“I follow you, I touch you and I hurt…” – The most beautiful Greek song and its story

“I follow you, I touch you and I hurt…” – The most beautiful Greek song and its story

The song “I follow you”, is a wonderful Greek song, performed by the unique Vassilis Papakonstantinou.

The lyrics and the melody were written by one of the greatest Greek composers, Manos Loizos.

“I follow you” was released in 1980 by Minos. Two years later, in 1982, it was performed again by the singer Vassilis Papakonstantinou, which is considered the best-known version of the song.

What can one write about that great composer who wrote his own great history in Greek song… He did not only have the gift of creating excellent melodies. He was fortunate to work with wonderful people…

Among them: Lefteris Papadopoulos, Fontas Ladis and Yiannis Negrepontis and Dimitris Christodoulou in the lyrics and with the performers Stelios Kazantzidis, Maria Farandouri, Haris Alexiou, George Dalara, Yiannis Kalatzis, Dimitra Galani.

Those who met him were as if he sealed them with an invisible seal. The rest of us learned about him through his songs.

Manos Loizos – The path of the great Greek composer

He was born on October 22, 1937 in Alexandria – or according to other accounts in Larnaca and shortly after the family immigrated to Egypt in search of a better life –

He started playing music at the age of 14 when he asked his father to buy him a violin. However, when he decided to take up music, he is deprived of the foreign exchange he was entitled to as a student, and with the little money that his father secretly sends him from Alexandria, he tries to cope. They were the most difficult years of his life. He is extremely poor and is forced to stay with friends, acquaintances… He started working as a waiter in exchange for his daily food.

But that moment arrives, in 1960, when Manos composes his first song: “The Song of the Road”. It is a poem by Lorca that he saw published in a newspaper. This was also the trigger to get in touch with the other artists of his time.

“Letters to the Beloved” in verses by the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, performed in Greek by Yiannis Ritsos, is his last album.

2007 was characterized by the music world as the year of Manos Loizou, thus honoring the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.

When I hear the name Manos Loizos, a specific song comes to my mind every time. It may be in the same style as all his creations, but historically it is the most beautiful – perhaps – he ever wrote…

I’m Following You – What’s His Story?

At the time he wrote it, the composer was going through a very difficult period in his personal life. This resulted in him becoming quite withdrawn. His closest friends were close to him and tried to help him overcome his problems. He may have sensed that the life left to him would not last long…

Then, he had met some faces that made him feel particularly beautiful and different. One of them was a girl who had lived in France for years. Loizos saw her for the first time in Paris during the dictatorship. By the late 70s they had started hanging out more. They liked to talk for endless hours about various topics. It was a purely “platonic” relationship, yet the composer felt differently about that woman… She had captivated him…

While he was in a very bad psychological state, he called his friend and producer Achilleas Theofilos to his house. It was Holy Week in 1980. They both drank a lot and as Manos was drunk, he sat down at the piano and wrote “I follow you” on his own lyrics. And this song that was to be his last great contribution to the history of Greek song…

It is said that he intended as the first word in the chorus to include the two-syllable name of the girl, who was a source of his inspiration. Finally he was convinced not to do it and so it remained as we know it… “Come on, hold me…”.

In the studio, the song was recorded with a modest orchestra led by guitars.

Ganoselis, however, suggested that he record it with just one piano. This was done but in the end Loizos preferred to keep the performance with the orchestra. The playback with the piano was kept in the film and when two years later Vassilis Papakonstantinou chose “I follow you” for his album “Fovamai”, it was used in the recording…

I follow you – The lyrics of the song

I follow you in your pocket I slip

like a diaphragm so small

I follow you and I know how I fit in

into the dimple in your neck

Come hold me and walk me

into your magical bottom

take me with you in your deep kiss

don’t leave me alone i will be lost

I follow you and stick to you

like a summer shirt

I follow you, touch you and hurt

I close my eyes and follow you

I follow you – Vassilis Papakonstantinou’s performance is really amazing…

But when we hear the “silent” voice of Manos Loizou, we can’t help but bow…

source: enimerotiko.gr


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