Steve McNAUGHTON

Steve McNAUGHTON

 New South Wales, AUS
BandRockAdult Contemporary

Steve McNaughton has earned high praise as one of Sydney’s best contemporary rock songwriters whilst achieving independent chart success and overseas airplay. His music varies from radio friendly hooks, to passionate, upfront, personal material to songs that express some definite groove and attitude. Steve has now ventured into the contemporary country music scene with great success.

Biography

Australian artist Steve McNaughton has earned high praise as one of Sydneys best contemporary rock songwriters whilst achieving independent chart success and overseas airplay. His music varies from solid radio friendly hooks, to passionate, upfront and personal material. He has been writing songs for over 20 years and performing with different artists and bands around Sydney for nearly as many.

In 1992, Steve first received recognition when his single "Homecoming (You've Come Back Home)" debuted on the ABC and Australian Commercial radio. Since then, a further 6 compositions have hit the airwaves not only in Australia but also throughout Europe, United States and South America.

Releasing several singles on the Big Back yard compilation CDs, Steve  came to the music industrys attention through distribution to music festivals in Midem France and Popkomm in Germany. Radio stations in the U.S.A., Germany and New Zealand then picked up on Steve's songs, "Stalingrad Still Stands" & "Hold Me Tonight",songs that were  inspired by a major battle of the  Second world war and UN soldiers in Bosnia respectively. This later lead to Stalingrad still stands holding down the top spot of the Ison Live Radio International top 50 chart for several weeks and Hold me tonight peaking at number 6.

 

This was followed up by the launch of his first album Hardly softly rock in 1999 which featured a duet with legendary Aussie rocker John Swan. With a blend of solid rock and sweeter U.S. West coast rock, this album quickly sold out and was replaced by an E.P. Sydney Olympic City, released for the 2000 Olympic Games. The lead tracks Sydney youre so beautiful and Excellence from every land received airplay from visiting international television networks and overseas airplay, well after the games had finished.

Steve McNaughtons second album and 3rd CD, Storm Chaser has songs that encompass solid radio-friendly hooks, and some definite groove and attitude! The opening title-track Storm Chaser was inspired by Scott Currens and other American storm chasers. It is a high energy rock song that fully captures the fury of nature when the plains turn violent across the United States mid-west.

Skope TV and radio magazine have been full of praise for this album and provide the following glowing tribute: Steve McNaughtons Storm Chaser is an earth moving experience. If you turn on the CD and close your eyes you could almost mistake his vocals for the legendary Elvis Costello. There seems to be a clear influence from that era. The CD is full of up tempo contagious tunes. The instrumentation is a good companion to solid, well written lyrics and the production takes some interesting turns with killer background vocals that really drive a couple of the songs.

Steve McNaughtons ability as a consummate songwriter and unique vocalist are fully portrayed in the new direction he takes his music, distinctly into crossover country yet still retaining a crisp pop edge.

 With a repertoire of over 50 original songs and 3 albums behind him spanning the rock and pop genres, Steve has now taken a big leap into the contemporary country scene. Using West Coast Artists, some Americana and Nashville influences, for inspiration, the result is a slick album of Crossover Country entitled Eagles Aloft has been released through CD Baby. This album features a number of co-writes with Australian and U.S. writers the best of which seem to come from his main collaborator James Stewart Keene. The Eagles Aloft has already received a five star rating and an exceptional review from The Examiner.com in Nashville Tennessee!


Lyrics

Storm Chaser

Written By: Steve McNaughton

STORMCHASER
© Steve McNaughton 2006

A SUPER CELL IS FORMING,
THE 1ST LIGHTNING CRASH,
(THE) SKY’S SO DARK GREY IT’S ALMOST, JET BLACK

THE ATMOSPHERE IS BOILING,
CLOUDS THICKEN AND SWELL,
INTO ELECTROSTATIC SUPERCHARGING HELL

HAVOC AND DESTRUCTION, WIND TEARING AT MY CLOTHES
WHAT AM I DOING HERE, I’LL NEVER KNOW
FURY ALL AROUND ME , IS THEIR NO ESCAPE ?
HEAVEN HELP ME

STORM CHASER, THIS COULD BE THE DAY
STORM CHASER, CAN’T STAY AWAY
STORM CHASER, MUST BE IN THE BLOOD
STORM CHASER, CAN’T GET ENOUGH

