Shonu

Shonu

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"Shonu writes beautiful melodic songs, straight from the heart with a voice reminiscent of a different time" (The Troubadour 2004). Shonu is a singer songwriter whose style has, at times, been labelled lyrical, spiritual, ambient, folk, folk-rock and bluesy with a voice uniquely his own.

Biography

Shonu (acoustic guitar & vocals):Shonu first seriously studied guitar with friend and mentor Eric Roche in 1997, finally leaving his job as an international corporate finance attorney in a NY law firm in 2002 and enrolling at music school on Eric's advice. He played the London singer-songwriter circuit as a duo through 2002/3, with a band (including percussionist Sean Quinn) in 2004 and went solo in 2005. Shonu met bassist Les Mommsen through Sean (at an African festival staged at the Royal Festival Hall where the two were performing) in 2005. They formed a three-piece band at the start of 2006.

Sean Quinn (percussion and bvs): was brought up in London of Irish/English origin and studied Design Craft specialising in contemporary jewellery design before deciding to pursue his love of music. Sean has been playing and teaching percussion professionally on the London circuit over the last 10 years and has toured in Asia, Africa and Europe. He has his own percussion outfit playing London clubs and venues

Les Mommsen (acoustic bass): grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa where he was a well-known professional bass guitarist. He came to London in 2001 to further his musical career in the U.K. and is both a professional sound engineer and bass player. He has toured both Europe and Africa playing bass guitar, has incorporated a unique acoustic finger-picking technique into his various styles and is influenced by diverse genres. He has his own African Jazz/World music ensemble playing festival and London venues.

Lyrics

Small Cold Fragile

Written By: Shonu

SMALL, COLD, FRAGILE
TAKE HER IN YOUR HAND
TRY TO KEEP HER WARM

SAID SHE NEEDED ME TO HOLD HER
TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND
NOT TO LET HER GO

BUT SHE KEEPS RUNNING SCARED
RUNNING OUT OF TIME
PROTECTING HER HEART
PRETENDING THAT SHE’S FINE

BUT I KNOW THAT WHEN SHE SAYS SHE
LIKES TO KEEP ON ROLLING
SHE’S PUTTING ON A SHOW
MASKING DOUBTS INSIDE

BUT SHE’S SO SMALL, COLD & FRAGILE
I WONDER WHERE SHE’LL GO
SHE’LL NEED A PLACE TO HIDE
NEED A PLACE TO HIDE

HER FRIENDS THEY SAY SHE’S
OK ON HER OWN
BUT I’M NOT SURE THAT THEY KNOW HER
LIKE I.KNOW HER INSIDE SHE’S

SMALL, COLD AND FRAGILE
I TOOK HER IN MY HAND
NOW SHE WANTS TO BE ALONE

AND IF I TRY NOW TO HOLD HER

SHE SAYS THAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND
THAT SHE NEEDS TO GO

BUT SHE KEEPS RUNNING SCARED
SAYS SHE’S RUNNING OUT OF TIME
PROTECTING HER HEART
PRETENDING THAT SHE’S FINE
BUT I KNOW THAT WHEN SHE SAYS SHE
LIKES TO KEEP ON ROLLING
SHE’S PUTTING ON A SHOW
MASKING DOUBTS INSIDE

I HOPE IN TIME, SHE’LL REMEMBER

HOW WE BUILT A HOME
A PLACE WHERE WE COULD HIDE
HOW WE BUILT A HOME
A PLACE WHERE WE COULD HIDE
A PLACE WHERE WE COULD HIDE
A PLACE WHERE WE COULD HIDE

Don't Burst My Bubble

Written By: Shonu

MISS ANDERSON EYES TIGHT SHUT ON HER KNEES
SEEKS GRACE FROM GOD
TO GIVE HER THE STRENGTH THAT SHE NEEDS

DON’T BURST HER BUBBLE
SHE’S LIVING THE TRUTH THAT SHE KNOWS
DON’T BURST HER BUBBLE
SHE’S JUST FILLING UP ALL OF HER HOLES

