Music for your local church .​.​. or your local brothel

by Mani Deum

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Mani Deum as the Soundtrack for your Wasted Youth:

P. (Music, Lyrics, Guitars, Vocals)
Manos K. (Music, Lyrics, Guitars, Vocals)
Eygenia (Piano, Glockenspiel, Melodica, Percussions)
Jason Foster (Bass, Percussions)
Panos Tsekouras (Theremin)
Stelios “the Crasher” (Drums)

Special Guests:

Matt Howden (Sieben) - Violin in “The Cat And The Crow”
Maxi Nil – Vocals in “Infected Kittens” and “I Feel The Vibrations of Earth”
Babis Nikou – Bouzouki in “I Feel The Vibrations of Earth”
Mr. XIII - Lyrics in “At the End Of The Street”

Produced, recorded and mixed by Panos Tsekouras
Drums recorded and mastering at Arion Studio

Paintings by Aristomenis Theodoropoulos
Photo by Antonia Canta
Artwork by Kostas Athanassopoulos

Special Thanks to:

Matt Howden, Maxi Nil, Babis Nikou, Mr. XIII, Eirini Sourgiadaki, Dimitris Pavlides, Nikos Pitloglou, Antonia Canta, Aristomenis Theodoropoulos and Phoenix Catscratch, Yama Suki, Dionysis Theofilopoulos , Vangelis and Dada, Manos Kouvakis and Blue Fox, Shattered Hope, Dimitris Tsanti, friends and families.

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released June 1, 2011

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Track Name: Infected Kittens
…And I tried to help me pass the time…
…With blood pollution in my mind…
…And I see dust, was in the air…
…Infected Kittens everywhere…
Track Name: Wave Goodbye
You talked about forgiveness and forgivers
Betrayal and betrayers
Loss and losing
Victory and winners
Victims and killers…
But never about you and I

Then you wore your hat and waved me goodbye
Just wore your hat and waved me goodbye…

You talked about pain and love
While gazing at your stars above
And I gave you a sad look
And just understood I may die
So I waved you goodbye

I just wore my hat and waved you goodbye
Just wore my hat and waved you goodbye…
Track Name: Roses in an Endless Field
Some are born to construct empires
And some are born just to destruct them
The bitterness of love and the sweetness of hate

What am I paying for nailed on this Cross?

And the world is being fed up with blood
Churches of lies and twisted messiahs

What am I paying for nailed on this Cross?

Roses we are in an endless field
Just waiting to be cut
And those that seem more beautiful
Will be the first to die…
And will die and die and die
Till the day we are dead

What am I paying for nailed on this Cross?
Track Name: The Cat and the Crow
I have tasted the same shame
All over these years
The same dust on my lips
The same smell of a rotten fruit

Years of purity became years of cruelty
And all the little kittens on my feet
Became black Crows above my head

I was slow, slow as a worm
And I used to hate
All of these feelings are over now
'Cause I’m home and only you enter here

I was walking on a heat wave
And the heat always tortures my mind
No progress, no expression, no air
My decision was to built a boat

Years of cruelty became years of silence
And all the Crows above my head are my friends now,
They rest on my shoulders


I used to sail away
I used to travel long
But now I have the intelligence to know
You are my sea
You are my home

On my shoulders I have my best soldiers
Embrace me while Roma falls.
Track Name: Blashpemy, the Word
I can live for one thousand years,
But I prefer to die tomorrow
I can spread true nihil words,
But I prefer to close my mouth
I can show you my darkest will,
But I prefer to close my eyes
I can live for one thousand years,
But I prefer … to die …

I need what I need and all I need is Blasphemy…
Blasphemy for you – your empty humanity – your filthy minds…
Your love, (who) is not love at all…

I can hate and hate and hate,
But I prefer to hate no more
I can show some pity for you,
But all I see is anger
I can make some of your dreams come true…
But I prefer to ignore them…

I need what I need and all I need is Blasphemy…
Blasphemy for you (all of you) – your love (who is not love at all)
Blasphemy is my will – I need what I need…

I can keep searching and searching
(but I prefer to sleep)
I can keep wondering
(who is my mother, who is my father
I can keep worshiping
(things and thoughts)
But I prefer to burn and burn

I need what I need and all I need is Blasphemy…
Blasphemy for you (all of you) – your love (who is not love at all)
Blasphemy is my will – I need what I need…

… and all I need is Blasphemy….