SEARCHING FOR SHELTER,
OR COVER OF SOME KIND,
THE STORM IS RAGING NEARER ALL THE TIME

GOT TO GET IN CLOSER,
IT’S A BATTLE OF WILL,
IMMORTALISE THAT ENERGY ON FILM

GREEN HOUSE GASSES PRESSURE COOKING ON HIGH
HEAVY METAL THUNDER , EARTHQUAKES IN THE SKY
GOD ALONE CAN SAVE ME, TILL THIS STORM HAS PASSED
HEAVEN HELP ME

STORM CHASER, THIS COULD BE THE DAY
STORM CHASER, CAN’T STAY AWAY

STORM CHASER, MUST BE IN THE BLOOD
STORM CHASER, CAN’T GET ENOUGH

RAIN IS NOW A DELUGE SOAKING EVERYTHING IN SITE
KEEP THAT CAMERA ROLLING IN THE FADING LIGHT
FURY ALL AROUND ME, IS THEIR NO ESCAPE
HEAVEN HELP ME

STORM CHASER, THIS COULD BE THE DAY
STORM CHASER, CAN’T STAY AWAY
STORM CHASER, MUST BE IN THE BLOOD
STORM CHASER, CAN’T GET ENOUGH

Crawl Before You Walk

Written By: Steve McNaughton

CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK 18/10/06

Vs 1 IF YOU WANT TO GROW

SOMETHING YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW

IT’S ADVICE YOU’LL FIND MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.

I HEARD IT FROM A GUY

WHO LOOKED ME IN THE EYE

AND SAID “LEARN THIS BEFORE YOU GET TOO OLD!”

Pr Ch WHAT HE HAD TO SAY , BLEW ME AWAY

IT’S SO SO S S S S SIMPLE

Ch YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

YESS SIR YOU DO !

YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

BABY IT’S TRUE.

YOU CAN’T RUN AND YOU CAN’T HIDE,

YOU CAN’T WALK UNTILL YOU CRAWL

WITH PRIDE

YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK

YESS SIR YOU DO

Vs 2 WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL

YOU’RE HEADED FOR A FALL

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY SINGLE DAY

NOW YOU HAVE THE TOOLS

FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULES

START SMALL AND GROW, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY

Pr Ch THEN ONE DAY, YOU’LL BE BLOWN AWAY

IT’S SO SO S S S S SIMPLE

Ch YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

YESS SIR YOU DO !

YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

BABY IT’S TRUE.

YOU CAN’T RUN AND YOU CAN’T HIDE,

YOU CAN’T WALK UNTILL YOU CRAWL

WITH PRIDE

YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK

YESS SIR YOU DO

CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK…………………..

Vs IF YOU WANT TO GROW

START OUT REALLY SLOW ( AND)

REMEMBER THE LESSON YOU’VE BEEN TOLD

IT’S REALLY NOTHING NEW

BUT KNOWN BY FAR TOO FEW

IT’S ADVICE YOU’LL FIND MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD

Pr Ch THEN ONE DAY, YOU’LL BE BLOWN AWAY

IT’S SO SO S S S S SIMPLE

Ch YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

YESS SIR YOU DO !

YOU’VE GOT TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK,

BABY IT’S TRUE.

Coda

CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK – BEFORE YOU CRAWL

CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK – BEFORE YOU CRAWL

Believe in Me

Written By: Steve McNaughton


BELIEVE IN ME
Steve McNaughton (c) 1997

IT WAS DARK AND THERE WAS NO ONE AROUND
V1 ON A SMALL COUNTRY ROAD MILES FROM A TOWN
IN YOUR HEAD LIGHTS GLARE YOU FOUND ME THERE
DOWN UPON MY KNEES

I WAS WEAK AND I WAS OFTEN ASHAMED
V2 OF WHAT I'D BECOME, THE MESS I HAD MADE
THEN WHEN YOU REACHED DOWN, YOU TURNED ME AROUND
AND GOT ME OFF MY KNEES

