Universe for Afternoon Tea

by Shameem

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    Soulful and grooving original songs from this young, golden-voiced artist.

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1.
04:18
My dear, when you come around I see you’re dropping hints out on the floor I hate it ’cause I want much more But when it comes again I’m feelin’ kinda awkward – it’s very scary You’re getting much too friendly Don’t you know you’re getting too close? You’re freaking me out, ‘cause all it’s about is All beneath the surface, you’re never too obvious Yet all the while, down the mile, every time you smile I get these undertones The smile upon your lips is singing undertones I’ve gotta get a grip upon my situation ‘cause whenever we’re together I get undertones That don’t want to weather My friend’s what you used to be But now I really can’t tell anymore, You’re close enough to score And I love your company Why couldn’t you just let things stay the same? I’m not up for a change (Pre-chorus) (Chorus) No, they don’t want to weather And I think you’re thinking of love
2.
03:57
A kaleidoscope of stars An intergalactic ballet The planets ride on invisible paths in the brilliant array Harmony, melody, the balance of creation and decay I can’t help but think it was meant to be that way This is all too good to be just an accident This is all too good to be accidental Scientific reason The desire to learn and find And the perception that distinguishes us as a humankind Harmony, melody, in the workings of our mind I can’t help but think that this must be designed This is all too good to be just an accident This is all too good to be just an accident This is all too good to be just an accident This is all too good to be accidental Can’t be, can’t be Can’t be, can’t be accidental
3.
03:57
The way I’m feeling now I think I just might have the universe for afternoon tea And smile happily You ask what lifts me higher than Alpha Centauri Well, take your best guess at that My mama told me that we were created to show love to one another Brother, did you know that Mankind’s one family And we were destined for very great things? ‘Cause I’m only human like you And humans got to move So let’s take the right direction When I look up I look much higher So when I look down There’s the sky All around I see the signs that life’s much more than living, so when I look up It’s divine Children singing All down the rainy street I see a hippy tipping that busker singing a love song All day long all these people I meet The bus drivers, the joy jivers Tell me, what does streetwise mean, smart boy? Is it animosity or love for all to enjoy? (Chorus) Do you really wanna go along with the tide, brother? Do you really wanna be the bride of fate, brother? Do you really not want to make something better of it all? ‘Cause I’m only human like you I’m only human like you And human’s got to move So let’s take the right direction (Chorus x3)
4.
Once upon a time Couldn’t see myself in your eyes For your eyes were too full of life to reflect anything without Once upon a time Couldn’t see myself in your life For your life was too rich and high to let anything lowly in How the table has turned upon its shameless lies How I ever burned for the fire of your eyes How the table has turned upon its shameless lies How I ever burned for the fire of your eyes Time has passed and now There I am within your eyes Am I full enough of life for you or are your eyes but hollowed voids inside? Now that time has passed Here I reside within your heart Here I fill your soul with life and fill your life with soul How the table has turned within your shameless eyes How I wish to return to the truth within old lies And I’m not sure which I prefer, to be with or without you In truth, for what do I burn: your fire or your love? Your fire or your love Your fire or your love Once upon a time it was barely enough But now I would give anything To return to the truth within old lies Don’t want to long for my reflection in the emptiness of your tempting eyes Once upon a time I cared for none of this Wrapped in selfish solitude, I cared for nothing true Now that time has passed I search for lasting bliss With yearning do I search; with longing I care for only you But once upon a time That all fell through That all fell through

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released November 20, 2009

All songs written by Shameem Taheri-Lee. Produced by Shameem Taheri-Lee and Lee Buddle. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lee Buddle at Crank Recording.

Shameem Taheri-Lee - lead and backing vocals
Freddie Grigson - guitar
Mark Fitzgibbon - keys
Paul Pooley - bass
Ric Eastman - drums

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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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