Imagine Me [album produced by Funky DL]

by Lei-an

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Lei-an / Biography

Many young budding R&B vocalists from the UK have for many years diligently engaged in tackling the soul and R&B music scene. Lei-an is no stranger to the aforementioned having practiced her talents since she was as young as 7 years old.

Lei-an was consistently exposed to music and her early influences range from Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson to Madonna and Lauryn Hill provoking Lei-an to actively seek the potential of her abilities in community shows and youth events alongside her then singing partner, becoming well known for their music by their peers.

As a duo, Lei-an and her singing partner created, contrived and orchestrated their own style and strived towards cracking the music industry with their fresh image and sound. After some time the group disbanded and individually the two sought separate careers in music. It was at this time that Lei-an and MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Funky DL (whom she had met in passing in a studio some years previous) decided they would at some point get in the studio together, but this would not take place until roughly a year after their initial conversations.

Then it happened… Lei-an embarked in recording with DL and they realized that their chemistry as vocalist and producer was justification for their decision to embark on a project as the first track recorded was the lead title from the album “Imagine” which resulted in a passionate yet rugged, sweet yet solid street worthy boom bap of a jam, layered with melodious harmonics and the subtleties of the multi talented Xantoné Blacq (Amy Winehouse band keyboardist)

After this point the two set about crafting a diverse collection of tracks which offered a rainbow of clever and catchy grooves to contribute towards what was to become Lei-an’s debut album “Imagine Me”. Lei-an and DL co-wrote the album together and also decided that they would both write solitary for the album as to give the project its strong variety in its written development. As a result “Imagine Me” is filled with chic styles, great grooves and class cuts for any discerning music lover and provides the right color, character and emotion to reflect the true artist that Lei-an is and her expressive story.

Lei-an appeared on the highly anticipated “4th Quarter Block Party” line up at London’s famous venue “The Jazz Café” alongside, Funky DL, Phoebe One, DJ Kofi and Pyrelli and astounded the crowd with her smooth and charismatic performance, using this platform to get new fans onside and effortlessly showcase her material to a keen audience.

All in all, Lei-an has worked extremely hard at crafting her niche and has vigorously pursued her passion as a vocalist, confidently creating the kind of music that anyone with a real ear for authentic sounds and true musicianship would recognize at the drop of a hat…

The album saw its initial release in Japan in 2008 via the Toys Factory.

credits

released May 17, 2012

Produced by: Funky DL for Washington Classics except “Crazy”
produced by Midas for Groundworks Productions
Recorded and mixed by: Funky DL at The Washington SoundLab
All songs published by: Copyright Control 2008
Album mastering by: Rick Essig at R.E.M. Sound, New York
Album direction and co-ordination: N. Newman / L. Mcleish
Project consultancy: Michael Amaning
Executive producer: N. Newman for Washington Classics
Artwork design and layout by:
Wash Logo by: Sanchez for Vicious Circle Design
Photography by: Nemo Roberts
Additional photography by: WashArt
Make up styling by: Ken Nakano
Hair styling by: Satoru Suzuki

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Track Name: Imagine Me Intro
(laugh, sigh)
Ba, da, dum, duh dah (yeah)
uuh make like family
ahh-ahh, been to me, family
duh, da, da, fall in love, love
yeah that’s the melody…
Track Name: Imagine
Verse One
Baby, never thought I’d talk about,
Never thought I’d speak my mind
Bout the way I feel inside but now it’s time to let you know
And even take the chance to show
The secrets that I held so close
On how I’m feeling wanting more

When I look at all you been to me
Got my back like family
Even though you could have chose to be elsewhere
Taking care handling yours
I feel as though there’s much to gain
If only you would feel the same
Then maybe we could start this babe

Chorus
So just imagine that we could fall in love (oh-oo-oh)
Imagine that we could in love
Just wanna fall in love (love-loving)

Verse Two
So trust me cos I aint one to complicate
I’m just trying to seal my fate
Til this point I had to hesitate
But now I’m brave enough to say
The way I feel is not a game
So I don’t have the time to play
No I don’t have the time for games

