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Verba Time

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1.
I saw my house on fire I saw my house on fire a fire I, myself lit and it was burning And when the flames came on it I started walking on the railway with my bag on my back I left forever And I woke up in a tunnel music was whistling in the tunnel And I woke up in a forest music was whistling amongst the trees And I walk alone amongst the trees I walk alone I walk alone forever (and she walked alone forever)
2.
In A Bar 03:30
I wanna meet a friend in a bar tonight the evening is long so long I hardly move A can in my hand a picture in my mind a voice I need to hear, a laugh I need to show We're lonely, babe in a boat, again I need to see a friend tonight or see the people in a bar I wish they could not see me at all How i wish I could describe their pain or my pain The mystic light, the choir of smoke The smell of wood, the pose, the joke The dirty little world inside that needs to come out needs to come out I wanna meet a friend in a bar tonight the evening is long If only I had that strength to see those people, all so lonely as me
3.
Pilgrim Said 02:32
Pilgrim said what I read and she took all her treasures with her all the people she carries inside Of what I read, she must be burnt she walks on the sea, she lives so many lives she whispers Send me a path and I could paint so many words on it with glitter from her finger-nails with breaths from her panic with tears from her rooms Pilgrim said, and I bent for the big feelings that she hides for the lies she has to say Pilgrim said: "Just feelin very quiet no one feels much like talking. Need time alone, need time to think" And she sleeps. I can't remember her names she's got too many Pilgrim said: "Want to just disappear for a really long time. Just don't want to do or say anything wrong anymore. Wish I could do things right, but I manage to screw up so many things. Want to just be invisible" Pilgrim seems so far away from home...
4.
Policeman 02:25
There's someone knocking on my door There's a footprint on my floor lookin' all around the place is haunted I hear voices, I see shapes Come policeman and save me A hat is sitting on the chair A magazine I never put there There's someone knockin' on my door There's something frightening 'round the hall Come policeman and save me
5.
On the Floor 03:13
Unexpected passion Unexpected warmth Unpredictable me Endless you I want you to drink me up I want you to cum I want you to take me with you I'm falling for you Your house is lighted Your house is love I miss you so terribly wild's out of town Let's fall onto grapes and squeeze them let's feed from the sun let's whisper some truth my darling can't take anymore lies Touch my skin and feel me I've been lying so much I've seen the dead end no ends to find In the beat of the echo On the floor Up against the windows On the floor Unexpected passion Unexpected warmth
6.
I've got a secret to tell you but I won't say it until I'm deaf and greyish and old I need your love and I need your hug I need your love and I love your touch
7.
Black 03:49
Black your eyes and closed your mind for life See it ain't so nice to drive around and shout for nothin' Cause once it is all done now it ain't giving you nothin' Cause it ain't so nice to drive around and pull your face in, smiling When lights are off the names that can't be written down how they blow your mind with all those words forbidden Do you see, do you know you have to keep this stunning lie forever Do you understand that then you're gonna have to keep your life together Black your eyes and closed your mind for life Cause it ain't so nice to drive around and shout for nothin
8.
Red and yellow rooms In your house Let me stay Red and yellow rooms write two final tangos one for your reasons one for my memory of you Let me stay Well, we stole it all we stole some grace from the view and smell of liquid eyes And we stole it all from him as well And the winter came Now the winter came again
9.
Underskin 03:14
If you could see inside and underskin would the dawn be the same as tonight would the waves wave this way would the greatest of relieves you've ever felt be a cut so deep when butterflies flying out and bood running dry so cool in this heat amazingly light in the sequence of things to... in the sequence of things to...
10.
You could lay me the black carpet of your thought and help me understand how it is to pray outside the walls of your mind. Dry lips that never speak out loud Sad big blue eyes that 've only cried once Our diaries looked the same our lust for rain, our fears, big white clouds outside the walls of your mind Dry lips that never speak out loud, Sad big blue eyes...
11.
Angel's Arms 02:56
I cleaned my conscience but now it starts I got so wicked I don't see how, with us... Now I think I'm touching clouds and I feel I play with feathers but I fear I play with you, instead, in my hands. Where is this sign that would drive me right? A hand, filmy, in mine is fumbling my way into this Couldn't you notice I can't get through? Couldn't you see in me clawing at you? Now I feel I'm detuned and lost I feel I missed the rail Couldn't you be mine? Now I feel I play with feathers Now I think I'm touching clouds Angel's arms...
12.
Prayers 02:24
I once was blue then I found you How long to go? I used to tickle by the clock now I jumped off that dock How high, how low does your wind blow? In the prayers they say you get a new day everyday We used to tickle by the clock now we jumped off that dock How high, how low does the wind blow? In the prayers they say you get a new day everyday In the prayers they say...

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Inner Ear welcomes Tango With Lions and their first studio album, entitled “Verba Time”. An atmospheric work, of acoustic style, full of intense folk elements, lyrics that whisper secrets and bewitching vocals, “Verba Time” is one of the most pleasant music surprises held in store for us by the last days of this spring.

Εver wondered how it is to dance tango with lions? Or how such a dance works out in a restless girlish mind? In the usb era, how does time run through the tiny memory of some floppy disks? But let’s get things from the beginning. Kat (Katerina Papachristou) has collaborated with many English-speaking bands in the Greek indie scene, as a musician and singer, until Tango With Lions were formed in 2007. Tango With Lions is a changing musical collective that owes its name to the images that take place in Kat’s mind, every time she gets ready to write a new track.

12 vignette-songs, music and lyrics by Kat, composed in the period 2007-2009, are the fragments from a music diary that includes thoughts, emotions, images of daily life, influences from favourite films and books, very personal lyrics but also symbolisms referring to social and political issues that concern her. The album was recorded sporadically in the last two quarters of 2009, in Fab Liquid Studio, by Ottomo, who is also the producer of the record.

Inspired by Nick Gentry’s painting, “Verbatim”, which graces the cover artwork of the album, “Verba Time” came up as a title through a wordplay from the famous floppy disk brand, but it immediately developed to a message of communication: in these days of complete isolation that we are going through, it’s about time to begin to communicate with people around us and express our thoughts. It’s Verba Time!

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released June 6, 2010

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Tango With Lions Athens, Greece

Tango with Lions is the project of multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Kat Papachristou.
She has released three albums via InnerEar Records. Verba Time (2010), A Long Walk (2013) and The Light (2018). "Σου 'χω πει ποτέ" (have I ever told you) is a handmade poetry book including a 2-track digital album, created during the CoVid pandemic lockdown.
TwL is currently preparing her 4th studio album.
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