Great Greek song

I just came across this and it brought back memories. This is one of the best Greek songs ever in my opinion. The video is from the performance in Eurovision 1991, unfortunately with a terrible saxophone performance (the original saxophonist fell ill prior to the competition) and sound control going bad on top of all this. Nevertheless, that was an amazing performance by the singer on an amazing song — that’s how Greek music should have always been. Pre-recorded version of the song here (despite all the problems, her live performance was better than the recorded one), and a cleaner version here.

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Ilias wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 3:06 AM PST:

There is an even better cover of Anixi done by Manos Purobolakis who is a cretan lyra player. I actually tried to find this song on-line but I didn’t have much success. Eugenia, ask your friends in Greece to send it to you it’s really great!


A real Greek wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 8:46 AM PST:

As this is perhaps the only positive comment you make about Greece in this blog, I decided to reply to you because I feel disgusted and offended by your comments. Obviously you have no idea about the Greeks or the Greek lifestyle and I am convinced that you only know Greece from what your family told you when they left the country in the 50s or when you visit in the summer for 15 days. As a real Greek I would like to inform you that my country is authentic, pragmatic, ideal (sounds Greek to you?)and most importantly free! If the worst thing that can happen to you when interacting with my country is losing a parcel in the post then I think you should reconsider if the world you live in is truly superior, as you like to think. Would you dare to leave your house and go for a walk to the city centre at 11pm? In Greece we can! And I suspect why you don’t like any of the Greek TV series – no shooting or violence involved? I feel sorry for you cause you are trapped in a world where TV is your religion! If I should blame Greece for one thing, that would be the bad imitation of your world…TV to blame as well. It is hopeless to believe that you will come to your senses and realize the meaning of freedom in your life…perhaps if you could spend more time here…Pistevw oti ekfrazw megalo meros twn Ellhnwn apo tin Ellada, kai tha perimenw tin sygnomh sou gia tis vrisies sou pros tin xwra mou kai tous sympatriwtes mou!


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Eugenia wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 9:08 AM PST:

I Ieft Greece just 10 years ago, and I am 34 years old. This means that I was born, grew up, went to school and lived *most* of my life in Greece. So yes, I know Greece and the Greek lifestyle APE3W KAI ANAKATWTA. My family NEVER left Greece, so I am not a second generation Greek abroad, alla eimai vera Ellinida, kai me voula.

>I decided to reply to you

You are OFF TOPIC here.

>because I feel disgusted and offended by your comments.

Then why the hell did you read my blog or even bother to reply? This is my PERSONAL blog, and I use my blog as a mean to express my thoughts, NO MATTER how unsettling might be for some people! It is personal, it is the place where I rant.

>TV is your religion

I watch TV only a few hours a week. I blog a lot about it because simply I find a lot to write about it. It’s a rich topic.

You obviously know NOTHING about me, and yet you have the FACE to come here and write this.

And yes, I WILL continue to CRITISIZE Greece, because **I love my country**. To fix something, you have to criticize it, you have to SHOW the problem, NOT conceal it. And yes, losing a parcel WAS very painful to me (it still is, I get very upset when I think about it). Do you think that you would be happy if your little brother was expecting his birthday present that cost $700, and that never arrived??? Emeis douleuoume san malakes edw diladi gia na to fane oi gamimenoi oi Ellines tou taxydromeiou nomizeis? Pws tin vrikes diladi? Mas perases gia malakes?

I have lived in 4 different countries, theft problems I only had in Greece — TWICE. So, yes, I HAVE the right to criticize Greek people, because they proved yet and again unworthy of my trust. Maybe I would have never written what I wrote if (the vast majority of) Greeks didn’t think so much of themselves.

And no, I don’t feel safe at night at 11 PM in Athens. I don’t think it’s safe to be in any big city of the world at night.

Giauto loipon, kane pera, pou den exeis zisei makria apo tin Ellada oute mia mera, kai mou les emena meta poso megali kai trani einai i Elladitsa sou! Ante re! Anoi3e ta matia sou kai vgale tin TYFLH agapi gia tin Ellada sou kai koita pws tha tin *ftiaxeis* anti na mou tin mouno-xaideueis. Giauto den pame brosta reeeeee, giati tin mouno-xaideuoume oloi!!! E, oxi pia egw! H Ellada me exei pligwsei mesw polwn pragmatwn (pou esi den 3ereis dioti einai prosopika gegonota), kai giauto egrapsa oti egrapsa san ena 3espasma gia ola pou mou exoun symvei.

