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"a beautifully nuanced collection of heartfelt compositions ranging from the whimsical... to the introspective..." -- PUBLICHOUSE

"The folk pop songstress' collection of acoustic originals is soothing, soul-stirring and a perfect showcase for her airy, delicate vocals" -- THE NEW PAPER

"Displaying its heart on its sleeve like a war-worn medal, the result is a potpourri of widely themed songs about love, dreams, God, and many things in between." -- MOSHIN MAGAZINE


~ To God be the glory. ~

This album is dedicated to the memory of my late brother, Reuben Kee (1984-2007). His passion and dedication to pursue what he loved and was talented in continues to inspire me.

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released 23 February 2012

Double Bass on "The Social Media Song", "Like a Piece of My Heart" and "Hustle Bustle" by Chee Wah Yong
Percussions on "The Social Media Song" and "Like a Piece of My Heart" by Shawn Kok
Percussions on "A Promise is a Promise" by Kaiser Campos
Keys on "Rainy Day" by Matthew Siew
Guitar on "Wishing Star" by Clarence Yeo
Cello arrangement on "Rain" by Bang Wenfu
Cello on "A Promise is a Promise", "Wishing Star", "Little Things", "Rain" and "Beyond" by Annie Schmidt

"One Last Try" written by Shimona Kee
Arranged and produced by Eli T

All other songs:
Written, arranged, recorded and produced by Shimona Kee
Engineered by Nathaniel Tan and Rendy
Mixed by Nathaniel Tan and Shimona Kee
Recorded at UR Indie Studio, Nathaniel Tan

Mastered by Simon Smart at Fifth Ave Audio Mastering NYC
Guitars and ukulele played by Shimona courtesy of Maestro Guitars
Album design and artwork by Jonathan Chan
Website design by Alan Chan, artwork by Jonathan Chan

© 2012 Simply Shimona, Shimona Kee
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If music can soothe the savage beast, then listening to Shimona's music is definitely balm for the soul.

A story-teller of life weaving songs with her voice, guitar, ukulele, and piano, singer-songwriter Shimona's voice is a delicious mix of wild child and luscious woman.
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Track Name: The Gym Song
Wake up, go to the gym
It’s time to get yourself moving
No one else can do the right thing for you, but you.
Takes a little will power
Each time, you will get stronger.
Keep your eyes set on the prize and just move, move!
I know that you’re tired
everyone around you is too,
but if you just give up today
then what will we all do?
So, wake up, go to the gym
it’s time to get yourself moving
No one else can do the right thing for you, but you!
Track Name: Sweet Company
I'm happy to be me
wouldn't want it differently
I buy me flowers
occasionally.

I used to be confused
about who I could be
but now I take it easy on myself
and slowly

I find that I am ok to hang out with
I kinda like my own sweet company
I'm nowhere near perfect
but God made me
so I'm happy just to be me


I'm happy to be me
wouldn't want it differently
I sing me love songs
occasionally.

I used to wish that I
could be that somebody
someone with perfect hair and always looks so skinny

but I found myself in my own skin
I kinda like my nose and eyes as is.
I'm nowhere near perfect
but God made me
so I'm happy just to be me.
Track Name: The Social Media Song
Youtube, Twitter, Facebook too
I feel I'm getting closer to you
we used to be strangers but now that's not true
because I read and hear all about you

It does not matter if you don't reply
I know we're friends now, that's no lie
You always say good morning, hello and bye
I know where you go, how you feel, and why.

Google Plus, Flickr, Spotify
so many out there for you to try
put your life on the web and you will find
like-minded people all have a good-time.

