The Music of Paul Voudouris

In The Movies (New Wave * Pop)

Recorded for EMI Records, Greece, this work shows Paul in his Pop/New Wave phase. The band backing Paul was the famous Greek rock group Socrates.

Reviews for In The Movies

The recording took 1 1/2 years and final touches and mastering were done by EMI in London...A collection of poetic and acoustic paintings. Rich in emotions...from ballad to new wave...his voice goes from theatric and dynamic to soft and sensitive...
Published in Athinorama, 1984
He left Shakespeare and Literature for rock music...Greek-American Paul Voudouris is a latter day troubadour and die-hard romantic.
Published in Vradini, Sunday 4th November 1984

Track Listing

01 Is It Love (this painful surrender)

"And he seems filled with power not kinetic or directed power…and she feels the power feels
drawn toward his force field as though by a tangible magnetic current…"
Ronald Sukenick

My vision's dimming
My mouth is dry
My ears are ringing
I don't know why
I'm talking nonsense
I can't walk straight
Can't make a sentence
I can't relate
Invisible magnets are pulling me closer
Everything 'round me is tumbling
Is it love
This painful surrender
Is it love
Oh, I don't know
She stands before me
I lose control
Her eyes unclothe me
And touch my soul
Invisible magnets are pulling me closer
Everything 'round me is tumbling
Is it love
This painful surrender
Is it love
Oh, I don't know

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

02 The Spirit

"As I had acquired the habit of walking in time to my breathing, I was amazed to see how the people around me came, went, passed one another on the wide sidewalk, in a rhythm that had nothing to do with their organic skills. If they walked at one pace rather than another, it was because their walking was linked to the idea of getting to the corner to see the green light go on to tell them they could cross the avenue."
Alejo Carpentier

 

Throw away your magazines
Throw away your books
Forget the things you see on screens
Don't worry how you look
There is no time for sitting still
This is no time for games
There is no time for fads and frills
And clothes with fancy names
Set the spirit free within you
Let it be your only guide
Feel the spirit move within you
Changing what you see outside
Take your clothes off, touch your skin
Laugh and scream and cry
Submit yourself to savage sin
Your instinct doe not lie
There is a rhythm in the ground
It has a primal beat
It makes your blood pulse, spins you 'round
And fills your world with heat
Set the spirit free within you
Let it be your only guide
Feel the spirit move within you
Changing what you see outside
Don't count the minutes, days, and years
Try living outside time
Open up and face your fears
Explore a world sublime
Don't order thoughts and edit speech
Remove that ugly mask
It's not so hard, it's in your reach
A very simple task
Set the spirit free within you
Let it be your only guide
Feel the spirit move within you
Changing what you see outside

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

03 It's Not Easy

"Years of solitude had taught him that, in one's memory, all days tend to be the same…"
Jorge Luis Borges

I live in a house that mirrors my heart
The walls are barren
And the rooms are dark and cold
So cold
I no longer know when I'm asleep or awake
An absolute silence
Blankets my nights and days
My days
It's not easy all alone
It's not easy when your friends have gone
It's not easy on your own
It's not easy
When you find yourself alone
I'm lost in thoughts as it begins to rain
My eyes are burning
The windows reflect my pain
My pain
It's not easy all alone
It's not easy when your friends have gone
It's not easy on your own
It's not easy
When you find yourself alone
Well I'm feeling so lonely
I feel like I can't go on

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

04 Carpe Diem

"The Grave's a fine and private place. But none I think do there embrace."
Andrew Marvell

In every moment that passes you by
You can live a hundred lives
Things aren't the way that they once were
Don't waste your time with what has occurred
You must seize
Seize the moment
Seize
Seize it now
Hold on tight, don't let go
What happens here is all you need know
Don't judge right now with what has passed
No need for plans on making it last
We must seize
Seize the moment
Seize
Seize it now
Carpe Diem
You say that you have heard it all before
My body tells me not to wait anymore
I don't know, but maybe love isn't right
If there has to be a struggle each night

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

05 Actress

"One often does not know whether one is seeing what in the film's terms is real, or only what is
passing through the mind of one of the film's characters."
F.E. Sparshott

 

I enter dreamlike darkness
And face the giant screen
I leave my troubled thoughts behind
And live the world of scenes
Well, the actress may be acting
But the tears that fall are real
Her lover says good-bye to her
His face is cold as steel
In colors more vivid than life
The visions of romance and violence
Touch me so honestly
In the movies
Emotions are real
In the movies
You know how you feel
In the movies
The lover finds a woman
In some exotic land
The actress turns to God and prays
That he might lend a hand
A woman sits behind me
I hear her softly cry
She sees her story in the film
The actress finally dies

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

06 World Of Machines

"We can now recognize that the fate of the soul is the fate of the social order: that if the spirit
within us withers, so too will all the world we build about us…like inside, like outside"
Theodore Roszak

They do their work
Both day and night
They're not concerned
With wrong or right
They don't feel pain
They feel no hate
A vacant smile
Reveals their state
This is a world of machines
(They rarely move, they like to sit, they think that
life is to submit, their eyes are glazed, they have no heart,
no center here, just moving parts, they don't react, they're
living dead, the microchip replaced their heads)
They pay their bills
They don't complain
If someone fights
He's called insane
They stuff themselves
With plastic food
It helps sustain
Their lifeless mood

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

07 Modern Life

"I was glad to know that there were still men unwilling to trade their souls for a gadget which by
eliminating the washwoman did away with her song, thus wiping out ages
of folklore at one fell swoop."
Alejo Carpentier

Neon and chrome
Decorate my home
Life-size TV
(Digital technology)
I don't know what I've been thinking
Can't relate to feelings in this
Modern Life
Eat, walk, and talk
It's simple with a clock
Errors are few
When functioning with cues
Drink some, then tube
Or maybe Rubik's cube

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

08 It Was Love

"…but what is memory if not the language of feeling, a dictionary of faces and days and smells
which repeat themselves like the verbs and adjectives in a speech, sneaking in behind
the thing itself,into the pure present, making us sad or teaching us vicariously…"
Julio Cortazar

 

She came to me one cold, dark night
The shadows of the candlelight
Were dancing
I won't forget her sweet caress
The way she filled my emptiness
Till morning
It was love
For one night
It was love
I lost myself within her eyes
Like azure skies they mesmerized
And held me
Our bodies took a timeless breath
Their separation was like death
So lonely
And now I wander aimlessly
Through rooms that once so silently
Embraced us
I find the quiet deafens me
And everywhere I look
I see
The darkness

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

09 The Message

"You'll understand when you've forgotten what you understood before"
Italo Cal Vino

 

I get so used to comfort
It shelters me from pain
I paint my life by numbers
It's ordered, neat, and plain
But the message is around me now
Telling me it's time to make a change
Yes, the message is around me now
Telling me it's time to make a change
Trees are changing colors
The birds are flying south
Everything's in motion
I'm still here with my doubts
But the message is around me now
Telling me it's time to make a change
Yes, the message is around me now
Telling me it's time to make a change
We may not be here tomorrow
Why not see all we can see
We may not be here tomorrow
Let's allow ourselves to be free
I think I'll take some chances
There's nothing I can lose
I know I'll feel alive again
No matter what I choose

Lyrics & Music: Paul Voudouris
© P. Voudouris, Hopscotch Fever Music, ASCAP

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