Greek éntekhno (art) music

Entekhno or art music arose in the late 1950s. It began as orchestral music with elements from Greek folk rhythm and melody and it's lyrical themes were often based on the work of famous Greek poets. Some famous artists (composers and singers) include: Manos Hatzidakis, Manos Loïzos, Yannis Markopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Dimos Moutsis. Mimis Plessas, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarchakos, Nikos Gatsos, Manos Eleftheriou, Haris Alexiou, Giorgos Dalaras, Maria Dimitriadi, Maria Farantouri, Manolis Mitsias, Nana Mouskouri,Nena Venetsanou

Contemporary art music started using rock and blues sounds as well. It's concerts often take place outside a hall or a night club, in the open air. Here are some famous artists: Eleftheria Arvanitaki,
Haris Alexiou, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Katsimihas Brothers, Stamatis Kraounakis, Lavrentis Mahairitsas, Savina Yannatou, Sokratis Malamas, Thanassis Papakonstantinou, Nikos Papazoglou, Alkistis Protopsalti, Tania Tsanaklidou, Giannis Haroulis

Blues-rock / prog rock / art rock ('70s–'80s): Socrates Drank the Conium, Aphrodite's Child, Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Spyridoula (band), Nikolas Asimos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Dimitris Poulikakos

Here are some of my favorite art music songs, I even translated them. Enjoy!

1. Do love me do- Paulos Sidhropoulos



I write to you again because I need to

The time is 5 in the morning

The only thing left standing

Ιn the world is you

What do I need their honors for?

Their theatrical words?

In my mind's screen

Dead paper idols

Do love me do

As much as you can, do love me do

Do love me do

As much as you can, do love me do

Looking in the mirror

I see a familiar face

And maybe his ugliness will vanise

Once I wash and shave

The breath stinks of cigarettes

And my mind gets burdened from all the things

On the wall some Mona Lisa

Brings you even closer

Do love me do

As much as you can, do love me do

Do love me do

As much as you can, do love me do

Even though this letter ends

my need doesn't stop

Like the bird on the wire

like the bum who wanders

I want you to come and ignite me

To tell me a fairytale

Like the mother earth to embrace me

Like a white light to come again

2. Aura-Dimitris Panagopoulos

When I go out the door

I 'll see the round sun

and with your pretty last smile

I'll tell you good morning

Then I 'll go, I'll get lost

And maybe you 'll see me only in your dream

Because I'm wind passing

Through the town's streets

And makes the closed windows screech

Because I'm aura vespertine

Clear alive breath

That makes the fallen leaves rustle

I'm leaving high in the mountain

Then I fall down the cliff

Αnd Ι swing in the high and the low

And I carry through the silence

An unbowed holler

And some untold hope you 've hidder

3. I break down- Nikolas Asimos

You roam the streets, you go with the freaks

And you exhaust me psychologically

You started mentioning the feminists

You serched for independence

You go with anyone and everyone you find

So why should I love you?

I break down and can't take it any more

I 'll fall in love with Papandreou, with Eftaim and Zorro

And won't love a female ever again

First with a left wing follower, then with a christian

With a randy muslim

And she made me a flamboyant junkie

Excuses are needness

And about experiences you had enough

Hey, come on make it clear what you want

I break down you take it too far

How to avoid the inevitable I became a cuckold

My free love do you hurt?

It's in vogue who will cripple whom

Era of the wheel and the nuclears

So, I sit down and get kicked

One but a lion, and all you are cheeses

I won't tolerate another stab anymore

Hmm, where did I find such courage?

I break down and can't take it any more

I 'll fall in love with Papandreou, with Eftaim and Zorro

And I won't love a female ever again

4. South- Laurentis Maxairitsas and Mpampis Stokas


There at the south
Where death is creaking and love is crashing
I was travelling for years like an empty seat
Searching for the right body

There at the lights
The night was finding her first signals
I run out of cigarettes and compassion
And you gave me tobacco for free with a kiss

Which city, which country
is travelling you now
you get quiet, you remember
and you are laughing during sleeping because you are drunk
Which city, which country
is travelling you now

There at the south
That’s where love drew the lottery
Convoluted like a lizard at its shadow
I was falling in your dark abyss like a coin

Your poverty
Was lighting pale candles
And was feeding them with jealousy
Your groans where spelling your “I love you”
Like a sick baby at his bedchamber

Which city, which country
is travelling you now
you get quiet, you remember
and you are laughing during sleeping because you are drunk
Which city, which country
is travelling you now

5. There's no way I'd cry- Giannis Aggelakas

There's no way I'd cry
They say that if I leave this circle, I'll get lost
I must only walk around its borders
and that the world is an untamable beast
and when it bites I should stay silent

And when they are afraid that I'm going crazy
they say I should go somewhere and start crying
and I should remember that I'm too small to change this situation.

But I'll do my wild proud dance
and I'm going to fly over the sadness
There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared

I'll build a nest in the sky
I will get down when I want to laugh
There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared

They say that if I go any higher I'll feel dizzy
I should better welter here in the mug with them
And if I want to see something more
I should better start looking myself in the mirror

And when they are afraid that I'm going crazy
they say I should go somewhere and start crying
and I should remember that I'm too small to change this situation.

But I'll do my wild proud dance
and I'm going to fly over the sadness There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared

I'll build a nest in the sky
I will get down when I want to laugh
There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared There's no way I'd cry, there's no way I'd be scared

6. Hamlet of the Moon-Christos Thivaios


You fooled the heavens with black fire spells
That life can just be given away and not get derailed
And all the madmen's words, which were our words,
You would enchant with drugs in the dissolute silence

You'd mourn with the cupids, naked and drunk
Because you had unfinished business with the immortals
Defeated, you'd stutter the arias of an opera
A student from a province in front of two prophecies

Why did you have to envy, and what good did it do you, the glorious cities like Paris
The whole world is just a drug den now, anyway
You staked a claim to the miracles that hashish gives
And the hallucinations of those that live inside prisons

And one night, when you dressed up as Hamlet of the Moon
You blew out the stage lights
And you started soliloquising and solving riddles
Of an art and an era that's old and dark

Why did you have to envy, and what good did it do you, the glorious cities like Paris
The whole world is just a drug den now, anyway
You staked a claim to the miracles that hashish gives
And the hallucinations of those that live inside prisons


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  • These were very interesting. Thanks for sharing and for the translations. Some very powerful lyrics.

    These songs reminded me of a certain kind of American guitar rock from the 70s and 80s. Here are some examples you might enjoy.

    Dan Fogelberg, "Tucson, Arizona (Gazette)"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al11089xFVk

    John Stewart, "Gold"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9yaMRjdF8

    Lindsey Buckingham, "Big Love"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZZp76M4NGc

    Ευχαριστώ. :)

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    • I just listened to all the songs you posted, and they are very nice! I agree that they are similar to greek art music, in the meaningful lyrics, the guitars and the fact they have influences from many music genres. Though, especially the older songs are orchestral, and they all have influences from greek folk music.

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