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ARTIST SONGBOOK 2020 [EP Selection]

by The Song Company

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    N.B. This is an EP selection of tracks from The Song Company's first Artist Songbook album. Listen to the full Artist Songbook album – The Show Must Go On – and watch all dozen videos at:
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Alas poore men, why strive you to live long to have more time and space to suffer wrong, O wrong. Our birth is blind and creeping, our life all woe and weeping. Our death all paine and terror birth, life, death, what all but error. Alas poore men. O world nurse of desires, Fortresse of vaine attires. What reason canst thou render why man should hold thee tender. Alas poor men. Thou pinst the pale cheek, Muses and Souldier, that refuses no woundes for countries safetie, he onely thrives thats craftie. Alas poore men. On crutches vertue halts vertue halts haltes vertue haltes, Whilest men most great in faultes, suffers best worth distrest, with empty pride opprest Alas poore men. O vertue yet at lenth rouze thy diviner strength and make no musicke more no musicke more out fadde state thats deplore. Then las poore men why...
Chorus: I souliotisses d(th)en mathan, Souliotisses d(th)en mathan, Yia na zoune monaha. Kseroun ke pos na pethenoun, Kseroun ke pos na pethenoun, Na mi pagoun sti sklavia. Sti steria d(th)en zi to psari, Sti steria d(th)en zi to psari, Kio (ud) anthos stin ammoudia. Ki souliotisses d(th)en zoune, Souliotisses d(th)en zoune, D(th)ihos tin eleftheria. (Chorus Translation) The women of Souli have not learned Only to live, They know how to die And never be slaves. On land the fish dies; In sand, the flower. And without freedom The women of Souli die. Verse: You will rise up You have given Your heart, your love, your life We will rise, we will rise up.


A selection of half a dozen songs from our 2020 lockdown Artist Songbook – The Show Must Go On: The Song Company's first Artist Songbook features each of our eight Principal Artists and four Ensemble Artists from around Australia singing a song dear to them – a song that reflects the unprecedented time we are living in. Listen to the full album and watch all dozen videos at:


released December 1, 2020

curated by The Song Company's Artistic & Associate Artistic Directors, Antony Pitts & Francis Greep


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The Song Company Sydney, Australia

The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples have always used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from one generation to another. We bring together Australia’s finest voices in innovative performances, commissioning new music, emerging artist development, educational outreach, and collaborative music-making across art forms. ... more

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