NO WINNERS HERE How strange a thing and sorrowful To lose a friend you never had Like the tight rope that we walked on Time, too, seemed endless till it snapped I know you think I somehow win But this time you’re not right, If you knew what you meant to me, you’d know There are no winners here tonight Can’t help but feel a little used But still more sad than mad I know that you had so much more to lose and after all, can’t I lose a friend I never had And I don’t know if I was really blind Or if I chose to be But what I know is that there are No winners here, you see… And I’m not sure, what hurts the most Is it the empty chair Or is it knowing it was all Too much for you to bare. Although the fog’s been lifted The missing puzzle pieces found My memories have been twisted So there are no winners to be crowned Although not in the way you’d like You still can’t leave my mind And though the picture is now clear I’m now left wondering what was real There are no winners here Tonight Maybe another time…
NO WINNERS HERE Keys / Arrangement / Mixing: Jerold Chu Double bass: Nick Lenner Webster Drums: Davide Pasqualini Mastering: Joshua Newman Recorded live at Fiction Studios
EFFORTLESSLY Have you ever loved and lost? Have you been in tears a lot? Have you gone but then come back for more? Tell me Have you seen a lot of ghosts? Have you spoken in their tongue? Did you get a chance to say "I'm sorry"? Have you run out of ways to sing the same old verse? Have you been up too many nights? Was it your heart you chased in dark and cloudy oceans Or you mind? I know it's hard work I've been on that boat But one of these days you will be loved Effortlessly I know hope's run dry There are no tears left to cry But you won't have to when you're loved Effortlessly Have you ever searched for words? Have you found them in a song? Have you seen many flowers grow and die? Have you stood still in the rain? Have you welcomed back again The pain that comes from trying too many times Have you been dreaming like you used to? Have you been holding on to lies? Have you been keeping up with changes on your forehead And in your eyes? I know it's hard work I've been on that boat But one of these days you will be loved Effortlessly I know hope's run dry You have no tears left to cry But you won't have to when you're loved Effortlessly I hope you're dreaming like you used to And you're still writing on the walls I hope you haven't second-guessed the road you took Cuz you're not lost...
EFFORTLESSLY Production / Mastering / BVs: Jerold Chu Guitars: Carter Arrington Double bass: Martin Young Percussion: Davide Pasqualini Flute / Add Percussion: Floro Sernande Jr. Mixing: Matteo Galesi
PIECES I don’t really know How to be alone I’ve tried so hard Not to get lost in my mind I don’t wanna live my life in pieces Just want to be loved Even if you held my hand Even if you showed me how I don’t wanna live for ever All I want is to have you in my short-lived life I didn’t need to hurt you but I… Tell me a lie when I tell you I’m sorry Tell me there’s no reason to worry When I come home When I come home to you
PIECES Guitar: Carter Arrington Mixing: Jerold Chu Mastering: Joshua Newman Recorded live at Fiction Studios
FOR GRANTED (ΜΑ ΧΑΝΕΙΣ) Simple pleasures, yet refined A deep blue sea, a bright blue sky you always took for granted Till one day you woke up to find The world you safely left behind is now all gone and drowning in the darkness Κι’ ακολουθεί το βλέμμα σου τα κύματα Για να μην το τραβήξουνε η στάχτη και οι φλόγες Κάνεις πως τον αέρα τον συνήθισες κι ας κουβαλάει μυρωδιές εφιαλτικές Ανάμεσα σε στάχτες κολυμπάς κι ανάσα σου βαραίνει ενώ χορεύουν στο μυαλό σου οι στιγμές Σκέφτεσαι αυτά που αγαπάς κι αναρωτιέσαι τι απομένει Θες στο κρασί σου να πνιγείς, να πάψεις πια να κλαις Και στα χείλη σου κολλάει, στάχτη μαύρη Και μαζεύω τους λυγμούς μου δάκρυ-δάκρυ Και στα χείλη μου κολλάει, στάχτη, μαύρη Και μετρώ πια τα κουφάρια από άκρη σ’άκρη When you were young You hid and sought In forests dense and green, and brought back treasures Mother nature had to offer And now back to mother you run To find the carcass she’s become ‘It’s too late kid, the damage done’ Χιλιοκαμένη Ελλάδα μου, σπαράζεις για τα σπλάχνα που ανέθρεψες καρτερικά στην πράσινη σου αγκάλη. Για δυο φράγκα σε βούτηξαν στου χάρου το μαγκάλι Σε ρήμαξαν και σ’άφησαν στο έρμαιο της βροχής Λαμπαδιασμένη γη μου εσύ, αιμορραγείς και τρέμεις Σπίθες χαράζουν σύνορα θανάτου και ζωής Κι όμως, στη μάχη ρίχνεσαι με δυο λιωμένες μπότες Να σώσεις τα παιδιά σου από το πέπλο της σιωπής μα χάνεις, και θα χαθείς Και στα χείλη μου κολλάει, στάχτη μαύρη Και μαζεύω τους λυγμούς μου δάκρυ-δάκρυ Και στα χείλη μου κολλάει, στάχτη μαύρη Και μετράω τα κουφάρια από άκρη σ’άκρη Simple pleasures you can find A deep blue sea and bright blue sky You always took for granted... TRANSLATION Simple pleasures, yet refined A deep blue sea, a bright blue sky you always took for granted Till one day you woke up to find The world you safely left behind is now all gone