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Vangelis and Aphrodite's Child lyrics - 666 lyrics

Aphrodite's Child album: 666 (The apocalypse of John. 13/18) lyrics

CD: I          Aphrodite's Child: 666 (The apocalypse of John. 13/18) sleeve scan
     
1   The System   0:23
2 Babylon 2:47
3 Loud Loud Loud 2:42
4 The Four Horsemen 5:54
* 5 The Lamb 4:33
6 The Seventh Seal 1:30
7 Aegian Sea 5:22
8 Seven Bowls 1:29
* 9 The Wakening Beast 1:11
10 Lament 2:45
* 11 The Marching Beast 2:00
* 12 The Battle Of The Locusts 0:56
13 Do It 1:44
* 14 Tribulation 0:32 Inner scan from the album
15 The Beast 2:26
16 Ofis 0:14
   
Total playing time 36:27
     
CD: II
      
1 Seven Trumpets 0:35
2 Altamont 4:33
* 3 The Wedding Of The Lamb 3:38
* 4 The Capture Of The Beast 2:17
5 Infinity symbol 5:15
6 Hic And Nunc 2:55
7 All The Seats Were Occupied 19:19
8 Break 2:58
   
Total playing time 41:33

Aphrodite's Child was formed in 1967 by Vangelis (keyboards), together with his musician friends Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals),
Lucas Sideras (drums and vocals) and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris (guitar).
But when the group went to Paris in 1968 Koulouris had to stay in Greece (for military service).

The first single was released in 1968: "Plastics nevermore" / "The other people" (as a demo for Philips).
The single "Rain and Tears", released in May 1968 was a huge success all over the world.
The first album: "End of the world" was relased in 1968.
In 1969 Aphrodite's Child released their second album "It's five o'clock".
In 1970 Vangelis started working on the album "666", when Silver Koulouris joined Aphrodite's Child.
The album was relased in 1971 (when the group has split up).

* Instrumental
Music composed and produced by Vangelis.
lyrics and concept book written by Costas Ferris
Copyright is owned by: Spheric B.V. Holland and SDRM and Jam Music and Polygram International Music B.V.

Lyrics taken from the CD booklet. Except: "The system", Ofis, and Infinity"= received from Costas Ferris.

Important background information about this album can be found at: The "666" story page


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The system lyrics

We got the System,
to fuck the System! *
We got the System,
to fuck the System!

Oehhhhhh....

 

* It's obviously ironic, as you cannot "fuck" a system by another system!
Those lyrics were inspired by Abbie Hoffmann's manifesto "Fuck the System".
Irony and sarcasm, are the two keys to understand this peculiar "666".


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Babylon lyrics

Fallen fallen fallen
is Babylon the great!
Space is getting bounded,
time is getting late!

Masters fall and wonder,
people rise and wait
Fallen fallen fallen
is Babylon the great!

You don't need a coin,
I don't have to shine
We don't know the reason

But I need you madly
and you need me too
and we need each other...
and we need each other...
and we need each other...
Fallen fallen fallen
is Babylon the great!
Space is getting bounded,
time is getting late!

Masters fall and wonder,
people rise and wait
Fallen fallen fallen
is Babylon the great!

You don't need a coin,
I don't have to shine
We don't know the reason

But I need you madly
and you need me too
and we need each other...
and we need each other...
and we need each other...


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Loud, loud, loud lyrics

The day the walls of the citys will crumble away
uncovering our naked souls,
we'll all start singing,
shouting, screaming
loud, loud, loud, loud

The day the circus horses will stop turning around,
running fast through the green valleys,
we'll sing and cry and shout
loud, loud, loud, loud

The day the cars will lay in heaps
their wheels turning in vain,
we'll run along the empty highways
shouting, screaming, singing
loud, loud, loud, loud


The day young boys will stop becoming soldiers,

and soldiers will stop playing war games,
we'll sing and cry and shout
loud, loud, loud, loud

The day will come up
that we'll all wake up
hearing and shouting of joy
and shouting together with the freaks
loud, loud, loud, loud

