Universe for Afternoon Tea

by Shameem

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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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Track Name: Undertones
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
Track Name: Accidental
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
Track Name: I Look Up
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)
Track Name: Once Upon A Time
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