The Beast Within

by Roger Seldon

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Born and raised in South Africa and having travelled the globe continuously for over 15 years, SELDON finally managed to stop in one place long enough to record his 1st album "THE BEAST WITHIN" in Fishhoek , Cape Town, in late 2003. Mastered and manufactured in Vancouver , Canada , the album was officially, globally & independantly released September 2004. 
With over 20 years of songwriting behind him this tip of the iceberg represented the 1st unleashing of SELDON's beast within.  This album is made up of an eclectic mix of  songstyles with some of  the earliest tunes mixed up with the new. 

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released September 1, 2004

All songs written & performed by Roger Seldon with:

Ashton Gardner: keys and backing vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & hidden track.
Richard Wouters: drums on 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & hidden track.
Tony Paco: percussion on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 & hidden track.
Dan Roberts: pads on 5, 7, 10.
Ian Roberts: fretless bass on 7.
Tigger Reunert: drum programming on 10.
Dave 'Dawie' Goldberg: piano on 10.
Special thanks to Greer for the stunning duet on Burdsong.
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & hidden track:
Recorded & mixed by Paris Zannos at Paris Studio, Fishoek, Cape Town.
Tracks 5, 7, 10:
Recorded & mixed by Dan Roberts at Stoep Studio, Johannesburg.
Mastered by Craig Waddell, Gotham City Studio, Vancouver, Canada.

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BeastArt by Chas.

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Roger Seldon British Columbia

South AfriCanadian independent songwriter.
Now settled on Vancouver Island, Roger Seldon was raised in South Africa before travelling widely, playing music, and just playing. He has recorded tracks in various locations, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Vancouver.
Like a swallow in reverse he travels annually to Zululand where he is a regular feature each winter on the South Coast music scene.
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Track Name: Same Game
SAME GAME
Words&Music: Roger Seldon
Ramsgate, June 2003 For Colaborart

Holding back the doors of time
No going back to this side
I'm in a space between a space
The door is locked and I feel her face , oh!
Two golden ponds with golden fish
One I've lost and one I wish
But I should know they're both the same
Just different stages of the same game.

Nothing more , nothing less
Going to cross ; confess
Compromise is in the past
But I realise it’s coming fast
Because every fish has it’s price
And at the start it's always right
But I should know they’re both the same
Just different stages of the same game.

Make a study of Love
Make it a science to block the flood
Too analysed ; lose the lust
Entertain the option cup
Oh! Tunnel of light , it is not right
When a heart is held by culture's love
And I am learning it's all the same
Just different stages of the same game.

Divinity experiment
Tip out the beaker of sad lament
I must just accept I'm not the one
To make a promise of love when the demands come
Because I believe we're meant to roam
The length and breadth of this life , my home
I'll hold me true to my principle plan
Because otherwise it's all the same game.
Track Name: Cleo
CLEO
Words&Music Roger Seldon
Kitimat/J-bay/Plett 2000

Raven sky , blue starlight
See the smiling moon above
Evening Star , I just might
See the green flash out of sight.

Holding close , holding far
Hold you close & feel your heart
Cup of feet , clasp of hand
You and I in our own land.

We're laughing and smiling
Smiling through crying
Laughing and smiling
Kicking away.

And where'd you get those eyes?
And where'd you get that hair?
And where'd you get that smile?
And where'd you get that laugh?

Cleo
Track Name: Burdsong
BURDSONG
Words&Music Roger Seldon 1992

I have this feeling aching inside
More in a life , do I deserve?
Spirits are flying , buzzing my heart
Awaken me to rest in your arms.

Since we have met I'm not the same
All of the earth is calling your name
I see your face in the waves of the sea
Fire in your soul is the air that I breath.

Even my dreaming could not have prepared
Me for this feeling , 'tis more than I ask
Where will my life take me from here?
I do not care so long as you're near.

Rise with me , fly with me , Heaven possessed
Stay with me , lay with me , be of one flesh
*
Laugh with me, cry with me , be my home.
Track Name: Wrong Way
WRONG WAY
Words & Music Roger Seldon Aug2000/Oct2002

Wrong way to live

I see a face in the window
Kept me from smiling today
Hopelessly going through darkening circles
No key for me

Where will it all come together
When will I tell light from day
Wanting to be there so badly
I might even pray

Wrong way to live

Wrong way to live
Long way to go
Track Name: Dreamchain
DREAMCHAIN
Words&Music Roger Seldon, Otego, NY 1981/Driekoppen1982/J-bay2000

I'm lying on my back and I'm looking at a guy
On a big pile of weeds , and I think he's looking back at me.
I think about the other day, stars in his eyes
Like a swarm of fireflies . Circles in the rain.