The day the world will turn upside down
we'll run together round and round
screaming, shouting, signing
loud, loud, loud, loud
loud, loud, loud, loud
loud, loud, loud, loud


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The four horsemen lyrics

And when the lamb opened the
first seal,
I saw the first Horse.
The Horseman held a bow

Now when the lamb opened the
second seal,
I saw the second Horse
The Horseman held his sword

The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green

The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green
And when the lamb opened the
third seal,
I saw the third Horse.
The Horseman had a balance
Now when the lamb opened the fourth seal,
I saw the fourth Horse.
The Horseman was the Pest

The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green

The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green

The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green


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The seventh seal lyrics

And when the lamb opened the
next two seals,
We saw the souls,
We saw the martyrs,
we heared them crying,
We heared them shouting,
They were dressed in white,
They'd been told to wait

The sun was black,
the moon was red,
the stars were falling,
the earth was trembling
And then the crowed
impossible to number
carrying flowers,
shouted amid
the hotless sun
the lightless moon
the windless earth
the colourless sky:
"How much longer will we suffer
from hunger?
How much longer will we suffer
from thirst?"

And when the lamb opened the seventh seal,
silence covered the sky


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Aegian sea lyrics

I saw the souls
I saw the martyrs
I heared them crying
I heard them shouting
They were dressed in white
they've been told to wait

The sun was black
the moon was red
the stars were falling
the earth has trembling
And then a crowd impossible to number
Dressed in white
carrying palms
shouted amid
the hotless sun
the lightless moon
the windless earth
the colourless sky ...

They'll no more suffer from hunger
they'll no more suffer from thirst

They'll no more suffer from hunger
they'll no more suffer from thirst

They'll no more suffer from hunger
they'll no more suffer from thirst

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Seven bowls lyrics

The first bowl on the earth
the second bowl on the sea
the third bowl on the rivers
the fourth bowl on the sun
the fifth bowl on the Beast
the sixth bowl on the stars
the seventh bowl on the air
And the earth turned grey
the sea turned black
the rivers turned red
the sun turned cold
the Beast turned pale
the stars turned fast
the air turned to poison


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Lament lyrics

Alas alas
for the human race
alas
for the kings, the kings
of separa.., separation
alas
alas
[Amane]


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Do it lyrics *

Do it
[interlude]
Do it
[interlude]
Do it

* Do it! is a reference to the book of Jerry Rubin

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The beast lyrics

Who can find the Beast?
She's big,
she's bad,
she's wicked,
she's sad
Who can fight the Beast?

She come's,
she goes,
who ever knows ...
Who can fight the Beast?

She's big,
she's bad,
she's wicked,
she's sad
Who can find the Beast?

She come's,
she goes,
who ever knows ...
Who can fight the Beast?

[interlude]


Who can fight the Beast?

She's big,
she's bad,
she's wicked,
she's sad
Who can find the Beast?

She come's,
she goes,
who ever knows ...
Who can fight the Beast?

She's big,
she's bad,
she's wicked,
she's sad
Who can find the Beast?

She come's,
she goes,
who ever knows ...
Who can find the Beast?

[interlude]

[**]

(** ) sad
(**) goes
(**) sad
(**) goes
(**)

Pame!! *

she's big
she's bad
she's wicked,
she's sad

she's big

(**) sad
she come's
she goes
who ever knows

(**) sad

Telionoume edho pera etsi? ***
(**)

*  (In Greek) let's go - go for the climax
** Scat singing
*** we are closing here, remember?


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Ofis lyrics

Exelthe ofi katiramene, *
dhioti an dhen exelthe essy,
tha se exelthe ego!
Ou! Ou! Ou!
English translation:
Come out, cursed serpent,
because if you don't "come-out" you,
I will "come-out" you!

*It's a famous line from the Greek shadow theatre Karagiozis, from the play
"Karagiozis, Alexander the Great and the Cursed Serpent".

