Bandees- Neverland

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"There is a type of guitar rock that's post-classic, pre-grunge and pre-"nu-metal," and that's every bit as at-home in the new millennium as the Limp Creed System of a Down Bizkit folks. And the Bandees are masters at such pop-rock...far more contagious than any of today's boy-pop stuff. There's more: lots of gorgeous, exquisite ballads that meander from the delicate, baroque "Lily of the Lake" to the Celtic-flavored title track."

[By RICK de YAMPERT, Daytona News-Journal]
  1. Zachary
  2. Up Periscope
  3. Is It Something I Said?
  4. Turn Around
  5. Psycho Boy
  6. Nobody Likes Me
  7. China Box
  8. Lily of the Lake
  9. Pretty, Pretty Dr. Smith
  10. Kids Go Out & Play
  11. Square  Watch the Video
  12. You Are My Baby
  13. Whenever You Walk By
  14. Neverland
  15. Good Mothers Are Like The Sun
  16. Breaking the Surface
  17. Bend in the Road

Zachary

I wanna watch Shrek, Don’t wanna go to school

My daddy says it’s time, grow up expand your mind

Ma I’m only three, as scared as I can be

Don’t make me go away, I’d rather play

 

Chorus:

Hey Mama, I wanna stay at home

Cause I, don’t wanna be alone

Now why, can’t you sense my pain

Oh mommy, I just wanna be happy

I’m Zachary

 

Dad I’m really smart, I’m nobody’s fool

I know my ABC’s, had ‘em down since I was two

Ma I'm self-employed, your resident danger boy

The keeper of the toys, your pride and joy

I can’t leave you now, you depend on me

No you don’t know how much,

you depend on me.

 

Chorus Out...


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2002 SLD Music/BMI

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Up Periscope

Far beneath in ocean world, a ship without no sail.

Free in open sea, aqua blue marine.

We while away our time, it’s peace we hope to find.

We’re top security, in our submarine.

 

The captain he’s ok, but is it worth the pay?

His rules I cannot stand, he’s worse than my old man.

My room is just a cell, a long time before bail.

I long for liberty, three days in Italy.

 

Up, down periscope, round round we go

Search high and low round round and

Up down periscope, round round we go

Search high and low round round and…

 

I’ve got these duty blues. I know I can’t refuse.

Cause if I waive command, I’ll wind up in the slam.

The picture of my girl is fading fast away.

I hope she waits for me. I really cannot say.

 

Up, down periscope, round round we go

Search high and low round round and

Up down periscope, round round we go

Search high and low round round and…


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 1980/2002 Novo Music/SLD Music/BMI

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Is It Something I Said

Is it something I said, something I did?

I apologize, whatever it is.

At the risk of being rude, I’ll ask you once again.

Is it something I said, something I did.

 

Maybe I’ve been mistaken, seems that lately you’re avoiding me

Now there’s one thing for certain, I sense a change between me and you.

And baby I can’t break through.

 

Chorus

 

Go ahead I can take it, don’t be afraid just lay it on the line.

If you need some time, I will try to be patient cause I’m here for you. Baby you look so blue.

 

What’s on your mind, don’t hold out on me

Don’t be unkind; it’s not your way

If I’m to blame, say you’ll forgive

If it’s something I said, something that I did.

 

Chorus out…    

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees 
Copyright 2002 SLD Music/BMI

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Turn Around

Why do some people become such a pain?
Pretending their friends when they don't know your name
Holding you up in the middle of the street
Bending your ear as they stand on your feet
No they won't give you a hunch or clue
They only want what they can't get from you
How can they act so incredibly vain
What can you do but to laugh in their face

Turn around walk away, you don't hear what they say
Doesn't matter anyway
Turn around, turn around

Driven insane by the threat of corruption
No ones immune to the damage it does you
Forced to conform when you don't think it's right
Told what to do and you don't want to fight
Seems everyone has a cross to bear
What can you do when they stop and stare?
And tell you your crazy; you don't know a thing
What can you do but to sit down and scream

Turn Around?

When a bad situation comes your way
You can avoid it no reason to stay
Don't let it take you and rip you apart
Forget all the sorrow; get out of the dark
Remember the words of the wisest man
Love conquers all and with love we'll stand
When negative force gets the better of you
Take this advice and you'll know what to do.

Turn Around?