and drowning in the darkness [So you make your gaze follow the waves Lest the raging blaze that lights the darkness pull it. You act as if you’ve gotten used to the smell in the air despite the nightmares it carries You’re swimming among ashes and your breathing’s getting heavier while precious moments dance around in your head You think about what you love and wonder what’s left of it You want to drown in your wine to stop yourself from crying Black ash sticks to your lips, As you gather your sobs tear by tear Black ash sticks to your lips, As you count the carcasses in the horizon] When you were young You hid and sought In forests dense and green, and brought back treasures Mother Nature had to offer And now back to mother you run To find the carcass she’s become ‘It’s too late kid, the damage done’ [My dear, charred motherland, so used by now to being aflame, you sob for the children that you once nurtured in your green embrace. For a few quid they threw you in the brazier of hell, tore you apart and left you at the mercy of the rain) My earth, my bleeding, trembling mother Sparks are etching on you borders between life and death And yet, in melting boots, you throw yourself into the battle To save your children from the veil of silence - but you are losing and you’ll soon be gone... Black ash sticks to my lips, As I gather my sobs tear by tear Black ash sticks to my lips, As I count the carcasses in the horizon] Simple pleasures you can find A deep blue sea, a bright blue sky You always took for granted… ABOUT THIS SONG I wrote this song after the devastating wildfires in Greece in 2021, while I was on vacation in a campsite near Evia, where fires raged for over a week. The poem was inspired by personal experience and accounts from friends and family. We all knew someone who either had to flee their home, try to put out the fires themselves to protect it or help their neighbours evacuate. While very few human lives were lost in the fires, The extent of the environmental and property damage, as well as loss of wildlife, was immense, mainly due to the criminal negligence of the Greek government who did nothing to stop them spreading. A total of 428 forest fires were recorded between July and August all over the country, with a total of 126.53 acres burnt and 4 fatalities. Entire villages disappeared. Hundreds (if not thousands) of homes were destroyed.
FOR GRANTED (ΜΑ ΧΑΝΕΙΣ) Guitars/Oud: Stefanos Tsourelis Arrangement: Eleonora Kouneni / Stefanos Tsourelis Mixing: Matteo Galesi Mastering: Joshua Newman
STAY I can handle it all I can handle the fall I can handle the silence, the sadness, the rage I'll go on with the show And all the things I didn't want you to know All the secrets I'd hidden away I'll let it all go If you just stay Just stay I want you to stay I want you to hear the things I never would have done without you Stay I want you to stay I want you to see the way you make me See the way you make me feel So you know this is real We can handle it all We can walk through the flames We can carve our way through this I knew this would stain But we bleed through the same vein Just stay I want you to stay I want you to hear the things I never Hear the things I never say I want you to stay I want you to see the way you make me See the way you make me feel So you know So you know this is real I can handle it all I can handle the fall If you just stay If you just...
STAY Production / Keys / Double bass: Jerold Chu Violin: Bronwen Chan Add violin: Matt Holborn Mixing: Andrea Lepori Mastering: Joshua Newman
A few words...
My debut EP titled “If You Just…” is out in the world! This was a deeply personal project and the culmination of years of musical exploration and introspection. It represents a musical journey that has been shaped by the experiences, triumphs, and challenges I've encountered along the way. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to encounter a myriad of musical influences that have left an indelible mark on my soul. From the expressive melodies and individuality of Jazz and infectious rhythms of Latin, to the authentic flavors of my Mediterranean heritage and my pop-folk origins, this EP embraces and celebrates those influences, paying homage to the musical tapestry that has shaped me. But beyond the technicalities and artistic influences, “If You Just…” is an intimate reflection of the highs and lows of my journey as a human being. It encapsulates moments of joy, heartache, resilience, and growth. It is an enormous privilege to share this part of my journey with you all. It's an offering of vulnerability, and I truly hope it touches your hearts and resonates with your own stories. Lastly, a lot of people worked really heard for this EP to become a reality, and I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Full credits are included below.
All tracks written & performed by Eleonora Kouneni
© ℗ Eleonora Kouneni
Produced by Jerold Chu
Executive producer: Eleonora Kouneni
Cover Photography: Kim Hardy Photography