Break Through Overground

by bee

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about

bee is a new pop band with a set of sinfully catchy and rocking melodies. It is the brainchild of faceman Nicholas Markos, who has built a significant reputation with solo records and performances.
If you think Bon Iver, Steely Dan, or Smashing Pumpkins are the greatest band of all time, you're probably in the wrong place. But if you love U2, David Gray, Pete Townshend, The Killers, or Van Morrison, prepare to dig these melodies.

Markos's live-performance credits include opening sets for Bob Dylan, Curve, Melissa Etheridge, The The, the Violent Femmes, Todd Rundgren, Roger McGuinn, Squeeze, Glenn Frey, 10,000 Maniacs, and many others.

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune calls him "one of Chicago's Most Promising Performers," and Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times said of his most recent work, "A slave to no genre, the ridiculously prolific Nicholas Markos brings to mind a hipper underground version of David Gray. He could be dangerous."

bee features a powerful cast of musicians, including drummer Todd Sucherman (Brian Wilson, Styx), bassist Eddie Carlson (Poi Dog Pondering), backing vocalist Kathy Jo Warden, drummers Mike Zelenko (Material Issue), Howie Kantoff (Poster Children), Mark Schwarz (David Singer & the Sweet Science), and Matthew Payne (Hot Glue Gun).

Fresh, sing-along melodies like the driving hook of "Birdy Deluxe Superstar" and the inspiring "Oh Yeah Come On Take It Easy Baby It's Alright" are irresistible hits that make you want to put the top down and turn up the radio on a summer day.

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released 01 September 2005
Musicians
Nicholas Markos: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, percussion
Matthew Payne: Drums, backing vocals, percussion
George Kalantzis: Guitar, backing vocals, percussion
Marcos Sueiro: Keyboards, backing vocals, percussion
Kathy Jo Warden Varco: vocals
Ken Janssen: Percussion
Mark Schwarz: bass
Nikki Rich: vocals
Melinda Banks: vocals
Eddie Carlson: bass
Howie Kantoff: Drums
Mike Zelenko: Drums
Todd Sucherman: Drums
Engineering & Recording Oversight
Timothy Powell at MetroMobile Recording
The Hitmaker at the beehive
Ken Janssen at The Chancellor Studios
Marcos Sueiro at World of Wires
Mastering by Mark Schwarz.

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Track Name: Oh Yeah, Come On, Take it Easy, Baby, It's Alright
Did you think that it couldn’t happen
Right here, to you
Now you’re that somebody else
And it’s so real, you can’t believe it’s true

In the half-light of your shadow past
You will find it hiding
Through the seasons never meant to last
You will feel it
Believe it

Now the plans you made have blown away
Like so many grains of sand
Here you are with the dues you’ve paid
And you start again from scratch

In the half-light of your shadow past
You will find it hiding
Through the seasons never meant to last
You will feel it
Believe it

Oh yeah, come on, take it easy, baby, it’s alright

We can take our time
We’ve got mountains yet to climb
And all the things you thought would stop you
You step right over

Oh yeah, come on, take it easy, baby, it’s alright
Track Name: Birdy Deluxe Superstar
If I were you and you were me
Is this how you would like to be?
You can't say that it's all right

If you were me and I were you
Is this what I should do to you?
Do you think that's what you'd like?

I've been waiting so long
Please don't make me crawl
Birdy Deluxe Superstar

I've walked the streets of town all night
And come home with the morning light
I can't face the cold at home

I wake up drunk in afternoon
Dreaming of a honeymoon
I don't want to be alone

I've been dreaming so hard
Please don't let me fall
Birdy Deluxe Superstar

And I can't think of nothing else I want in the world
When I dream of love
Super Birdy Deluxe, you're the girl

If boys were girls and girls were boys
Could we cut out all the noise?
Do we have just what it takes?

If girls were boys and boys were girls
Do you think we could change the world?
Do we learn from our mistakes?
Track Name: Disappear
There are things that you can see
And things that you conceive in your mind
There are things that you believe
And things that you should leave behind

I can’t run away
But I can’t stay this way

When I disappear
You won’t shed a tear
That’s why I’m crying now
And why I’m leaving here

There are things that need to change
It’s going to come with pain, but it’s all right
There’s a storm inside my head over what I’ve left unsaid
It’s a fight

I can’t run away
But I can’t stay this way

When I disappear
You won’t shed a tear
That’s why I’m crying now
And why I’m leaving here

Any day now, I’ll be gone
Track Name: Spinning Around in Circles
You've got a wandering eye
I noticed right away
And I try to let it slide
When you make me feel this way

Spinning around in circles
Spinning around in circles over you

I wonder what makes you so untrue
You use me up like I was trash
And I just do for you

Use me up and spit me out like a cigarette butt on the ground
Never once you even thought
You’re the sun I revolve around

Spinning around in circles
Spinning around in circles over you

When you know the way I feel
Then I'll try to make it real

Spinning around in circles
Spinning around in circles over you
Track Name: I Heard You Twice the First Time
You keep making like you say you're sorry,
But that don't make it all right
You keep making like you'll change tomorrow,
But it won't make me feel right

