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Χαράμισα
(Charamisa)

(I Wasted)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Greek song "Charamisa" (Χαράμισα), which was sung by Eleftheria Christopoulou. Some people spell the song title as "Haramisa".

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

Various sources in Greek suggest this song has an Egyptian counterpart with Arabic lyrics. However, they don't identify the Arabic title of the song or the composer.

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: Charamisa (I Wasted), 1979

Lyrics: Abdallah El Sayed Medgahed

Original Artist: Eleftheria Christopoulou

Dance Style: Belly Dance

Album: Tragoudo Tin Agapi (I Sing The Love)

Τραγουδι: Χαράμισα, 1979

Στίχοι: Αμπνταλλα Ελ Σαγιεντ Μεντγκαχεντ

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Ελευθερία Χριστοπούλου

Χορός: Ορίενταλ, Χορό Της Κοιλιάς, Ανατολίτικο Χορό, Τσιφτετέλι, Τσιφτετέλια, Χανουμικο, Κελικος Χορός

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

Γιατί με περιφρόνησες yiati me perifronises Why did you scorn me?
εμένανε, εμένανε emenane, emenane I, I
που σ' αγαπώ pou s' agapo who loves you?
γιατί με περιφρόνησες yiati me perifronises Why did you scorn me?
και μ' έκανες, και μ' έκανες ke m' ekanes, k m' ekanes And you made me, and you made me
να τρελαθώ na trelatho go crazy.
     
Λάθος έκανα εγώ lathos ekana ego I made the mistake
που σ' αγάπησα pou s' agapisa of loving you.
τώρα όμως σ' αγαπώ tora omos s' agapo But now I love you,
και ας μετάνιωσα ke as metaniosa even though I regret
που σ' αγάπησα pou s' agapisa that I loved you.
     
Την όμορφη αγάπη μας tin omorfi agapi mas Our beautiful love —
την πέταξες, την πέταξες tin petaxes, tin petaxes you threw it, you threw it
μεσ' στο γκρεμό mes' sto gremo down the cliff.
και τα τρελά τα χάδια μου ke ta trela ta hadia mou And my crazy caresses —
τα ξέχασες, τα ξέχασες ta xehases, ta xehases you forgot them, you forgot them
σ' ένα λεπτό s' ena lepto in a minute.
     
Λάθος έκανα εγώ lathos ekana ego I made the mistake
που σ' αγάπησα pou s' agapisa of loving you.
τώρα όμως σ' αγαπώ tora omos s' agapo But now I love you,
και ας μετάνιωσα ke as metaniosa even though I regret
που σ' αγάπησα pou s' agapisa that I loved you.
     
Γιατί με περιφρόνησες yiati me perifronises Why did you scorn me?
εμένανε, εμένανε emenane, emenane I, I
που σ' αγαπώ pou s' agapo who loves you?

 

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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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