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Η Ωραία
(I Oraia)

(The Pretty)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Greek song "I Oraia" (Η Ωραία), which was sung by Thanos Petrelis. This translation was based on the version appearing on his album Θυμίζεις Κάτι Από Ελλάδα (Thimizeis Kati Apo Ellada).

Also included is a 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 one.

In 2006, the Lebanese singer Carole Samaha released a version of this song with Arabic lyrics on her album Adwaa Al Shohra under the song title "Esma'ny". It credits Fivos as the composer, and credits Salim Assaf for writing the Arabic lyrics.

About Thanos Petrelis

Thanos Petrelis is a Greek vocalist who appeared on the pop music scene in 2003 as a result of his performances on the television reality show Fame Story. He went on to release his first album in 2004, which went gold. That year, Petrelis won the "Best New Artist" category in Arion Awards. When he released "Eftihos" in 2006, it went platinum. Since then, he has released additional recordings, and toured extensively. The album "I Oraia" comes from was his second, which was released in 2005.

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: I Oraia (The Pretty), 2005

Lyrics: Fivos

Music: Fivos

Original Artist: Thanos Petrelis

Album: Thimizeis Kati Apo Ellada

 

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Sung by Thanos Petrelis

 

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Lyrics

In the English translation column, items enclosed [in square brackets] are comments by the translator to clarify the meaning of the phrase.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Δεν έχω ξαναδεί den eho ksanadi I have never seen
μωρό μου πιο ωραία moro mou pio oraia my baby, anyone prettier
θα το 'θελα πολύ tha to'thela poli I want it very much
να κάνουμε παρέα na kanoume parea for us to hang out together [to go out with you]
     
Μωρό μου απ' τη στιγμή moro mou ap'ti stigma Baby from the moment
που φάνηκες μπροστά μου pou fanikes mprosta mou that you were in front of me
χτυπάει σαν τρελή htipai san treli it beats like crazy
για σένα η καρδιά μου gia sena e kardia mou for you, my heart
κι όλα αυτά γιατί ki'ola afta giati and for all of that, that’s why (and all that is happening to me because:)
     
Δεν έχω ξαναδεί den eho ksanadi I have never seen
μωρό μου πιο ωραία moro mou pio oraia my baby, anyone prettier
θα το 'θελα πολύ tha to'thela poli I want it very much
να κάνουμε παρέα na kanoume parea for us to hang out together [to go out with you]
     
Είμαι ένας άγνωστος με eimai enas agnostos me I am a stranger [you don’t know me]
     
αισθήματα για σένα esithimata gia sena who has feelings for you
που δεν σε έχει μα σε θέλει pou den se ehei ma se theli who doesn’t have you but wants you
απεγνωσμένα που σε κοiτω apegnosmena pou se kito with longing, as I stare at you [from afar because I want you, I don’t know you and I want to know you]
και λίωνω σαν κερί. kai liono san keri and I melt like a candle [I am so obsessed with you that I get warm and melt like a candle]
     
Αχ!Πόσο ν' αντέξω ακόμα Ah! Poso n’antexso akoma Oh, how long can I stand it
Αχ!Χωρίς φιλί στο στόμα Ah! Horis fili sto stoma Oh, without a kiss on the mouth
Αχ!Χωρίς τον έρωτά σου Ah! Horis ton erota sou Oh without your love
Αχ!Και να 'χα μια αγκαλιά σου! Ah! Kai na’ha mia agkalia sou Oh, if I but had a hug from you [was in your arms] [This entire section is essentially saying, "How long can I stand without those things, because I long for you?"]
     
Δεν έχω ξαναδεί den eho ksanadi I have never seen
μωρό μου πιο ωραία moro mou pio oraia my baby, anyone prettier
θα το 'θελα πολύ tha to'thela poli I want it very much
να κάνουμε παρέα na kanoume parea for us to hang out together [to go out with you]
     
Μωρό μου προσπαθώ Moro mou prospatho Baby I am trying
να επικοινωνήσω na epikinoniso to communicate with you
σε επαφή να 'ρθω se epathi va’rtho to come in contact with you [to get in touch with you]
μαζί σου να μιλήσω mazi sou na miliso with you to talk to you
για δώσε προσοχή: gia dose prosohi pay attention:
     
Δεν έχω ξαναδεί den eho ksanadi I have never seen
μωρό μου πιο ωραία moro mou pio oraia my baby, anyone prettier
θα το 'θελα πολύ tha to'thela poli I want it very much
να κάνουμε παρέα na kanoume parea for us to hang out together (to go out with you)
     
Δεν έχω ξαναδεί den eho ksanadi I have never seen
ποτέ τέτοια γυναίκα pote tetia ginaika ever such a woman
σου βάζω είκοσι sou bazo eikosi I give you a twenty [rate you a twenty]
με άριστα το δέκα me arista to deka when the scale is only to ten [This section is saying she is so beautiful, so good, so perfect, he has never seen a woman like this anywhere. He is hitting on her and get her to talk to him. A dancer performing to this should dance like a guy is flirting and trying pickup lines on her — smile and dance as if proud of it.]

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Thimizeis Kati Apo Ellada

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Listen to Clip

Artist: Thanos Petrelis
CD Title: Thimizeis Kati Apo Ellada

 

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Translations of
Thanos Petrelis' Songs On This Site

Translations of songs performed by Thanos Petrelis on this web site include:

  • Eftihos (Fortunately). Recorded in 2006.
  • Ellada (Greece). Recorded in 2015. Protest song regarding the European Union.

 

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About the Translator

This translation was created by Amartia.

Amartia is a Baltimore native of Greek descent. She was involved in Greek Folk dancing from childhood to adulthood. She stumbled upon bellydancing class at a local gym and has never looked back! Bellydance appealed to her not only as an art form but a way to stay in shape. Hence one spectator commenting, “…massive melodic muscles of the Mediterranean aka killer abs...

Amartia is an award-winning bellydancer. She has traveled to compete all over the United States. She is the 2008 Jewel of the Nile and the first place winner for veil dance from Arabian Nights. More recently she was one of the 23 bellydancers chosen to compete in the first season of a reality web-show- Project bellydance! Amartia, Extravagent Entertainment in Maryland has also been featured in Fuse Magazine, written an article on Greek bellydance for Zaghareet, and was the July 2012 Bellydancer of the Month for Brandon’s Oasis.

Amartia also offers Greek translation services for dancers so if you’d like another Greek song translated, feel free to contact her! See amartiabellydance.com/lets-go-greek/greek-song-translation/

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Anton Marx.

Amartia

 

 

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