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Verba Time

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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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Track Name: House On Fire
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)
Track Name: In A Bar
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
Track Name: Pilgrim Said
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...
Track Name: Policeman
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
Track Name: On the Floor
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
Track Name: Right From Τhe Start
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
Track Name: Black
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
Track Name: Red and Yellow Rooms
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
Track Name: Underskin
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...
Track Name: Sad Big Blue Eyes
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...
Track Name: Angel's Arms
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...
Track Name: Prayers
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...