The Rebel Artist

TRACK LIST

1) At the end of the day

2) Open the door

3) Forever

4) Masquarade costume

5) Serenity is gone

6) If you ‘re with me

7) Timemachine

8) Actress II

9) In the fire of time

10) Tireless rolling river

11) Greed

12) Precious time

ALBUM INFO

Three years after the release of their previous album, Mr. Highway Band released their third album, entitled “The Rebel Artist”, through the new record label of Los Almiros Records. The album was recorded at Orfeas Music Studios, Athens, by Tasos Ioannides (February 2016 – October 2016) and mastered by Nasos Nomikos (VU Productions). The photographer was once again Yiannis Margetousakis and the young and talented painter Natasa Militsopoulou painted the 300 different covers for the album’s vinyl format. “The Rebel Artist” contains twelve songs, ten written by John Afendras and two by Greg Psaltakos (no.4 &12). 1) At the end of the day, 2) Open the door, 3) Forever, 4) Masquarade costume, 5) Serenity is gone, 6) If you ‘re with me, 7) Timemachine, 8) Actress II, 9) In the fire of time, 10) Tireless rolling river, 11) Greed, 12) Precious time. Twelve extra musicians participated in the album: Pantelis Kyramargios – keyboards, Vaggelis Mpakalos – cello, Tasos Gousetis – violin, Jennie Kapadai – vocals, Giannis Robas – trumpet, Renato Kushi – trombone, Georgia Poutous – vocals, Nikos Giousef – musical saw, John “Hardy” Houstoulakis – lap steel guitar, Giannis Pachidis – harmonica, Giorgos Fasolis – djembe, Makis Dremetsikas – banjo. The band’s intention is to make a video clip for every song of the album and until now four of them are ready. “The Rebel Artist Tour” is taking place during 2017 and 2018, with a new lead guitarist in the band as Vaggelis Papadimitriou took the place of Thimios Spiliotopoulos after almost seven years.

LYRICS

At the end of the day,

At the end of the day

The reason you’re happy has the name of She

But you can’t clearly see how stupid you may be

Love’s what she gives you being always there

But you don’t seem to feel no you don’t seem to care

 

At the end of the day you can be anything

She can be like a queen living the full of joy

At the end of the day you can be anything

She can be like a queen so don’t be a nervous boy

 

Nothing can happen if you lose some time

But if you lose your mind then you may lose it all

She may be patient and she may be strong

But she may free herself and you’ll be on your own

 

Chorus

 

A promise of changing and a lie

A hope that is broken and a cry

 

You know what you’re doing and you’re trying hard

But somewhere in the way something you’re doing bad

Think of the water that can fill your glass

Think of the things you take maybe you just relax

 

Chorus

Open the door

Open the door

Selling your own daughter for some water

Selling your own daughter for some water

Then selling the same water for a bomb

And that’s the way the trade is going on

To hell with all this war

I said open the door

Open the door

 

You’re dreaming of your children every morning

They’re turning into ashes without warning

You’re selling their dead bodies for a gun

It’s not a dream that’s how you feel a man

Chorus

 

Death is your best friend he brings you money

Money in the colour of blood

Can you find the limit of your lust?

Can you see your face in all this rust?

Chorus

Forever

Forever

A strange kind of story in the strangest part of town

The beauty of a woman and the courage of a man

I will tell you my truth but you’ll have to create another

My name is hope and I know that I’m in love with you

My sister is the future and she will like you too

You’re the one that will come and will fall and will stand and follow

And the loser always tries

And the winner always lies

And the children are born and they die with this song forever

 

When looking in the mirror I see a little girl

I came into heaven and I turned it into hell

I will tell you my truth but you’ll have to create another

I’ll let you take my body and bury it away

But even if I didn’t you’d do it anyway

You’re the rule of the fools and the fools are the rule of time

Chorus

 

 

Masquarade costume

Masquerade costume

Hearing voices from next room

No more strength left to consume

I won’t be right here waiting for you

I’ve got to find a way out through

 

As the years are passing by

Memories I’ve left behind

Stuck in this shithole in this doom

Wearing a masquerade costume

 

The rebel artist I’ve become

My own creations to overcome

 

Hearing voices from next room

No more strength left to consume

I won’t be right here waiting for you

Wearing a masquerade costume

The rebel artist I’ve become

My own creations to overcome

 

Through the darkness in the light I see a different sky

 

Serenity is gone

Serenity is gone

Well I’m not used to talking about my life but now I feel I cannot stop

I saw a man and I thought he had my face I heard a preacher and I thought he had my voice

Up on a train since the moment I opened my eyes sometimes I’m sure I’ve seen this place again but deep in my heart there’s some courage and some hope and certainty that these rails will never end