Sometimes I imagine in my paradise
You and me by the candlelight
Situations that we handle right
Now does this sound good to you?
Imagine if you felt it too
Now do you really feel it too?
Now all that I can ask of you is to
Now all that I can ask of you is to (we could fall in love)

Chorus
(We could fall in love)
Imagine that we could fall in love (we can fall in love, love)
Imagine (whoa-oo-oo-oo) that we could fall in love
(Cos I love you, love you) Imagine
(Can we, can we?) Fall in love



Refrain
Oh ooo-oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, ooh


Chorus
Imagine that we could fall in love (x5)
(whoa, whoa, yeah, whoa, whoa, love me,
cos I love you, do you love me too?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, love, we could fall in love)
Track Name: Cain Rows In My Hair
Verse One
I remember back to the day when we used to hang out and play
Looking forward to a Saturday
Just you and I from around the way
Everyday was like a holiday
And growing up was like world away
That’s the way that we longed to be
Always in each others company

Chorus
Can’t Imagine you not being there
Remembering when you Cain Rowed in my hair
So much more in this relationship to share
So trust me, soul mate, best friend, brother
I got you always, this is friendship forever

Verse Two
Now the two of us are all grown up
And you told me that you found someone
I’m so happy that you fell in love
Cos I know that you’ll be good for her
Just as long as we don’t grow apart
Cos I’ve always got you in my heart
And I’d never like to know that you’re ever far away when I call

Chorus

Refrain
My best friend, you helped when things were rough
My best friend, I can’t thank you enough
My best friend, I know this bond will never break

Chorus
Track Name: No More
Intro
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Verse One
How many times have you told me? (yeah)
that you aint even trying to control me?
but it seems like it’s another story
stay at home and be a good girl you told me
but I got more ambition than your ex-girl
so what makes you think I’m gonna be the next girl?
to only be a trophy on your side
I’m telling you for me that aint right no

Hook
Uh ha, ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Chorus
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t wanna hear it no more
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t wanna hear it no more
No more, I don’t wanna hear it no more
No more, I don’t wanna hear it no more
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t wanna hear it no more
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t wanna hear it no more
No more, I don’t wanna hear it no more
I don’t wanna hear it no more

Hook
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Verse Two
I’ve heard everything that you said to me
But baby it’s the twenty-first century
My dreams extend much further than
staying in the streets with another ghetto man
but I aint really trying to knock your hustle boo
cos I know you gotta do what you gotta do
but I gotta do what’s right
cos I can’t have you taking over my time

Hook
Uh ha, ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Chorus

Hook
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Bridge
(I don’t need you)
I don’t need you in my life (life oh)
just for me to feel alright
I’m telling you you’re wasting your time
(time, time, time, time, time)
time I really don’t have
time I thought you’d move past the time we used to share yeah, yeah

Hook
Uh ha, ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha

Chorus x2

Hook
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, ah-ha
Ah uh, no more, uh ha, no more, ah ha, no more, (whooo!)
Track Name: Sunshine
Intro
Sunshine (x3)
Sunshine, sunshine, oh oo-oh
Sparkle so bright

Verse One
Now I just wanna tell ya’ (tell ya’) what you already know
But it’s hard for me to say the words, I’m afraid you’ll say no (No!)
But I’ve gotta tell you all the same cos I just can’t take the pain
Each time I hear you say my name I get those butterflies
You are my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
Ooh yeah, yeah you are, mmmmm,
My sunshine, my sunshine, sunshine

Verse Two
I’m not a woman of a million words
It’s probably something you already heard
But I had to let you know to stop me feeling so terrible
Not sure if you can feel the same
Your heart’s the target watch my aim
When you’re gone that’s when it rains like tears to an eye
You are my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
You are my, you are my,
You are my sunshine, sunshine
Baby I can’t believe what you’re doing to me
So real, so real, cos you are my, my sunshine

