Lampoons, songs and laments for the 21st century

by Dimitris Lampos

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Including: PDF booklet with lyrics and cd artwork, 3 exclusive bonus tracks, and "The Child" videoclip

"Lampoons..." is my second cd and the first one with english lyrics. It features Jessica Kilroy and Jeniffer Beecher on vocals on some of the songs and it was recorded in Greece, USA and Germany. By buying it here you make sure that your money will be used for future recordings, helping me to keep making albums. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to listen to my music.

Produced by Dimitris Lampos & Nikos Halvatzis
Production management by Kostis Stefopoulos
Sound engineering by Nikos Halvatzis
Additional recordings by Kier and Michael Atherton, George Alamaras, Giorgos Peru and Giorgos Haratzoglou
Mixing and mastering by Andreas Vaitoudis, GFS-PRO studio
Album concept, graphic design and illustration by Nicholas Gogos

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released July 1, 2012

Metronomos 2012, Greece

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Dimitris Lampos Athens, Greece

Dimitris Lampos was born in Berlin by Greek parents. In 2008 his first book, "The story of a 'Misanthrope' ", was published in Athens. His first album, "Mi se fovisei i ageli" (Don't be frightened by the herd) was issued by LYRA in 2010. In 2012 his second album, "Lampoons, songs and laments for the 21st century" was issued by Metronomos, featuring Jessica Kilroy and Jennifer Beecher ... more

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Track Name: Tangerine
Tangerine

The sun is high
Up in the sky
Just like a giant, massive tangerine
Everybody is looking down
Everybody is giving in

And I don’t know which way to go
All I know is that I won’t be a part of your show

The sun goes down
Drowns in the sea
The slave obeys his master’s voice
And nobody is looking up
And nobody makes the choice

But now I know which way to go
I’ll walk that Freedom road, far away from your show

music & lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Vasilis Podaras: drums
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Stavros Parginos: cello
Track Name: Seven Years
Seven years

Seven years in a row
I think I’m gonna have me some more
So bathe me in your eyes’ stardust
And I’ll grow roots if I must

Some say that love don’t last
When time has passed
But some know that if pure
Love can only mature

Seven years in a row
It might sound strange but I know
In our love we don’t grow old
See the years how they unfold

Some say that love don’t last…

Love was there at the first glance
And if I only had the chance
I’d spend an eternity with you
And that’s the only thing I know it to be true...

music by Michael Atherton & Dimitris Lampos
lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, mood drum
Michael Atherton: acoustic & electric guitars, bass
Nikos Halvatzis: Rhodes piano
Kostis Stefopoulos: cajon, congas, chimes
Track Name: Angelina (feat. Jennifer Beecher)
Angelina -feat. Jennifer Beecher

Come close, hurry up, we got to move,
Got to choose what we are waiting for
Time is past, we get old, we…
Poor Angelina is a baby no more

Once we were, riders we were in a dream
Now we sink, now we drift to the shore
We ain’t no youngsters, ain’t no smooth, we just ain’t…
Poor Angelina is a baby no more

What a sad race we are, so misused
Close your eyes - never see what’s at the door
Bet a dime, loose a life –It’s just a life…
Poor Angelina is a baby no more

music & lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Jennifer Beecher: vocals
Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
Kier Atherton: piano
Andreas Vaitoudis: distorted bass from outer space
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Kostis Stefopoulos: techno-pipe, cajon, daouli, stomp-box, shaker
Track Name: The Child (feat. Jessica Kilroy)
The child -feat. Jessica Kilroy

Do we come on earth
Just to breathe the air?
Just to get our share
And forget what we knew before our birth?

Do we come here for a reason,
Were we shaped by the sea?
Is that all there is to see
And is our body just a prison?

The mind is howling for much more
And as I’m walking out the Door
I murmur beneath my teeth
‘There is no truth, it’s just a myth’
But then I see you flying high
You are the wit that blows the sky

And you are the child that bears the truth
You are you own miracle,
You are…
Your own miracle
You are…

Do we come here for the drill?
Do we know of what we are?
Is the end of it too far?
Do we deserve our bit of thrill?

Is existence universe’s black humor
And will we ever know for sure
What could consist our sacred cure,
Or was it just another rumor?

