Day after day-Pavlos Sidiropoulos

Sitting in the park along and dreaming
Living in the past and thinking
Lonely days that I’ve been waiting just for you
Rainy day comes and I am feeling
I don’t feel like leaving
Lonely days and I’m still waiting just for you

Stay, cause I need you to help me to end my day
Stay, cause I need you to help me to find my way
Stay, in the middle of the night I am so afraid
Stay and help to make the time go

Sunny day but I can’t see it
Happiness but I can’t feel it
Things I lost when I was waiting just for you
Faces like the comets come and go
But I don’t want to know
Days and nights when I was waiting just for you

Stay, cause I need you to help me to end my day
Stay, cause I need you to help me to fight my way
Stay, in the middle of the night I am so afraid
Stay and help to make the time go

Pavlos Sidiropoulos”The prince”

Pavlos Sidiropoulos (Greek: Παύλος Σιδηρόπουλος; July 27, 1948 – 6 December 1990) was a Greek musician, noted for supporting the use of Greek lyrics in rock music, at a time when most Greek rockgroups were using English lyrics.

Sidiropoulos began his career in 1970 in Thessaloniki, where he was studying maths. Together with Pantelis Delleyannidis he founded the rock group “Damon and Phidias”. A song of that era (“Clown”) later came out in the album “Zorba the Freak”. He never finished his studies, and he returned to Athens, disappointed by the revolutionary youth of Thessaloniki at the time, where he worked to his father’s factory. They soon met, at “Kittaro” the Greek musicianDionysis Savvopoulos and his group “Bourboulia”. They joined that group and participated in the album “Damis the tough” (Greek: Ντάμης ο σκληρός). They stayed in this group for two years until 1974. It was through this group that Sidiropoulos first experimented with combining Greek and rock music.

Afterward Sidiropoulos collaborated with the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos: he sang in his compositions “Oropedio”, “Thessalikos Kiklos” and “Electric Theseus” on lyrics by the poet Dimitris Varos. In 1976, together with Spiropoulos brothers, he founded the music group “Spiridoula”. They created the album “Flou”. It is considered to be the greatest rock album in the Greek rock scene ever, as “Flou” inspired many musicians and opened a completely different path to Greek audience.

It was during this period that Sidiropoulos made his two film appearances. He had the leading role in the film “O Asymvivastos”, directed by Andreas Thomopoulos. He also sang all of the songs of the soundtrack, written mostly by Thomopoulos, including ‘Na m’ Agapas’. At the same time, he starred (together with Dimitris Poulikakos) in another movie by Thomopoulos, “Aldevaran”. Sidiropoulos also made one appearance on TV in a series called “Oikogeneia Zarnti”, directed by Kostas Ferris.

In 1980, Sidiropoulos joined the band “Oi Aprosarmostoi”, where he remained until his death. They released several albums and made numerous live performances. In 1982 the album “En Leyko” was published, of which many of the songs were censored. In 1985, the LP “Zorba the Freak” was released, and in 1989 they released “Without Make-up” (in Greek), which was recorded live at Metro club in Athens.

In the summer of 1990 and after his mother’s death, his left hand started getting paralyzed, as a result of his long term drug use that he was trying to overcome for many years. He continued his live performances but the deterioration of his health had serious psychological implications. On December 6, 1990 he died from heart attack, caused by heroin overdose.

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