Bridge
You are my (sunshine), you are my (sunshine)
You are my (sunshine), my sunshine
The light of (my life), you sparkle (so bright)
So bright, my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
Sunshine oh yes you are,
Baby in the morning and the evening time
So tell me are you feeling this? Cos I’m feeling this
And even when it rains you’re my sunshine
And I just wanna have you in my life


Mini – Chorus
Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

Refrain
La, la, la, la, la, la (sunshine) la, la, la, la, la, la (sunshine)
La, la, la, la, la, la (sunshine) la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la (my life) la, la, la, la, la, la (so bright)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Track Name: Crazy (feat Funky DL)
Intro
Crazy, Crazy


Verse One
It’s that thing you do that keeps me going
The way you pull my hair, excitement showing
I just get higher, I’m climbing, I’m climbing
I just get higher and there’s no denying
It’s that thing you do that keeps me going
The way you pull my hair, excitement showing cos I’m


Chorus
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving



Verse Two
So now you’re back for more and I aint complaining
I double lock the door cos I know you’re staying
I just get higher, I’m climbing, I’m climbing
I just get higher and there’s no denying
So now you’re back for more and I aint complaining
I double lock the door cos I know you’re staying


Chorus
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving

Refrain
I’m so, crazy, I’m, I’m so, I’m so crazy
I’m so, crazy, I’m, I’m so, I’m so crazy
I’m so crazy; I’m so crazy (Repeat “I’m so”)

Crazy, I’m so crazy, crazy from your loving
I’m so crazy, I’m so crazy
Crazy, I’m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving



Funky DL
(So crazy, so crazy, so crazy, so crazy)
Absolutely crazy girl
And every time you come into my crazy world
I love the way you’re stepping and it makes me yearn
With your cute blue outfit Navy Girl
We can chill in the summer be my lazy girl
We don’t have to go outside we can stay in girl
I love your whole style it’s amazing girl
That’s right, you my crazy girl, now you got me feeling


Chorus
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy from your loving
Crazy, I‘m so crazy, crazy off your loving, loving
Track Name: Pants on Fire
Intro
Da, da, da, da, da,
Da, da, dum, da, da,
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do

Verse One
Everybody got problems but none are worse than yours
Can’t imagine how life would be if you were just straight forward
On Monday your Hamster died, Friday your hit by a bus
(Oh dear) Oh dear when it rains it pours cos now there’s no more us

Chorus
You’re a liar; I hope your pants set on fire
You’re a liar; I hope your pants set on fire

Outro
Da, da, da, da, da,
Da, da, dum, da, da,
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Track Name: Round & Round
Intro
Oh, oh yeah mmmm
Baby, oh-ooo

Verse One
I am so amazed that you can sit and lie to me to my face (Oh I, I am)
I am so ashamed that I still crave for your warm embrace

Hook
Round and round and round and round and round we go
Emotions flying high and now we’ve lost control
Round and round and round and round and round we go
Emotions flying high now tell me where do we go? (so tell me)

Chorus
Tell me are you feeling the same? Tell me is it part of a game
Tell me am I going insane? Tell the truth babe
Cos if it is then I’ll be excused, don’t wanna be with nobody rude
I’m not a girl that you can just use so tell the truth babe

Verse One
We were, (we were so damn close) so damn close
When I was on your arm it was you that used to pose
Now love (No love, my love, your love) has fallen apart
It’s easy to see that you have broken my heart (oh!)


Hook


Chorus


Refrain
I feel, (I feel) feel like I’m going round, round
Round and round, round and round (and round)
So baby we can’t keep on going round
Track Name: Round We Go
Whoa, whoa, whoaoo, whoa, oooh
What happened to forever? Tell the truth, the truth
So tell me if, so tell me if I can be excused forever babe
Forever, round, forever, round and round
Keeps going round and round, round, round
Round and round and round and round
Just tell me where do we go?
Track Name: We Don't Seem To Know
Verse One
When we first got together
It was like magical nights of bliss
And they say nothing lasts forever
Can we handle, handle, can we handle this?

