Shameem (self​-​titled)

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Shameem's self-titled debut album brings together 18 months' work of writing, performing, touring and experiencing that amazing thing called life.

The songs tell many different stories of hope, anguish, love, protest and growth... click on each track to check out lyrics and background to the song.

Cook up a pot of 90s-esque R&B/ soul, utilising live instruments to stir, and add some 70s funk for flavour, plus a dash of jazz. Infuse with conscious lyrics.

With musical influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Jackson, Shameem's music will make you dance, ponder, smile and cry... and none will walk away without a tune replaying in their head!

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released November 19, 2011

Recorded and mixed by Rob Agostini at Soundbaker Studios. Mastered by Lee Buddle at Crank Recording.

All songs written and arranged by Shameem Taheri-Lee, except "Back to the Ground" by Shameem Taheri-Lee/ James Bryan/ Nick Whitecross.

Shameem Taheri-Lee - lead vocals and backing vocals, keyboard on track 10
Harry Winton - guitar
Tal Cohen - keys
Robin Murray - bass
Bronton Ainsworth - drums
Georgia Mooney - backing vocals on tracks 2 and 4

Make-up by Michaela Whittle at Makeup eMpire. Hair by Katie and Kendal at Shendal's Signature Hair Salon. Photography by Katey Manuchehri. Photo editing by David Broadway. Graphic design by Angelyne Wolfe.

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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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Track Name: Sleeper on the Night Train
You say, “This is not my day.”
Resign yourself to disarray
Well, don’t you see another way?
Take your future in your hands, make plans and have your say
Rather than waiting for fate to send your day your way

Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper on the night train?

You say, “This is just much luck;
The hand was dealt, now I am stuck.”
Oh, don’t you see another way?
Let your vision now expand, make plans and have your say
Rather than waiting for fate to send your day your way

Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper on the night train?

Sleeper on…

(guitar solo)

Sleeper on, sleeper on, sleeper on…

Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper on the night train?
Will you be another sleeper?
Track Name: Boy
Boy, you’re lovely as the morning
Lovely as a rosebud
Just about to bloom
Boy, your heyday is now dawning
Light is creeping in now,
Filling up the room

Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are
Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are

As you are growing tall, keep the fragrance
Keep the joy
As you become a man, keep the beauty
Of the boy

Boy, the world can stain your water
Be careful what you carry
Strive to keep your own
Boy, I cannot be your shelter
I’ll only walk beside you
As you journey on

Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are
Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are

As you are growing tall, keep the fragrance
Keep the joy
As you become a man, keep the beauty
Of the boy

Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are
Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are

Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are
Wish I could capture you forever; wish I could capture you forever
Wish I could capture you forever as you are
Track Name: Back to the Ground
What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

Feels like I’m running everyday of my life
So tired of always racing with time
I wish I could just stop and rewind
to somewhere I can free my mind

Wake up each morning with my head full of plans
So much to do it’s getting way out of hand
They slip through my fingers like grains of sand
and I just don’t understand

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

Well, I know what I want but it is so hard to change
I keep on trying but I’m stuck on this page
There’s a mess in my head I need to re-arrange
to get me out of this place

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

I want some time for a bubble bath
I need my space just to meditate, yeah
Don’t want to lean on caffeine, no, no
I wanna let my hair down, be free
I wanna be free

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground
Track Name: Deep, Still
If a hurricane rages for awhile, then dies
I would never rage, though my heart is racing wild
If the winter winds press each other on, then turn
I would never race, though my heart so deeply yearns and burns

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue

See the seasons change, see the moon ascend and fall
They are subject to laws my heart does not uphold
I will be a rock; I will be a mountain’s core
Here I will endure, here I am forevermore
Forevermore I’m yours

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue

And the desert sands may shift above, but this love
It is anchored where no storms can move, or disapprove
Yes, the summer breeze may flirt with me, but wait and see
I’m free of these fleeting things

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue
I have an ocean of deep, still love
Track Name: Hurting You Too
I know that you know it’s certain
I know that you know it’s true
I know that you know that they know, they say so
See, we know that you know it’s true

You’d like to run, hide, it’s certain
You’d like to hide from the truth
I know what you’d like, and they know that you’d hide
It looks like you’d best find the truth

It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s burning you too?
It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s bearing down on you?

They say that you know it’s hurting
And you say that they have the proof
They say that you know that they say that you know
So I say let’s cut the charade we’ve made

It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s burning you too?
It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s bearing down on you?

