Shawn James - The Guardian (Ellie's Song) - Official Music Video

Listen + Download "The Guardian" by Shawn James:
https://ingroov.es/the-guardian-ellie-s

When does it get quiet?
Time was supposed to extinguish the desire...
But the embers won't snuff out

Haunted by your smiles
The mask keeps getting heavier
One step forward, two steps back
There's a noose round my neck and the further I get
It's harder & harder to breathe
Can I find a way to cut the rope?
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone.
Don't know if I'm already blind...
Can I leave it all behind?
What's it really for if it's not yours and it's not mine?
This victory is not what I hoped for...
How was I to know that everything would end up like this?
Survival of the fittest... of sorts
So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
Justice & mercy don't live side by side
So in retribution I abide
I'll tip the scales to justice's end but can it make amends?
Kill or be killed... what a way to live & die
I just can't see this cycle ever ending
How can I correct the damage done when I can't feel the consequences of my recourse
So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone.
Don't know if I'm already blind...
Can I leave it all behind?

Filmed by Michelle Mavrides & edited by Luke White

Written by Shawn James
String arrangement by Luis Guerra
Produced by Jimmy Messer
Records at Parts + Labor Studios, Los Angeles, CA

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100+ comentarios:

Shawn James
Shawn James:
Thanks for checking out the new video everyone. I appreciate all the love!

Check out the US shop here: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/shawn-james

Europe/UK as well here: https://www.shawnjameseuropeanmerch.com/

Lastly, I can't wait to get back on the road hopefully sooner than later and I look forward to meeting you all out there!
Tomaz Malfoy
Tomaz Malfoy:
After the pandemic, come and take a tour in Brazil. You will be very well received!
Thomas Bridges
Thomas Bridges:
Ellie singing his "through the valley" in the teaser a few years back is the reason i started listening to him. Love his music, been listening ever since
iPhonedo
iPhonedo:
Chills the entire song!
Ajay Norris
Ajay Norris:
You can find the lyrics for this song in Ellie's notebook at the farm house.
Devran Yalcin
Devran Yalcin:
This man doesn't have a bad song!
Jan Avelino
Jan Avelino:
Well...that didn’t suck.
k a m a i t a c h i
k a m a i t a c h i:
🥺❤️🥺❤️
Tomaz Malfoy
Tomaz Malfoy:
Genial!!
andrea31 4nicole
andrea31 4nicole:
I hope this song blows up like Through the Valley. I hope Shawn gets all the attention he can. He deserves to be a top recognized artist. Thank you Naughty Dog and The Last of Us 2 for exposing him to so many more people around the world!
Raja ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀɪɢɪɴᴀʟ
Raja ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀɪɢɪɴᴀʟ:
When does it get quiet?
Time was supposed to extinguish the desire...
But the embers won't snuff out
Haunted by your smiles
The mask keeps getting heavier
One step forward, two steps back
There's a noose round my neck and the further I get
It's harder & harder to breathe
Can I find a way to cut the rope?
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone.
Don't know if I'm already blind...
Can I leave it all behind?
What's it really for if it's not yours and it's not mine?
This victory is not what I hoped for...
How was I to know that everything would end up like this?
Survival of the fittest... of sorts
So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
Justice & mercy don't live side by side
So in retribution I abide
I'll tip the scales to justice's end but can it make amends?
Kill or be killed... what a way to live & die
I just can't see this cycle ever ending
How can I correct the damage done when I can't feel the consequences of my recourse
So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone.
Don't know if I'm already blind...
Can I leave it all behind?
Alex G.
Alex G.:
Petition to get Ashley Johnson to cover this song as Ellie
Katie F.
Katie F.:
Not only were the lyrics in Ellie's journal, but did anyone else notice how the lyrics align with the soundtracks from The Last of Us I and II?

