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Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί
(Exo Dertia Ke Kaimi)

(Out with Sorrows and Longing)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Exo Dertia Ke Kaimi" (Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί), which was sung by Stelios Kazantzidis. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

For more information about the laiko and rebetiko styles of music, see Introduction to Laiko / Rebetiko Music elsewhere on this web site.

The legendary Stelios Kazantzidis was born August 29, 1931 in Athens Greece, specifically Nea Ionia. He is among the most beloved musicians of our time. His music and words never get old. He was of Asia Minor and Pondian (Greek Anatolian) descent. Stelios or, as many love to call him, Stelara, was also loved due to his character and simplicity in life. Sadly, he did not make much from profit from his career as he was taken advantage of.

Stelios' music is all about love, immigration, pain, refugee, and poverty as is most music of this time. He is considered one of the fathers of Laiko music. Stelara has touched many people's lives. He remained so humble and simple until cancer took his last breath in 2001.

“I sing for the poor, the immigrants and the suffering people… generally for the lower social classes. They can’t go to the expensive night clubs. They buy my discs and they regard them as their Gospels.” – Stelios Kazantzidis

Personal notes by the translator:

The music of Stelios Kazantzidis is very dear to my heart. My grandmother and grandfather were often referred to as the young Kazantzidis and Marinella, while singing at family gatherings. Marinella was Stelios' first wife, and his biggest love.

If you want to impress Greeks, you need to remember Stelios' name. As much as Princess Diana was loved, so was Stelios. People cry black tears to his music.

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

Stelios Kazantzidis

Song: Exo Dertia Ke Kaimi – Out with Sorrows and Longing, 1961

Lyrics: Stelios Kazantzidis

Music: Stelios Kazantzidis

Original Artist: Stelios Kazantzidis

Has Also Been Sung By: Glykeria

A Turkish-Language Version Titled "Alim" Has Been Sung By: Ziynet Sali and Dilek Kots

Τραγουδι: Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί, 1961

Στίχοι: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης

Μουσική: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Verse

Verse

Verse

Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί  exo dertia ke kaimi Out with sorrows and longing
Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί  exo dertia ke kaimi Out with sorrows and longing
θέλω απόψε να γλεντήσω  thelo apopse na glendiso Tonight I want to have fun
θέλω απόψε να γλεντήσω  thelo apopse na glendiso Tonight I want to have fun
Της αγάπης τη φωτιά  tis agapis ti fotia Love's fire:
Της αγάπης τη φωτιά  tis agapis ti fotia Love's fire:
μέσα στο κρασί να σβήσω  mesa sto krasi na sviso in the wine I will douse it.
μέσα στο κρασί να σβήσω  mesa sto krasi na sviso in the wine I will douse it.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Αχ, έλα έλα ah, ela ela Ah, come, come
έλα στη γλυκιά αγκαλιά μου ela sti glikia agalia mou come to my sweet embrace
να γλυκάνεις την καρδιά μου na glikanis tin kardia mou so you sweeten my heart.
Ξανά γύρισε κοντά μου xana girise konda mou Come close to me.
βάι βάι βάι vai vai vai Ah, ah, ah. (1)
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Το κορίτσι π' αγαπώ  to koritsi pou agapo the girl that I love
Το κορίτσι π' αγαπώ  to koritsi pou agapo the girl that I love
μ' άφησε και μ' άλλον πάει  m’ afise ke m’ allon pai left me and is with someone else
μ' άφησε και μ' άλλον πάει  m’ afise ke m’ allon pai left me and is with someone else
Την χρυσή μου την καρδιά  tin hrisi mou tin kardia my golden heart
Την χρυσή μου την καρδιά  tin hrisi mou tin kardia my golden heart
το μαράζι θα την φάει  to marazi tha tin fai will be consumed by heartache
το μαράζι θα την φάει  to marazi tha tin fai will be consumed by heartache
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Αχ, έλα έλα ah, ela ela Ah, come, come
έλα στη γλυκιά αγκαλιά μου ela sti glikia agalia mou come to my sweet embrace
να γλυκάνεις την καρδιά μου na glikanis tin kardia mou so you sweeten my heart.
Ξανά γύρισε κοντά μου xana girise konda mou Come close to me.
βάι βάι βάι vai vai vai Ah, ah, ah.
     

Instrumental Solo

Instrumental Solo

Instrumental Solo

     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Αχ, έλα έλα ah, ela ela Ah, come, come
έλα στη γλυκιά αγκαλιά μου ela sti glikia agalia mou come to my sweet embrace
να γλυκάνεις την καρδιά μου na glikanis tin kardia mou so you sweeten my heart.
Ξανά γύρισε κοντά μου xana girise konda mou Come close to me.
βάι βάι βάι vai vai vai Ah, ah, ah.
  1. Some of the singers who have recorded this song have substituted the exclamation "Aman" in the chorus in place of the word "Ah". Both are legitimate options.

 

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Translations of
Stelios Kazantkidis' Songs On This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Stelios Kazantzidis on this web site include:

 

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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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