(solo)

I know that you know it’s certain
I know that you know it’s true

It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s burning you too?
It’s hurting me, why can’t you see
It’s hurting you too?
It’s burning me, why can’t you see
It’s bearing down on you?
Track Name: Disappointed
I’ve had a person do me wrong before
I’ve had to learn how to be strong before
But you gave me the greatest gift and then you stole it back
I’ve had a friend who broke my heart before
I’ve had to make a brand new start before
But you broke all my hopes and dreams, I’ll tell you, that’s a fact

And the worst part is not the pain in which I drown
But the worst part is the way you let me down, ‘cause

It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me
It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me

I know you never meant to do me harm
I know you never meant to cause alarm
But you scared me out of my wits and that has left a scar
And I don’t know if I can trust again,
Forgive and say that we can just be friends
‘cause you have changed and I can’t recognise you as you are

And the worst part is not the pain in which I drown
But the worst part is the way you let me down, ‘cause

It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me
It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me

How could you break the lamp that holds the light?
How could you speak of day but walk by night?
How could you let the tightrope slip?
You’re falling, lost your grip
I’m falling, I have tripped
You’re falling, lost your grip
I’m falling…

It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me
It hurt me when you hurt me
And I cried when you lied
But my heart and soul, they are disjointed
Because you disappointed me
Track Name: Yin
It is hard to rise when you are looked down upon,
When you are frowned upon
Oh, where’s my rightful crown?
It is hard to rise when you want to prove yourself
Why do I need to fight
To earn my rightful crown?

I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, or die and never know why
I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, we could fly forever if we fly together

How can I give when my gifts are minimised,
Marginalised?
I offer you my crown
How can I give when my gifts are turned away,
When they are spurned away?
I offer you my crown

I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, or die and never know why
I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, we could fly forever if we fly together

(keys solo)

You are our fathers, brothers, husbands; we need you
We are your mothers, sisters, wives; you need us too
This is the balance for in spirit we are the same as you
But a one-winged bird will never fly, this much is true

I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, or die and never know why
I am yin, I’m your kin
We are each a wing of the bird of life
We can fly together, we could fly forever if we fly together
Track Name: Parents and Children
What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?
What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?

Do I see you through different eyes?
For before I trusted you, relied on you, modelled myself after you
Was I foolish to think you wise?
Now, somehow you trust in me, rely on me, but there’s no model I can see

What to do now? I’m here against my will when
Parents become children
What to do now? It’s a whole new skill when
Parents become children

Was I foolish to think you wise?
Now, somehow you’re playing games, calling names and quick to assign the blame
Do I see you through different eyes?
For before I stayed here, just oblivious, but now I have to adjust

What to do now? I’m here against my will when
Parents become children
What to do now? It’s a whole new skill when
Parents become children

What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?
What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?

(piano solo)

What to do now? I’m here against my will when
Parents become children
What to do now? It’s a whole new skill when
Parents become children

What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?
What do I do when I see you do the things that you told me not to do?
What do I do when I see you do the things you told me not to?

(drum solo)
Track Name: Strawberry
Strawberry, I am not afraid of what they say
Strawberry, these are just the stupid games they play
Strawberry, you’re what makes me so unique you see
Strawberry, I’m alright whenever you’re with me

They think that the same rules apply to everyone
I don’t agree with how the damage has been done
They think that all should fall into conformity
But I still have a sliver of integrity

Strawberry, I am not afraid of what they say
Strawberry, these are just the stupid games they play
Strawberry, you’re what makes me so unique you see
Strawberry, I’m alright whenever you’re with me

Imagine how the world would be if it were so
That everybody acted like each others’ clones
They put me down, sometimes they even make me cry
But I’ll stamp my mark on life until the day I die

Strawberry, I am not afraid of what they say
Strawberry, these are just the stupid games they play
Strawberry, you’re what makes me so unique you see
Strawberry, I’m alright whenever you’re with me

It’s plain to see
Both you and me
Are much better off trying to be who we were meant to be

(scat solo)

It’s plain to see
Both you and me
Are much better off trying to be who we were meant to be

Strawberry, I am not afraid of what they say
Strawberry, these are just the stupid games they play
Strawberry, you’re what makes me so unique you see
Strawberry, I’m alright whenever you’re with me
Track Name: In Time
Saw the evening sky was crying
a star fell to the sea
and I saw the splendour dying:
a single teardrop shed for You and me

And though I can’t see You, it’s alright
’cause I know I’ll feel You in time

Felt the fire burn my will down
till my heart beat no more
I was tortured till I was found:
A candle humbled low upon the floor

In time, in time…

And though I can’t see You, it’s alright
’cause I know I’ll feel You in time

In time I’ll see
that this madness is Your mercy