Des de Moor

Open the window softly
Photographs in Empty Houses Photographs in Empty Houses
One of 9 original songs, 1 instrumental piece, 2 covers and 2 theatre songs on my first musical cabaret album.
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voice, keyboards and programming

A song from a 1961 Athens production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage, with music by the great Greek songwriter and composer Mikis Theodorakis. The setting was written to fit a Greek translation of Behan's words in a completely different metre; my version takes the original words and attempts (with some success) to wed them back to Theodorakis's splendid music.
Open the window softly.
Shut it, keep out the draught.
For years and years I've shed millions of tears
And never but once have I laughed.
That was the time the holy picture fell
And knocked your poor granny cold
As she whistled and sang an old Irish song:
'It was by traitors that poor old Ulster was sold'.

Open the window softly.
Shut it, hang on the latch.
Come in, lie down, and afterwards
I can ask you what is the catch.
Before those foreign-born bastards, dear,
Try not to let yourself down.
We'll be the lion and unicorn,
Your rose unto my crown.

Brendan Behan

Mikis Theodorakis

Des de Moor

Music published by Papagrigoriou-Nakas Co, Athinai. © Copyright Control 1982.

Originally recorded by Mikis Theodorakis on Enas Omeros/The Hostage.

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Photographs in Empty Houses
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A Million Stars
Fear of Bodily Fluids
Out of Step
Open the window softly (Brendan Behan; Mikis Theodorakis)
L'Ivrogne (Jacques Brel; François Rauber/Gérard Jouannest)
The Same Old Game
Under the Needle
Old Anne's Song (Christopher Logue, adapted from Bertolt Brecht; Des de Moor)
Picnic in the Free World Click here to visit the Downloads page for an MP3 file of this song.
I saw the sun (August Strindberg translated by Jonas Finlay; Des de Moor)
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