Regarding Greek Music

I can’t stand Greek bouzouki/popular music. I never could, even when I was 2 years old and didn’t know anything about any other kind of music yet. That’s why I was always the weirdo of my friend’s pack, I guess… I don’t like traditional Greek music either, although I must admit that I much prefer it over popular modern Greek music.

Having said that, there are a few, very few, Greek songs that I very much like. One of them is “Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki” (”Cloudy Sunday”) by Vasilis Tsitsanis. Another one is “Annabel” of Stavros Xarhakos (also known as “ena proino”). It’s a love song but if you try to literally understand its lyrics you won’t make lots of sense (that’s why I won’t even bother translate it). It was the theme song of a late-60s Greek romantic movie where a beautiful English young woman falls for… an uncivilized goat-herder while in Greece for summer vacations.

Ένα πρωινό η Παναγιά μου
θα’ρθει να με βρει στην ακρογιαλιά
πέλαγο κρυφό τα όνειρα μου
κι έστειλες εσύ βάρκα με πανί

Πόσο σ’αγαπώ κανείς δεν ξέρει
κι αν θα μ’αγαπάς μικρό μου ταίρι
καλοκαιρινό σ’αγαπώ

Θα σταθείς ψηλά στο παραθύρι
πάνω στα μαλλιά άστρα του νοτιά
έχει η Παναγιά καραβοκύρη
να μας πάει μακριά πέρα απ’τη στεριά

If any Greek reader has an mp3 of it I would be very interested in getting hold of it (can’t buy the album as it’s not sold in US).

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Thom Holwerda wrote on July 26th, 2006 at 7:10 AM PST:

What scares me about the lyrics is that I still actually know and can read the Greek alphabet.

stormrider wrote on July 26th, 2006 at 11:38 AM PST:

pls be a bad girl and download it from a p2p or something like that!

me neither, I can not stand bouzouki, it’s sound is like scratching my eardrum. I don’t like the song concepts neither: it all about “how poor but ??et??de? we are”.

Joseph wrote on July 27th, 2006 at 4:11 AM PST:

Is this a contemporary artist who wrote the song, or is it a classic with many variations?

The song itself turned up on ed2k/kad but not by the name mentioned.

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