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“On the Record: Shameem Taheri-Lee” – Drum Media review, 02/02/12

Most could easily agree that jazz music is all about charisma, and some of the best jazz is that which can reward its listeners with a soulful, swinging sound. Perth-based singer/songwriter Shameem Taheri-Lee showcases an unmistakable talent and passion for constructing songs infused with groove and R’n’B to create a distinctive approach to music and her self-titled CD.
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Parents and Children – inspiration

The lyrics for “Parents and Children” are here.

There is a time in all of our lives when we realise that our parents are not perfect. Sometimes we can even be pitted into a role reversal situation where the child has to act like a parent to their own parents. I do volunteer work with a number of young people, and this is an interesting and challenging period that I see them navigate through.

Parents and Children – lyrics

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?

(guitar 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)