Τρίτη, 30 Αυγούστου 2011

Lou Reed "Magic and loss" - (album: "Magic and loss" - Sire, 1992)


When you pass through the fire
you pass through humble
You pass through a maze of self doubt
When you pass through humble
the lights can blind you
Some people never figure that out

You pass through arrogance you pass through hurt
You pass through an ever present past
and it's best not to wait for luck to save you
Pass through the fire to the light

Pass through the fire to the light
Pass through the fire to the light
It's best not to wait for luck to save you
Pass through the fire to the light

As you pass through the fire
your right hand waving
there are things you have to throw out
That caustic dread inside your head
will never help you out

You have to be very strong
'cause you'll start from zero
over and over again
And as the smoke clears
there's an all consuming fire
lying straight ahead

Lying straight ahead
Lying straight ahead
And as the smoke clears
there's an all consuming fire
lying straight ahead

They say no one person can do it all
but you want to in your head
But you can't be Shakespear
and you can't be Joyce
so what is left instead

You're stuck with yourself
and a rage that can hurt you
You have to start at the beginning again
And just this moment
This wonderful fire started up again

When you pass through humble
when you pass through sickly
When you pass through
I'm better than you all
When you pass through
anger and self deprecation
and have the strength to acknowledge it all

When the past makes you laugh
and you can savor the magic
that let you survive your own war
You find that that fire is passion
and there's a door up ahead not a wall

As you pass through fire as you pass through fire
trying to remember its name
When you pass through fire licking at your lips
you cannot remain the same
And if the building' burning
move towards that door
but don't put the flames out
There's a bit of magic in everything
and then some loss to even things out

Some loss to even things out
Some loss to even things out
There's a bit of magic in everything
and then some loss to even things out

(ασχολίαστο...)

Σάββατο, 20 Αυγούστου 2011

Γιώργος Μαρίνος "Ταυτότητα" - (album: "15 χρόνια παράσταση, ζωντανά απ'τη Μέδουσα 1980-81" - Minos EMI, 1981)



Γεννήθηκα χωρίς να με ρωτήσουν
με βάλαν με τη βία να βαφτιστώ
με γράψαν στα χαρτιά προτού μ' αφήσουν
τη γνώμη μου για μένα να τους πω

μου βάλανε στο χέρι στυλογράφο
και μου'παν "δήλωσέ τα όλα αυτά"
οβάλ το πρόσωπό μου και υπογράφω
μαλλιά και μάτια πάντα καστανά

Μου δώσανε θρησκεία και πατρίδα
το μπόι μου μετρήσαν μ' αριθμούς
με μάθαν να διαβάζω εφημερίδα
και πάντα να αποφεύγω τους κακούς

θα πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να κάνω
τουλάχιστον και κάνα-δυό παιδιά
αλλιώς συνέχεια μέχρι να πεθάνω
θα λένε πως δεν έζησα σωστά

Δεν θέλω την ταυτότητα που λέει
"επώνυμο, ηλικία, ηθοποιός"
το πρόβλημα που ίσως να με καίει
κανένας δεν το ξέρει δυστυχώς

μεγάλωσα όπως ήθελαν οι άλλοι
με χίλια μύρια "μη" και "μη" και "μη"
μου γέμισαν ιδέες το κεφάλι
κι ειδήσεις, φόνοι, πόλεμοι, σεισμοί

γι' αυτό θα πρέπει τώρα να ξοφλήσω
των άλλων τους πικρούς λογαριασμούς
δεν έχω το δικαίωμα να αμαρτήσω
αλλιώς δε θα'μαι ένας απ' τους σωστούς...

Δεν έπρεπε δικές μου να'χω απόψεις
αρτίστας?τί'ναι αυτό, τί θες να πεις
μου χάριζαν εκτίμηση σε δόσεις
ταπείνωση και βία τοις μετρητοίς

αφήστε με επιτέλους να βαδίσω
το δρόμο μου όπως τον θέλω εγώ
μονάχος να διαλέξω πώς θα ζήσω
χωρίς μπαμπούλα, δίχως αρχηγό

Δεν θέλω την ταυτότητα που λέει
"επώνυμο, ηλικία, ηθοποιός"
το πρόβλημα που ίσως να με καίει
κανένας δεν το βλέπει δυστυχώς...