The heart is pleased with so much less
And I can see upon your dress
A stain of blood that grows and grows
Revealing what everyone really knows
Though we can feel you are unique
Your lower ground is still our peak

And you are the child that bears the truth…

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Stavros Parginos: cello
Track Name: Broken Black Guitar
Broken black guitar (Alexandra's lament)

A broken black guitar
A ringing from afar
In my sleep

A broken black guitar
A voice from afar
Grandma’s dead

All the love she’s given me
May it spread in eternity
To this dark broken world…

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos
vocals and guitars by Dimitris Lampos
Track Name: Silky Raindrops (feat. Jessica Kilroy)
Silky raindrops -feat. Jessica Kilroy

a. The moment

Dreams evaporate in dawn
Nightmares of life are born
Love and thrill belong to youth
Afterwards comes the truth

Maybe that’s too sad a song
But I know I can’t be wrong
Life is simple to understand
Live the moment, hold my hand

‘Cause all the time we spend in crying
Is the time we lose from trying
(2003)

b. Silky raindrops

Feel the rainbow in your mind
Feel the time that’s passing by
You got to say it ‘fore you‘re gone
You got to say it ‘fore you die

Silky raindrops and a hammer
And you’re flying in between
Yeah you know that time ain’t comin’
Back again
It’s gone in the rain

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Stavros Parginos: cello
Jim Staridas: trombone
Kostis Stefopoulos: crash drum
Track Name: Seaman's Blues
Seaman’s blues

Seaman’s blues
In doing time
You get only to lose
For some unknown crime

Into this ship
Into this lively tomb
Your pride is cheap
It lies in time’s womb

Get dressed in blue
Get dressed in white
Forget it’s you
Forget your own sight
Forget the light

Here you got no
View of your own
Yes, it is so
No use to moan

For some religion
You don’t believe in
And for some region
You don’t wanna live in

Get dressed in blue…

For them to higher
Weapon’s demand
And for some filthy liar
Who’s got the upper hand

You gonna waste
Your most precious years
You gonna taste
Dust and swallowed tears

Get dressed in blue…

Just a number’s all you gonna be
1, 8, 3, 7 and 3

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Jim Kilroy: harmonica
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Kostis Stefopoulos: cajon, stomp box, spoons
Track Name: Thumping Feet (feat. Jessica Kilroy)
Thumbing feet -feat. Jessica Kilroy

I see the waves wash in
Hit the rocks and roll back again
And it seems it’s time for more
It’s passed due to reach the shore

Oh and the time feels so strong

So strong like thumbing feet
Rising up to the same heartbeat
And through these clear blue eyes
Over the rain we dyed away
And if you are willing to try
I will be there

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos and Jessica Kilroy
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Dimitris Lampos: acoustic guitar, spring drum
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Track Name: Spring of 1978
Spring of 1978

That night he stood in desperation
He was all alone
Waiting in the station
And sitting on a stone

Busses kept passing by him
The last one passed as well
People were flowing like a stream
Following some sound’s swell

He could not hear none anymore
I bet he could not see
All he needed was a shore,
Or just a way to flee

His heart was down, down and dead
His needs unsatisfied
He held up his mixed up head
And soundlessly he cried

Peace was such a distant dream
And distant dreams were all,
He let out a silent scream
As a song for the fall

Suddenly a man came
And stood in front of him
He called him by his name
And said “I’m in your dream…

Poor man don’t feel sorry
And don’t you hesitate
You got nothing to worry
It never is too late

Life’s not a game of chances
No matter what they say
Look at these empty branches;
They’ll be green again some day”

Then the vision faded out
And he was calm and clear
He felt like standing up to shout
That there should be no fear

He died before he passed the gate
On that cold November morn
And on the spring of 1978
His silent scream was reborn…

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Nikos Halvatzis and Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals
Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Nikos Halvatzis: piano
Stavros Parginos: cello
Track Name: Runaway Horse
Runaway horse

If you wanna bring back a runaway horse
Betting on it would probably be nice
‘Cause there have been flowers that grew on rock
But there’s never been a flower that grew on ice

Well you can be full of an ungrounded pride
While remaining a stranger to joy
You can spend your whole life boasting like a man
While all along you are just a scared little boy

