The Fighter

Sydney-based singer/songwriter Dan Schaumann‘s The Fighter begins with an almost languid guitar intro—beautifully played—making the opening of The Fighter sounds more like a lover.

Half a minute into the song the tempo picks up, and just under the minute mark Dan’s voice comes in, delicious Aussie accent and all.

The verses are gorgeous with the tail end of the first sounding like Elliott Smith has stopped by, and the end of the second giving us the on ramp to a chorus that, when it comes, kicks up the energy level of the tune so that you finally hear the song is indeed about a fighter. I love this slow reveal, and I found myself wondering if fighting with this guy would be so bad.




Dan Schaumann comes close to speaking at times, a singing style that I love and prize because it shows the singer is inhabiting his body and not just his head. Stories and passions come from the body and Dan’s style conveys a from-the-gut honesty.

Dan is soon to release his debut album, A Thousand Days Beneath The Sun. Recorded and produced in Brisbane by James North Productions, it consists of thirteen self-penned tracks which predominantly reflect the rapturous, romantic and remorseful emotions experienced while residing in England for 15 months during 2008-2009 – over 16,000 kilometres away from home in Australia.

This song, The Fighter, refers to the state of emotional turmoil brought on by fighting excessively hard to hold onto a past love which has passed the point of salvage. Eventually, even the greatest fighter has to call it a day and move on.

The Fighter

Oh the fighter with his heaven in his heart and his hell to behold 
His desire is to remedy the scar of the flame to her soul 
Oh denier with the heaviness imparted he dreams he could change 
Cruel reminders of the innocence of love vs the means to remain

Persevere 
Through your tears 
Learn your lesson well

Oh the hour, will it speed or will it burn with a laboured old fuse 
Not an answer to the plead, a deafly ear and a reason to lose 
Oh the fighter will he stay or will he stray far away from his means 
All the while through her silence and his tears he will conquer with the thrill of her nightmares

Oh the fighter 
Oh the fighter 
Oh the fighter 
Oh the fighter

Oh the fighter will end it before it’s repaired 
The fighter surrenders and shows that he cares 
The fighter will end it before it’s repaired 
The fighter surrenders and shows that he cares

Dan’s got a great website, click on the photo above to visit. Click on the pic below to go to his fb page.
I’m looking forward to reading Dan’s blog posts about his ghosts and dreams of electricity.
I might even browse his photos of toilets.
Hmm.
Maybe I’ll just keep listening to The Fighter instead.
Good luck with A Thousand Days Beneath The Sun Dan, and  thank you for sharing your music with Sirenstories.
Hope your tour brings you to Asbury Park.

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