My Funny Valentine

by Nazneen Rahman

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The great jazz singers taught me to sing. This is my small tribute to some of the classic jazz standards.

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released October 14, 2013

Vocals by Nazneen Rahman
Saxophone (track 4) by Haroon Taylor
Piano, organs and programming by Joe Davison
Production Joe Davison for Auburn Jam Music
Album design Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music

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Nazneen Rahman London, UK

Welcome!. I sing intimate stories about life's complexities. With jazz and soul influences. I'm also a cancer scientist.

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Track Name: My Funny Valentine
My funny valentine,
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, unphotographable
Yet you’re my favourite work of art

Is your figure less than greek
Is your mouth a little weak
When you open it to speak
Are you smart

But don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is valentines day
Track Name: The Time Travelling Wife
If I could travel through time
Would I change the world?
Right the wrongs of human kind
No, no, no, no
I am too small, Too inconsequential
To make those journeys

If I could travel through time
I know where I would fly
To that warm Egyptian night
My head was resting on your chest
And we’d synchronised our breaths
Your heart was beating with my own
I thought I’d never be alone.
Oh no, no, no, I did not know
That on a winter’s afternoon
You’d take your things and go

If I could, I’d rewrite all of our dramas
I’d walk on by all of those charmers.
I wouldn’t waste our precious days
Being careless with your heart
I would cherish your devotion from the start

I wouldn’t let your courage fail us.
I wouldn’t let the years derail us.
I would curb my waspish tongue.
I’d remember how to laugh.
Every day I’d show you we were meant to last.

If I could travel through time
I would say sorry,
For all of time
All of time
Track Name: How Insensitive
How insensitive I must have seemed
When he told me that he loved me
How unmoved and cold
I must have seemed
When he told me so sincerely
Why he must have asked
Did I just turn and stare in icy silence
But what was I to say?
What can you say
When a love affair is over?

Now he's gone away, and I'm alone
With a memory of his last look
So tired and drawn and lost, it haunts my dreams
All the heartbreak in that sad look
Why I know he asked,
Did I just stare in icy silence
But what was I to do?
What can you do
When a love affair is over?

What was I to say?
What can you say
When a love affair is over
Track Name: Round Midnight
It begins to tell, round midnight, round midnight
I do pretty well, till after sundown,
Suppertime I'm feeling sad,
But it really gets bad, round midnight.
Memories are so sharp round midnight, round midnight
I haven't got the heart to stand those memories,
Daytime fears I lock inside
But at midnight there’s nowhere to hide.

When the whisky glass chinks its warning
Know my pain will not end till morning.
I long to start over but keep falling behind
You’re out of my arms and I’m out of my mind

All my hopes are crossed, at midnight, at midnight
I can’t bear the loss of all my futures.
For my life was wrapped in you
But now it’s broken in two

It begins to tell, round midnight, round midnight
I’m an empty shell of blunt emotions
Wishing you could feel it too.
But old midnight knows we’re through.