"Time was supposed to extinguish the desire
But the embers won't snuff out"
Inextinguishable Flames by Gustavo Santaolalla

"The mask keeps getting heavier"
Masks On by Mac Quayle

"It's harder & harder to breathe"
Breathless by Gustavo Santaolalla

"But the light is all gone"
All Gone by Gustavo Santaolalla

"Can I leave it all behind?"
Left Behind by Gustavo Santaolalla

"Vengeance & mercy don't live side by side"
No Mercy by Gustavo Santaolalla

"I just can't see this cycle ever ending"
The Cycle of Violence by Mac Quayle
The Cycle Continues by Mac Quayle
Spetzer
Spetzer:
Because Ellie is listening to Shawn singing "Through the Valley" at the beginning of the second game, it means that Shawn James canonically exists within the The Last of Us. I like to think in the midst of everything happening in the games, Shawn is out there somewhere killing clickers by day and making music by night.
William Ellison-Mullan
William Ellison-Mullan:
This guy is so talented. Is there a style he can't sing?
SkippaDaFlippa
SkippaDaFlippa:
This song is the embodiment of Ellie. Being the bringer of death and the lover of life at the same time. Survival of the fittest... of sorts. This song embodies her character and personally, I think it embodies all of humanity. Absolutely brilliant peace of poetry.
Hector Barrios
Hector Barrios:
I Hope Ashley covers this song eventually.
Belic Filmes
Belic Filmes:
This song should be in the ending credits of the game. Such a masterpiece!
Diego Nazário
Diego Nazário:
VEM PRO BRASIL!! (após a pandemia, claro) 🇧🇷🇧🇷😁
soumyajyoti mukherjee
soumyajyoti mukherjee:
We need a DLC with Ellie singing this.
Galactic Groceries
Galactic Groceries:
TLOU 2 ending makes much more sense after listening to this song.
Nidelimit
Nidelimit:
First Ellie singing one of Shawn's songs, then Shawn singing the song that Ellie was writing in her diary

This song is too painful to hear cause it makes your deepest feelings bloom, the regret of loosing someone you admire but you didn't appreciate the time you had with him or her, and it makes you wish you could established stronger bonds with those who left

By the time The Last Of Us part one came out I've lost my grandfather, and the relationship between Ellie and Joel before arriving to the hospital was how I felt with him when I was a kid, but eventually when I got older I was distant with him

When he passed away I didn't go to see his grave because I couldn't believe that he just died, now I have a reason to visit him, I want to play this song on a faithful afternoon sitting next to him and bury all my feelings I have of him there

Shawn, your songs are incredible, keep doing this stuff, I love it
Iann Almeida
Iann Almeida:
People who have disliked this song: "maybe I am a monster"
Rafael
Rafael:
I really hope Shawn James gets more recognition than he is recieving rn and also COME TO BRAZIL
Dakota McNally
Dakota McNally:
Don't you see Ellie writing this song in her journal
Luiz Braga
Luiz Braga:
Man, let me tell you something, this song is BRILLIANT, the poetry in the letter... OMG, you have the gift of touch in every song you make. Impossible not to cry listening to this. Congratulations
Antonio Nassar
Antonio Nassar:
I just finished the game... Now this makes complete sense. All about that ending... This is the explanation. If you finished the game u know what I'm talking about... Great work Shawn!
Davide Cerullo
Davide Cerullo:
There's haunting music, and then there's Shawn James.

