Chameleon


1998
Badi Assad: vocal, guitar
Abraham Laboriel – bass
Cassio Duarte, Alex Acuña: percussion
Hilary Jones: drums
Lee Ritenour – guitar synthesizer
Viviana Guzman – flute
Steven Kent – didgeridoo
Debby Holiday, Andre Manga – background vocals
Carolyn Osbourn, Virginia Lee Frazier, Stephanie Fife – strings

Rhythms of the World (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Butterfly (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Waves (Badi Assad)
Ai que Saudades de Você (Vital Farias)
Naked (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Naio Naio (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Rain Trance (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Waterfall (Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)
Dolphins in the Blue Mist (Badi Assad)
Ponta de Areia (Milton Nascimento/Fernando Brant)
While my guitar gently weeps (George Harrison)
Flowing… into Formlessness (Badi Assad/ Jeff Scott Young)




Rhythms of the World
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)

Heat is pouring down over Rio
Children playing – laughing
But there’s no peace on these dirty streets
Bullets cut the air in the distance
The vibration’s rising
No harmony in this melody we’re living

Brothers – sisters
We can’t resist our connection
We have the power to decide

Hearing the rhythms of the world
Hearts beating strong like drums in the night
Can’t you feel the pulse
What’s the frequency to unite our circles

Walk past the hypnotized staring through me
Strangers building islands
Of indifference – intolerance
People buy and sell it but hell is not fashion
Now the sand is falling
To rearrange this world noise into music

Brothers – sisters
We can’t resist our connection
Emancipate yourself

Feeling the rhythms of the world
Hearts beating strong like drums in the night
Can’t you hear the pulse
What’s the frequency to unite our circles


Butterfly
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)


Waves
(Badi Assad)


Ai que Saudades de Você
(Vital Farias)

Não se admire se um dia
Um beija flor invadir
A porta da sua casa
Te der um beijo e partir
Fui eu que mandei o beijo

Que é pra matar meu desejo
Faz tempo que eu não te vejo
Ai que saudade de ocê
Ai que saudade de ocê

Se um dia ocê se lembrar
Escreva uma carta pra mim
Bote logo no correio
Com frases dizendo assim
Faz tempo que eu não te vejo
Quero matar meu desejo
Lhe mando um monte de beijos
Ai que saudade sem fim
Ai que saudade sem fim

E se quiser recordar
Aquele nosso namoro
Quando eu ia viajar
Ocê caia no choro

Eu chorando pela estrada
Mas o que eu posso fazer
Trabalhar é minha sina
Eu gosto mesmo é de ocê.

Não se admire se um dia
Um beija flor invadir
A porta da sua casa
Te der um beijo e partir
Fui eu que mandei o beijo
Que é pra matar meu desejo
Faz tempo que eu não te vejo ….


Naked
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)

Call the dogs ‘cause it’s freezing cold
Lay your weapons down – no more trees to hold
From the canvas hangs a thread
Let it fall away

Tell the girls where the rabbit sleeps
How to peel the truth – not to eat their dreams
Tatiana’s dancing with the dizzy fish
Drowning secrets away

Naked when we crawl
Daddy’s beautiful angel
Naked when we fall
We unravel to the ground
Nua a flor da pele
Nua na alma
Naked – nua

Wake the virgins before they come undone
Let your pearl shine in the deep ocean
All the boys are turning upside down to know
What the girls just wash away

Catch the beast and then set it free
Just to kill your pretty hate machine
Voices calling from the winds of change
Blowing the nonsense away


Naio naio
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)

Black on the Serengueti… worlds away
Night in the dizzy city.. life removed from grace

A lion – eyes caught in the zoom
A blind mand chasing his own tail

The restless cries we hear
The animal we fear
Lives inside the mirror
Na na na naio – na na na naio

Paralyzed in a generation landslide
Hands throwing fate like a boomerang
Feeding on the earth
Counting souls of trees that hit the ground
As ivory towers pierce the sky

A whisper – beating from the ground
In the desert we dance no more

The restless cries we hear
The animal we fear
Lives inside the mirror
Na na na naio – na na na naio


Rain Trance
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)


Waterfall
(Badi Assad/Jeff Scott Young)

O want to feel you like water
Eternal chameleon
Be like the mirror of all reflection
Respond like an echo

Leave a picture of the abstract
Erase yourself from sight
A mystery on the horizon
Be like the sky… the air.. the light

And rains fall..
Cries on bodies – like a trance
Fills the shadows – plays and dance
Sometimes serious – sometimes the rogue

So the river flows…
That rolls stones – that wakes the branch
That washes flowers- cleans the soul
\never stops moving – forever flowing

you are the waterfall…
impetuous – foaming at the mouth
majestic at the hollow cave
becoming deeper than love
power’s coming!


Dolphins in the Blue Mist
(Badi Assad)

Voz que vem trazer nessa canção
Lá da azul imensidão
Um segredo que é delícia
O que se deve fazer
Pra se namorar no mar


Ponta de Areia
(Milton Nascimento/Fernando Brant)

Ponta de areia ponto final
Da Bahia-Minas estrada natural
Que ligava Minas ao porto ao mar
Caminho de ferro mandaram arrancar
Velho maquinista com seu boné
Lembra do povo alegre que vinha cortejar
Maria fumaça não canta mais
Para moças flores janelas e quintais
Na praça vazia um grito um oi
Casas esquecidas viúvas nos portais


While my guitar gently weeps
(Milton Nascimento/Fernando Brant)

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

(I look from the wings at the play you are staging
While my guitar gently weeps
As I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps)


Flowing… into Formlessness
(Badi Assad/ Jeff Scott Young)

Two hearts – one pulse
Washing over our island
Waves of delicate rhythms

Two bodies – one soul
Rise above the paralyzed
A phoenix from the ash

Two minds – many thoughts
Growing together each day
Dance in our sacred garden

Two mouths – no words
Flowing into formlessness
Proud in our silent knowing

Tow worlds – one truth
Fading into a sweet dream
Surrender to our mystery

My breasts – your hands
Caressing my inner child
Feel this eternal connection

One life – one faith
Healing our blind consciousness
Naked in the rain of power