EVERYTHING THAT I HAD
BRI A I THROW IT AWAY
WAS LOST AND AFRAID
WITHOUT YOU TO GUIDE ME

BRI B
I'LL FOLLOW MY DREAM NOW
I'VE PUT FEAR BEHIND ME
KNOW I CAN MAKE IT
WITH YOU THERE BESIDE ME

WHATEVER I DO YOU STILL BELIEVE IN
CH WHEREVER I GO YOU STILL BELIEVE IN
WHENEVER I FAIL YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME
WHOA OH OH

NOW I CAN'T LOOK BACK TILL I FIND MY WAY
V3 WITH HOPE IN MY HEART REACHING DAY AFTER DAY
FOR THAT HEART OF GOLD TO ME YOU SHOWED
WHEN YOU GAVE ME WHAT I NEED

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I COULD TURN AROUND
V4 YOU GAVE TO ME THE STRENGTH I'D FOUND
SO BABY BABY COME OVER HERE
AND GIVE ME WHAT I NEED

ALL THAT I OWN
BRI 2A I'D GIVE IT TO YOU
YOU PULLED ME THROUGH
AND YOU WON'T DESERT ME

YOU MADE ME STRONG
BRI 2B SOME ONE TO HOLD ON TO
NOW AS I GROW
SEEMS LIKE NOTHING CAN HURT ME

WHATEVER I DO YOU STILL BELIEVE IN
CH WHEREVER I GO YOU STILL BELIEVE
WHENEVER I FAIL YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME
WHOA OH OH

SOLO

BR 2

CH
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Eyes of a Child

Written By: Steve McNaughton

EYES OF A CHILD
(c) 7/11/2006

Vs1 WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG
WE ALL PLAYED WITH EVERYONE
WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT INNOCENCE ?

THEN WITH THE PASSING YEARS
CAME OUR PREJUDICE AND FEARS
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COMMONSENSE ?

Br. ITS ALL SO BLINDINGLY SIMPLE,
AS CLEAR AS CRYSTAL,
JUST THE WAY IT OUGHT TO BE.
IT ALL SO CLEARLY UNFOLDS
A JOY TO BE HOLD
A VISION BEYOND COMPARE……….

Ch WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

Vs2 NOW WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN,
THERE’S STILL MANY LIGHTS BURNING DOWN TOWN,
THERE’S MUCH MORE WORKING THAN LIVING

THE’RE FORGETTING HOW TO PLAY
TOMORROW’S PROMISE CAN’T REPLACE TODAY
THERE’S MUCH MORE TAKING THAN GIVING

Br. ITS ALL SO BLINDINGLY SIMPLE,
AS CLEAR AS CRYSTAL,
JUST THE WAY IT OUGHT TO BE.
IT ALL SO CLEARLY UNFOLDS
A JOY TO BE HOLD
A VISION BEYOND COMPARE……….

Ch WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

Vs3 THIS UNIVERSAL TRUTH
SOMEHOW ABANDONED IN OUR YOUTH
WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT INNOCENCE ?

THE WORLD IS THERE FOR ALL TO SHARE
WE COULD BE HEROES IF WE DARE
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COMMONSENSE ?

Br. IT ALL SO CLEARLY UNFOLDS
A JOY TO BE HOLD
A VISION BEYOND COMPARE……….

Ch WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

Ch WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
WHEN YOU SEE IT,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH,
WHEN YOU SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

Start Again

Written By: Steve McNaughton/James Keene

START AGAIN

Vs 1 WHEN YOU KNOW ITS ALL -- GONE -- WRONG
AND YOU DON’T THINK YOU CAN CARRY -- ON
THEN SOMETHING COMES UP, IT JUST FALLS IN YOUR LAP
AND YOU CAN START AGAIN BUT YOU’VE GOT TO BE STRONG
CAUSE IT COULD ALL—GO—WRONG—AGAIN---.
Pre Ch/
Chorus TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD, AND THE BAD WITH THE GOOD
SOMETHINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD
I WOULD DO IT ALL DIFFERENT IF ONLY I COULD…
…..START AGAIN……….START AGAIN

Vs2 GONNA TAKE IT.. DAY… BY…. DAY
TRYING TO CAPTURE EACH MOMENT IN TIME
KEEP MOVING FORWARD ‘TILL THE JOURNEY’S END
I’LL HOLD MY HEAD UP AND WON’T LOOK BEHIND
AND LEARN TO TAKE THINGS --- IN--- MY--- STRIDE.

