Dreamer (2013)

by BASSEL AND THE SUPERNATURALS

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BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS

"Dreamer" Produced and Performed by Bassel & The Supernaturals

Bassel Al-Madani : Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar
Phil Anderson : Background Vocals
Rami Atassi : Electric Guitar
Katharine Hedlund : Background Vocals
Swen Hendrickson : Bass Guitar
Cameron LeCrone : Drums
Jeremy Levine : Keyboards
Aaron Messing : Trumpet
Eric Pedone : Alto/Baritone Saxophone
Thom Schwartz : Trombone

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released February 28, 2013

Recorded and Mixed May-August 2012 by Jeff Breakey for Good Wolf Music at Hinge Studios in Chicago

Mastered August 2012 by Danny Leake at Urban Guerilla Engineers in Chicago

Songs and Lyrics composed by R. Bassel Al-Madani for Bassel Music (ASCAP)

Horn Arrangements composed by Jeremy Levine and Thom Schwartz

Illustration and Layout by Max Levine

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BASSEL AND THE SUPERNATURALS Chicago, Illinois

Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has directly affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others.

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Track Name: Advertise Me
Let the steam fold into you and form the wrinkles through your skin
Time stops you cold and you’re all bruised
You just shoulder all the demeaning clues, you’re afraid to quit until you’ve become too ill
Am I too long-winded for you?

How would you act if you were younger?

You just climb up in the company and advertise your dreams
But since I hate claustrophobia, I’ll have to move away to an arbitrary place

They’re feeling minute in this disarray
Stressed out and bogged down from sitting all day
Well they get so anxious to move, nobody taught them how
Nobody taught them how

Oh you just climb up in the company and advertise your dreams
But since I hate claustrophobia
Since I hate claustrophobia
Since I hate claustrophobia

It’s starting to feel too rhythmic to satisfy me
It’s just a way I’ve come to know, I’m feeling numb all through my bones
I’ll lose my teeth and break my nose

It’s quite bothering to use my brain
When my soul and my body disdain this self-embodied full time job where we’re alienated and dying

You just climb up in the company and advertise your dreams
But since I hate claustrophobia
Since I hate claustrophobia
Since I hate claustrophobia
I’ll have to move away
Track Name: Messages Pt. II
Sweet dreams, oh they're appealing to me because they're so surreal

I won't blink in fear of the life I could lead if I wake up…


Oh but it's all
In my head
How could I wait another minute for this?
The messages can get overwhelming
But it's key to it all…
You just hold on


If I could make time on any given morning to stop and smile
I'd pack up and wouldn't even know it could be a long while
So I pray everyday for my peace and strength to carry on


I'll be the first
To admit
That impatience always gets to my head
The messages can feel condescending
But it's key to it all
You just hold on


So I think
To myself
Am I in way over my head?
The messages can get overwhelming
But it's key to it all…
You just hold on
Track Name: Blind Man, Climbing
Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man, climbing nowhere else to go

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us and I want the world to see

Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man climbing nowhere else to go now

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us, and I want the world to see

I've got to say, I've changed since you knew me
I'm not wild, I'm just embracing my youth
I know that in time, well I'll want to raise a family
I'd make that sacrifice if I knew that you'd choose me…

I wanna make this thing work

Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man, climbing nowhere else to go now

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us and I want the world to see

I'm on my way back to New York, girl
The feelings remain, but I look the other way
My pride has subsided without you
My undivided attention belongs to you

Only you… I wanna make this thing work

Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man, climbing nowhere else to go now

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us and I want the world to see

We can handle the weather
With no scarves nor sweaters
Just us together again

Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man, climbing nowhere else to go now

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us and I want the world to see

Is it bad that I'm wrapped up with you
Just to talk, just to meet someone new
I'm a blind man, climbing nowhere else to go now

It don't mean I believe it
It don't mean I don't see it
Well I care about us, and I want the world to see
Track Name: Distracting Imagery
I could do what you want me to my love
It's first thing I'd take care of, to be with you

I know it's funny that the first five times that you shut me down
Made it that more appealing to dream of you

So I'm saving all my time and faith
In the hopes that maybe you will see one day
So I'm praying, praying, praying, praying for a sign
That we will be together, we'll be together in a matter of time



Am I sane to even think that we could work?
When the truth is that under the surface, it could hurt

When you dream of how it feels to know that love is real
It puts pressure, it puts pressure on how we've got to

Save all of our time and our faith
In the hopes that maybe we will see one day
Why we waited, waited, waited, waited all of these years
For the moment we could finally let our guard down



My head is so congested with distracting imagery
I don't want to face it, and I don't really want to fix it

Define love to me cause it's subjective in my dreams
I don't want to face it, and I don't really want to fix it
Track Name: My Woes
Home really don't bring nostalgia, like the way it used to be
Oh I'm alone, as steady as I look
The cold tends to feel bleak, a strange convoluted dream
Oh I'm atone 'cause I'm buried in woes

My woes…

I think you know, know too much
Believing in ghosts…

I wake up to the Jin again with the melancholy songs I wrote
Twisted ballistic when all things around me look the same

My woes…

I think you know, know too much
Believing in ghosts and such are around us
I think you…

We chose the deep end,
You chose to depend on what made you lucrative

I'm feeling cross-eyed,
By God I bought my way back into this

This is ludacris to me

I can't escape when I'm sleeping, my body's too old
Rotting despite of the weekend, and I chase that goal
I'm not astute or as stunning, but I'm realizing way too soon
There's no way to make sense of what I call home