Words & Music by: Stephen Dees
Copyright © SLDees Music/BMI


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Psycho Boy

Everywhere I go it seems you're there

I can't breath without you in my hair

Everywhere I turn your eyes they burn

Wish I knew why you always stare

 

Psychotherapy, I know that's what you need

You're always watching me psycho boy, psycho boy

 

Are you mad or just insane?

You possess a major damaged brain

You might think that you're a spy

Geek boy your not FBI

 

Compulsive insanity, you are out of your tree

Get lost now let me be Psycho boy, psycho boy

 

When will the well run dry?

When can I live my life?

Watching me all the time

Why… psycho boy

 

Haven't you anything better to do

Than watching me always hating you

Stalking prey must get you off

Send for the troops and call the cops

 

Psychotherapy, I know that's what you need

You're always watching me psycho boy, psycho boy

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Copyright 2000 SLD Music/BMI

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Nobody Likes Me

I can't pay the rent; I live out on the streets
Got old plastic bags, tied around my feet
I don't mind
Nobody likes me

Got no expectations, nothin' to lose
Got a box down the alley where I sleep on the news
I don't care
Nobody likes me

People they stare, but they just don't see
There's a stench in the air
My god is that me, I don't mind
Nobody likes me

Sometimes I get soup on down at the mission
Even losers' go to heaven, they say cause he has risen
I don't care
Nobody likes me


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright © 1998 SLD Music

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China Box 

Particles swirling, poles attract 
Love in action can't turn back 
Atoms in motions, first contact 
Thoughts are blending we react 

Shadows move upon the room 
Light from a candle, sweet perfume 
From a china box, china box 

Whisper secrets, touching souls 
Merge in silence, lose control 
Tears are falling, pure as rain 
Cleanse our soul, keep us sane 

Paint the light upon the dark 
You and I will place our heart
In a china box, china box 

A china box 



Words: Stephen Dees, Patricia Ann Dees
Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2000 SLD Music/BMI

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Lily of the Lake

See her shine, in the water, where the river winds

She’s a vision from another time

my lily of the lake

 

See her there, her reflection, how it beckons me

Anyplace my lily wants to be

I wanna go with her

 

Take me down, with you

beneath the cool blue water

make me new

 

In the shade, 'neath the willow tree, by the glade

That is where my love and I first lay

My lady by the lake

 

Feel the rain, as it falls upon her gentle grace

No one else will ever take her place

My lily of the lake

 

Take me down, with you

beneath the cool blue water

make me new

 

Heaven knows, how to make a flower see the  rose

but there’s only one I’ll ever know

my lily of the lake


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright © 2002 SLD Music

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Pretty, Pretty Dr. Smith

The worlds become the strangest place these days
I'm off my nut you see
Claustrophobia from all the crap they're selling on TV

In school when I was young, I'd sneak into the auditorium
And bang upon my kettledrum

And when I'm lost in space and life is just a bitch
I remember what she said, pretty, pretty Dr. Smith
And when I came of age to compromise an itch
I remember what she said
Pretty, pretty Dr. Smith

The turning of the screw can loosen parts you never knew you had
Sitting in a park can make you glad when you are feeling bad

In school when I was young, I'd sneak into the auditorium
And bang upon my kettledrum

And when I'm lost in space and life is just a bitch
I remember what she said, pretty, pretty Dr. Smith
And when I came of age to compromise an itch
I remember what she said
Pretty, pretty Dr. Smith

And when I dream in green a lady floating out my window there
I find a place inside myself, I think my soul is buried here

And when I come undone, I slip back to the auditorium
And bang upon my kettledrum

And when I'm lost in space and life is just a bitch
I remember what she said, pretty, pretty Dr. Smith
And when I came of age to compromise an itch
I remember what she said
Pretty, pretty Dr. Smith


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright ©1998 SLD Music/BMI

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Kids Go Out and Play

When I was growing up you might say life sucked
My ma and my dad no they didn't care much
Rejected and confused, betrayed by lust
We were innocent but they took it out on us

All I ever heard my parents say; Kids go out, go out and play
Take your toys; get out of my way
Kids go out, go out and play

Is it any wonder I'm so screwed up
Dysfunction is the word that they hang on us
We were insecure, cause we didn't have trust
That isn't any way for a kid to grow up

All I ever heard my parents say; Kids go out, go out and play
Take your toys; get out of my way
Kids go out, go out and play

There isn't any cure for an ignorant mind
There should be a law against parents like mine
Now I'm finally free, I served my time
I did the punishment, but what was the crime

All I ever heard my parents say; Kids go out, go out and play
Take your toys; get out of my way
Kids go out, go out and play