This guy is on a completely different level. Incredible.
Nana
Nana:
Such a legendary cast of musicians in TLoU. The music in that game is unlike any other!
Cauan sousa
Cauan sousa:
The last of us 2 esta explendido com as musicas dele
TinyTopHats
TinyTopHats:
It took me till just now to realize that the thing's Ellie wrote in her Journal wasn't a poem, but were lyrics of a song that just looked like they were a poem.
I looked at the lyrics of the song and then realized wait these were written in her journal -facepalm-
Ivan Martinez
Ivan Martinez:
This song has the esence of darkness of the second part of The Last of Us
MrSwitchblade327
MrSwitchblade327:
This should have been the ending song as she walked off alone.
Mr DK
Mr DK:
This game, and this song, are masterpieces.
luis fernando rivera rodriguez
luis fernando rivera rodriguez:
Ellie tocando la canción de Shawn y ahora Shawn tocando la canción de Ellie, es el día inverso :D
Mac
Mac:
God THAT voice is such a gift to us. Please never stop creating and singing. Replaying all weekend 🍯🔥
S Yousefi
S Yousefi:
I just finished the game. I'm devastated man😢😢😢😢😢
Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez:
The nostalgic theme of this song makes me wanna cry, but at the same it gives me peace.
It fits perfect with TLOU and Ellie´s dark. Love it
Tylor Medlin
Tylor Medlin:
I freaking love that a part of the lyrics is from her journal when you read it. This game is a emotional rollercoaster but I love it. People need to start asking the question why she let Abby live.... she never actually got the chance to forgive Joel but Abby gave her the chance to start learning how to forgive. I still hate Abby very much but there is only one thing I liked about Abby. She started to take care of lev and she started to change as a person. Now I understand she killed Joel and I would rather see her dead but that wasn’t the message the game was trying to give. We all see Ellie like we’ve never seen her before. She couldn’t deal with the death of Joel and because of that she went to get revenge and she lost herself just like Joel did in the first game. People who really love this game is the people that understand the deeper meaning of what the game is and what Neil wrote it to be. I understand Joel’s death was early and nobody expected him to be killed that way but what people don’t understand is that Joel had survived for that long but what people don’t realize is that he settled down in Jackson and probably was not the same person we once knew. He’s been at Jackson for like 3 to 4 years before he was killed. Also just like real life is that the past catches back up to you no matter how fast you go but anyways I thought the game was beautiful in its own way and you get to see all these emotions thrown at you all at once and even tho people might not agree with me but that’s okay everyone has opinions and had their on take on what the game meant to them.
BigFish Montage
BigFish Montage:
Perfect! This songs completely captures Ellie's feelings and inner turmoils trough the whole game. The journey from the beginning to the very last picture before the credits roll down. This song and the lyrics are indeed a masterpiece, and it's not happened by any chance that Neil trusted you. The people who dislikes the game's story should try understand the meaning and the message of the game and this song also.. and the hard feelings,decisions,and consecvences a person has to go trough in situations like that in real life. Not everything is so easy like you imagine in your head. I'm glad for the game, i'm glad for this song. And i've learned my share from the game's story... Have a great day!
R520 J R
R520 J R:
Now we need Ashley Johnson to sing this
ingkko
ingkko:
Dude literally put Oreo on his ears.
Everton José
Everton José:
the saddest part is that this song ends
Tammy Lima
Tammy Lima:
Thank you. This was everything i expected and more. The video is simple and beautiful... Matches the song perfectly. You are amazing. Im a proud fan💜always✨
Lots of love from Brazil🇧🇷
Amen Shan
Amen Shan:
Probably the most harrowing bit of music to be associated with the games so far.

