In an interview, music critic Maria Paravantes from Athens, Greece, walks All Things Considered host Robert Siegel through a few of the songs that have given voice to Greek frustration and anger this year. The common thread throughout is that the music being used today isn't new at all, but instead dates back almost four decades — one even back to Greek poet Georgios Souris 100 years ago. You can listen to the conversation by clicking the audio link above, and hear the songs below.
Flame On: Protest Songs From Greece
"Siga Mi Klapso" by Yiannis Aggelakas
Key lyric: "They tell me I'm too small to change things / No, I won't cry, I won't be afraid."
"Lost Kids" by Dagobah System feat. Razastarr
"Tous eho varethi" by Ypogeia Revmata
Key lyric: "And what would we lose without all of those, the Germans, the professors, who would know much more if they didn't fill their stomachs, cowardly nine-to-fivers, portly servants / I'm sick and tired of them all."
"Flame On" by Soul System
Key lyric: "We're ready to pave the way / We can react."
"To tragoudi tis Plateias" (The Song of the Square) by Vassilis Papakonstantinou
Key lyric: "And while they [the government] rob you in broad daylight, the thief they look to find."