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‘Οικος Ανοχής
(Ikos Anohis)

(Brothel)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song Ikos Anohis (‘Οικος Ανοχής), which was sung by Pantelis Pantelidis (Παντελής Παντελίδης). Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

This song was Track 1 on Pantelis Pantelidis' second album, which was titled Ouranio Toxo Pou Tou Lipane 2 Hromata.

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

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 Pantelis Pantelidis

Pantelis Pantelidis was born in Athens in November, 1983. He was known as a singer, composer, and lyricist. As a self-taught musician, he abandoned his career in the Greek navy to pursue a musical career. He introduced his music initially through online videos to build a following, then released four albums to commercial success.

Pantelis won several awards at the MAD Video Music Awards:

  • In 2013 for Best New Artist
  • In 2014 for Best Music Video
  • In 2015 for Best Greek Male Vocalist
  • In 2015 for Best Music Video
  • In 2016, posthumously for Best Greek Male Vocalist , which was accepted by his family and his friends.

Two of his albums went platinum.

He died February 18, 2016 in a tragic car accident.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo shows Pantelis Pantelidis.

Pantelis

A personal note from the translator:

Dear fellow musician and dancer colleagues and students, we invite you to take a moment of silence to remember an amazing young talent who was taken from us at age 32. Pantelis Pantelidis, a modern Laiko singer, lost his life in February 2016, during a tragic car accident in Athens, Greece.

Pantelis was an exceptional artist and human being, a rising star, and was loved throughout all of Greece and the diaspora. His funeral gathered everyone. Businesses and night clubs shut down in mourning. His funeral was as big as that of Princess Diana. The Hellenic people love talent, but especially even more so when a talent comes from a simple family and is self made on his own. Much like the late Stelios Kazantzidis.

As the great female lyricist, Eftixia Papagianopoulou once said, "As long as there are Greeks and the young to sing and play the Rebetiko/Laiko music, then it will never die out."

I hope you will consider keeping Pantelis Pantelidis' memory alive by using his music.

Pantelis Pantelidis was one of the greatest artists of our time, whose life was tragically cut short. He was a fellow Anatolian Greek-Pontian.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo shows Pantelis Pantelidis.

Pantelis Pantelidis

Song: Ikos Anohis - Brothel, 2013

Lyrics: Pantelis Pantelidis

Music: Pantelis Pantelidis

Original Artist: Pantelis Pantelidis

Τραγουδι: ‘Οικος Ανοχής, 2013

Μουσική: Παντελής Παντελίδης

Στίχοι: Παντελής Παντελίδης

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Παντελής Παντελίδης

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Απαγορεύεται η ακρόαση apagorevete I akroasi Listening is forbidden
σ' εκείνες που δεν άντεξαν s’ekines pou den andexan for women who couldn’t handle it.
Απαγορεύεται η ακρόαση apagorevete I akroasi Listening is forbidden
σ' αυτές που δεν αγάπησαν s’ aftes pou den agapisan for women who haven't loved.
     
Πήγα στο μέρος που piga sto meros pou I went to the place where
τα βράδια μας αράζαμε ta vradia mas arazame we used to hang out at night.
Την παιδική χαρά tin pediki hara The nursery school
μαθαίνω, την γκρεμίσανε matheno, tin gremisane had been torn down, I learned.
Και το παγκάκι ke to pagaki And the bench
που τα όνειρα χαράζαμε pou ta onira harazame on which we carved our dreams
Ξερίζωσαν και xehorizan ke had been removed, and
οίκο ανοχής ανοίξανε iko anohis anixane a brothel was opened.
     
Έτσι εξηγείται etsi exigite pou This explains
που η καρδιά σου pou ee kardia sou how your heart
σ' άλλον αφηγείται s’allon afigite is given to someone
Τόσους μήνες κι η ψυχή σου tosous mines ke I psihi sou so many months. And your soul
σ' αλλον σώμα έδινε s’ alon soma edine was given to another body.
Έτσι εξηγείται που etsi exigite pou This explains how
η μορφή σου πάλι αγνοείται ee morfi sou pali agnoite your presence is missing again.
Και η δική μου η ζωή ke ee diki mou ee zoi And my life
μπουρδέλο έγινε bourdelo egine became messed up. (1)
     
Απαγορεύεται η ακρόαση apagorevete I akroasi Listening is forbidden
σ' εκείνες που με μάτωσαν s’ ekines pou me matosan for women who made me bleed.
Απαγορεύεται η ακρόαση apagorevete I akroasi Listening is forbidden
σ' εκείνες που το λόγο τους δεν κράτησαν s’ ekines pou to logo tous den kratisan for women who don't keep their promises.
     
