Who Sang Shams? Brazzaville

Release information
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Jazz Pop
Style: Bossa Nova
length: 4:46
Ali was a sailor's son
Joined the merchant fleet at twenty-one
Dreams of ports in distant lands
A bag of figs and some low-grade heroin

As the years rolled by at sea
Ali thought about his destiny
Tired of the sailor's life
Ali thought he'd find himself a wife

Lisbon, Guangzhou, Taipei, Bandung,
Naples, Brunei, Capetown, Shanghai,
Bangkok, Pusan, Dublin, Luzon,
Lima, Dakar, Cypress, Malta

Sometimes things aren't what they seem
Late one night our sailor had a dream
A queen of Indonesian lore
A voice he'd loved a thousand years or more

Lisbon, Guangzhou, Taipei, Bandung...

When the typhoon struck at dawn
Ali had his finest civvies on
All the crew were cramped below
And with a smile into the sea he dove

Lisbon, Guangzhou, Taipei, Bandung...

David Brown - vox, saxophone
Miiko Watanabe - bass
Mike Boito - piano
Danny Frankel - drums, tamborine
Smokey Hormel - guitar

  • 1 Deng Xiaoping
  • 2 Caldo de Cana
  • 3 Sewers of Bangkok
  • 4 Pablo's Lament
  • 5 Ocean (feat. Joe Frank)
  • 6 Voce
  • 7 Oi
  • 8 IMF
  • 9 Shioda
  • 10 Shams
  • 11 1963

  • Release information
    country(area): United States
    script: Latin