Hook
Sometimes it feels like yeah, most times it feels like no
At times it feels like maybe, but we don’t seem to know
And although it feels like yeah we come real close to no
And that leaves us hanging on a maybe (baby, maybe)


Chorus
So many questions of where to go
Tell me what are we gonna do?
So many questions, it’s out of control
One thing’s for sure I’m feeling you


Verse Two
Now every time I think about how I’m feeling in my heart
(oh, oh, oh) and I really just cannot figure out
Can we keep this going or will we fall apart?

Hook

Chorus x2

Refrain
You and me, tell me what’s it gonna be, be, be
You and me, have we lost control completely?

I just can’t say, will we ever find our way?
I just can’t decide, so much running through my mind
And I just can’t tell if this thing is working well
So this is why I seem to have…

Chorus x2
Track Name: Sometimes
Refrain
(DL sometimes x 4)
Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, yeah

Verse One
Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to get out of bed
Sometimes I wake up with a happy song in my head
Sometimes I look around and admire the sky and trees
Sometimes I’d rather sit and watch the crap on TV
Sometimes I’d rather be loved than have to love myself
Sometimes my confidence is bigger than anything else
Sometimes I can never find the right words to end a song
Sometimes these verses they just keep on going on and on

Refrain
Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, yeah,
It just keeps going; just keeps going, going on, yeah

Verse Two
Sometimes I feel I wanna see yesterday
Sometimes I can’t wait for tomorrow
Sometimes it feels like I’m a leader
Sometimes all I can do is follow
Sometimes I try and try but no luck
Sometimes I get it right first time
Sometimes my head is feeling so confused
At times I’m absolutely fine

Refrain
Oh sometimes, oh sometimes I, ah-oh sometimes
But most times I’m just happy being me
Track Name: Can I Come To The Studio? (feat. Funky DL)
Now I was sitting in the studio doing my thing
Then all of a sudden yo my telephone rang
I couldn’t find it so I looked around
And turned the music down to try to locate the sound
There it is, now I wanted to know who was calling me while I was trying to work
I said “hello”
Nobody’s talking, hope the line aint dead
But then Lei-an spoke to me and this is what she said
“D can I come to the studio?
I know I left the studio but can I come right back?
My album needs one more great track”
And I said “Lei, homie I don’t really know if I got more beats
And plus I’m tired and I wanna eat”
So she said “Please Can I come to the studio?
I need just one more like the ones before so would you do it”
Then she suddenly paused
And I said “Lei, okay lets do it”
Track Name: Secrets
Verse One
Five AM you a pack a bag you need to go (need to go)
Kiss my cheek, stroke my hair and hit the door (hit the door)
I stay quiet but there’s questions in my mind
I stay quiet cos I’m scared of what I’ll find

Hook
Are you the only one who knows what’s going on?
Or is there talking behind my back?
Am I the only one who feels there’s something wrong?
Or has your love for me gone of track?

Chorus
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh you’re keeping secrets
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh you’re keeping secrets
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh you’re keeping secrets
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh you’re keeping secrets


Verse Two
Twelve PM you send a message to my phone
Saying it will not be long before you’re home (home, home)
Though it’s nice to hear from you it won’t replace my premonition that this will not be the case

Hook
Are you the only one who knows what’s going on?
Or is there talking behind my back?
Am I the only one who feels there’s something wrong?
Or has your love for me run of track?


Chorus


Verse Two
One day later you stroll in and I pretend that I don’t care
But deep inside I’m questioning
You decide to tell me every single thing (Who? What? Where?)
The who, the what, the why and everywhere you’ve been
Track Name: Imagine Remix [Funky DL Hip-Hop Remix] (feat. Funky DL)
Verse One
Baby, never thought I’d talk about,
Never thought I’d speak my mind
Bout the way I feel inside but now it’s time to let you know
And even take the chance to show
The secrets that I held so close
On how I’m feeling wanting more

When I look at all you been to me
Got my back like family
Even though you could have chose to be elsewhere
Taking care handling yours
I feel as though there’s much to gain
If only you would feel the same
Then maybe we could start this babe