JIM PATTERSON TAKES SUCH PRIDE IN HIS CAR
SAYS GREED IS GOOD
BUT IT ONLY GETS HIM SO FAR

DON’T BURST HIS BUBBLE
HE’S LIVING THE TRUTH THAT HE KNOWS
DON’T BURST HIS BUBBLE
HE’S JUST FILLING UP ALL OF HIS HOLES

I’M NOT CERTAIN OF OUR FATE
AND I DON’T HAVE NO CONCRETE PLANS
SO IF YOU TAKE THE GOODS THEN
WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE
AND I’M NOT WAITING FOR THE AFTERLIFE
I HAVEN’T FOUND NO PROMISED LAND
BUT I’LL TRY MY BEST TO BE OUR GUIDING LIGHT
THROUGH THESE DARK AND TROUBLED TIMES
SO WILL YOU COME WITH ME

IF YOU TRUST IN ME
I’LL GIVE YOU ALL THAT I CAN
FAILINGS AND FEARS
AND ALL THE LOVE THAT I CAN
I‘AINT GOT NO BUBBLE
THERE’S NOT A LOT THAT I KNOW
WOULD YOU BE MY BUBBLE
SO TOGETHER WE CAN FILL IN THE HOLES

FILL UP…FILL UP…FILL UP (TO FADE)

Is it just me?

Written By: Shonu

IS IT JUST ME
THAT LIKES DRIVING IN THE SLOW MO’
LOOKIN’ THROUGH MY WINDOW
NEVER FOLLOWING THE SIGNS

IS IT JUST ME
SEEKS BEAUTY IN A BLUE SKY
DON’T WANT TO LET IT SLIP BY
MAKE BETTER USE OF MY TIME
IF I ONLY GET ONE LIFE

WELL IT WAS ME
I USED TO DIG THE BLING BLING
NOW IT’S MORE THE REAL THINGS
FEELS MORE COOL TO BE KIND

YES IT WAS ME
I USED TO WAN THE FINE THINGS
NOW IT’S MORE A FEELING
I’M SATISFIED WITH A SMILE
THAT YOU CAN GIVE ME FOR FREE

MORE CERTAIN OF THE QUESTIONS
THAN I AM THE ANSWERS
IT CAN SEEM UNFAIR
BUT THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I DON’T KNO0W
STRANGELY IS A SOURCE OF PRIDE

SO IS IT JUST ME
LIKES DRINKING UP THE SUNSHINE
BETTER THAN A WHITE WINE
HOW’S IT WET IF IT’S DRY

COS’ YOU SEE
I’M BREAKING ALL THE STRAIGHT LINES
FEEL IT’S GONNA’ BE FINE
KISSING THE DOUBTS GOODBYE
HOLDING MY HEAD UP HIGH

SOMETIMES I GET THE FEELING
THAT THERE AINT NO MEANING
YET I SEEM TO CARE
ABOUT YOUR SISTER, BROTHER, FATHER
MOTHER AND YOUR CHILD
HUMANITY, IT’S ALL THAT I NEED
AND WHAT OF YOU, DO YOU NEED IT TOO
OR IS IT JUST ME?

Meditation

Written By: Shonu

WON’T YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES
TRY AND GET SOME SLEEP
FEEL YOU’RE KIND’A RESTLESS
BUT I THINK THAT I CAN CALM YOU DOWN
I’LL BE YOUR GUIDING LIGHT
YOUR SAFEST HARBOUR
ROCK IN STORMY SEAS
I’LL SHELTER YOU ON HIGHER GROUND

I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION SHOW A LITTLE FAITH IN ME
I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION, HELP ME HELP YOU TO BREAK FREE

YOU SEE WITHIN YOUR HEART BEATS A SACRED MUSIC
IF YOU STOP YOURSELF FROM RUNNING
I SWEAR THAT YOU WILL HEAR THE SOUND
AND YOU CAN CALL ON ME
IF YOU’RE LOST I’LL FIND YOU
IF YOU TAKE MY HAND
I SWEAR THAT I WON’T LET YOU DOWN

I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION SHOW A LITTLE FAITH IN ME
I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION, HELP ME HELP YOU TO BREAK FREE

BREATHE DEAR…LET IT GO
NO FEAR…LET IT GO
ALL CLEAR…TAKE MY HAND
DON’T SHUT ME OUT JUST LET ME IN
I’LL TRY TO UNDERSTAND

WON’T YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES
TRY AND GET SOME SLEEP
FEEL YOU’RE KIND’A RESTLESS
BUT I THINK THAT I CAN CALM YOU DOWN
I’LL BE YOUR GUIDING LIGHT
YOUR SAFEST HARBOUR
ROCK IN STORMY SEAS
I’LL SHELTER YOU ON HIGHER GROUND

