Pat, March 2018
Hey hey all you lovers of the greek light!
My name is Pat Zanetti and I am a Danish singersong writer
I had just turned 18 when I arrived in that magical place called Matala
in the summer of 1968 having hitchhiked from Copenhagen with a friend
What a scene! All the caves were occupied so we had to sleep on the beach
like so many others - waiting for a cave to become vacant
We did a lot of hiking between Matala and Red beach where people were
literally living in holes in the ground!!Back to nature!The native indian hippy regime
Wonderfull mini-coves along the coastline with heavenly turquoise sea water
you just couldn't keep from diving into right on the spot - now! - Jump!
I had my guitar with me - without a case! - and I started writing songs about these
Supernatural days in this Super nature, so different from what I was used to -
So I wrote: ‘It’s a fine fine day’! - and OMG were these fine fine days!:
It’s a fine fine day to take a walk outside
It’s a fine fine day to do anything you like
It’s a fine fine day to walk up and down the hill
It’s a fine fine day to do exactly what thou wilt
It’s a fine fine day to get high without a pill
Now something’s in the air something’s telling me now
something close to bliss but I’m not sure what it is
something’s in the air and it isn’t just the sun
it’s so hard to explain but it's there all the same
it’s so hard to explain I just can't give it any name (The Matala Vibe!)
Have you ever been to Matala the bay
and did you ever see them green trees softly sway (Tamarisks!)
did you ever drink retzina on the beach
while the sun goes down and the girls are within reach
while the sun goes down deep beneath that restless sea
Now if you ever go down south please visit my friend Janis
in his souvlaki shop you know his ouzo's good enough
he's got a funny smile beneath his black moustachio
please give him my regards on his shoulder slap him hard
and if you see his wife tell her everything’s allright
Oh yes those were the days my friend - 50 years ago in a couple of months!
I allso wrote the genuine ‘Matala song’ - though that was a few years later
Joni Michell didn’t write about Matala she wrote about Carrot the Radish!
While living in Sivas - Matala had started to degenerate! - I wrote the song:
‘Morning song’ as a tribute to the whole area - both songs are on youtube
with the lyrics under the video screen - if you want to dive back into those
glorious days we thought would never end...
Later again I changed location to the islands of Paros - Samos and Leros
continuing to write songs about my aegean experiences - and they are all
uploaded on youtube - except: ‘It's a fine fine day’ - I never recorded that song
- maybe I should do that now: on its 50th anniversary!
All the best to you Lovers of the greek Light
Yours, Pat Zanetti