And I wouldn't have it any other way :D
Sarah Waterhouse
Sarah Waterhouse:
I definitely needed a song to listen to after destroying my soul and breaking my heart by finishing TLoU2 yesterday....thank you for this beautiful song.
Sushanna Sepulveda
Sushanna Sepulveda:
You did it again Shawn, this is hauntingly beautiful. It reminds me of a time and place I'd rather forget, but never could. You are my vocal hero Shawn. Don't ever quit!
Edu Farias
Edu Farias:
Tomanocu que letra é essa... O cara tá inspirado, mais uma obra prima!
Edward Hulse
Edward Hulse:
I just want Ashley Johnson to sing a cover of this song now. It’s so good! We deserve to hear it from Ellie.😊👍🏻
YeeYee MF's
YeeYee MF's:
Not even 10 minutes out and it already has 1.4k likes! Hell yeah
SrRubio 97
SrRubio 97:
This song is pure sadness and anger...
Tam Iturriaga
Tam Iturriaga:
this just hits different after finishing the game...
Mariana azul
Mariana azul:
Me pudo encantar esta voz ,esta canción ,este juego no hay mas palabras me encanta the last of us 1 y 2 !!!!!
Natchai Stappers
Natchai Stappers:
Is that a custom pickguard referencing Ellie's tattoo I see? Great song!
Laura Ortega
Laura Ortega:
Esse cara merece MUITO MAIS reconhecimento. Caralho! Sou completamente apaixonada por esse timbre.
F.S. Guerra
F.S. Guerra:
Impossível encontrar uma música ruim dele. Simplesmente incrível.
Clayton Smith
Clayton Smith:
Any song this man has made is just bone chilling. Shawn James is just a mastermind of haunting but such beautiful music
Giovanny Junior
Giovanny Junior:
É impossível, uma música melhor que a outra.
X3M Gaming
X3M Gaming:
Damn, Tommy looks so depressed after The Last of Us Part 2 events !
Cam Walsh
Cam Walsh:
First line and I already had goosebumps. Absolutely breathtaking work.
YouCrazy Z K
YouCrazy Z K:
I’m in love with he’s music anyone else😍♥️
joaovitor Cruz
joaovitor Cruz:
Here's my interpretation of the song's lyrics acvording to the game's events, hope you enjoy it and be careful with spoilers ahead

When does it get quiet?
Time was supposed to extinguish the desire (talking about the desire of revenge, she didn't get over it and couldn't forget it)
But the embers won't snuff out
Haunted by your smiles (joel's smiles and memories, she misses him and got heavily traumatized after seeimg him be killed)
The mask keeps getting heavier (She tries to pretend that she forgot about joel, but she didn't)
One step forward, two steps back

There's a noose round my neck and the further I get
It's harder & harder to breathe
Can I find a way to cut the rope? (She can't get over it and she thinks killing abby is the only way to get peace again, but the more she kills people more she gets traumatized)
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone
Don't know if I'm already blind
Can I leave it all behind? (She is being consumed by anger and darkness, and she can't just let it go)

What's it really for if it's not yours and it's not mine?
This victory is not what I hoped for
How was I to know that everything would end up like this? (Getiing the revenge wouldn't extinguish her pain for joel's death, instead it caused her to lose everything and everyone she loved)
Survival of the fittest of sorts

So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life (She brings death and pain for everyone she goes through)
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
Vengeance & mercy don't live side by side (If she has mercy she doesn't get her revenge, but is it all worth it?)
So in retribution I abide
I'll tip the scales to justice's end but can it make amends?

Kill or be killed
What a way to live & die (It represents the world she was born in and has to live with this)
I just can't see this cycle ever ending
How can I correct the damage done
When I can't feel the consequences of my recourse (The cycle of violence and revenge. If she kills abby, the cycle doesn't end, it continues probably with lev later. She wants to correct everything that she and abby have done, but it's too late)

That's it, I don't know if I got anything wrong, probably yes, this is surely a game to be remebered and discussed for years, a truly masterpiece that is compmemented with great music by shawn james
Justin Bernal
Justin Bernal:
Your music never ceases to amaze me. I found you in late 2018 through Through the Valley, and I loved it the first time I listened. After about a month, I knew about all your discography. Later on, I had started going through bad times, and it lasted around a month. Fortunately, it was around the time The Dark and The Light came out, and my god, it was amazing. It was my coping mechanism for that time, and I really want to congratulate you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me through that time. You deserve anything good along your way.
Йосип Богуслав
Йосип Богуслав:
Не зупиняйся!!! Привіт з України✌👏💜
Dennis Džeko
Dennis Džeko:
It's been 4 days since SJ released this but i already have listened it over a million times.

