dark sky

But later in the night
Through the corner of my eye
I saw shadows moving by
I heard rumbling outside
Keep the music going, man
We’ve got each other, we’ll be fine

Oo-ooh!

And we sang:
Never mind the morning time
The morning’s never coming
There’s still so much for us to do tonight
The spirits in our bottles
Mix with spirits in our hearts
And take us over

(Instrumental good times)

The wind was howling
And we would laugh it off
Rain was filling up the streets
Mildew and dry rot
The silent prowler welcomed everything

The day it broke
And woke a tired town
Bloodshot eyes
Looked on our stomping ground
We knew this was where it ended

The lawmen came around
The banners all came down
And we left our little town
To the angels
But time has rotted angels into demons
And they’ve tracked me down
Time has rotted angels into demons
And they follow me around

Please, you ain’t got the best of me…

Discography

The Devil to Pay, 2010

National Hotel, 2014

National Hotel Acoustic Bonus Album, 2015

If Anything Means Anything This Means Everything (upcoming EP, release set for Spring 2018)

Set List


Somebody Else
Red House Plea
Waltz for a Girl in South Carolina
I'll Try
Angels, Ghosts & Demons
Jerome, AZ
Darling
When You Open Your Eyes
God, Change the Laws of the World
She Ain't Worth It
Stay Together (We All Want You To)
You Make It Hard To Leave

Covers:
The End - Earl Grant
Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
Just My Imagination - The Temptations