Tin agapw tin Ellada, alla oxi kai na me gamisei kiolas.


A real Greek wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 9:36 AM PST:

I understand your frustration! ;h…Katalavainw tin katapiesh sou! I’m 36 years old, born in the US, grew up in Greece, living in the UK for the past 5 years (poly konta sto agaphmeno sou Guildford) and have lived in Belgium for 2 years! This is your personal blog indeed…just thought it was open for discussion and exchange of ideas instead of exchange of vrisies! But I am not going to fall for this! If you can only establish an argument by swearing…then obviously this is a place I don’t want to be! Grow up! Feel free to use the rich Greek vocabulary and if you feel hurt by Greece then get over it! If you think you can make things better for my country why are you still there? Obviously you feel safer criticizing from a distance! A very Greek thing to do, I admit! So you are not special! Kai tha krathsw tin symvoulh na exw ta matia mou anoixta gia na borw na kratiemai makria apo tous verous Ellhnes san kai sena! Have a good life!


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Eugenia wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 9:42 AM PST:

>just thought it was open for discussion and exchange of ideas

This blog post is about a song, your comment was off topic.

>why are you still there?

Because my husband works here. Do you think that I want to be here???? I DON’T. When I go to bed at night my eyes are WATERING thinking of my mountain village and my hens in Epeiros. But I have no alternative, I married the man I love (life gave me that gift at least), and that man must be here. And so I must be here too, by his side. My husband can’t find a job in Greece because he doesn’t speak the language (he is French btw, not American).

>instead of exchange of vrisies!

I swear a lot, it’s just me. I get angry very fast, very easily, very aggressively. And then I blog.


A real Greek wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 9:54 AM PST:

No worries! My husband is British and this is the reason why I am here too! Doesn’t speak a word of Greek = no job opportunities in Greece! I know the blog post is about a song…and I only ended up here trying to find a faster way to download Greek TV series…just got very angry, very fast with your anti-Greek attitude. Of course this is your personal blog and you are free to say whatever comes to mind…it so happens that I do the same sometimes! Geia sou Eugenia.


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Eugenia wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 10:05 AM PST:

>with your anti-Greek attitude

I am anti-greek for things that are broken and need fixing. But I am pro-greek for things that are good and make me proud (e.g. hospitality). I am anti-chauvinist (I find all peoples of the world equally interesting), but I do long for the place I grew up, for the people who share the same roots as I do.

>it so happens that I do the same sometimes!

Understandable. :)


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Eugenia wrote on June 12th, 2007 at 6:28 AM PST:

Thanks for the info Ilia, I will have a look.


papo wrote on June 13th, 2007 at 8:52 AM PST:

Kala edw emeis pou exoume gyrisei syneidhta sthn ellada meta apo spoudes sto ekswteriko – kai siga siga vlepw filous kai gbwstous – AKOMA kai egw – I am reconsidering. Egw menw sthn ellada, yposthrizw thn ellada to IT market ths, thn agora, to mono pou vlepw einai proxeirothta mikrothta kai adieksoda. Den zw allou eimai edw…den mporei kaneis na mou pei oti kanw fake kritikh. Tha skeftw poly sovara ta epomena xronia na fygw!

A nai AKOMA PERIMENW AFTO TO VIVLIO APO TO AMAZON! MHPWS EXEI XATHEI PALI..OPWS XATHIKE KAI TO DVD APO TO PLAY.COM!

Ante mhn arxhsw…kai egw!


memson wrote on June 13th, 2007 at 10:13 AM PST:

And just to be the only non Greek in the village: I always liked this one for it’s comedic value. Shame thay bir arse on the night of their performance…




papo wrote on June 13th, 2007 at 3:39 AM PST:

Nai alla eutixos to amazon einai pio epaggelmaties apo ta ELTA kai for free mou stelnoun ksana to vivlio!

Thn allh fora sto play.com…1 DVD ekane 50 meres na erthei!

paketa me vivlia apo oreilly 1 mhna..kai alla tragelafika!


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Eugenia wrote on June 13th, 2007 at 10:35 AM PST:

Pwpw, exases kai esy pragmata??


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