I heard you twice the first time
I've been in love with a lie

You can make it like you've been around,
But I know that you're not there
You can make it like you've been out of town,
But it still don't matter where

I don't think I can get by
I've been in love with a lie

You can say that you still believe in me,
But it won't make me come home
You can tell me that you don't want me leaving,
But, baby, now you're on your own

I've got no tears left to cry
I've been in love with a lie

I've been in love before, but I never did anything right
To God above you swore, and you lied

You can tell me about all you've been thinking
Until my eyes go blind
You can tell me that you're finished with drinking
You still can't change my mind

I think I'm gonna get by
You'll see me waving goodbye
Track Name: Gimme All You Got
There's a moon in the desert
Painted on the bottom of the sky
Looking down on a man
A little scared and wondering why

Can I find me some peace
If I dream a little harder, or not?
Can you give me all you got?
Gimme all you got

There once was a woman
Filling up all my soul
Where there once was a woman
Now there's just an empty hole

But I believe to my soul
We could change a lot
If you'd give me all you've got
Gimme all you got

Prepared to believe
Never thought my faith could leave
Now I need all you've got

I'm going to the mountain
And I'll be carrying my cross
If I come again, will you shelter me if I'm still lost?
Will you give me all you've got?

Reaching for my faith
Feels like it's slipping away
Now I need all you've got

Gonna dig down deep and give it one more shot

Gimme all you got
Track Name: Smile
You can wait for your heart to break
See how much it can take
You can wait for your eyes to dry
Have they ever been so blind?

Take off those shoes and walk a mile
I wonder if I’ll ever see your smile

You’ve been walking lonely streets at night
Wondering if you’ll ever make things right
Even if you found a way to turn back time
Are you so sure of what you’d find?

There’s so much that I don’t know
I don’t know if I can let her go

It might take a while
I miss her smile
Track Name: Make a Difference
The rain is coming down
Like so many pieces of shattered dreams
And when the sky clears we’ll be left with nothing
Unless we get up on our feet

We’re gonna rise up
We’re gonna move it up
We’re gonna build it up
To get where we should be
Changes start with you and me

We’ve seen the damage storms can do
So now let’s make our move
We can change this weather if we join together
And seize the opportunity

We’re gonna shout it out
We’re gonna use our clout
We’re gonna move it out
To get what we need
Make a difference, you and me

I know that it’s a fool who waits forever
And never takes his chance
So where’s the danger in speaking out
Taking a stand

The sun’s behind the clouds
Because apathy abounds
But will you ever find yourself in sunshine?
Brother, it’s up to you

We’re gonna rise up
We’re gonna move it up
We’re gonna build it up
To get where we should be
Make a difference, you and me
Track Name: My Twin Bed
My Twin Bed
I should have a double, or even a queen
But 'til now there wasn't a need
I'm thinking, “more room, more fun”
But you're the one for me, my little twin bed

Our legs hanging over my twin bed
Bringing us closer, my twin bed
It’s as big as a king when you’re not around
And it’s bringing me down

You don't seem to mind it
Perhaps you find it a challenge we can manage
I'm so glad you're friends
You and my little twin bed

You've got a queen size at your place
And it's so nice to play in
But the size of your mattress scares me
It brings to mind all the men who've been there before me
I feel much safer in my little twin bed

Our legs hanging over my twin bed
Bringing us closer, my twin bed
It’s as big as the ocean when you’re not around
I’m thinking I’ll drown

When you're away, I can't stay warm
I sleep on my stomach
My pillows are all messed up from you being gone
But it won't be long 'til you return to us, me and my twin bed

Our legs hanging over my twin bed
Bringing us closer, my twin bed
It’s as big as a king when you’re not around
And it’s bringing me down
Track Name: Crow
You said I had promise, wasn’t it kept?
You’ll do anything for money, won’t you? Yes

There’s no use in crying, and I won’t

I’ve been eating crow since before we met
There ain’t nothing you’ve shown me that I ain’t seen yet

Cry, baby, cry
It’s about time you wept
For all of your sins and all your regrets

Purge your soul of all of your black shame

I’ve been eating crow since before we met
There ain’t nothing you’ve shown me that I ain’t seen yet

I’ll tell you the truth, can you handle it?
I know no shame; much too late for that

Got no fear of dying, and I won’t

I’ve been eating crow since before we met
There ain’t nothing you’ve shown me that I ain’t seen yet
Track Name: Hello Sun (acoustic version)
Hello Sun
Looking through old photographs
At folks who aren't here no more
And friends that I don't even know
And I notice we don't smile the way we did back then
Something in our eyes has changed

I know I'm not the same
I know, and now I'm wide awake

I’ve been to one too many funerals to take it all so seriously
Hey, it's only life
And if I could just find myself a little peace of mind
Then everything would be all right

I know we’re not the same
I know it’s late to change

Hello, Moon
Hello, Sun
I’m back among the living

Hello, Earth
Hello, Sky
I’m back to be forgiven
Once again

Burying our feelings in the ground and in the leather-bound scrapbooks inside our hearts
If we don't start living soon, I don't know when we'll ever start

I know it’s not the same
I know it’s late for change