Strange Times

by The Randen

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"Strange Times" overview

The album's two main themes are social and artistic decadence. Throughout the songs there is a general wish for someone to keep his / her integrity in society, music and art. Many of the lyrics provide a social commentary on the modern reality and can be political in certain parts. When it comes to art and music there is a constant question concerning their honesty and originality.
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released May 10, 2017

Vasilis Mantzanas: Vocals, guitars, harmonica and sound design
Kostas Koubridis: Drums, percussion
Vasilis Avgerinos: Bass

Words, music and production by Vasilis Mantzanas,
String arrangement on "Brother" by Vasilis Mantzanas and Vasilis Nissopoulos

Recorded by Kostas Mademlis at Off the record studio
Mixed by Vasilis Nissopoulos
Mastered by Yannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot Production studio
Cover art by Jason Leontidis

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The Randen Athens, Greece

The Randen is a band that infuses classic and alternative Rock and make use of the various sounds that have been put into oblivion, under a new perspective. The band's goal is to produce full sets, comprising only of original compositions, that bring the personal songwriting and the uniqueness of their sound, up front. ... more

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Track Name: Strange Times
Strange times, strange times, memories
Scenes that bring you on your knees
Let us sing together, let us drink our wine
For the times are strange times, so out of sight
For the times are strange times, but some could read the signs

Strange times, strange times, turn the page
Feeling older by the age
Brutal words that suffer and they turn the tide
And the times are stranger since you were mine
And the times are stranger so lookout for the bite

Learning to ride the waves and far from memories
Times that only bring you, on your knees

Strange times, strange times, moving on
Lonesome stations lost and gone
Thought it should be easy, easy for a while
For the times are strange times, so out of sight
For the times are strange times but some could read the signs
Track Name: We don't wanna live in fear
I don't need a fancy car, or a five star restaurant
All I need another chance, for this life was just a glance

I don't need a TV show, or another stupid joke
All I need is just the truth, for my life and wasted youth

I’m gonna find another way to go, to another land so far ago
Or pretend I'm going crazy

Cause we don't wanna live in fear
We don't wanna live in fear
Baby we don't wanna live in fear
Baby we don't wanna live in fear

We don't need no overlords and we don't want their blood stained swords
All we need is to be free; they locked the door and threw away the key

We don't wanna be bossed around and we don't wanna face the ground
All we need is another dream, for this life that went downstream

I’m gonna find another way to go, to another land so far ago
Or pretend I'm going crazy

Cause we don't wanna live in fear
We don't wanna live in fear
Baby we don't wanna live in fear
Baby we don't wanna live in fear
Track Name: For your love
For your love, for your love
I will hang a thousand smiles upon your door
You took me out of the crowd
But when you left me I was feeling so gone

One day you gonna see me, when I'm sinking
In the sweet and mellow thinking of your love
Another day you gonna find me, so come around me
And I promise you'll get everything you want

One day you gonna see me, when I'm sinking
In the sweet and mellow thinking of your love
Another day you gonna find me, so come around me
Cause I'm burning by the light of your soul

For your love, for your love
I'll be down on my knees for evermore
You bring me down, on the ground
But believe me you got everything I want

For your love, for your love
For your love, for your love
Track Name: Fake Story
And you tried, and you tried
Like you never did before
And you hear someone crying
In your head but that's obscure
When you feel something creeping
In your heart and in your soul
There's no way to let you sleep in
Anymore, anymore

After all it just started
As a joke, what a bore
A few stories did the trick
Don't they always do for sure?
Right there she was gleaming
So alive and so pure
Can you blame a man dreaming?
Anymore, anymore

Find the will to live it through
A way to go around it
I need to go, I need to go

Nothing else can bring us down
No one else will fight it
We need to go, we need to go

And you tried, and you tried
To come out on your shore
And you never would believe it
Not for once of what's in store
When you thought you had everything
But you lost a little more
You can't keep a girl from dreaming
Anymore, anymore

Find the will to live it through
A way to go around it
I need to go, I need to go

Nothing else can bring us down
No one else will fight it
We need to go, we need to go

Just another way to keep myself around you
Just another way to take it easy like you never did before
Just another way to leave the world behind you
Nothing else was there to restore

Find the will to live it through
A way to go around it
I need to go, I need to go
Track Name: Brother
Who were the ones that gave you all those fake promises
Who were the ones that took you by the hand
And showed you and me the world is so beautiful
And then they took the freedom we thought we had

You got to hold it brother
You got to fold another
After you tear the page and start again another life
Don't let them take it easy
Don’t let them make you sleazy
Don’t let the glitter and the glamour thrown in your eyes to blind you
Innocence one day will find you