And ever since you entered my life
I don't feel alone anymore

So go on and..
Youtube, Twitter, Facebook me
that's the way to get closer you see
We used to be strangers but now that won't be
if you subscribe and get back to me.
Track Name: Little Things
These small things line themselves
and fall in my hands
Like tears from the sky
pitter patter pitter patter...
little rainfalls rainfalls
The flood in my heart
gathered over time
scratches and scars
little girl it's only in your mind
perspective keeps itself
big is big and small is small
or so it seems
these little things

And they say that everything that happens
has its reason
I don't care how long it takes to get there
these little things won't weigh me down
down down down won't weigh me down

Walk on just fine
suddenly it starts to pour
you never noticed before
watch out little things
hide themselves
collecting themselves
nowhere to be seen

and they say that everything that happens
has its reason
I don't care how long it takes to get there
these little things
are not what they seem
so I will choose
which things to believe

and they say that everything that happens
has its reason
and they say that everything that happens
has its reason
I don't care how long it takes to get there
these little things won't bring me down
down down down won't bring me
down down down won’t bring me
down down down won’t bring me down
Track Name: Like a Piece of My Heart
CHORDS: G Em C D

Shadows chase me when I sleep
will they find me when I weep?
Don't always have the words to say
how I'm feeling anyway...

Cuz I miss you
like a piece of my heart
has fallen out
and left me in the dark,
I think of you
when the rain falls down
and the smell of raindrops
spin me round and round.

It's quiet now at 3am.
Not a soul around the bend.
I close my eyes imagining
love is once more happening...
Track Name: Hustle Bustle
I see you everyday
and hear the words you say.
We meet for coffee, dinner, work, and even play.

Our words can fill the space
that hovers round your face,
But do I really know you what's beneath your thick surface?

Hustle bustle round and round
I should take the time instead
to sit down on the ground.
Really learn to appreciate
every little thing you do and everything you hate.

When running to and fro
we often stop and go
Oh honey kiss me on the cheek now, don’t be slow.
But baby we have time to stop and make this rhyme
Just tell me what is on your heart
I promise to be kind.

Hustle bustle round and round
We can take our time instead
to sit down on the ground.
Really learn to appreciate
We can make a new start now, it’s really not too late.
Track Name: Wishing Star
Every little star has dreams as big as the universe
Reaching out beyond horizons never seen before,
Beyond their stratosphere.

We are really not that different.
Looking for some bigger part of life
I wonder if I’ll find it
Before my time is done
Maybe if I give up
It’ll find me, it’ll find me instead…

Wishing star
I’m a wishing star tonight
And I wish for love in this world.
Where you are
You can make the same wish too
And maybe you and I can live in harmony

See the moon that glitters so softly in the inky night
Poets, wise men, lovers
Find Le Luna inspires them to flowery words
You and I, we’re really quite the same.
Looking for some magic in our lives
I wonder if we’ll find it
This thread of love that binds
If we stumble while we’re looking,
Will it find us, will it find us instead…?
Track Name: No Goodbyes
I don't wanna say goodbye
for goodbye sounds like forever
I don't wanna say so long
so long sounds like never.
So for now, just hold me,
and never say those words.
Say "take care", "bon voyage",
"I'll see you soon".

There'll be no goodbyes
There'll be no goodbyes
And when we part
we'll hold each others' hearts
and perhaps someday we'll meet again some way
and we will always be together.

Think about the times we shared
laughing with each other.
Now we're standing here, so sad,
crying's such a bother.
How I wish you could stay
and never leave my side
It's not fair that you go
and leave me behind
Track Name: Rainy Day
Rainy day, you make me want to just sit and play
oh how I wish I had nothing to do
but think about you
and how you make everything so fresh and new

Rainy day, while I go splashing along my way
I hear your melody in drips and drops,
while cats and dogs
seek out dry spaces, & nap for a spot

"Oh rain, rain won't you go away"
Is what I used to say
But how can I chase my new friend away
so rain, rain please stay
Track Name: A Promise is a Promise
Just from time to time
I lose my faith and cry:
Lord, where are You? Can You hear me?
Everything I knew, all I thought was true
Seems to be just one big white lie.
Or maybe I don’t want to hear You.
Thinking I can get my own way
Instead of listening when you say…

“A promise is a promise
And you know I promised you.
So rest your head now on My shoulder child
Love will come to you.
Don’t listen to those silent fears
I’m looking after you.
Oh a promise is a promise…
So believe and claim – it’s true.”

