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Στους μπαξέδες / Among the orchards

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Στους μπαξέδες _____||_____ Among the orchards

Στίχοι: Μάνος Ελευθερίου_____||_____ Lyrics: Manos Eleftheriou

Μουσική: Δήμος Μούτσης_____||_____ Music: Dimos Moutsis

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Βίκυ Μοσχολιού_____||_____ First sung by: Vicky Mosxoliou

Sung by Dalaras on 31 jan. 2007, at the evening organised by ERT radio in honour of Manos Eleftheriou.

Στους μπαξέδες και στους ταρσανάδες_____||_____ Among the orchards and the shipyards

ήρθες να μου κόψεις μια ζωή_____||_____ you came at me to cut off a life

κι ο βοριάς που ματώνει στις Κυκλάδες_____||_____ and the north wind that leaves blood on the Cyclades

μ' άλλα λόγια φτώχεια και κρασί._____||_____ in other words poverty and wine.

Σε μια θάλασσα μαλαματένια_____||_____ Over a golden sea

στολισμένος μάγκας και νταής_____||_____ all dressed up as a mangas and daïs

ήρθες να, αχ, να μου πεις κρυφά και μένα_____||_____ you came to, ah, to tell me too in secret

τον καημό της Φραγκοσυριανής._____||_____ the grief of Frangosyrianni

Θα σου στήσω στις γωνιές καρτέρι_____||_____ I shall set ambushes for you at street corners

ξόβεργα σ' αυλές κι ανηφοριές_____||_____ traps in the courtyards and the steep alleys

για να μάθεις, αχ, βρε μαύρο περιστέρι_____||_____ that you may learn, ah, you black dove,

να μη δίνεις άλλες συμφορές._____||_____ to bestow no more suffering.

Translator's notes: The "you" addressed in the song would be "ksenitia", the poverty-driven emigration that marked many generations of Greeks. The words "mangas" and "daïs" belong to the rembetico vocabulary and designate "the big guy". As for "Frangosyrianni", she is a girl who lives (forever) in the song that Markos Vamvakaris wrote about her.

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