And it’s all kicking and rolling down my spine
Death’s on the corner but for now I’m fine

And you can talk of freedom and love and all that
And in the meantime be the right hand of a loan shark
But what you say and wish for, it ain’t who you are
The light’s in your mind but outside its all dark

Now I know this for sure ‘cause I paid my lesson well
With tears and madness and hard long years,
There ain’t no future in lying to our mirrors
There’s only future after killing our fears

And it’s all kicking and rolling down my spine
Death’s on the corner but for now I’m fine

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Giorgos Haratzoglou: bass
Kostis Stefopoulos: cajon, stomp-box, guiro, shaker
Track Name: Point of Love (feat. Jennifer Beecher)
Point of love -feat. Jennifer Beecher

It ain’t easy being perfect,
Nobody really is
We ‘r’ all seeking for this fine breeze

It ain’t easy being steady
In a changing world that’s falling
It’s hard to hear the calling

Singing your lullaby
That always makes you cry
Remember we ‘r’ here by chance
We only get to take one glance
At the sky

It ain’t easy being happy
Obsessions fears and broken hearts
It all ends before it even starts

It ain’t easy being always true
In the sort time that you have
The equilibrium is at the point of love

Singing your lullaby…

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Jennifer Beecher: vocals
Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Stavros Parginos: cello
Niki Krasaki: contrabass
Kostis Stefopoulos: cajon, stomp-box, chimes
Track Name: Heavy Thunders
Heavy thunders

Oh the heavy thunders bursting from my mind or the sky, I can’t be sure
And all I crave for now is you babe, you are my cure
You are all I need now
See how I bleed now

I have listened to the troubadours
I have read most of what I should have
I have searched for all the answers
And I‘ve felt what I think of as love

But the weather’s always changing
And there’s one more answer I got to find
And it seems that this will never end
I’ll keep on being just a step behind

Oh the heavy thunders bursting…

And though the effort becomes heavier
As I’m kind of getting older
I wouldn’t have it any other way
This burden fits right on my shoulder

No beginning and no end
And that’s all the comfort I need
We are but a tree that when it dies
Leaves behind new life, leaves behind new seed

music and lyrics by Dimitris Lampos
orchestrated by Dimitris Lampos

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitars, tambourine
Jessica Kilroy: vocals
Nikos Halvatzis: bass, Hammond piano
Kostis Stefopoulos: harmonica, cajon, tambourine, stomp-box
Track Name: Lily Face
Lily face

Dimitris Lampos: ukulele
Pom Collins: violin
Nikos Halvatzis: toy piano
Kier Atherton: piano
Track Name: Shining Soon
Shining soon

My bed is on the wrong side of the moon
But you’ll be coming soon
And you’ll be shining soon

Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Jennifer Beecher: vocals
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Kostis Stefopoulos: tin whistles, udu, shaker
Track Name: Homeskin
Homeskin

Your own true home is your skin
And all that dwell there within
And if you want your homeskin to be smooth
Fill it with love, fill it with truth

(the lyrics are based on an idea by Nikos Halvatzis)

Dimitris Lampos: dulcimer, vocals
Kostis Stefopoulos: tin whistle, cajon, daouli, udu, bendir
Giorgos Haratzoglou: electric guitar
Kostas Patsiotis: contrabass
Track Name: Song for the 21st century
Song for the 21st century

The 21st will bring us thirst
Will bring us pain and so much sorrow
Based upon fear, oh yeah it’s near
The dusk that no sun will ever follow
For we have failed to see the truth
And we have wailed to act upon it
So now it’s time to say goodbye
And lean all back and wait to die

Or take a stand and hand by hand
We all demand for a change that was forbidden
Up until now

I know you care, though you are not there
Always for the poor and needing
You have the right and you can fight
To stop for good this endless bleeding
See with your eyes, not through the lies
Which bind our minds and leave us crying
You can decide to change the tide
And just for once become our own men
And maybe then, yeah maybe then
We could all dream just once again

So take a stand and hand by hand
We must demand for a change that was forbidden
Up until now


Dimitris Lampos: vocals, acoustic guitar
Jim Staridas: trombones