YouTube counter is an illusion.
Rayssa Ribeiro
Rayssa Ribeiro:
Essa música tem o dom de vasculhar nosso interior. Me fez chorar. Amei e não consigo parar de repetir 😍
A
A:
Beautiful song as usual, Shawn! So happy he'll be getting more recognition!
Live 15:13
Live 15:13:
Artists this talented are extremely rare. He sings better than most professionals who ONLY sing. What a gift! 🤯
Ευθυμης Κατσιουλας
Ευθυμης Κατσιουλας:
Love from Greece man your music has helped me more than you can imagine
Cade Ketchum
Cade Ketchum:
Been waiting ALL YEAR!! This is awesome man. Happy for you!
YouCrazy Z K
YouCrazy Z K:
I only have one regret not finding this man sooner ❤️💯
Zet Ortiz
Zet Ortiz:
Escucho está canción una y otra vez y no me canso, es realmente Hermosa
felipe jaramillo
felipe jaramillo:
I Just finish this awesome game and now I can't understand better the lyrics of this beautiful song
Joel The Pizza Wizard
Joel The Pizza Wizard:
This somehow topped through the valley
RUKİYE ERÜSTÜN
RUKİYE ERÜSTÜN:
I'm so happy for you Shawn you deserved it man congrats 💚
Pain killer
Pain killer:
Your voice is chilling when you sing. One of the few voices that can bring forth the despair from the lyrics into a beautiful harmony.
pedro daniel
pedro daniel:
!!!!LYRICS!!!!

When does it get quiet?
Time was supposed to extinguish the desire
But the embers won't snuff out

Haunted by your smiles
The mask keeps getting heavier
One step forward, two steps back

There's a noose round my neck and the further I get
It's harder & harder to breathe
Can I find a way to cut the rope?

I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone
Don't know if I'm already blind
Can I leave it all behind?

What's it really for if it's not yours and it's not mine?
This victory is not what I hoped for
How was I to know that everything would end up like this?
Survival of the fittest... of sorts

So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
Justice & mercy don't live side by side
So in retribution I abide
I'll tip the scales to justice's end but can it make amends?

Kill or be killed... what a way to live and die
I just can't see this cycle ever ending
How can I correct the damage done when I can't feel the consequences of my recourse

So I've become the bringer of death
A lover of life
The one who guards from the dark of the night
I'll be the hammer of war
I've been waiting for dawn
But the light is all gone
Don't know if I'm already blind
Can I leave it all behind?
Gmaxex
Gmaxex:
What a great voice you have. Soft as a pillow, and light as a feather.
ri
ri:
He didn’t have to pop off that hard, and yet he did. Amazing song and beautiful lyrics ♥️
Ful
Ful:
Incrível o modo desse cara de cantar. É quase como se alma dele falasse pela sua voz, é realmente lindo e emocionante, ainda mais fazendo referencia ao The Last of Us <3
Hector Barrios
Hector Barrios:
This song is a masterpiece! so touching and beautiful
Dereck The blood God
Dereck The blood God:
Aqui esperando mano 🤘🔥🔥❤❤
Derek Usuk
Derek Usuk:
Been a fan for so many years now holy
Twiggy Draws Stuff
Twiggy Draws Stuff:
Literally in tears... haven't finished Last of Us part 2 yet but I'm already in love with the game and this song... its just bringing every memory from the game and the first one back even tho I havent even finished it yet.. This man's voice is just... wow.. are there any guitar tabs for this song???
Lidia Viana
Lidia Viana:
The Guardian (Música de Ellie)

Quando fica quieto?
O tempo deveria extinguir o desejo
Mas as brasas não se apagam
Assombrado por seus sorrisos
A máscara continua ficando mais pesada
Um passo para frente, dois passos para trás

Há um laço no meu pescoço e quanto mais eu fico
É cada vez mais difícil respirar
Posso encontrar uma maneira de cortar a corda?
Eu estive esperando o amanhecer
Mas a luz se foi
Não sei se eu já sou cego
Posso deixar tudo para trás?