I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION SHOW A LITTLE FAITH IN ME
I’LL BE YOUR MEDITATION
MEDITATION, HELP ME HELP YOU TO BREAK FREE

BREAK FREE BREAK FREE YEAH (TO FADE)

Won't you lay down

Written By: Shonu

SO WON’T YOU LAY DOWN
COS’ I THINK I LOVE YOU
WON’T YOU LAY DOWN
AND JUST FORGET ABOUT HIM
IF YOU LAY DOWN
I’LL LAY MYSELF BESIDE YOU
AND TRACE A LINE ACROSS YOUR SHOULDERS
DOWN YOUR BACK AROUND YOUR HIPS
WON’T YOU LET ME IN

YOU WON’T FALL DOWN
COS’ I’LL BE THERE TO HOLD YOU
YOU CAN LAY DOWN THAT HEAVY LOAD
AT MY DOORSTEP
IT’S SOMETHING WE CAN SHARE
AND IF YOU FEEL DOWN
THERE’S ALWAYS ME TO CLING TO
SO YOU WON’T NEED TO FIGHT YOUR
DEMONS SOLO IN THE DARKNESS
TURN AROUND BABY I’LL BE THERE

IS IT JUST A FLEETING FEELING
OR DOES IT HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING
IT DOES FOR ME COS’ I’M NOT MARKING TIME
THOUGH YOU’VE BEEN HURT
BY THOSE WHO’VE CHEATED
ARE FEARFUL OF HOW YOU’LL BE TREATED
KNOW I’M TRUE AND IT’LL ALL BE FINE
I’M GONNA’ MAKE YOU MINE

SO BABY LAY DOWN
AND LET ME SHOW I LOVE YOU
BABY LAY DOWN
AND JUST FORGET ABOUT HIM
AND JUST FORGET ABOUT HIM
SO WON’T YOU LAY DOWN

Why?

Written By: Shonu

I SAW OUR HOME AS A JOURNEY'S END
WHERE I COULD SHUT THE WORLD OUTSIDE
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF MY BEST FRIEND
I'D HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CONFIDE

WHEN DID THE LOVE START TO FADE AWAY
WHEN DID I FAIL TO HEED YOUR NEEDS
SHOT IN THE HEART WITH NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
NOW WOULD YOU LEAVE ME HERE TO BLEED

WOULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LOVE
COULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LIFE
WILL YOU RUN AWAY FROM ME
IF I PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
WOULD YOU STAY WITH ME TONIGHT
TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED

TRYING SO HARD NOT TO THINK OF YOU
BUT I CAN'T GET YOU OUT MY MIND
FOCUSSING ON WHAT YOU PUT ME THROUGH
BUT I STILL THINK OF YOU AS KIND
WHEN DID THE LOVE START TO FADE AWAY
WHEN DID I FAIL TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
SHOT IN THE HEART WITH NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
NOW YOU GOT ME ON MY KNEES

WOULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LOVE
COULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LIFE
WILL YOU RUN AWAY FROM ME
IF I PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
WOULD YOU STAY WITH ME TONIGHT
TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED

JUST MAKE IT FADE AWAY
DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE
IF I FALL ASLEEP
WILL I END UP IN A BETTER SPACE
IF IT'S ALL A DREAM
I'M GOING TO WAKE UP SOON
FIND HER LYING NEXT TO ME

WOULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LOVE
COULD YOU RUN AWAY FROM LIFE
DON’T RUN AWAY FROM ME
IF I PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
WOULD YOU STAY WITH ME TONIGHT
TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED

IF YOU RUN AWAY
IF YOU RUN AWAY
THEN PLEASE WOULD YOU TELL ME WHY

Discography

EPs
Set My Spirit Free (2004)
Shonu (2005)
(currently recording album)

Streaming:
www.myspace.com/shonumusic

Set List

40 minute set:
1.Don't burst my bubble
2.Wayward wind
3.Outside Looking In
4.Why?
5.Small Cold Fragile/Won't you lay down
6.Best Version of Me
7.Meditation
8.Is it just me?
9.All dressed up