Αφήστε με ανεξάρτητος να νιώθω
με χίλιες δυό πατρίδες στην καρδιά
να βγάλω προς τον ήλιο κάθε πόθο
τραγούδια να σας φτιάξω, αντί παιδιά

ελεύθερος στον κόσμο, όπως θέλω
μακριά απ' τους κανόνες να σταθώ
το Βούδα να διαλέξω ή τον Οθέλλο,
το Λένιν, το Γκουεβάρα ή το Χριστό

κι όταν θα'ρθεί η δύσκολη η ώρα
να μπούμε όλοι μαζί στη ζυγαριά
θα δούμε ποιός την άντεξε τη μπόρα
και ποιός έπεσε μέσα στη φωτιά

μια αλήθεια δίχως φόβο, αλλά με πάθος
εδώ θέλω να πω, μπροστά στο φώς
καλύτερα περήφανος και λάθος,
παρά ταπεινωμένος και σωστός

Δεν θέλω την ταυτότητα που λέει
"επώνυμο, ηλικία, ηθοποιός"
το πρόβλημα που πάντα θα με καίει
κανένας δεν το νιώθει δυστυχώς

...δυστυχώς

(η μουσική είναι του Νίκου Δανίκα και οι στιχάρες του Δημήτρη Ιατρόπουλου)

Παρασκευή, 19 Αυγούστου 2011

Depressive Age "Remeber (je t'aime, taverne noire)" - (album: "Electric Scum" - G.U.N.,1996)


"Hello my sailor!

I am married now
and I write you from Lyon,
I drink no more,
I smoke real less, you know
'cause I'm pregnant since you've been gone.

My husband says he'll bring him up
like his own son.
He's a banker and he leads me out,
dinner, dancing, whatever I want.

Remember,
"je t'aime, taverne noir",
I see yet the snack booth on your pants.
I'll never forget your sailor mirth,
how you picked up every comb out of the dirt.

His name is Jaques.
He said "that's my mother's ring.
Take it as proof of my love".
And our new flat is on the opera park,
really nice for my little dogs.

Excuse me.
You want to know what's true?
I've no ring
and
there's no man.
I need fivethousand for the abortion.
Please!
Send it fast
as fast as you can!

Remember,
"je t'aime, taverne noir"
I can't find the one for whom I yearn.
You know 'bout your hurting sailor flirts.
Pick me up like every comb you'd found in the dirt.

Remember,
"je t'aime, taverne noir",
I see yet the snack booth on your pants.
I'll never forget your sailor mirth,
how you picked up every comb out of the dirt.

Like his own son
Dancing, dinner, what I want

A ring
and a wedding dress
French whispers
in sweet caress"

(αλήθεια λένε, μερικά τραγούδια είναι σαν να γράφτηκαν για σένα.
τρελά αδικημένη μπάντα αυτή εδώ, αλλά μάλλον το έχω ξαναγράψει.)

Τετάρτη, 17 Αυγούστου 2011

Peter Hammill "Too many of my yesterdays" (album: "As close as this" - Virgin Records, 1986)


So many years ago I thought you were the one...
who knows when people change, surrender into strangeness,
adrift upon their lives, encompassed by the past;
who knows which one becomes the last goodbye?
Don't try to tell me nothing dies.
Don't try to tell me nothing's changed,
don't try to tell me nothing's new,
too many of my yesterdays belong to you.
Tell me about it, talk to me - I hear it coming, I feel it coming,
the way you want this thing to be.
You're only trading on our memories
don't go and say you still love me.

I shelved my broken heart, I put you from my mind,
I got up from my knees, I picked up all my pieces,
but seeing you again puts shakes into my soul.
Just when I think I'm finally over you,
don't come and show me that's not true.

Oh, tell me about it, have your way; I see it coming, I hear it coming,
I know what you're about to say.
You've had too many of my yesterdays,
and I don't want to fall again.

You're trading on my memories, you're trading in a rosy past;
you know I'm lost on stormy seas, but I still stand before the mast,
beneath the stars and under sail towards horizons out of true....
Behind the dance of seven veils I still see you....

Tell me about it, have your way....

Don't try to tell me nothing's changed,
don't try to tell me nothing's new,
too many of my yesterdays are lost in you.


