The Blackbird Flies

by Empty Frame

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This is the second album by the alternative rock band Empty Frame based in Athens Greece.

"What would Jeff Buckley, the Tindersticks and the Walkabouts sound like if they lived in Athens? Probably something like the Empty Frame"
- Athens Voice

"One of the most talented greek alternative bands"
- Lifo

"One of the best recent greek bands"
- Popaganda

"One of the top bands, if not the best, in Greece right now"
- Crackhitler

"The final outcome should make all other folk bands in the world jealous!"
-Grafias blog

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released May 5, 2014

Antonis Vavagiannis : piano, guitars, vocals
Kaiti Pantzari : cello, vocals
Babis Vasiliadis : drums
Nikos Solomos : violin
Panagiotis Fetsis : bass, vocals
Christos Kallimanis : guitars

Produced by Empty Frame and Stefanos Douvitsas
Recorded at Peter Pan's Garden Studios
Mixed and engineered by Stefanos Douvitsas
Additional piano recorded at Sierra studios by George Karyotis
Mastered by Petros Siakavelas at Digital Press studios
Supported and assisted by BMinor Records

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Empty Frame Athens, Greece

Empty Frame is one of the most prominent Athens based bands. They've been around since 2006 and have recorded 2 great albums. They have supported international artists such as Woven Hand and Sivert Hoyem

Some of their influences include the Beatles, Mark Lanegan, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and more
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Track Name: My House Is A Lagoon
How I strive for company
Naked souls in custody
Stranded in this world of mine
All my hopes are on the line
The heat that’s been left I won’t share with you
I kept the ceiling open now in my house on the lagoon

I have built a shore of schemes
Fed out of your hands it seems
So I’ve lost my precious role
Now I’m fishing from a bowl
The heat that’s been left I won’t share with you
I kept the ceiling open now in my house on the lagoon

I’ve become what I was not
Building heaven out of mud
The heat that’s been left I won’t share with you
I kept the ceiling open now my house is a lagoon

The water’s getting higher
It’s getting higher
It’s getting higher
It’s getting higher
It’s getting higher
But it’s getting harder to drown
Track Name: Helicopter
Live and learn
Crash and burn
First in line
To pay the fine

She's just a girl just a girl oh no

I follow
I follow
When they follow you, they follow you with their eyes

Give and take
Make or break
All for one
Time to run

She's just a girl just a girl oh no

I follow
I follow
When they follow you, they follow you with their eyes

Seat belt's tight – you're looking from above
They spit and curse you wonder “where's the love?”
Why do they do it?

Savior coming down to earth on your way down,
You watch the buildings burn
Why do they do it?
Track Name: Like Kids In Paradise
Naked hills through my windows
Real people are my pillows
They are the stars of my dreams

Only trouble is I’m a fool
The less I talked the more you chewed
I’m lucky enough to let myself out

We’ll walk on water
We’ll walk on water

This was just a place to hide
When we kissed like kids in paradise
I’m so happy that my memory’s frail
But I am sick in the pit of my gut
I am sick in the pit of my gut
But I’m too ashamed to stand up on my own

We’ll walk on water
We’ll walk on water

I’m not a sucker anymore
I’m not a sucker anymore
Just another stray dog on the street

We’ll walk on water
We’ll walk on water
Track Name: Only In Darkness
Grey waves across the sea
The black bird flies
Flies against the wind
I let him inside

It's only in darkness that darkness hides

Behind a scarlet scarf
He hides his face
Winters of freezing cold
In his embrace

It's only in darkness that darkness hides

He's building this wooden box
Just tell him I tried
I tried to break my bones
And fit inside

It's only in darkness that darkness hides

You have sworn to show me how
how to break these monsters
Bring them to the ground
Track Name: Aim For The Head
Trying to live through hate and change
Still believe we're fine
Big deal they'll say
We can see it right now

Tired of feeling pushed aside
A mine of hidden hopes
Drawn from the drones
Right into your lair

Be someone else
And free yourself from everything else
For love

You nose around my secret flare
Is all you care to share
Headlines for all
Moral backbone for sale

Be someone else
And free yourself from everything else
For love

I saw helmets I saw batons
Insects flying in all directions
But how I long for the truth

When you hear the soldiers marching
We'll be locked in our quiet hideout
And aim, aim for the head
Track Name: Legacy
When Carmen jumped ashore
Took a walk along the coast
She thought it's all in your head
It must be all in your head

The fishermen stood still
while the bulls were running free
It's all in your head
Yes it's all in your head


A legacy of wood
in a world of solid gold
it's all in your head
yes it's all in your head

On the way back home
she thought now,
I have things to lose
It must be all in my head
must be all in my head
Track Name: Bright Lights
Swinging softly
Swinging with the breeze
And I know I should have never let go
In the middle of the road
You told me to let go let it go – go back to the things we know

The sun comes down
the clouds turn red
But we all heard the concrete call
We'll bury ourselves in the sand
we'll let the cities burn let'em burn – we're not going back at all

Sometimes it makes me cry
So would you hold me to the end of the line
Would you hold me till the end of time
And show me bright lights

Childhood dreams are never put to bed
We are just waiting for our turn
olive trees in our head
we'll let the cities burn let'em burn – we're not ever gonna return

Sometimes it makes me cry
So would you hold me to the end of the line
Would you hold me till the end of time
And show me bright lights
Track Name: In The Sun
You and your victimless crimes
Try to make piece with your time
You're cheating death with a smile
Come lay with me for a while

I never thought I'd be sitting in the sun
I never thought I'd be deep in the hole now

You and your friends pay the price
Fate in the roll of the dice
Searching for your own advice
I will pretend you are wise

I never thought I'd be sitting in the sun
I never thought I'd be deep in the hole now
Track Name: Vindication Of Love
The vindication of love
Nothing could ever keep us apart
The complications of love
Nothing could keep us from playing our part

Everything you ever wanted was more
That's what you came for

you're my best creation
you're my work of art
I could never hurt you
I could never break your heart

The vindication of love
The bombs are falling - they're hiding the sun
They fall from above
But that doesn't scare us - we're on the run

Everything you ever wanted was more
That's what you came for
Track Name: Down By The River
Never forgotten
Never mistaken
Nothing forgiven
Down by the river

Breathe underwater
Drown in the sunlight
Burning with fever
Down by the river

And I shine a light shine a lonely white light
I see the clouds see the clouds they're reflecting on eyes
They're colliding through the night

Knee deep in water
grass on your fingers
too late for dreamers
down by the river

Floating and drifting
Doctors and healers
Pieces of silver
Down by the river

And I shine a light shine a lonely white light
I see the clouds see the clouds they're reflecting on eyes
They're colliding through the night
Track Name: Big Life Illusions
We’re all waiting for you
Troubled children of your youth
Give up hope and dry your eyes
Those are endless slow goodbyes

Run for miles
Sprayed with starvation you’re spilling your wine
Breath in
‘cause big life’s a strain on your eyes

Hide between those endless sights
The city shuts its blue eyed lights

Dream on
Stay at your playhouse don’t ever grow old
Hang on
And make sure your pillow stays cold

Have a taste of yankee pride
Shoot the world and make a stride