Shameem (self​-​titled)

by Shameem

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    This album brings you 10 original tracks from soulful vocalist and songwriter Shameem, including a track co-written by Grammy-winning producer James Bryan.

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    Stunnning album photography by Katey Manuchehri and chic album artwork by Angelyne Wolfe. Standard jewel case. Postage from $3.00 (within Australia).

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1.
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?
2.
04:47
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
3.
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
4.
05:39
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
5.
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?
6.
04:55
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
7.
04:05
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
8.
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)
9.
04:22
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
10.
03:49
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

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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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