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Bir Demet Yasemen
(One Bunch of Jasmine)

 

This page contains the song lyrics to "Bir Demet Yasemen", a very beautiful traditional Turkish folk song. It includes both a transliteration of the Turkish into the Roman alphabet and a translation into English.

In the 1970's and 1980's, this sad song was often used by belly dancers in North America for dancing with a tarha (veil).

Although the song is Turkish, it's usually not used by Turkish dancers in their Oryantal dans performances.

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

Jasmine

 

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Listen to MP3 Clips of this Song

Note Sung by John Bilezikjian on the album titled Sirocco
Note Sung by Brothers of the Baladi on the album titled Heart of the Beast
Note Sung by Brothers of the Baladi on the album titled Further Journeys
Note Instrumental by Mediterranean Raqs Band on the album Music Saqra Likes

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Lyrics

Turkish Lyrics

English Translation

Bir demet yasemen A bunch of jasmine
Aşkımın tek hatırası The only memory of my love
Bir demet yasemen A bunch of jasmine
Aşkımın tek hatırası The only memory of my love
   
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound
   
Ağlasam inlesem, silinmez If I cried or moaned, won't be erased,
Bahtın yarası My destiny's wound
Ağlasam inlesem, silinmez If I cried or moaned, won't be erased,
Bahtın yarası My destiny's wound
   
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound
   
Ağlasam inlesem, silinmez If I cried or moaned, won't be erased,
Bahtın yarası My destiny's wound
Ağlasam inlesem, silinmez If I cried or moaned, won't be erased,
Bahtın yarası My destiny's wound
   
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound
Bitmiyor ayrılık There is no end to separation
Dinmiyor gönlümün There is no end to my heart's
Hicran hicran hicran yarası Grief, grief, grief wound

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Mediterranean Raqs Band

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Listen to Clip

Artist: Mediterranean Raqs Band
Album Title: Music Saqra Likes

Web Site: www.saqra.net

Heart of the Beast Album Cover

Note

Listen to Clip

Artist: Brothers of the Baladi
Album Title: Heart of the Beast

Further Journeys Album Cover

Note

Listen to Clip

Artist: Brothers of the Baladi
Album Title: Further Journeys

Sirocco Album Cover

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Var Daghdevirian
Album Title: Sirocco

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434
U.S.A.

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site: www.dantzrecords.com

Dream of Scheherazade CD Cover

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Listen to Clip

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Louis Sayegh
Album Title: Dream of Scheherazade

(Part of the medley titled "The Wish of Alexandria, listed under the title Bouquet of Jasmine")

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434
U.S.A.

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site: www.dantzrecords.com

 

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About the Translator

Many thanks to Gunsu Temirer, who did this translation for me of one of my favorite Turkish songs. Gunsu was born in Turkey, and now lives in the United States.

 

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