(Ακόμη θυμάμαι τα ζώα που γιούχαραν τους Van der Graaf Generator στο Λυκαβητό, τότε που άνοιγαν για τους Porcupine Tree, και ανάβουν τα αίματα. Αυτό είναι ένα κομμάτι που έχει ένα μαλακισμένο τρόπο να επιστρέφει στα αυτιά μου σε πολύ συγκεκριμένες φάσεις της ζωής μου - εγώ κάνω ότι μπορώ για να το αποφύγω και το ρημάδι πάντα με βρίσκει. Εξαιρετικό το άλμπουμ, by the way.)

Beatles "For no one" (album: "Revolver" - EMI, 1966)


Your day breaks, your mind aches
You find that all the words of kindness linger on
When she no longer needs you

She wakes up, she makes up
She takes her time and doesn't feel she has to hurry
She no longer needs you

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years!

You want her, you need her
And yet you don't believe her when she said her love is dead
You think she needs you

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years!

You stay home, she goes out
She says that long ago she knew someone but now he's gone
She doesn't need him

Your day breaks, your mind aches
There will be time when all the things she said will fil your head
You won't forget her

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years!


(Από αυτή την ανάλαφρη μπάντα, ένα ευχάριστο, εξίσου ανάλαφρο τραγουδάκι.
Ελαφρώς σχετικό: είδα το Nowhere Boy εχθές και ήταν πολύ πολύ καλύτερο απ' ότι περίμενα.)

Manilla Road "She's fading" (album: "The circus maximus" - Black Dragon, 1992)


A painting of a young girl sleeping, framed in silver
While all her life is time
Winter is failing dignity... she draws the shade
And lying to her grace
Thinks she feels security... Where nothing dies

She speaks in soft filter smiles
Tastes the rain of memories water... can't heal her pain
She stares into a mirrors cracked and broken lines
A little girl waves goodbye

She's fading as her hour glass runs out
So sorry for the pain
Still waiting for a girl from the magazines
A torn and yellowed page

In her darkened room she cries
For faces, now shining halos
Can't believe what time has done for her
Can't stop thinking through the frame

She's fading as her hour glass runs out
So sorry for the pain
While all her life is time
Winter finds a place for her, and draws the shade


(Οι οπαδοί των Manilla δεν έχουν ακούσει αυτό το δίσκο επειδή...
έχει καλή παραγωγή και δυο νέα μέλη. Πάντοτε θλιβερή η στενοκεφαλιά αυτής της κάστας.
Κοντινή κατηγορία με τα δυο προηγούμενα: κομμάτια που θα προτιμούσες
να μην τα είχες αφιερώσει εσύ)

Yann Tiersen "Monochrome" (album: "Le phare" - Ici, d'ailleurs, 1998)


Anyway, I can try
Anything it's the same circle
That leads to nowhere and I'm tired now.

Anyway, I've lost my face,
My dignity, my look,
Everything is gone
And I'm tired now.

But don't be scared,
I found a good job and I go to work
Every day on my old bicycle you loved.

I am pilling up some unread books under my bed
And I really think I'll never read again.

No concentration,
Just a white disorder
Everywhere around me,
You know I'm so tired now.

But don't worry
I often go to dinners and parties
With some old friends who care for me,
Take me back home and stay.

Monochrome floors, monochrome walls,
Only absence near me,
Nothing but silence around me.
Monochrome flat, monochrome life,
Only absence near me,
Nothing but silence around me.

Sometimes I search an event
Or something to remind,
But I've really got nothing in mind.

Sometimes I open the windows
And listen people walking in the down streets.
There is a life out there.

But don't be scared,
I found a good job and I go to work
Every day on my old bicycle you loved.

Anyway, I can try
Anything it's the same circle
That leads to nowhere and I'm tired now.

Anyway, I've lost my face,
My dignity, my look,
Everything is gone
And I'm tired now.

But don't worry
I often go to dinners and parties
With some old friends who care for me,
Take me back home and stay.

Monochrome floors, monochrome walls,
Only absence near me,
Nothing but silence around me.

