CHAMELEON WORLD: "More Than A Band...It's A World!"

CHAMELEON WORLD: "More Than A Band...It's A World!"

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

CHAMELEON WORLD is a Chicago based performance art band, presenting original music in a variety of new wave/pop/rock cabaret styles.
It's happy, snappy, uptempo music for people who can still think and hear, or at least dance. Songs sound like movie soundtracks. Shows are quite theatrical.

Biography

Ray St. Ray, THE SINGING CAB DRIVER, writes songs as he drives, singing them to passengers for their entertainment and to promote CHAMELEON WORLD, "More than A Band...It's A World!", which exists for the purpose of performing this music on stage for a larger audience to experience.

We're all symbiotes.

CHAMELEON WORLD will soon celebrate it's 20th anniversary. It began as friends backing up Ray for a New Years Eve party, then developed into various incarnations as a cover band, Talking Heads tribute band, hybrid original/cover and eventually the extravaganza it is now.

A Chicago based performance art band, CHAMELEON WORLD plays all original music in a variety of styles leaning toward pop, rock, jazz, show tune and movie soundtrack compositions.

Basically it is happy, snappy, uptempo music for people who can still think and hear, or at least dance. Many of the songs tell stories and shows tend to be theatrical.

In 2010 they released their first CD album: BETTER THAN LIFE.

Current lineup:
RAT ST. RAY: lead vocals
KATE BERGERON, SAMANTHA CHURCH, BETH KINSLER, LIZ VANDERHOOF backup vocals
PAUL HENNING: keyboards
ANDREW HORTON: synthesizers
NAT PUSATERI: drums
DANE TYSON: bass, guitar
TOM TRACKS: guitar
MARISSA MCKOWN: theatrics

Lyrics

NIGHT

Written By: RAY ST. RAY

NIGHT
Copyright 1991, 2010 by Ray St. Ray. All Rights Reserved.

Night is a journey through a tunnel from day to day
driven by a yearning for immortality. Don't be afraid!
My love is a torch, my passion is a flame.
Take my hand, I will guide you through the darkness and the pain.

I am the moon! I rule the night!
Let me caress you, wrap you in my light!
When you are hurtin' I'll comfort you.
Life is a curtain I will see you through!

Night is like death. All your senses go to sleep.
Numbness is not forever. Unconsciousness is just a moment of relief.
Life is a lesson. It's not always what it seems.
But then, neither is death. Do you remember in between?

I am the moon! I rule the night!
Let me caress you, wrap you in my light!
When you are hurtin' I'll comfort you.
Life is a curtain I will see you through!

Night in the city. My body lies on the bed
while I just float here clearly awake outside my head.
I feel she is out there. I know I'll dream her soon.
A brightness fills my eyes! I'm staring, staring, staring, staring, staring at the moon!

I am the moon! I rule the night!
Let me caress you, wrap you in my light!
When you are hurtin' I'll comfort you.
Life is a curtain I will see you through!

(end)

WHEN WE'RE ALONE

Written By: RAY ST. RAY

WHEN WE'RE ALONE
Copyright 1999, 2010 by Ray St. Ray. All rights reserved.

When we're alone Sha-la-la-la-la!
I get a curious feeling, baby, I'm not the kind of boy
when we're alone, to kiss and run away
like I should be stealing maybe Sha-la-la-la-la!
one little kiss and I'd give you so much joy
which ought to lead to another. Funny if you asked me to stay
once we get started, THROUGH THE NIGHT!
we're bound to go farther. Honey, I'M GONNA HOLD YOU TIGHT!
you're my passion, my obsession. KISS YOU WITH ALL MY MIGHT!
no other girl will do. I'M GONNA LOVE YOU RIGHT!
When we're alone
you know I'm gonna make sweet love to you! Ooo-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.....

Sha-la-la-la-la! When we're alone
I'm not the kind of boy I get a powerful feeling, baby.
to kiss and say good night! when we're alone,
Sha-la-la-la-la! like our fates we'll be sealing when we
Won't you let me taste the joys kiss and caress
that your sweet lips invite! and make love to each other. Maybe
I'll be you lover
When we get home forever and ever. Baby,
I'm gonna take you by the hand. you're my passion, my obsession.
When we're alone No other girl will do!
I'm gonna make sure you understand
just how I feel (end)
and the way love's supposed to be.
I'll hold you real close
and kiss you so tenderly!
You're my passion, my obsession.
No other girl will do.
When we're alone
you know I'm gonna make sweet love to you!

