LYRICS: IOANNIDIS NIKOLAOS - To be or not to be ?

Song title: To be or not to be ?

CD album: Mass insanity (2002 Homo Ecumenicus)

Genre: classical rock ballad

Arrangement: electric guitar, vocals, bass, drums, Korean cymbal

Lyrical subject: philosophising on the meaning of life


Music, Lyrics, Arrangement, Performance: IOANNIDIS NIKOLAOS -

Ioannidis N. is a composer, musicologist, multi-instrumentalist performer, media theorist, and digital media creative producer (with formal qualifications in Music, Musicology, Media Studies, and Digital Media Studies).

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Sometimes you tell me,
you wish you were dead,
the world is drowning
in nonsense and dirt,
and worth to fight for
there's nothing, just nothing,
oh, you're so tired of trying!
Still, you keep searching
to find some meaning
constantly wondering,
be or not be.

You look for comfort
in chocolate and drugs,
bury your sorrows
in alcohol and smoke,
look for acceptance
but you don't get any,
look for esteem,
yet you are too lazy
to try hard,
to go and earn it.
Full of self pity,
you always complain.

You should be happy
for just being alive.
Life's deep down meaning
is this, to survive.
There's nothing more to it
and nothing less,
part of the process is all the rest.
It isn't easy,
you must try hard.
I think it's time
to make up your mind.

Links to other works by IOANNIDIS NIKOLAOS

A list of all IOANNIDIS' works (musical works, lyrics, essays, translations of classical texts) is available at his WORKS page.


ESSAYS on music and media


MP3 files of his musical works  (samples and some full songs) are available for downloading at the Ioannidis Mp3 page


Works  of interest to classicists and composers 

The Music of Ancient Greeks    an approach to the original singing of the Homeric epics and the lyrical poetry of the 8th-5th century B.C.

MUSIC and RELIGION (extant ancient Greek religious songs, Byzantine chant, Gregorian chant, Quranic chant)

Oedipus Rex English opera. Audio excerpt of this work is available online in mp3 format. Also available is the complete Greek text of Sophocles' tragedy "Oedipus the king".


Works  of interest to poets and lyricists Ancient Greek epic and lyrical poems translated into English by Ioannidis  (The original Greek texts are also available on the same page) 


LYRICS   (to songs from the albums Mass insanity , BE A MASTER OF YOUR FATE! ,  AREN'T YOU FED UP? ) dealing with the dominant political, social, and ethical issues of our time: the erosion of the nation state, globalization, terrorism, the moral and cultural decadence of modern society.


Works  of interest to music performers

Instrumental performance:12-string Guitar Works (12 string classical guitar), Mass insanity (electric guitar, fretless guitar), The Music of Ancient Greeks   (ancient Greek instruments -ancient kithara, aulos, ethnic percussion).

Vocal performance: MUSIC and RELIGION (including some tracks with performance of ancient Greek instruments)

Visit also the page: ANCIENT GREEK INSTRUMENTS with information about ancient stringed instruments and replicas of some of them (reconstructed by Ioannidis and used in his ancient Greek recordings).

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