Monochrome flat, monochrome life,
Only absence near me,
Nothing but silence around me


(Συνεχίζουμε στην ίδια θεματική ενότητα με το παρακάτω)

The White Stripes "There's no home for you here" (album: "Elephant" - XL, 2003)


There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here

I'd like to think that all of this constant interaction
Is just the kind of make you drive yourself away
Each simple gesture done by me is counteracted
And leaves me standing here with nothing else to say

Completely baffled by a backward indication
That an inspired word will come across your tongue
Hands moving upward to propel the situation
Have simply halted
And now the conversation's done

There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here

I'm only waiting for the proper time to tell you
That it's impossible to get along with you
It's hard to look you in the face when we are talking
So it helps to have a mirror in the room

I've not been really looking forward to the performance
But there's my cue and there's a question on your face
Fortunately I have come across an answer
Which is go away
And do not leave a trace

There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here

Waking up for breakfast
Burning matches
Talking quietly
Breaking baubles
Throwing garbage
Drinking soda
Looking happy
Taking pictures
So completely stupid
Just go away

There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here

(Νέα κατηγορία τραγουδιών:
αυτά που θα προτιμούσες και να μην σου είχαν αφιερώσει)

Τρίτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2011

Septic Flesh "When All is none" (album: "Sumerian Daemons" - Hammerheart, 2003)


So they promised you the stars
The happiness of your distant hopes
But as you tried to catch the moon
Its silver cape slipped through your fingers
Fake was the dawn of their morality
And now you are drowning from
the flow of your emotions
...of your emotions

When all is none

There is a miracle for every soul,
an easy way to lose control
The puppeteer and his dolls
entertain the frantic crowd
Invisible lands
your stolen laughs
When all is none
Invisible lands
your stolen laughs
When all is none

When all is none

Who would be
the most competent guardian
for you
than yourself?
Always in range,
under detention
even in your sleep!

Your life a white chalk on a small blackboard.
Your life a white chalk on a small blackboard.
Your life a white chalk on a small blackboard.
Your life a white chalk on a small blackboard.

When all is none
Die
When all is none

(Ας ανεβάσω και μια μεταλιά.
Οι στίχοι του Σωτήρη τα λένε πολύ ωραία. Είναι... κάπως έτσι.
Το γράψαμε, όπως και το Revolution DNA στη Σουηδία το 2002.
Άλλο ένα πολυτάραχο καλοκαίρι.)

Σάββατο, 13 Αυγούστου 2011

Queens of the stone age "I never came" (album: "Lullabies to Paralyze" - Interscope, 2005)



When you say it's dead and gone
Yes, I know you're wrong

Cut and slash, sharpest knife
It won't die

Poison cup, drank it up
It won't die

No fire, no gun, no rope, no stone
It won't die

Why you gotta shove it in my face
As if you put me in my place
Cause I don't care
If you or me is wrong or right
Ain't gonna spend another night,
In your bed
...In your bed

Laws of man, are just pretend
They ain't mine

Love so good, love so bad
It won't die

Some talk too long, they know it all
I just smile and move on

Words ain't free, like you and me
I don't mind
...I don't mind.

Why'd you have to be so mean and cruel,
The dogs are loose i'm on to you
You ball and
Chained together from the dawn to dusk,
Can't call it leavin, cause it's just

I never came
I never came
I never came
I never came
I never came
I never came

I never came

(Ευχαριστώ Πάνο. Γενικώς, ευχαριστώ για εκείνη τη νύχτα.
Περισσότερο απ' όσο φαντάζεσαι.)

Παρασκευή, 12 Αυγούστου 2011

Bryan Ferry "The Only Face" (Live in Paris)



Havana moon
You got me in the strangest mood
Just me myself no-one else
Could ever be so blue

No backstreet woman
No grand hotel
The only face - out of place
An empty shell

Havana moon
Nobody knows me like you do
Nowhere to turn I never learn
I can't break through

No backstreet woman
No grand hotel
The only face - out of place
An empty shell

You make me nervous
Your telephone
You drive me crazy
I want to be alone

I want to be alone
Me myself no-one else
I want to be alone


(Είχα να ανεβάσω post από τα γενέθλια μου, βλέπω.

Εξαιρετικά ειρωνικό.

Από το dvd "Live in Paris",
μακράν η καλύτερη εκτέλεση
αυτού του κομματιού.)