I know that You have plans for my own good
I lack the patience to wait on You
My vision gets obscured by feelings I have now
Doubt still lingers, hurt is so strong.
How can I believe what I can’t see?
Open up my heart to hear You speak into my life that

“A promise is a promise
And you know I promised you.
So rest your head now on My shoulder child
Love will come to you.
Don’t listen to those silent fears
I’m looking after you.
Oh a promise is a promise…
So believe and claim – it’s true.”

When all the evidence goes against my intuition
Father You still hold tomorrow.
I’ll keep on holding on in faith
And remember Your mercies
I’ll let You be my strength & my hope…

Cuz a promise is a promise
And I know I promised You
To rest my head upon Your shoulder Lord
I will trust in You.
I won’t listen to those silent fears
I’m looking up to You
Oh a promise is a promise, Oh a promise is a promise…
I believe and claim – it’s true.
Hold on, hold on, hold on to His promises,
they’re true…
Track Name: A Modern Woman's Valentine's Day Plea
You ask me why we haven't been in touch.
Why we're not as close now as before...
I stutter in amazement.
It's so obvious to me.
An outstretched hand was left wanting....
So turned away from thee.

These days we women see the truth:
There's no sense in just waiting endlessly...
For romance and being swept off your feet
are luxuries of eras past.

The modern woman faces her plight
with grace and dignity.
Her independence, wit, and intellect
by society so esteemed,
are-double-edged-deterrents
few a knight has truly seen.

So... modern man,
should you ever understand
the yearnings of a woman's heart
be gentle yet persistent for our love
and we promise to do our part...

You ask me why we haven't been in touch.
Why we're not as close now as before...
Track Name: Rain
Rain... answer me now.
How will I go on?
This question in side me
Rain... answer me now.

Lord you hear me
Hear me crying
Cannot find a way
Searching for some
Yet I’m missing all the signs

Father just rain down
Bring your Spirit to my land
Won’t you please rain now
Bring some silence to my
What are you saying to me
What should I do with my life

Each beat of my heart
Each day that goes by
Still wondering why
I can walk but still I cannot fly

Father just rain down
Bring your Spirit to my land
Won’t you please rain now
Bring some silence to my
What are you saying to me
What should I do with my life
Track Name: One Last Try
Sitting in the dark,
I wonder how
how it came to this
where we are right now
I remember when our love was young
and we thought we could.
but now we're stuck for words
and we just cant figure out

Is this goodbye
or do we give it one last try
is this goodbye
we cannot live a lie
is there something different this time
or is this goodbye
baby is this goodbye

"Forever" was a word
we thought that we could do
if other people can
why cant we too?
is it really so hard
for us to stay in love?
does it have to feel like work
have we lost track of who we are?

Is this goodbye
or do we give it one last try
is this goodbye
we cannot live a lie
is there something different this time
or is this goodbye

Leaves me cold and longing still
for your warmth
I know I will
wonder if I leave you no
can I live without your love,
or am I already living without?

Is this goodbye
or do we give it one last try
is this goodbye
we cannot live a lie
is there something different this time
or is this goodbye
baby is this goodbye
Track Name: Beyond (BONUS TRACK)
Beyond the waves. Low.
That’s where you came to rest.
Beyond this world now.
Far from pain or distress.

Maybe you were far too beautiful
To stay here with us mortals.
A heart that was too lovely
Not to leave us this soon.

Beyond the waves. Low.
That’s where you came to rest.
Beyond this world now.
Far from pain or distress.

I serenade the memory of your face
With melodies and poems.
Merely mimicking the songs you used to write us all before.

Beyond the echoes
And ghosts that thread the past.

Beyond the sadness
That came when you left us.

I remember that your life was like
A ripple in the water.
Always miss you but still thankful for
The gift you gave to us.
In your life
with your
love
in your music
Gone too soon.