Locked in a box with a jibbering idiot.
Door to the sky, you can clip my wings in a bit.
I feel for the face of my lover in a double bed,
I poke him in the eye . Hope that he is not awake.

DREAMCHAIN!!

Frogs sing louder than my brain can think.
Two weeks, no longer, then I'm up again.
I realise the shape of the sponge I feel inside my head.
Turn about face, march off to the veggie patch.

Brick in the road, quite near the place I found my bed.
I think about lunch, that'll get me through the day again.
Where's that chicken that lives my side of the road,
Lives my side of the
ROAD!

DREAMCHAIN!!

Fire in the sand, nature's shifting gear again.
Millenium hoax & nowhere did the devil crash.
Genetical wares, you can buy me in a superstore,
Plug me in, NEATO!! Watch my ears glow in the dark!

Laugh about pain because we ain't going there again.
I'm lying on my back and LOOK! There's a crack in the sky.
LOOK! There's a crack in the sky!
LOOK! There's a crack in the
SKY!!

DREAMCHAIN!!
DREAMCHAIN!! LOOK! There's a crack in the sky!
Track Name: Heavy Rain
HEAVY RAIN
Words&Music Roger Seldon J-bay 2000

Oh!
It feels like heavy raindrops splashing all around my sunny day,
Like the other time when I was rolling out of your way.
Now I'm out on the field and I see you kick the ball right over my head,
Know that I should stop, turn , look around and say

Soon as I make it down this side
Skipping toward my silky prize,
Smell the rain rise from the field.
Somehow lost out in the space
Inbetween her lips and my face,
Smell that crazy mare desire.

Longer time than was needed, you spun your spell, I spun my web.
Crawl into the dampness under my bush that I call bed.
When the people come across my stranger I'm a-flying all around my own head.
Know that I should get back down to your place. Understand?

Soon as I make it down this side
Skipping toward my silky prize,
Smell the rain rise from the field.
Somehow lost out in the space
Inbetween her lips and my face,
Smell that crazy mare desire.
Track Name: Glimpse
GLIMPSE
words: keith erasmus & roger seldon
based on the poem " a fleeting glimpse of paradise" by keith erasmus
music: roger seldon ramsgate 2001

Standing on the edge of nowhere in particular
On the cutting edge of the keel, on the fractured ledge of the Chosen One
On the shattered wedge of the wheel where the hand floats free in the windspace
While the foot is seeking a hold and the eye is enraptured by a cloud chase

As the landscape of the heart grows cold with the moment
Then lost at last in the love of God in a dusty room
In the dust-warm glow of a dying sun in a lost hour
Lost at last in the crashing wave of a limitless desire to be free

Long way from home
Where my heart is free to be a wanderer
New angels fly
Testing wings not yet broken

Long way from home
Where my heart is free to be a wanderer
New angels fly
Testing wings not yet broken
And windward blows
The sky and I are as one
As I sit on my cloud
Touching windcurls with my wingtips

Long way from home
Where my heart is free to be a wanderer
New angels fly
Testing wings and SOARING
And SOARING!
And SOARING!
Track Name: Undeserving
UNDESERVING
Music(JBayAug2000)&Words(Aug2000-Sept2002) Roger Seldon

These my only friends.
Don't know if I'm alive or dead.
Lightning strikes again.
I better catch that instant train.

My Reality,
Is that your tears I do not feel.
Yes! I hear your screams
And that is all that I need.

I'm feeding off this game,
Going to cut that thread again.
I am infused.

If I'm ever in a cage
I'll just step up to the stage
And eventually I'll walk
Again.

Parallelogram,
My universe's shame.
Lead you to my door,
The savage loose inside.

I never will give up.
The beast within fills up
And I am renewed.

Re-incarnated dead,
Just a bullet to the head,
Then you will be free
Of me.
Track Name: Angelica
ANGELICA
Words: Mark Meyer. Music:Roger Seldon circa 1989.
Arr: Roger Seldon Ramsgate Aug 2003

Angelica with the evening smile,
Rich in burgundy
Wine spilling from the lips of life
As bending low you serve me
Bending low you serve me

Glaring through a spider's web
Your hair a watered ebony
Soft your hands such willing claws
That cry in aged agony
Cry in aged agony

Pillowed-down you leave your life
Pillowed-mist your frown
Softly now I hear your voice
In battered saxophone.
Track Name: Cleo (Dan's version)
CLEO
Words&Music Roger Seldon, Kitimat/J-bay/Plett 2000

Raven sky, blue starlight
See the smiling moon above
Evening Star, I just might
See the green flash out of sight.

Holding close, holding far
Hold you close & feel your heart
Cup of feet, clasp of hand
You and I in our own land.

We're laughing and smiling
Smiling through crying
Laughing and smiling
Kicking away.

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