HOUSE OF MIRRORS, BETTER THAN LIFE IN THE

Written By: RAY ST. RAY

BETTER THAN LIFE
(IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS)
©2008, 2010 by Ray St. Ray. All rights reserved.

I puked down the streets of Laredo, We were in our comfort zone,
pissed the sidewalks of old New York, weary travelers heading home,
passed out on the El in Chicago, just stopped to get directions
came to in a Seattle park. in the town of Bedford Falls
I once had a home and a fam'ly, we settled down and fell in love
a career, good health, pretty face! with our own reflections.
Come closer, I'll tell you the story Hey, Baby! Ain't life sweet
of my pitiful fall from grace. here on George Baily Street!
No, It wasn't the drugs, the liquor, the hookers, We have so many friends,
the cards, self abuse or that midget I knifed. I hope it never ends!
My ruin came the day I plugged-in to play This House of Mirrors is great!
that new game called "Better Than Life". Something to celebrate!
Don't say it's time to leave!
Hook yourself up! Ha ha ha ha! Come on, it's Christmas Eve!
It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha The children trim the tree
ha! Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha! waiting for you and me...
It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life!
Hook yourself up! Ha ha ha ha! so, after Christmas, then we'll go
It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha 'cause right now life's so wonderful!
ha! Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha! But one thing that we didn't know:
It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life! In the House of Mirrors called Bedford Falls,
EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE!
Don't you know everything you see was imagined?
Every piece of everything you see was imagined
by someone. Hook yourself up! Ha ha ha ha! It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha ha!
Nature's just a parking lot of stuff that hasn't Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha! It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life!
quite yet been imagined to just be something else.
Don't you know everything you see is illusion?
Oh! I love this House of Mirrors! Every piece of everything you see is important to someone.
Oh! Am I having too much fun? Spinning lasers in a House of Mirrors on a program
not yet imagined to just be something else.
Don't you know everything you see has a drawing?
Every piece of everything you see has a drawing Oh! I love this House of Mirrors!
filed somewhere. Oh! Am I having too much fun?
An infinite paper duplicate of creation: Oh! Here in this House of Mirrors.
Every screw has a blueprint, there's a chart for every star. Oh! It just goes on and on!
Oh! I love this House of Mirrors!
Oh! I love this House of Mirrors! Oh! Am I having too much fun?
Oh! Am I having too much fun? Oh! Here in this House of Mirrors.
Oh! Here in this House of Mirrors. Oh! Mommy, Daddy, take me home!
Oh! Mommy, (Daddy) take me home!
Hey, what's the big idea! 1... Ha ha ha ha ha!
How did we end up here It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha
in this crazy House of Mirrors? ha! Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha!
Objects that we hold dear It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life!
closer than they appear 2....Hook yourself up! Ha ha ha ha!
in this crazy House of Mirrors! It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha
ha! Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha!
Take me! Ha ha ha ha ha! It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life!
It's Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha 3... (repeat) (...was imagined...has a drawing
ha! Better Than Life! Ha ha ha ha! 4... (repeat) is important...is illusion...
It's Better Than Life! It's Better Than Life! 5... (repeat) Oh, I love this House of Mirrors...)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Don't you know everything you see is important? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Every piece of everything you see was important Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
to someone. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha!
Spinning lasers in a house of mirrors on a program.
Every smile, every face, every time in its place, Daddy?
right where it belongs.

Oh! I love this House of Mirrors! (end)
Oh! Am I having too much fun?
Oh! Here in this house of mirrors.
Oh! Mommy, (Daddy) take me home!
Hey, what's the big idea!
How did we end up here
in this crazy House of Mirrors?
Objects that we hold dear
closer than they appear
in this crazy House of Mirrors!

Discography

EP: CHAMELEON WORLD (Jul 2008)

SINGLE: CHRISTMAS ACTION MANGER / HEY THERE VALENTINE (Dec 2009)

LP: BETTER THAN LIFE (Jan 2010)