So what if you like the colors of the rainbow
There is no end there is no pot of gold
For what they told you is a lie and a fairy tail
To make you sleep and steal away your soul

You got to hold it brother
You got to fold another
After you tear the page and start again another life
Don't let them take it easy
Don’t let them make you sleazy
Don’t let the glitter and the glamour thrown in your eyes to blind you
Innocence one day will find you
Before it's too late
Before the TV screen
Gets under your skin
I know it happened to me

There was this man who called you with all these crazy names
There was this man who thought he was a stone
And every time the wild wind was blowing from the south
He would stand there and roll into the north
And he said

You got to hold it brother
You got to fold another
After you tear the page and start again another life
Don't let them take it easy
Don’t let them make you sleazy
Don’t let the glitter and the glamour thrown in your eyes to blind you
Innocence one day will find you
Track Name: Dead Animals
Dead animals will bring you down
Browsing around this gone and lonesome town
Dead animals can dry your head
A bumpy ride the road is rough ahead

And I don't know why you said to me
I cannot live in fantasy
And I don't know why you said
We’re hanging from this dream
We’ve been around and gone too soon
We’ve holler out into the moon
And I don't know why you said you can't be free

Dead animals would cry out
Not much to hear when nothing else around
Dead animals can bite your tongue
Forsaken words are gone for very long

And I don't know why you said to me
I cannot live in fantasy
And I don't know why you said
We’re hanging from this dream
We’ve been around and gone too soon
We’ve holler out into the moon
And I don't know why you said you can't be free

Dead animals will bring you down
Browsing around this gone and lonesome town
Dead animals can dry your head
A bumpy ride the road is rough ahead

And I don't know why you said to me
I cannot live in ecstasy
And I don't know why you said
We’re hanging from this dream
We’ve been around and gone too soon
We’ve holler out into the moon
And I don't know why you said you can't be free
Track Name: Dog
Yes I wanna be a dog
Don't need to try or cry anymore
Everything will be free, dinner sex games and TV
I need to be lazy in the sun
An afternoon where people having fun
Don't wanna work with what it makes me bored
And I don't have to worry any more

Yes I wanna be a dog
Don't need to try or cry anymore
Everything’ll taken care
I even got some clothes that I can wear
I need to be lazy in the sun
An afternoon where people having fun
Don't wanna do all the things they say
Cause I don't have to find another way

Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog
Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog

Oh she comes to me
In a million dreams, a million dreams
And for tonight she can tell me I am the only one

And I'm in the clouds
Up there we’re flying, up there are flying
And in the end I can be myself
Be myself

This world I left, forgive me father,
This world I left, this world I left
Cause it is better than the lives we were bereft
Were bereft, were bereft

Yes I wanna be a dog
Don't need to try or cry anymore
Everything will be free, dinner sex games and TV
I need to be lazy in the sun
An afternoon where people having fun
Don't wanna work with what it makes me shame
And I won’t have to try another way

Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog
Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog
Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog
Yes I wanna be, I wanna be a dog
Track Name: Ride
No matter what I do, no matter what I try
It all comes down to you, you know the reason why
To tell another truth, to fix another lie
It’s easier to duck, it's easier to hide

Let me take you down for a ride

You've done it all before, you had another life
You came to see the score, and blow up your mind
Is anybody there, who knows the reason why?
No matter what you say, sometimes it turns out right

Let me take you down for a ride

And in the end you see, the words become so dry
No bridges left to walk, when there is no reply
Nowhere to be found, don't even have to try
I'll meet you out again, only if you deny

Let me take you down for a ride
Track Name: Still don't know why
I sing for the brokenhearted that cried out their eyes
And for all the soul departed, tired of the lies
I sing for the chosen ones that got no idea
And for all the crazy dreamers, that caught in this deal

I've been in the cities, I’m down on my knees
Asking the pretties, oh please mercy please
When words lose their meaning, I'm walking on ice
The troubles surround me and I
I still don't know why

I sing for the silent ones that just wanna talk
And for all the ones that stuck here and wanted to walk
I sing for the empty handed, that they got deceived
And for all the ones that gave it all, and never received

I've been in the cities, I’m down on my knees
Asking the pretties, oh please mercy please
When words lose their meaning, I'm walking on ice
The troubles surround me and I
I still don't know why
Track Name: It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
And the mystery’s unveiled and it's all the same
You thought you should stay back and you should wait
But you waited all, you waited all for nothing
You figured you should make a stand than fall upon your fate

It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year

How much did you pay for your rocking shoes?
I bet the inside is much cheaper than it looks
And I waited up, I waited up forever
I kinda see a light ahead but it's so far away

It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year

Maybe something else is there, we don't see it
Getting closer will it help us, make things right
Maybe something else is there, to help us see the light

It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year
It could have been a Rock 'n' Roll year