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Δέστε Μου Τα Μάτια
(Deste Mou Ta Matia)

(Blindfold My Eyes)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Deste Mou Ta Matia" (Δέστε Μου Τα Μάτια), which was sung by Despina Vandi. 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

Mohammed Marwan Ba'aseery (Μοχαμεντ Μαρουαν Μπα'ασιρη), who goes by the stage name Iwan, wrote and sang the original Arabic version of this song under the title "Oul Inshallah" (Ουλ Ινσαιλα) in 2003. Iwan is of Syrian (mother) and Lebanese (father) heritage. Some sources also say he is Palestinian.

There is also a version with lyrics in Turkish under the song title "Aşkı Bana Sakla" by Asuman Krause, on the album Çok Yalnızım.

About Despina Vandi

Despina Vandi (birth name Δέσποινα Μαλέα) was born in Germany in 1969 to Pontian (Anatolian) Greek parents. (Pontus was a region of Turkey on the southern coast of the Black Sea populated by Greeks. Pontian people suffered from genocide policies of the Ataturk government after World War 1, and many fled Turkey as refugees.)

Vandi's family moved to Greece when she was a child. She launched her singing career in Athens in the mid-1990's. In 2000, she released the single "Ipofero", which became the best-selling single of all time in Greece. She has won numerous awards, and today is known as the "queen of Greek music".

Despina Vandi

About Fivos (Phivos, Phoebus)

Fivos is the stage name for Evangelos-Phoebus Tassopoulos (Ευάγγελος Τασσόπουλος), the prominent Greek songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for this song. His name is sometimes written as "Phivos" or "Phoebus". He is one of the most successful Greek songwriters of the 1990's and early 2000's.

Fivos was born in 1971. During his school years, he drummed in a band. He started writing songs while studying music at a conservatory, and signed his first contract with a record label at age 22. Over the next 10 years, his songs enjoyed spectacular success in Greece and Cyprus. He began to gain international recognition starting in 2001. In 2004, he signed a deal with Coca Cola to write the music that would be featured in Coca Cola's ads as part of their Olympics sponsorship, and in 2005 he created a new anthem for the Athens football team.

Song: Deste Mou Ta Matia (Blindfold My Eyes), 2001

Greek Version of the Lyrics: Fivos

Music for the Greek Version: Fivos

Original Artist for the Greek Version: Despina Vandi

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Iwan, 2003. ("Oul Inshallah"). In Arabic.
  • Asuman Krause, 2006 ("Aşkı Bana Sakla"). In Turkish.

Dance Style: Belly Dance

Album: Ya (Can mean "Bye" or "Hi")

Τραγούδι: Δέστε Μου Τα Μάτια, 2001

Στίχοι: Φοίβος

Μουσική: Φοίβος

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Δέσποινα Βανδή

Άλμπουμ: Γειά

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Iwan, 2003. ("Ουλ Ινσαιλα"). Στα Αραβικά.
  • Asuman Krause, 2006 (""Aşkı Bana Sakla"). Στα Τουρκικά.

Χορός: Τσιφτετέλι

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Από καιρό είχε apo kero ihe For a while now, he had
κάτι να μου πει kati na mou pi something to tell me.
το κράταγε κρυφό to krataye krifo He was keeping it a secret
από ντροπή apo dropi due to shame.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Ε τότε e tote Well then,
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     
Από καιρό είχε apo kero ihe For a while now, he had
κάτι να μου πει kati na mou pi something to tell me.
το κράταγε κρυφό to krataye krifo He was keeping it a secret
από ντροπή apo dropi due to shame.
Μα τώρα το 'πε ma tora to 'pe Well, now he said it,
και με σκότωσε ke me skotose and he killed me.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Ε τότε e tote Well then,
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     
Τι να την κάνω ti na tin kano What should I do now
τη' ζωή μου πια ti' zoi mou pia with my life at this point,
αφού προτίμησε afou protimise since he preferred
άλλη αγκαλιά ali agalia someone else's embrace?
κaι ούτε που νοιάστηκε ke oute pou niastike And he didn't even care
αν θα πληγωθώ an tha pligotho whether I would get hurt.
γι' αυτό και τον χωρίζω ya afto ke ton horizo And that's why I'm breaking up with him.
έπαψα πια να ελπίζω epapsa mia na elpizo I stopped hoping,
κaι όλα μου μοιάζουν μάταια ke ola mou miazoun matea and everything seems in vain.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
λέει πως τα 'χει μ' άλλη lei pos ta 'hi m' ali He says he has another woman.
     
Μμμμμμ Mmmmmm Mmmmmm
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Μμμμμμ Mmmmmm Mmmmmm
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Μμμμμμ, Δέστε μου τα μάτια Mmmmmm, deste mou ta matia Mmmmmm, Blindfold my eyes (1)
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Μμμμμμ, Δέστε μου τα μάτια Mmmmmm, deste mou ta matia Mmmmmm, Blindfold my eyes (1)
Και ke and
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
να μη' τον ξαναδώ na mi' ton xana do so I don't see him again.
δέστε μου τα μάτια deste mou ta matia Blindfold my eyes (1)
και ke and
ρίχτε με στον γκρεμό rihte me ston gremo throw me off the cliff.
     
  1. Literally, "tie my eyes", but it's referring to a blindfold.

 

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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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