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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.


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
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
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?
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
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
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
All the good things,
All I wanna give,
All I wanna share is right now
With you and him
The man from the bench


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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