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The Man From The Bench is a Prog Pop song in English; a true story about a man who lived opposite my flat for some time, whom I met and who steered a lot questions in me: “He doesn’t want to live, He doesn’t want to die and he is stuck, Stuck on this bench, God, am I free?” Written and recorded 2004. There’s a version of the same tune sung by Djanan Turan.

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1.
I see the trees and the grass and the people on it
I see the road and a bench and a man on a sleep
I see his face and its sad, and its lonely and hurt
I don’t how, don’t know when, don’t know what went so wrong
2.
I look at night and I see people walking away
They live their lives, I live mijn, there is nothing to say
The man is there on the bench always looking at them
He doesn’t talk, doesn’t eat, doesn’t search for some thing
*I
That will help him
He doesn’t want to live,
he doesn’t want to die and he is stuck,
stuck on this bench
God, am I free?
3.
I saw a child passing by and she sat next to him
And than they talked, then they laughed, I could hear what they say
I need a friend, want to talk, want to share – said the man
Don’t go away, I can’t search for the truth on my own
*II
I can’t find it
I don’t wanna live,
I don’t wanna die and I am stuck
Please can you help,
I need a friend
4.
The time flows and my days rush to come to an end
The man is there, doesn’t live, doesn’t die and we’re stuck
I see my life, all I’ve got, what’s the purpose of it
The day we’ll die, ‘ll be the same, shall we share it then
*III
All the good things,
All I wanna give,
All I wanna share is right now
With you and him
The man from the bench

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from Urban Maze: Treble (2018), released December 3, 2018

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Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist London, UK

Viktor is a composer of music ranging from Rock and Hip-hop in ex-Yugoslavia to Greek & Balkan Neo-Folk and Blues Fusion in London, UK.
He sings and plays the guitar, bouzouki, bass, baglamas and tambura; including drum machine and midi sequencing.
Influenced by Peter Green, Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Dalaras, Tsitsanis, Nikola Badev, Smak & Yu Grupa
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