Πήγα στο μέρος που piga sto meros pou I went to the place where
τα βράδια μας αράζαμε ta vradia mas arazame we used to hang out at night.
Την παιδική χαρά tin pediki hara The nursery school
μαθαίνω, την γκρεμίσανε matheno, tin gremisane had been torn down, I learned.
Και το παγκάκι ke to pagaki And the bench
που τα όνειρα χαράζαμε pou ta onira harazame on which we carved our dreams
Ξερίζωσαν και xehorizan ke had been removed, and
οίκο ανοχής ανοίξανε iko anohis anixane a brothel was opened.
     
Έτσι εξηγείται etsi exigite pou This explains
που η καρδιά σου pou ee kardia sou how your heart
σ' άλλον αφηγείται s’allon afigite is given to someone
Τόσους μήνες κι η ψυχή σου tosous mines ke I psihi sou so many months. And your soul
σ' αλλον σώμα έδινε s’ alon soma edine was given to another body.
Έτσι εξηγείται που etsi exigite pou This explains how
η μορφή σου πάλι αγνοείται ee morfi sou pali agnoite your presence is missing again.
Και η δική μου η ζωή ke ee diki mou ee zoi And my life
μπουρδέλο έγινε bourdelo egine became messed up.
     
Έτσι εξηγείται etsi exigite pou This explains
που η καρδιά σου pou ee kardia sou how your heart
σ' άλλον αφηγείται s’allon afigite is given to someone
Τόσους μήνες κι η ψυχή σου tosous mines ke I psihi sou so many months. And your soul
σ' αλλον σώμα έδινε s’ alon soma edine was given to another body.
Έτσι εξηγείται που etsi exigite pou This explains how
η μορφή σου πάλι αγνοείται ee morfi sou pali agnoite your presence is missing again.
Και η δική μου η ζωή ke ee diki mou ee zoi And my life
μπουρδέλο έγινε bourdelo egine became messed up. (1)
  1. The word used is "bourdelo" (i.e., "bordello"). It refers to life being messed up like a brothel, or fucked up. It's a very common idiom in Greek.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Ouranio Toxo Pou Tou Lipane 2 Hromata

 

Artist: Pantelis Pantelidis
CD Title: Ouranio Toxo Pou Tou Lipane 2 Hromata

 

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Translations of
Pantelis Pantelidis' Songs On This Site

Alphabetically by Song Title

Other translations of songs performed by Pantelis Pantelidis on this web site include:

Discography

The below list shows Pantelis' music arranged by album. Not all the songs are translated on this site. Those which do have translations on this site are shown as clickable links.

Album Title

Year

Cover Image

Track List

Alkoolikes Oi Nychtes 2012 Cover
Track
Song Title
1 Alkolikes I Nihtes
2 Sinodevome
3 Pios Einai Aftos
4 Alexisfero Yileko
5 Lioma Se Gkremo
6 Pame Stihima tha Xanarthis
7 To Fidi
8 Se Paradehome
9 Den Teriazete
10 Isos Isoun Kiria
11 Theos Mou Eisai
12 Paramithiazome
Ouranio Toxo Pou Tou Lipane 2 Hromata 2013 Ouranio Toxo Pou Tou Lipane 2 Hromata
Track
Song Title
1 Ikos Anohis
2 Tetia Agapi Den Axizo
3 Fige Apo To Mialo Mou
4 Klammata
5 Ta Paplomata
6 Eixa Kapote Mia Agaph
7 Kopse Me Sta Dio
8 Kako Skyli
9 Dedomeno
10 Defteri Fora
11 Ginetai
12 De Se Sighoro
13 Oneiro Zo
14 Sto Fanari
Panselinos Ke Kati / Eis - Pnoi (A' Meros) 2014 Panselinos Ke Kati Part A  
Panselinos Ke Kati / Ek - Pnoi (B' Meros) 2015 Panselinos Ke Kati Part B  

 

 

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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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