Feels that I’m growing but this world is getting small

I cannot take it anymore

 

Well here I stand in the center of the scene with all the lights pointing right in my head

But in the dark there’s a man that can’t be seen holding a gun with all the power of his hand

The show is over and the applause pricks my ear the hall is empty and the man is getting bigger

He closes his eyes but serenity is gone he laughs at me and at once he pulls the trigger

Chorus

 

Now as I lay dead upon the floor I know my name will never be forgotten

I see that train getting lost inside the smoke and my body being fresh instead of rotten

Chorus

 

If you ‘re with me

If you’re with me

Safety’s dead we’re living in the danger zone

There are times when everything is going wrong all hope is gone

But then I think if I would choose another way

And I say no when all is lost I’ll be the one who’s going to stay

I’ve got to love my life and live my love

Tomorrow morning we shall all be gone

If you’re with me then we can carry on

 

Don’t be afraid there’s nothing that can do you harm

Do not pretend there is no end just a new start in every land

And if one place just doesn’t feel like home no more

There is no door to hold us in we’re leaving now we’re moving on

Chorus

 

I always want to fight for something new

Meet troubles on the way and make it through

I love the things to come and I ain’t looking back

My life is like a wheel that’s running fast

I don’t care if this run is going to last

I only know that I have just another day

Chorus

 

Timemachine

Time machine

Those angels inspiring my poetry those angels condemning my words

Those angels demons that can’t be trust and humans trying without hope

Those lovers lost in a time machine

Those lovers that chose to be free

 

Conviction one or the other way together we’re all alone

And angels demons that can’t be trust but humans still seeking for hope

Chorus

 

and I’m loving every hour and I’m loving every day and I’m loving every year

and I’m dying every hour and I’m dying every day and I’m dying every year

and I’m loving every hour and I’m loving every day and I’m loving every year

and I’m dying every hour and I’m dying every day and I’m dying every year

Chorus

Actress II

Actress 2

When the wind is strong she is fighting on her own

For her right to choose for her right not to belong and carry on

When the wind comes down she is resting for a while

Ready for a chance she surely won’t deny

Maybe someday you’ll find another role

Just don’t look back and always ask for more

 

When the night has come she gets ready to transform

She can’t stand herself being the same another dawn she’ll soon be gone

When she says it’s now you can’t hold her anyhow

She’s already dead and reborn in time

Chorus

 

We may start together but the road will always take us apart, sure he will

I used to be an inspiration but now I’m just a fan, just a fan

You’ve changed your name your face and I’ve changed mine

The only thing that hasn’t change is the same old act, well who knows?

Chorus

 

 

 

In the fire of time

In the fire of time

Some great news just listen

There’s nothing in you to be great

You’re crying you’re laughing you choose what it is to be said

In the fire of time we rise

In the fire of time we fall

 

This poem I read you

Is talking about life and death

The essence of freedom

Is giving away every breath

 

Chorus

 

Tireless rolling river

Tireless rolling river

I’m a tireless rolling river but I won’t end up to the sea

I know the sea will be my prison but my cause is to be free

Keep on searching for my destiny  to find the truth I don’t believe

Then my river keep on rolling and that’s all I have to give

 

Wanna take my water there where no water’s ever gone

Wanna share my air with others wanna breath it all alone

Let the good swim in my body leave the damned sink in my deep

Then my river keep on rolling and that’s all I have to give

 

Greed

Greed

Silver silver why won’t you turn to gold

Power power I’d like to love you more

Nothing seems to be more satisfying

Everything I want is getting mine

 

Perfect perfect I’m living in a dream

Never never I’ll never be at need

I live in the center of the world

I’m the one who’s never getting old

 

Now I’m crawling naked in the ground

Now I’m calling death to help me out

 

Here I’m lying I’ve even lost myself

Hear me crying but there’s nobody left

Tell me what the hell is going on

Tell me what I have been doing wrong

Chorus

Silver silver why won’t you turn to gold

Power power I’d like to love you more

Nothing seems to be more satisfying

Everything I want is getting mine

Chorus

Precious time

Precious time

 

I’m feeling sad again

No one listens anyway

I’m gonna break the rule

And gonna kill the bull

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time…

 

Here I’m so alone again

Salvation in my head

It’s all right anyway

I keep my pieces in a secret way

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

 

I’m feeling sick again

Dead end inside my head

Don’t wanna be no fool

I’m gonna break the rule

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot, a lot to find

 

I’m gonna make it till I die… Still got a lot, a lot to find

 

Ain’t gonna spend my precious time

Still got a lot

Still got a lot

 Still got a lot  a lot to find