…Blasphemy is my will…
Track Name: Nemesis
I cried last night like a child, I cry today like a man
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

There are no hidden secrets anymore, there are no toys to play with
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

And all the promises you said you keep, I don’t care anymore cause I no longer weep
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

The time has come for me to live, the time has come for me to leave
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

And all the wounds you left me seam to get cured, I’ll never again feel for you obscured
(I love you , I love you I hate you)


It was about time for the sickness to come, I see life now as an optimist with a gun
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

Illusions of joy - what I was fed, my true and only will I never met
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

The time has come for me to live, the time has come for me to leave
(I love you , I love you I hate you)

And all the wounds you left me seam to get cured, I’ll never again feel for you obscured
(I love you , I love you I hate you)
Track Name: Velvet Stomach Spasms
I look myself in the mirror
And I see what an ugly old man I’ll become...

The soul...The soul is so fragile,
Please keep mine for a while,
I am trying to build a wall...

My body, my body is a cell
I puke each time I tell…
This story is so sad...

Love, love come and go
Lovers cum and go
We’ll never accept this...

I fear, a fear of anything deep
I’m sick of those who weep
Fear is a feeling to keep....

With drugs... With drugs i spoke...
All these stories are so cold...
With this knife I hold

Love, love come and go
Lovers cum and go
We’ll never accept this...

The Knife...The knife is in my hands
My velvet stomach spasms...
I can't feel anything more...

I look myself in the mirror
And I see what an ugly old man I’ll become...

Love, love come and go
Lovers cum and go
We’ll never accept this...
Track Name: Love Like Berlin
We are dead
And we will die again
Through our life we shall rise …

The moon is red,
So your hair
But your face is the sky…

Through our nihil words we love
At tea time we cry
With a sun that burns and burns
At nighttime your eyes, rise…

All is love
Love is death
Death is birth
Love is all
And all for you for me is all
All is love
But love is death

So I close, the book of my past
Crooked shining stars fall inside me
And I die each time I rise
And I call for you…

All is love
Love is death
Death is birth
Love is all
And all for you for me is all
All is love
But love is death

And I paint this wall with my fingers
Again and again and I sign with your name
Oh my art…
Track Name: At the End of the Street
I waited for you until the sun began to rise again
I waited for you cause my sadness would never end
And the day did come and my heart stood still
And my lips couldn’t move cause I knew…
It was you… it was you…

I waited for you until your face sunk to my teardrops so grim
I waited for you like a statue of flesh in the garden of Eve
Then my joy turned to hate and my faith turned to death
Cause I know that your love was as warm as your breath
But now distant… just like dreams

I waited for you until my mind was no longer able to think
I waited for you to break the silence and put me to sleep
But your memory feeds my desire for love
And your body is gone like the leaves in the Fall
And my eyes wouldn’t close in the strain of the wind cause I knew….
It was you…

I waited for you like the countless times you did wait for me too
I waited for you but no one tells me where you roam
Like a ghost you keep charming my senses
But this time we are cursed to stay in defeat
Like the corpse they found at the end of the street
And I know now…
It was you…
Track Name: Little Perfection
Time never stops and never forgives
He carries us on and doesn’t care if we bleed
‘Cause he knows he’s the one
Who shall cure the wound…

I just got used to you and you to me
We just got trapped… into our little perfection…

There’s a forbidden fruit deep in my garden
That even Eve wouldn’t dare to taste
And I saw how Gods and Dogs bleed…
But there’s a sickness turning into illusions
Of promised lands we once would explore
Something like a secret dimension
Oblivion is called…

And as I stare into my future
I see frozen summers and winters with no heart
With you… and our little perfection…

A cell with burning bars and no conversation
And a company of a wounded bird
I see far away, far away from here
A sea green, deep inside I am trapped
And you sail your boat with a soft wind blowing
And me on the bottom with no breath at all…


I just got used to you and you to me
We just got trapped… into our little perfection…
Track Name: What Are You
What are you?
Human or monster
Gifted with beauty
And strong like a sun
Burning me to death
And scattering my ashes

I could see God trembling in your eyes
Filling me with lies…. Once again
I could see the lamb
Slaughtered in your hands
Beaconing for mercy
Just like me…

What are you?
Angel or Devil
I don’t know how to praise you
And no words seem enough
I shiver in your light
And drown into a smile…

I could see God trembling in your eyes
Filling me with lies…. Once again
I could see the lamb
Slaughtered in your hands
Beaconing for mercy
Just like me…
Track Name: I Feel the Vibrations of Earth
I feel the vibrations of earth
The whistle of the trees
Creation out of nothing
A virgin’s dilemma
Joy or dignity?
Witness the primordial impulse
And seek through the breakage
Of humanity
There is no truth beneath lies
No one cares…
No one sees…
There’s nothing left but fire burning our past
But why should we care about it
When we don’t learn from our mistakes
By ashes surrounded
Our roots shall rise
And humanity shall taste again glory days
United again