Shawn Lear

Shawn Lear

 Sparks, Nevada, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

I'm a homegrown American rocker who loves to write heartfelt & soulful music. My friends listen to just about everything under the sun, so when they tell me I've got a great song, which doesn't happen with all of them, I listen. When it sticks in your head AND your heart, you've got a good one :)

Biography

My best work has always had a serious tone to it; songs like Millionaire, which basically is pointing a finger at greed and asking why we don't fix the problems we face in our country, or songs like Lover of my soul, which is simply a song about finding your one true love. Over the years I've noticed that listeners respond the most to my heart wrenching songs that come out of life experience--songs about a loss, about life, or about hope for something better. My goal is to make a deep emotional connection to my listeners though the songs I write.

Lyrics

Be at Rest

Written By: Shawn J. Lear

Psalm 116:5-9 Be At Rest

Be at rest once more, oh my soul
Be at rest once more, oh my soul

For the Lord, is gracious and righteous to me
For our God, is full of compassion for me

For Lord, You been good to me
When I was in need You saved me
Lord, You delivered my soul from death,
Saved my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling
Now Lord, I’m walking with You,
In the land of the living, walking in Your truth

Keep my heart simple before You
Keep my heart simple before You

Gift of Life

Written By: Shawn Lear

Eternity wrapped up in a moment
Life’s first breathe, awaited, anticipated
Slowly now, she starts to come alive
Waiting, waiting patiently

To feel her life

She is barely breathing,
Cold inside
She is now receiving
Eternal life
Her heart is barely beating,
It comes alive
She is now receiving the gift of life

Human clay with holiness invested
Broken down yet never now abandoned
Struggles seem far too heavy
Who can free, free me from this burden?

Where can I lay it down?

I am barely breathing,
Cold inside
I am now receiving eternal life
My heart is barely beating,
It comes alive
I am now receiving the gift of life

We all lay deep in shadow
Awaiting light
The wood, the nails, and the agony
Blood spilled by spite

We were barely breathing,
Cold inside
We are now receiving, eternal life
Our hearts were barely beating They've come alive
We are now receiving the gift of life

Every moment matters, in this life
Every dream can shatter, in this life

Lover of my soul

Written By: Shawn Lear

I’ve searched the whole world over and I’ve yet to find
The one who knows my heart, who understands my mind

I’ve searched the whole world over and I’ve never found
The one who makes my heart go round and round and round

I’ve searched the whole world over
Cause I wanna know
The one who truly loves me
The one who knows my soul

I want to know you now
I wonder where you are
I want to know you now
The Lover of my soul

You are the only one I need to find
You are the only one who knows my mind
You are the only lover of my soul
You are the only one who makes me whole

I want to know you now (the lover of my soul)
I wonder where you are (come and make me whole)
I want to know you now (the lover of my soul)
Oh…..the Lover of my soul

You are the only one who’ll never turn away
You are the only one who will always want to stay
You are my one and only closest, deepest friend
You’ll be right here beside me until the end

I want to know you now
I wonder where you are
I want to know you now
The Lover of my soul

Restoration

Written By: Shawn Lear

Feeling like a beat up truck
I'm rustin' apart and I'm down on my luck
Wondering what you want from me
Wondering what it is you can see in me
I want restoration
I need restoration

Help me to appreciate
All you've done and where I've been
The journey's where you've taken me
And right now Lord, where you want me to be
I want restoration
I need restoration

There's a time when I will shine
And all your work in me will show
Just how much you've sacrificed
Just how much you gave to bring me to life
I want restoration
I need restoration

Every time I go out, go out on my own
Try so hard to make it, make it back home
I need your hand to guide me, Lord I need your grace
Brokenness inside me, put me back in place

I want restoration
I need restoration

Millionaire

Written By: Shawn Lear

Regis asks the question, “Does any body want to be a millionaire?�
They’re callin’ in their answers, cause everybody wants to be a millionaire
And I’ve got just one question, and you know I’m going to dare
To ask you this one question:

Does anybody care
Does anybody care about tomorrow
Does anybody care about the truth?
Does anybody care about the children?
Does anybody care, anybody care, hey man do you?

Didn’t your momma ever teach you, you gotta put in your fair share
Answer me this question, anybody got some change to spare?
Didn’t your momma teach you, some things in life just aren’t fair
I’m sure we’d all give more if we were just a millionaire

Does anybody care about tomorrow?
Does anybody care about the truth?
Does anybody care about the children?
Does anybody care, anybody care, hey man do you?

I’m gonna put it to ya plain and simple
Lay it all out so it’s right there
Are you giving your life for someone else
Are you getting off your butt or sitting in the chair?

Does anybody care?
Does anybody care about tomorrow?
Does anybody care about the truth?
Does anybody care about the children?
Does anybody care, anybody care, hey man do you?

Discography

Red X debut album Home, summer 2004
-8 original tracks, including the title cut, Loser, My Way, and Millionaire
-Radio play for My Way on local stations Renegade Radio and the Effect radio broadcast

Single Be at Rest, released summer 2007
-Played live in Frankfurt Germany
-Played often at Hillside Foursquare Church on a Sunday morning

Summer 2009: Working a new acoustic solo demo CD for Nov release
-Lover of my soul
-Gift of Life

Set List

Depends on the gig, but sets are usually 45 min to an hour. I prefer to play all original sets, but have done many covers over the years.

Songs I like to cover:

Summer of '69
Every Rose has its Thorn
Free Fallin'
Interstate Love Song
Johnny B Goode
What's this life for
Meant to Live
Any song by Third Day, such as Love Song, Give Medley, or Consuming Fire
Kryptonite
In the Middle
Downbound Train
Ghost of Tom Joad