O que é realmente se não é seu e não é meu?
Esta vitória não é o que eu esperava
Como eu ia saber que tudo acabaria assim?
Sobrevivência dos mais aptos

Então eu me tornei o portador da morte
Amante da vida
Aquele que guarda da escuridão da noite
Eu serei o martelo da guerra
Justiça e misericórdia não vivem lado a lado
Então, em retribuição, eu permaneço
Vou inclinar a balança para o fim da justiça, mas pode fazer as pazes?

Matar ou ser morto
Que maneira de viver e morrer
Eu simplesmente não consigo ver esse ciclo terminando
Como posso corrigir o dano causado
Quando não consigo sentir as consequências do meu recurso

Então eu me tornei o portador da morte
Amante da vida
Aquele que guarda da escuridão da noite
Eu serei o martelo da guerra
Eu estive esperando o amanhecer
Mas a luz se foi
Não sei se eu já sou cego
Posso deixar tudo para trás?
Professor Flippy
Professor Flippy:
Did anyone else lose complete track of what they were doing?
pipeanp
pipeanp:
People need to understand at the ending is not meant to be a cookie cutter happy everyone wins. Life in general doesn’t work like that, let alone a post apocalyptic world. Ellie spared Abby for all the reasons in this song. She realized she wanted to forgive Joel so why not Abby? Ellie knows why Abby did what she did, her vengeance was not because of what Abby did to Joel but because she herself could not moved on and as the two very broken women traded blows on the beach, she realized that she could let go
Joshua Mallari
Joshua Mallari:
Shawn James is the Soul Jesus.
Felipe Lopez
Felipe Lopez:
I’ll always say that you deserve more recognition than the one you’re getting now. This song is amazing.
Sergio A Hichos Sr
Sergio A Hichos Sr:
Thank you Shawn I need that with all the chaos and Joel character, seems like you are speaking on behalf of this tragedy the way it played out, I’m taking my time with the game, things are crazy these days, I love this tune if you get this, just know I appreciate it, don’t care of the hate, your tune reached me
Андрей Лазаренко
Андрей Лазаренко:
Shawn James hello. I'm from Russia. I really like your music and voice. I wish you success in life and in creativity. Sorry, I don’t know the language I write through a translator.
Fellow Damned
Fellow Damned:
So excited and happy for you Shawn!!
Victor Quinalia
Victor Quinalia:
The lyrics are writen on Ellie's diary during the farm house and Santa Barbara
Hammsuke
Hammsuke:
I know, it’s an amazing song.


But doesn’t anyone Shawn just have a face that you want to hear sing?
Just. He’s so emotive with just his face and it’s beautiful.
Voided_Reality
Voided_Reality:
Your music is brilliant man, gritty and real. Love it. Super glad an indie artist as talented as yourself could get songs onto a game as widely known and anticipated as TLoU2.
Francisco Kalmar Hubner Marques
Francisco Kalmar Hubner Marques:
A música q a Ellie escreveu no diário dela durante o jogo
bourbon™
bourbon™:
Hey, Shawn just wanted you to know that your cover of "That's Life" really helped me through a tough time in my life when I was hospitalized for a long time. I had your music downloaded on Spotify and I used to listen to That's Life every day. It's kinda weird but it helped me a lot and you've become one of my favourites artists ever! Great job dude, hope you're doing well!
(edit) Midnight Dove was one of the musics that I used to listen a lot at that time too.
christy hackney
christy hackney:
Gorgeous and relatable to something I am currently struggling with in my life. Hearing the lyrics paired with his voice and the instruments gave me goosebumps ❤
Marcus McDoogle
Marcus McDoogle:
This is incredible, can't wait to hear Shawn change it up like he does with most songs over time. Like starting off soft like this then building to a climax and gravelly voice around "the hammer of war".
jeremy madrigal
jeremy madrigal:
Keep up the good vibes