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2000 SLD Music/BMI

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Square

A circle is a shape that goes round and round
Never seems to get any place
A triangle points north east and west
That leaves the south out in outer space
The pentagon has five straight sides
but it's those interior angles I can't abide
A square is even within and without
And even is what I'm talkin' bout

I know that people come in many different sizes and shapes
Beneath the skin, we are all the same

Wouldn't it be nice, I think it's only fair
Wouldn't it be good, everything square

Throughout history once or twice upon a time
Kingdoms have flourished and some have declined
Dictators, monarchs, tyrants, presidents
All kinds of societies have come and went
Can you imagine a world without rules
Where everything is equal and everybody's cool
Live and let live give back what you take
Even for even, everything's jake

People come in many different sizes and shapes
But beneath the skin, we are all the same

Wouldn't it be nice, I think it's only fair
Wouldn't it be good, everything square


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright SLD Music/BMI 2001

 

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You Are My Baby

You are my baby, you are my girl

You are my sugar sweet thing, you are my world

 

With flowers in your hair, light in your eyes

I cannot help but stare, I’m not blind

 

I’m so happy, Oh so happy

Stupid happy oh yeah

 

You are my baby, you are my girl

You are my sugar sweet thing, you are my world

You are my girl

 

  

Dedicated to Linda McCartney 

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Copyright 2001 SLD Music/BMI 

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Whenever You Walk By

Every time that you appear

I can hear violins play

Whenever you walk by

 

Seems as if I’m on some cloud

No my feet don’t touch the ground

Whenever you walk by

 

It’s a perfect day

When you walk my way

Oh yeah, I get high

Whenever you walk by

 

Seems as if I’m on some cloud

I know my feet don’t touch the ground

Whenever you walk by

 

Every time that you appear

I can hear violins play

Whenever you walk by

Oh my, whenever you walk by

 

   

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Copyright 1997-2001 SLD Music/BMI 

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Neverland

Wake up Michael, wake up John

In through the window, Peter has flown

Wendy’s sewn on his shadow a-new

Caught by the light of a magic moon

Pixie dust, the golden sand, Take you to another land

 

And there we’ll stay forever young

Our silhouette against the sun

We’ll live the tale; we’ll make our stand

Forever lost in our neverland.

 

When I was in school, how I played the fool.

Escaping reality

A life so very ordinary, never appealed to me.

Come with me it’s not too far, can you see beyond that star.

 

(chorus)

 

Come to where the mermaids play

Now that the captain’s gone away.

 

(chorus)

 

Wake up Michael, wake up John…

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2002 SLD Music/BMI

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Good Mothers are like the Sun


Morning breaking, mother waking
She's there in the kitchen baking bread
Good mothers are like the sun

Wake up baby, it's time now to get out of bed
And greet the new day, it's time to play
That's what she'd say
Good mothers are like the sun

How do they manage?
Hour by hour, they have the power
They heal the sick
They know every trick in the book
No concern for what they need
They give all to us

Up with the dawn, they carry on
Good mothers are like the sun

When we have grown, she'll carry on
Good mothers are like the sun
Good mothers are like the sun

Written by Lucy West and Stephen Dees
Copyright © 1997 SLD Music/BMI

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Breaking the Surface

Seeking the light on a ship lost at sea
Pray we don't sink in foul waters
Violent waves lashing out, drowning all hope
Pulling us down to the bottom

We hold our breath, you take our hands
Lifting us towards the surface
From your voice we hear songs without words
They're guiding us to our purpose
And the message is clear

We're crossing the line, expanding the circle
As we open our minds, we're changing the future
We're crossing the line, expanding the circle
In Gods own time, we'll discover our purpose
We're just breaking the surface

Confused by our doubt and a lingering fear
We'll stumble and fail in our journey
Saved by a faith that resides in our souls.
With love we find strength and true meaning

We hold our ground against the tides, of darkness that swells before us
Angels of light won't you give us a sign
In spirit I hear your sweet chorus
And the message so clear

We're crossing the line, expanding the circle
As we open our minds, we're changing the future
We're crossing the line, expanding the circle
In Gods own time, we'll discover our purpose
We're just breaking the surface


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2000 SLD Music/BMI

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Bend in the Road

I'll wait for you
at the bend in the road

Say you'll be there.
Take me where you may roam.

Say you'll be there
at the bend in the road.


Words and Music: Stephen Dees
Copyright 2001 SLD Music/BMI

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