Chorus
So just imagine that we could fall in love (oh-oo-oh)
Imagine that we could in love
Just wanna fall in love (love-loving)

Verse Two
So trust me cos I aint one to complicate
I’m just trying to seal my fate
Til this point I had to hesitate
But now I’m brave enough to say
The way I feel is not a game
So I don’t have the time to play
No I don’t have the time for games

Sometimes I imagine in my paradise
You and me by the candlelight
Situations that we handle right
Now does this sound good to you?
Imagine if you felt it too
Now do you really feel it too?
Now all that I can ask of you is to
Now all that I can ask of you is to (we could fall in love)

Chorus
(We could fall in love)
Imagine that we could fall in love (we can fall in love, love)
Imagine (whoa-oo-oo-oo) that we could fall in love
(Cos I love you, love you) Imagine
(Can we, can we?) Fall in love



Funky DL
(Yo, I can get a quick eight?)
Okay, is this where I come in with the sick flow?
Where you turn this up and you lower your windows
And I let the beat knock holding my headphones
And you wonder how it’s so cold, it’s simple
It’s D and Lei, the remix version
And these beats get hurt while we constantly working
And it’s impossible, I’m almost certain
If any other dudes try and test us its curtains

Refrain
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, ooh


Chorus
Imagine that we could fall in love (x5)
(whoa, whoa, yeah, whoa, whoa, love me,
cos I love you, do you love me too?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, love, oh baby we could fall in love)
Track Name: Sunshine Remix [Funky DL Hip-Hop Remix] (feat. Funky DL)
Intro
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, (sunshine) lets go hah, huh

Verse One
Now I just wanna tell ya’ (tell ya’) what you already know
But it’s hard for me to say the words, I’m afraid you’ll say no (No!)
But I’ve gotta tell you all the same cos I just can’t take the pain
Each time I hear you say my name I get those butterflies
You are my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
Ooh yeah, yeah you are, mmmmm,
My sunshine, my sunshine, sunshine

Verse Two
I’m not a woman of a million words
It’s probably something you already heard
But I had to let you know to stop me feeling so terrible
Not sure if you can feel the same
Your heart’s the target watch my aim
When you’re gone that’s when it rains like tears to an eye
You are my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
You are my, you are my,
You are my sunshine, sunshine
Baby I can’t believe what you’re doing to me
So real, so real, cos you are my, my sunshine

Bridge
You are my (sunshine), you are my (sunshine)
You are my (sunshine), my sunshine
The light of (my life), you sparkle (so bright)
So bright, my sunshine

Chorus
Sunshine (Repeat)
Sunshine oh yes you are,
Baby in the morning and the evening time
So tell me are you feeling this? Cos I’m feeling this
And even when it rains you’re my sunshine
And I just wanna have you in my life

Rap
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine

Mini – Chorus
Sunshine, Hah, huh, sunshine, Hah, huh, sunshine Hah, huh,



Funky DL
Sitting on the wall I’m like four feet tall
Old school shorty like I’m seven years old
With my hands in my pockets and my hat down low
Looking at her face, its so remarkable
It’s twenty years later yo aint nothing much changed
Sitting on the same wall but holding my chain
Rolla blunt, sipping Remy, now she walking my way
Rude bwoy talk as I’m repping her game
Tells me that she likes me if I’m feeling the same
Waiting for an answer as she cracking a smile
Independent woman she’s my Destiny’s Child
Take her by the hand now I’m pulling her near
She tells me that it tickles when I breathe on her ear
Wanna meet this weekend? Now she telling me “yeah”
Huh, the sun shines you my real sunshine
You energise my world honey your light is divine
Telling everybody that I’m proud you are mine
I know you not a woman of a million words
But I would rather have you than a million girls
Do you agree with that? Baby do you concur?
Sunshine baby even if I go twice
You the perfect six when I’m rolling the dice
Your sunshine baby got me feeling so nice
Sunshine girl you are the light of my life, sunshine

Hah, huh, hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, sunshine you my sunshine
Hah, huh, hah, huh, hah, huh