by Maria Milewska

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Byzantium is a song I co-wrote with composer Richard Williams. It is a story of exile in a counter factual world where the Byzantine empire never declined, and is instead spreading and invading Northern countries. As a result of this refugees are fleeing to Africa. In 'Byzantium', we see one such refugee.


I’ve been cast adrift from all I’ve known
With only memories to call my own
I’m still reeling from those fiery skies
With images emblazoned on my mind

I’ve retreated back inside myself
Yet even there no solace I have felt
Scared to hope there might be something more
That I’ll find my way to kinder shores

Byzantium, I understand
The heartbreak of a war torn land
Watch Islands of identities
Dissolving into stormy seas

Try to clear my mind and look ahead
But I’m uncertain of the path to tread
And if I find a place to make a start
Will they accept me with an open heart?

Lyrics copyright © Maria Milewska.


released January 12, 2017
Song composed by Maria Milewska (lyrics and vocal melodies) and Richard V Williams (harmonic structure and guitar melody)


Maria Milewska: Vocals, Keyboards
Sean Snook: Guitars
Shane Webb: Bass

An Harmonic Systems Research Production

Byzantium song copyright © 2016 Richard V Williams and Maria Milewska.

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Maria Milewska is an independent singer, songwriter, composer and musician from Bristol, UK.

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