Know Thyself

by Panos Stergiou

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"Know Thyself" is the second full length album by Panos Stergiou, self-released on July 5, 2019.

The album contains 8 songs.
Musically, it combines alternative rock with some pop rock melodies.

The lyrics focus on introspection and self-awareness, encouraging the listeners to get to know themselves in depth so that they can improve their lives and their societies.

The album is available on both digital and physical cd copy.

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released July 5, 2019

Music & Lyrics: Panos Stergiou

Panos Stergiou: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Programming
Marios Skaltsas: Drums, Tambourine

Produced and mixed by Marios Skaltsas and Panos Stergiou.
Engineered and mastered by Marios Skaltsas at Home Studio Project, Levadia, Greece.

Artwork / Layout: Remedy Art Design

℗ & © 2019 Panos Stergiou, all rights reserved

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Panos Stergiou is a musician, songwriter, singer and guitarist from Levadia, Greece. His songwriting style has been influenced by a wide range of genres, from rock to electronic music and from metal to Greek traditional music.

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Track Name: Royal Road
ROYAL ROAD

The pain, the strain
The life I left behind
The guilt and the shame
And all the fears I hide
I spent all night flying
Above this lonely world
Then I started falling
Till I woke up in my bed
So frozen, afraid
I couldn’t even scream
Then I realized
That it was just a dream

They keep on coming back
Dressed in colours and wearing masks

This is the mirror
Of the unconscious mind
Distorted reflections
Of waking life
A movie plays in my head
I have the starring role
I meet my inner self there
Every night I take the royal road

Every night I take the road
That leads to my unconscious mind

Desires and urges
Repressed and locked away
They all must be released
In some way
Once again last night
I was talking with the dead
Then I started crying
Till I woke up in my bed
So frightened, so happy
I couldn’t even scream
Then I realized
That it was just a dream

They keep on coming back
Dressed in colours and wearing masks

This is the mirror
Of the unconscious mind
Distorted reflections
Of waking life
A movie plays in my head
I have the starring role
I meet my inner self there
Every night I take the royal road
Track Name: Fragments
FRAGMENTS

This perfect universe
No god or man has made
It ever was and will be
An ever-living flame

The sun is new each day
A never-ending change
Everything is in flux
Nothing remains the same

Can you hide
From what never goes away?
The fire burns eternally
Eternity is a child at play

Thinking well is excellence
Act and speak what’s true
Though nature loves to hide
Her gold is inside you

The universal Reason
What opposes unites
From all comes one, and from one all
By strife all things arise

Can you hide
From what never goes away?
Reason is the king of this world
Your character is your fate
Track Name: Diotima
DIOTIMA

Tell me
What Love really is?
God or mortal,
Or something in between?

Maybe Love is the son
Of Resource and Poverty
He is starved and clever
Once, somebody taught me that…

Love desires immortality
Searches for the beauty in everything
Wants to possess the good eternally
Happiness is all he really needs
Because this is
The final end of all desires

First, it was
Your body that I longed for
Then, I found
A treasure in your soul

I know the time will come
That I will fall in love
With everything I see
Once somebody taught me that…

Love desires immortality
Searches for the beauty in everything
Wants to possess the good eternally
Happiness is all he really needs
Because this is
The final end of all desires

I call your name
Whenever I want to touch the sun
Track Name: Use Your Mind
USE YOUR MIND

Turn the TV on
Fade into oblivion
Fall on your knees
Pray to the Father
And find your peace

You’re always taking the drug that helps you
Escape your own reality
You’re waiting for the Messiah to come
And save you from your misery

You can change yourself
Just use your mind!
You can change the world
It’s in your hands!

Come on, get off the couch
And get out there
It’s time for you
To spread your wings and fly
Open your eyes and see
You don’t need saviours
Knowledge begins
When you wonder “why?”

You think you’re so free
You stay informed by watching TV
You want a better life
First you vote for liars, then you pay the price

Democracy without knowledge
Is another kind of dictatorship
Remember, when you follow the herd
You end up stepping in shit!

You can change yourself
Just use your mind!
You can change the world
It’s in your hands!

Come on, get off the couch
And get out there
It’s time for you
To spread your wings and fly
Open your eyes and see
You don’t need saviours
Knowledge begins
When you wonder “why?”

Only you can save yourself…
Track Name: The Price Of Apathy
THE PRICE OF APATHY

The world is an angry place
Life is a mess
The beauty around us is dying
What’s really going on?
Nothing makes sense
Something’s wrong with humankind

I wonder why
We’ve lost our way
We’ve taken the wrong path
Why haven’t we learned anything
From the mistakes of the past?

Now we pay
The price for our choices
And we live a life of misery
If we don’t know ourselves,
Then we cannot change
Our destiny

The unexamined life
Is not worth living
We should analyze our actions
The price of apathy is
Pain and suffering
Poverty, loss and destruction

I wonder why
We’ve lost our way
We’ve taken the wrong path
Why haven’t we learned anything
From the mistakes of the past?

Now we pay
The price for our choices
And we live a life of misery
If we don’t know ourselves,
Then we cannot change
Our destiny
Track Name: The Hourglass
THE HOURGLASS

Life is like an hourglass
And we are but grains of sand
Why can’t we turn it upside down,
When our time is up?

We’re floating on the seas of time
Trying to make our lives sublime
Remember, nothing’s permanent
Live life as fully as you can

Time is moving fast, slipping away,
It never comes back
The past is just a faded memory
The future’s in our hands
No man ever steps in the same river twice

We rush but we don’t know why
We forget to live before we die
Life is here and now
There is no afterlife

We’re floating on the seas of time
Trying to make our lives sublime
Remember, nothing’s permanent
Live life as fully as you can

Time is moving fast, slipping away,
It never comes back
The past is just a faded memory
The future’s in our hands
No man ever steps in the same river twice

Yesterday’s already gone
Tomorrow may never come
Today is all we really have
Time waits for no one
Life is like an hourglass
Track Name: Love And Death
LOVE AND DEATH

Death is the ruler of the universe
The leader of the world
The dominant law
Life is a field of possibilities
Only one thing is certain
The fact that one day we will die

Everything we do in our life
Aim at the end
If you want to endure life,
Prepare yourself for death

Life is short, time is fast
We love ourselves too much
This love creates the fear of death
And when the time comes for us to die
We simply pay the price
For the gifts that life gave us

Don’t be afraid
When we exist, death is not yet present
No agony
When death is present, then we do not exist

What we call nature, birth, creation,
Is the meeting of being with nothingness
Fondness and dispute, upon these forces
The whole drama of life takes place
Death and love are one and the same
What unites also separates
You know that there is no afterlife
But there’s a remedy against the fear of death
Live a happy life, as fully as possible
Live each day like it’s your last
Track Name: Choices
CHOICES

Choices define the life you lead
You are always torn between
Good and evil, right and wrong
Choose the path you’ll walk upon
What you call fate is such a lie
You spin the thread of your own life
There are no Gods
It’s all in your hands

You are the sum of the choices you’ve made
It’s only you, there is no one else to blame
You’re only here briefly, there is no promised land
No life after death, you only live once

Sometimes the brain creates the pain
You flirt with loss while you can gain
You can be anything you wanna be
If your free will is really free
Try to find out, it’s hard to find
When you’re a victim of your own mind
No divine plans
It’s all in your hands

You are the sum of the choices you’ve made
It’s only you, there is no one else to blame
You’re only here briefly, there is no promised land
No life after death, you only live once

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