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Καίγομαι, Καίγομαι
(Kegome, Kegome)

(I'm Burning, I'm Burning)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Kegome, Kegome" (Καίγομαι, Καίγομαι), which was sung by Sotiria Leonardou. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

This song was featured in the 1983 movie Rembetiko.

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 Sotiria Leonardou

Sotiria Leonardou was born in Athens, Greece. She learned to sing and dance at an arts school. Her rise to fame occurred as a result of her appearing in the 1983 motion picture Rembetiko, a role which earned her the award for Best Actress at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo shows Sotiria Leonardou in a performance.

Sotiria Leonardou

Song: Kegome, Kegome – I’m Burning, I’m Burning, 1983

Lyrics: Nikos Gatsos

Music: Stavros Xarhakos

Original Artist: Sotiria Leonardou

Has Also Been Sung By: Glykeria

Τραγουδι: Καίγομαι, καίγομαι, 1983

Στίχοι: Νίκος Γκάτσος

Μουσική: Σταύρος Ξαρχάκος

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Σωτηρία Λεονάρδου

 

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Lyrics

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Αμάν Αμάν Aman aman! Oh oh!
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Όταν γεννιέται ο άνθρωπος otan geniete o anthropos When a person is born,
ένας καημός γεννιέται enas kaimos geniete a longing is born.
όταν φουντώνει ο πόλεμος otan foundoni o polemos The war breaks out,
το αίμα δε μετριέται to ema de metriete the blood is immeasurable.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Ορκίστηκα στα μάτια σου orkistika sta matia mou I swore on your eyes
που τα χα σαν Βαγγέλιο pou taha san Vagelio which were like a Bible to me
τη μαχαιριά που μου δωκες ti maheria pou mou dokes The backstabbing that you did to me
να σου την κάμω γέλιο na sou tin kamo yelio I will turn it into laughter.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.
     
Αμάν Αμάν Aman aman! Oh oh!
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Μα συ βαθιά στην κόλαση ma si vathia stin kolasi But you are deep in hell
την αλυσίδα σπάσε tin alisida spase break the chain
κι αν με τραβήξεις δίπλα σου ke an me travixis dipla sou and if you drag me next to you
ευλογημένος να σαι evlogimenos na se you will be blessed.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι Kegome, kegome I'm burning, I'm burning.
ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά rihe kea lo ladi sti fotia Throw more oil on the fire.
πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι pnigome, pnigome I'm drowning, I'm drowning.
πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά Peta me se thalasa vathia Throw me in the deep sea.

 

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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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