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This one was really, really hard. But oh man, was it worth the trouble... One of those songs that switch me off like a light. The voice, the whole voice and nothing but the voice.

ΑΝΑΤΟΛΉ   |   EAST

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Μουσική: Μιχάλης Τερζής   |   Music: Michalis Terzis

Στίχοι: Κωστής Παλαμάς   |   Lyrics: Kostis Palamas

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Γιαννιώτικα σμυρνιώτικα πολίτικα   |   From Giannena, from Smyrna, from Poli,

μακρόσυρτα τραγούδια ανατολίτικα   |   everlasting songs from the East,

λυπητερά    |   full of pain.

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Πώς η ψυχή μου σέρνεται μαζί σας   |   How my soul is swept along by you,

είναι χυμένη απ' τη μουσική σας   |   it is bursting from your music,

και πάει με τα δικά σας τα φτερά   |   and it flies on your own wings

και πάει με τα δικά σας τα φτερά   |   and it flies on your own wings.

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Μέσα σας κλαίει το μαύρο φτωχολόι   |   Through you the lightless downtrodden poor are weeping

κι όλα σας κι η χαρά σας μοιρολόι   |   and their everything, and their joy, [all is a ] miroloi

πικρό κι αργό   |   bitter and slow.

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Μαύρος φτωχός και σκλάβος κι ακαμάτης   |   Darkly miserable one, and enslaved, and weary,

στενόκαρδος κι αδούλευτος διαβάτης   |   have-not, know-nothing, good-for-nothing,

μαζί με σας κι εγώ   |   together with you, I too

μαζί με σας κι εγώ   |   together with you, I too.

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Σας γέννησε και μέσα σας μιλάει   |   You were born from it and it speaks through you,

και βογγάει και βαρειά μοσχοβολάει   |   and it groans and gives off a deep perfume,

η μαγεμένη Ανατολή   |   the enchanted East.

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Και μια φυλή ζει μέσα σας και λιώνει   |   And a [whole] race lives inside you and dissolves,

και μια ζωή δεμένη σπαρταρά   |   and a life in fetters, writhing.

γιαννιώτικα σμυρνιώτικα πολίτικα   |   From Giannena, from Smyrna, from Poli

μαυρόσυρτα τραγούδια ανατολίτικα   |   everlasting songs from the east

λυπητερά   |   full of pain.

Thanks to soc for the song and to nikolas for the translation! (The mistakes are mine though, not his).

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