Time Does Not Reverse

by Shameem

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1.
We were much more than friends A higher connection You were my love, my trust, my blood But then a shadow crept across your face You chose the way that led to your disgrace Chorus: So tied up, don’t know what to do ‘cause I I love you, but I really don’t like you Said sorry, but you know it’s true that I I love you, but I really don’t like you I love you, but I really don’t like you I love you, but I really don’t like you I love you, but I really don’t like you I love you, but I really don’t I wish that we could turn Back to the beginning But time does not reverse, I’ve learned Because a shadow crept across your face You chose the way that led to your disgrace [Chorus] And if I didn’t care Well, then it wouldn’t hurt this much I wouldn’t be torn up and bleeding I really, truly swear Yeah, you will always have my love But I’ve got to let you go ‘cause I’m so, so, so, so, so [Chorus] But I really don’t like you
2.
04:28
Columns and posters of glamour Bright neon lights from the fast food chain Glittering eyelids, luxurious lashes Here we go again High heels precariously perching Ripped off with relief when the night is done The feathers, the finery, fantastic fiasco The battle’s lost and won Chorus: It’s just a show Give them what they came for Make them all smile and send them all home Where they’ll sit in the TV glow Right now they will never know It’s just a show Columns and pillars of grandeur Two gladiators have locked their blades Glittering armour, malevolent lashes Play your ace of spades The emperor nods his approval Spectators applaud when the fight is done One man lies cold in a river of blood now The battle’s lost and won [Chorus] We’ll make you laugh and cry; we’ll make you grimace and smile We’ll entertain you, yeah, we’ll go the extra mile [Chorus]
3.
03:06
There’s religion versus science, creationism, atheism Say it’s black and white, who is right? My ism not your ism We are prisoners of each extreme Each one believing that they are supreme Working class against the wealthy, capitalism, communism Left against the right, all the shades divided by the prism We are prisoners of each extreme Each one indoctrinating their own scheme Chorus: Don’t wanna swing the pendulum Why can’t we find moderation, that is moderation? Don’t wanna swing the pendulum Why can’t we find moderation, that is moderation? The oppression of the masses, unbridled liberty You see, it’s all disunity, polar ends of equity and justice We are prisoners of each extreme Can we escape from each excessive scheme? [Chorus] Quench this cacophony We just need some harmony Don’t want uniformity We just need some balance [Chorus x2]
4.
03:05
You have a smile, you have a minute, you have a dollar That someone else may need Could you Just take a while, reach out and give it, no thought for honour? ‘cause you might plant a seed And one day we may see The seed become a tree Chorus: Can you pass it on? Can you spread your light? Can you ignite another fire from your flame? Can you pass it on; let it out of sight? Can you ignite another fire from your flame? Can you set the world ablaze? If everyone ignored the drive for compensation Giving without the strings Then we could start up everywhere a chain reaction To change the world we’re in And that day we may see The seed become a tree [Chorus] You don’t have to be a somebody to make a change What you do today could make the ripple that becomes a wave So pave the way [Chorus]

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released July 28, 2017

All songs written by Shameem Taheri-Lee
All tracks produced by Shameem Taheri-Lee and Rob Agostini
Shameem Taheri-Lee – lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, synth bass on tracks 1 and 3
Domenic Barrett – electric guitars
Roy Martinez – bass on tracks 2, 3, 4
Drum programming – Shameem Taheri-Lee and Rob Agostini
Spoken voice samples on track 3 – Amisha Singh, Bourby Webster, Elham Azadeh-Massoudi, Jimmy Seow, Mawuko Kpeda,
Rouhi Essfahani, Shameem Taheri-Lee, Waldo Lillo-Diaz, Wibke Timmermann, William Johns
Recorded by Rob Agostini at Soundbaker Studios
Mastered by Lee Buddle at Crank Recording
Photography by Mary Parker
Graphic design by Angelyne Wolfe
Makeup by Suzanah Soffian HMUA
Hair by Candise at Shendals Signature Salon

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Shameem Perth, Australia

Shameem is an Aussie of Chinese-Malaysian and Iranian descent, whose unique fusion of 90s R&B, 70s soul and a subtle twist of jazz is imbued with personal stories and socially conscious lyrics.

Shameem keeps a busy performing schedule, having supported such artists as Michael Bolton, George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle, and toured in Australia as well as the USA and Canada.
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