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Seven trumpets lyrics

Ladies and gentlemen

Seven trumpets
the sound of thunder!
Seven trumpets
the threatening anger!
Seven trumpets
the trembling voice!
Seven trumpets
You got no choice!
Seven trumpets
the seven angels!
the seven trumpets
the music changes!


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Altamont lyrics

This is the sight we had one day
on the High Mountain
We saw a lamb with seven eyes
We saw a beast with seven horns

and a book with seven seals
Seven angels with seven trumpets
and seven bowls filed with anger

Those are the pictures
of what was
of what is
of what has to come
We are the people
the rolling people
the why people
the waiting people
the wanting people
the tambourine people
the alternative people
the angel people


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Infinity lyrics

I was*
I am
I am to come
I was
I am
I am to come I was
I am
[etc]

*[note: The words are: "I am to come" and "I was to come"
She begins to blend the two together as she gets in to it (the song), and some times, it it more like: "I was, I am, I was, I was, I am to come."
It is the inversion of "Who was, is, is to come" of the Revelation, attributed to the Good.
Here, the "Bad", (the Beast, 666) turns this phrase into Ego, (first person),
and tries to be born again, or to give birth to another Ego, or to "make love" to is own self and so on.
Vicious circle
.]


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Hic and nunc lyrics

Here and now!
Here and now!

Fixing the ceiling
I got a feeling
- sing it again!

Here and now!
Here and now!

Show me the season,
give me the reason
- sing it again!

Here and now!
Here and now!

(We got the System,
to fuck the System!)
(We got the System,
to fuck the System!)
(We got the System,
to fuck the System!)
Oehhhhhh....
Whisper a meaning
nobody's leading
- sing it again!
sing it again!

Here and now!
Here and now!

I got a feeling
somebody's missing
- sing it again!
sing it again!

Here and now!
Here and now!

Here and now!
Here and now!


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All the seats were occupied lyrics

Ladies and gentlemen

Seven trumpets
the sound of thunder! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
the trembling voice! (We got the system)
Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
the threatening anger! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
the trembling voice! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
You got no choice! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets (The leading horse is white)
the seven angels! (the second horse is red)
the seven trumpets (the third one is a black,)
the music changes! (the last one is a green)
The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green
The leading horse is white
the second horse is red
the third one is a black,
the last one is a green

[interlude]

[Exelthe ofi katiramene,
dhioti an dhen exelthe essy,
tha se exelthe ego!
Ou! Ou! Ou!....]

I am
I am to come
I was
I am
I am to come I was
I am


And the earth turned grey
the sea turned black
the rivers turned red
the sun turned cold
the Beast turned pale
the stars turned fast
the air turned to poison

I am, I am to come, I was I am to come I was

[interlude]

I am, I am to come, I was
I am (The leading horse is white)
I am to come (the second horse is red)
I was (the third one is a black,)
I am (the last one is a green)

[interlude]

Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
the trembling voice! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets (to fuck the system)
You got no choice! (we got the system)
Seven trumpets
the seven angels!

[interlude]

We are the people
the rolling people
the why people
the waiting people
the wanting people
the tambourine people
the alternative people
the angel people
We are the people
the rolling people
the why people
the waiting people
the wanting people
the tambourine people
the alternative people
the angel people

Exelthe ofi katiramene,
dhioti an dhen exelthe essy,
tha se exelthe ego!
Ou! Ou! Ou!....

[interlude]

I am, I am to come, I was

All the seats were occupied *

* Taken from the recording of a BBC Teaching English lesson

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Break lyrics *

Bye bye, my friend, goodbye
With a lie
you forget and break it

You make it
You make it
You make it
You make it

Cry in my empty room
and we try
to forget and break it

Fly
high
and then
you make it
[interlude]
Bye bye, my friend, goodbye
With a lie
you forget and break it

You make it
You make it
You make it
You make it



Do it!

*As about the syllables you hear, it is Vangelis' voice, "answering" to Lucas by the jazz doo-wap technique: "stoobeedooobedoo..." and so on. It was Vangelis way of making fun to the song.

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