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What do Greek songs portray

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I have tried to translate a Turkish poem by Ataol Behramoglu that I find it in relation with translation efforts for Dalaras songs.

This poem is neither a composed song nor Dalaras sings it.Maybe here is wrong place to post it.Thats why, I have to apologize.But I couldnt help myself sharing it with you.

I dedicate it to all Dalaras Club translators,especially to Geeske.

Ne Anlatır Yunan Şarkıları/ What do Greek songs portray

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Geceye dair, aşka dair / about night,about love

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları /What do Greek songs portray

Hayatımıza dair / about our lives

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

İnsanı tepeden tırnağa saran bu hüzünle / with this sorrow that covers the human from top to toe

Sanki hep anlatılmayan bir şey kalmıştır / as if something has remained that wasnt portrayed

İçimizi ne kadar döksek de / no matter howmuch we unburden our hearts

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Biten bir aşk mı, başlayan bir aşk mı / an ending love or a starting one

Bir kız mı, yüzünü hiç görmeyeceğimiz / a girl whose face we will never see

Çayırlarına hiç uzanamayacağımız kırlar mı / countrysides that we never can lie down on their meadows

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Bu sürekli, bu yumuşak ısrarla / with this continous,with this soft insistence

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Yüreğimize işleyen tempolarla / with tempos beating in our hearts

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Sonsuzluğa güzelliğe, sonsuz barışa dair / about infinity,beauty,about immense peace

Acılarla dolsak da ne kadar / though we are filled up with pain too much

Sımsıcak yaşamaya dair / about leading a warm life

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Bir gün birleşeceğini mi bütün şarkıların / one day all songs will come together

Ne anlatır Yunan şarkıları / What do Greek songs portray

Bu kadar uzak...ve bu kadar yakın / so far...and ..so close

Ataol Behramoğlu

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Beautiful! I will jump in the sharkpool and give some small comments, in brackets:. Of course, this is only with regard to the english, since don't read or speak turkish, so some things can be wrong depending on the literal meaning.

Ne anlatr Yunan arklar / What do Greek songs portray

nsan tepeden trnaa saran bu hόzόnle / whit[with :)]this sorrow that covers the human from top to toe

Sanki hep anlatlmayan bir ey kalmtr / as if something has remained that [is?] not portrayed

ηimizi ne kadar dφksek de / no matter how much we unberden[unburden] our hearts

Bir kz m, yόzόnό hiη gφrmeyeceimiz / a girl ['whose face we will never see' sounds a little better in english]that we will never see her face

Ηayrlarna hiη uzanamayacamz krlar m / countrysides [some construction like the one above, although I can not find a godod one right now]that we never can lie down on their meadows

Bu sόrekli, bu yumuak srarla / with this continous,with this [soft insistance, if I am not mistaken] softly insistence

Aclarla dolsak da ne kadar / though we [are?]filled up with pain too much

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Andreas,you are right.Sorry for my poor English and hasty writting.I edited my silly errors on my first post.Thank you.

Geeske,Olga,thank you very much for your kind words. :)

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Andreas,you are right.Sorry for my poor English and hasty writting.I edited my silly errors on my first post.Thank you.

Geeske,Olga,thank you very much for your kind words. :)

Please don't feel sorry, it is very easy to do such mistakes when translating. I think your english is just fine. Thanks again!

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