Shawn Lightfoot

Shawn Lightfoot

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Indie-acoustic pop stir-fried with Southern and Asian influences. Clever lyrics delivered through dirty-sweet, crooning tenor vocals that have drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright.

Biography

Shawn Lightfoot may have visited Jacksonville, Florida in 2000 under the guise of a quick return to North Carolina to finish music school, but he soon found his career as an opera singer had met an untimely end. Struggling with bills, Lightfoot made the decision to make his home in Jacksonville. Years of studying music have afforded him with an ear for music that transcends the run of the mill music songwriter. Gaining inspiration from the bohemian neighborhood of 5 Points, his lyrics strut with their heart on their sleeves and deliver a caustic wit through booming tenor vocals. Assertive melodies act as snapshots capturing the angst of the South as he performs in the self-conscious bravado of a jazz singer. Suit and tie with his occasional guitar solos help him resuscitate the pulse of gospel hymns, folk, country, and the homespun sound reminiscent to Jeff Buckley if he were Billy Holiday for the day. His sound equates to 50% captivation, 50% uneasiness, and 50% serene tranquility. Lightfoot started performing at Fuel and quickly became a staple in the local music scene of Jacksonville. Soon he had a steady fan base and started his band The Lightfoot Brigade. Four years later and over 300 hundred shows played in every smoky venue in the region, Lightfoot has gone back to playing solo. He released Nocturnes and Serenades in 2006 and acclaimed reviews by numerous publications and his song writing capabilities won him a finalist spot at the 2008 Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Competition. Recently, Lightfoot’s second EP That Old Sweet Southern Style was released in December of 2008.

Lyrics

Shogun: The Love Story

Written By: Shawn Lightfoot

So, I barreled through impending doom with luck and a silent blade.
Good riddance to the violent womb I call “my yesterdays”.
Simply stated, I don’t wanna die as a pawn in a bloody game.
All the reasons why can’t justify this lonely, morbid way.

Maybe things will come ‘round right,
And everything will be so fine.

And so I dream of you, Audrey Tautou, on a lovely summer day,
It’s just me and you, Montmartre too (subtitle underlay).
And who cares if I had ‘samurized’ so many to their graves?
I'm on a heaven gale, I'm settin’ sail from Edo to Marseilles.

And maybe things will come ‘round right,
And everything will be so fine.

Call me crazy, I don’t wanna be a walking grave.
I'm gonna save my ever lovin’ soul and walk away.
Who cares? It’s mine to do with as I may!

I want nothing more than to be far away!
A long, long way from my wounded yesterdays.
And I want something more than bloody feudal life!
Oh Love, Love, Love, Take me over! Make me right!

And maybe things will come ‘round right.
And everything will be so fine!

Sweet Em'ly Brown

Written By: Shawn Lightfoot

Chorus

Oh, Sweet Em'ly Brown you're the baddest bitch in town.
You've got that old sweet southern style that makes the world go round and 'round,
And all the boys and girls they want you,
And I want you something badly too, oh boy.

Oh, Sweet Em'ly Brown you're the baddest bitch in town.
You've got that old sweet southern style that knocks a preacher to the ground.
And all the boys and girls they want you,
And I want you something badly too, oh boy.

verse 1

Like a catholic priest wants his altar boys,
Like a Bush boy wants his oil.
Like Rumsfeld gone and stuck his dick in the foreign desert soil.

You got a way about you,
I wanna pull my trigger, sing my love for you.

Oh, Sweet Em'ly Brown you're the baddest bitch in town.
You've got that old sweet southern style that makes a Yankee twist and shout,
And all the boys and girls they want you,
And I want you something badly too, oh boy.

verse 2

Like evil corporate accounting wants your pention plan.
Like Mark David Chapman wants to be your biggest fan.

You got a way about you,
I wanna pull my trigger, sing my love for you.

Oh, Sweet Em'ly Brown you're the baddest bitch in town.
You've got that old sweet southern style that could drown a burning cross,
And all the boys and girls they want you,
And I want you something badly too, oh boy.

(french lyrics)

Like Veruca Salt, she wants that sugar for himself.
And I'm gonna get your sugar honey come high water or hell.

You got a way about you,
I wanna pull my trigger, sing my love for you.

Oh, Sweet Em'ly Brown you're the baddest bitch in town.
You've got that old sweet southern style that makes the world go round and 'round,
And all the boys and girls they want you,
And I want you something badly too, oh boy.

Picture Show

Written By: Shawn Lightfoot

Love, Art and Death are in the sky, on a Chinese boat and it's on fire.
Take a photograph and see everything you wanna see, in the blink of one-million eyes,
And simply redesign your picture show, and cauterize the wounds that just will not close.

All of the colors of the sun, I will place them all on your tongue.
Stick a quarter in my eye and I'll find your secret place. Can you feel me tasting your heart?
I'll simply redesign my picture show,
and cauterize the wounds that just will not close.

I'll be the ruler of the sun, you will be the queen of eleysia.
Spend our summers on the moon and our winters on the nile
On a lotus flower built for two.
And simply redesign our picture show, and cauterize the wounds that just will not close.

Discography

Nocturne's and Serenades, July 2006. That Old Sweet Southern Style, December 2008.

Set List

Sets: performances range from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Longest set: 4.5 hours.

Sets include 20+original songs. Artists whose songs I cover include The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, The Postal Service, Peter Bjorn & John, Cake, Violent Femmes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Elliot Smith, John Lennon, U2, Johnny Mathis, Billie Holliday, Billy Bragg, Neutral Milk Hotel.