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Αγόρι Μου Μελαχρινό
(Agori Mou Melaxrino)

(My Dark-Haired Boy)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Agori Mou Melaxrino" (Αγόρι Μου Μελαχρινό), which was sung by Eleftheria Hristopoulou. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

About this Song

Those of us from regions that speak Greek, Arabic, and Turkish have exchanged countless songs with each other through licensing the music and creating lyrics in our own languages. These include both current pop music and classics. The song translated on this page is an example of a classic – it originally appeared in Egypt as "Gana el Hawa" (Γκανα ελ Χαουα), sung in Arabic by Abdel Halim Hafez (Αμπντελ Χαλιμ). It appeared in the movie Abi Foq al-Shagara, which was released in 1969.

Abdel Halim Hafez was at the peak of his popularity in the 1960's, famous both as a singer and as a movie star. He was known as the "Dark Nightingale."

The composer was Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, and the original lyricist was Mohammed Hamza.

Although Eleftheria Hristopoulou was the first to record this with Greek lyrics, another Greek Romany singer named Manolis Aggelopoulos has performed it in Arabic in live concerts in Greece and Palestine.

The word "melaxrino" (pronounced mel-uh-rin-oh) refers to a man with dark hair and dark eyes. The word can also be used to refer to a man with dark skin.

About Eleftheria Christopoulou

Eleftheria Christopoulou was a Romany singer, born in the early 1950's in Greece. Her brief career lasted from 1975 to 1980, with one final album released in 1990.

Song: Agori Mou Melaxrino (My Dark-Haired Boy), 1979

Greek Lyrics: Katerina Panagou

Music: Baligh Hamdi

Original Artist for Greek Version: Eleftheria Hristopoulou

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Abdel Halim Hafez, 1969, in Arabic ("Gana el Hawa")

Dance Style: Belly dancing

Album: Tragoudo Tin Agapi

Τραγούδι: Αγόρι Μου Μελαχρινό

Στίχοι: Κατερίνα Πανάγου

Μουσική: Μπαλιγκ Χαμντι

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Ελευθερία Χριστοπούλου

Άλμπουμ: Τραγουδώ Την Αγάπη

 

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Lyrics

Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Μ' έχει σκλαβώσει m' ehi sklavosi I've been enslaved
ο έρωτας σου o erotas sou by your love,
αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino my dark haired boy. (1)
όταν με παίρνεις otan me pernis When you take me
στην αγκαλιά σου stin agalia sou in your embrace,
τα βάσανα μου τα ξεχνώ ta vasana mou ta xehno I forget my troubles.
     
Αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino My dark haired boy, (1)
Την ομορφιά σου προσκυνώ tin omorfia sou proskino your beauty I worship. (2)
     
Πες μου ότι μ' αγαπάς pes mou oti m' agapas Tell me that you love me,
κaι εγώ θα κάνω 'τι ζητάς ke ego tha kano 'ti zitas and I will do what you ask.
πες μου ότι μ' αγαπάς pes mou oti m' agapas Tell me that you love me,
κaι εγώ θα κάνω 'τι ζητάς ke ego tha kano 'ti zitas and I will do what you ask.
     
Μ' έχει σκλαβώσει m' ehi sklavosi I've been enslaved
ο έρωτας σου o erotas sou by your love,
αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino my dark haired boy. (1)
όταν με παίρνεις otan me pernis When you take me
στην αγκαλιά σου stin agalia sou in your embrace,
τα βάσανα μου τα ξεχνώ ta vasana mou ta xehno I forget my troubles.
     
Δεν τον χορταίνω den to horteno I don't get enough
τον έρωτα σου ton erota sou of your love.
από το βράδυ ως το πρωί apo to vradi os to proi From night until morning,
έλα και πάρε με δικιά σου ela ke pare me dikia sou come and take me as yours
για μια ολόκληρη ζωή ya mia olokliri zoi for an entire lifetime.
     
Αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino My dark haired boy, (1)
Την ομορφιά σου προσκυνώ tin omorfia sou proskino your beauty I worship. (2)
     
Πες μου ότι μ' αγαπάς pes mou oti m' agapas Tell me that you love me,
κaι εγώ θα κάνω 'τι ζητάς ke ego tha kano 'ti zitas and I will do what you ask.
Πες μου ότι μ' αγαπάς pes mou oti m' agapas Tell me that you love me,
κaι εγώ θα κάνω 'τι ζητάς ke ego tha kano 'ti zitas and I will do what you ask.
     
Μ' έχει σκλαβώσει m' ehi sklavosi I've been enslaved
ο έρωτας σου o erotas sou by your love,
αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino my dark haired boy. (1)
όταν με παίρνεις otan me pernis When you take me
στην αγκαλιά σου stin agalia sou in your embrace,
τα βάσανα μου τα ξεχνώ ta vasana mou ta xehno I forget my troubles.
     
Αγόρι μου μελαχρινό agori mou melahrino My dark haired boy, (1)
Την ομορφιά σου προσκυνώ tin omorfia sou proskino your beauty I worship. (2)
  1. Could alternatively mean "dark-skinned".
  2. "Proskino" is usually a religious term. It applies to visiting the church and bowing down to kiss the icon, or kneeling on the knees. The act of doing that is "proskinima".

 

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Translations of
Eleftheria Christopoulou's Songs On This Site

 

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About the Translator

This page was contributed by Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin, who is happy to share her culture and music she grew up with! Here's how Panayiota describes her background:

I always love engaging with intelligent like-minded people, especially artists. I love sharing anything and everything about my Hellenic culture and upbringing, especially music and dance. A conversation with me will bring you back to America's favorite Greek-American movie by Nia Vardalos called My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I love investigating Greek culture, history, music, and dance. Speaking of investigating, I think I missed my calling, I probably should have been an investigator. Instead, I use those skills to dig and dig and dig tirelessly, often times falling asleep on my laptop... just to find the truth. But, most importantly, accurate truth. For me personally, and other respectable folklorists, my culture and accuracy are very important. Each generation of ethnic born artists has a duty to do the best it can to pass down our traditions as was taught to us. We have been given this artistic gift to be the gatekeepers of our heritage and culture.

Panayiota

 

 

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