Pre Ch/
Chorus I’LL TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD, THE BAD WITH THE GOOD
SOMETHINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD
I WOULD DO IT ALL DIFFERENT IF ONLY I COULD….
…….START AGAIN…….START AGAIN

Instrumental
8 bars in A D F#m E

CAUSE IT COULD ALL- GO -WRONG –AGAIN—

Pre Ch/
Chorus TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD, AND THE BAD WITH THE GOOD
SOMETHINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD
I WOULD DO IT ALL DIFFERENT IF ONLY I COULD…
…..START AGAIN……….START AGAIN

Pre Ch/
Chorus TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD, AND THE BAD WITH THE GOOD
SOMETHINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD
I WOULD DO IT ALL DIFFERENT IF ONLY I COULD….
…….START AGAIN…….START AGAIN



Dreaming

Written By: Steve McNaughton

DREAMING

S.McNaughton © 9/11/2006

I WAS DREAMING,… DREAMING.I WAS IN OUTER SPACE
I WAS DREAMING, …DREAMING I WAS WAY OUT IN SPACE
MY FRIENDS ALL TOOK A LOOK AT ME
AND SAID ‘MAN YOU’R E OFF YOUR FACE’

I WAS DREAMING,……DREAMING I WAS ONE MILE HIGH
I WAS DREAMING,……DREAMING I WAS WAY UP IN THE SKY
MY FRIENDS ALL TOOK A LOOK AT ME
AND SAID ‘ MAN YOU MAKE US WANT TO CRY!’

Bridge
THE DOPE I WASN’T SMOKING
THE BOOZE I WASN’T DRINKING ,
WERE SITTING ON THE KITCHEN BENCH,
I DRANK A GLASS OF WATER ,
BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT I OUGHTA,
BUT THAT WAS JUST MY THIRST TO QUENCH.

SO!….. WHY WAS I DREAMING?
WHY WAS I DREAMING?
WHY WAS I DREAMING,… DREAMING I WAS ONE MILE HIGH?
WHY WAS I DREAMING… DREAMING I WAS WAY UP IN THE SKY?
CAUSE I’M A DREAMER BABY
I’LL BE DREAMING TILL THE DAY I DIE.

Piano Solo

Bridge
DREAMING IN THE MORNING
DREAMING LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN YOU’RE IN THE DREAMTIME
EVERY DREAM’S ALL RIGHT
DREAM THAT YOU’RE IN HEAVEN
THOSE DREAMS YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP
AND WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE HELL
JUST DREAM YOURSELF TO SLEEP…..

SO…. KEEP ON DREAMING,… DREAMING YOUR IN OUTER SPACE
KEEP ON DREAMING,… DREAMING THAT YOU’RE SOME OTHER PLACE
DREAM ON DREAMER……
DREAMING FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE.

Coda
KEEP ON DREAMING
KEEP ON DREAMING

Under The Sycamore

Written By: Steve McNaughton/James Keene

UNDER THE SYCAMORE

McNaughton/Keene (c) 2011

Vs1 With the leaves falling down from the Sycamore
My car rolls to a stop against the kerb
Time starts to slow as the sun goes down
Can’t stop singing to a song I just heard
Vs2 As I step onto the sidewalk you are standing there
The sun’s last rays are shining through your hair
Have I fallen back in love with you again?
Will there be more precious moments we share?
Br1 Now we’re here at last
Can we both believe it’s true
Many years have passed
Since I gave my love to you
Ch When we played under the Sycamore
We were young and free and fine
On hot summer days we enjoyed its shade
And I knew that you were mine
Yes I knew that you were mine
V3 You come over to me and you take my hand
Your smile seems to tell me how you feel
I get a taste of heaven in your warm embrace
Your kiss lets me know that this is real
Br2 Now we’re here at last
We can both believe it’s true
Many years have passed
Still I give my love to you

Ch When we played under the Sycamore
We were young and free and fine
On hot summer days we enjoyed its shade
And I knew that you were mine

Ch When we played under the Sycamore
We were young and free and fine
On hot summer days we enjoyed its shade
And I knew that you were mine
I knew that you were mine
Chorus coda
Now I know that you are mine
Yes I know that you are mine