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Μα που να πάω
(Ma Pou Na Pao)

(But Where Can I Go)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Ma Pou Na Pao" (Μα που να πάω), which was sung by Themis Adamantidis. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

Panayiota, the translator, offers this tip to dancers who may want to work with this song:

This song is intended for zeibekiko dance. I have seen many dancers using this type of music (and even hasapiko) for their Oriental (belly dance) show as well as trying to dance it in its folkloric form. As a 3rd generation folklorist, I strongly advise that you not shake your hips too much when using this type of music. I also strongly advise that you not use it as part of your full show routine. It really looks silly and is a major folkloric faux-paux. Save the sexy hips for Tsifteteli!

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 Themis Adamantidis

Themis Adamantidis, the vocalist who served as the original artist for this song, was born in Athens. He began to take an interest in singing at age 14. His early influences were the music of Stelios Kazantzidis and Giannis Parios, and he became known as a laiko singer.

Young Adamantidis began singing with several prominent Greek vocalists, including Spiros Kalfopoulos, Anna Chrisafi, and Rena Eskenazi. They mentored him to help him launch his career. His big breakthrough came when he appeared on a television show called "Na ee Efkeria”.

Panayiota, the translator, offers her personal thoughts about Adamantidis as follows:

Themis Adamantidis, in my opinion, is one of the greatest artists of our time. He is of Pondian (Greek Anatolian / Black Sea) descent and rose to fame as a young artist. I had the honor of performing at one of the nightclubs he was singing at in the late 1990s, in Greece. He was friends with my uncle Mimi, having met while working together on ships. Themis was able to take time off from work to enter the “Na i Efkaria” competition.

Themis Adamantidis

Song: Ma Pou Na Pao – But Where Can I Go, 1999

Lyrics: Iosif Sarasidis

Music: Iosif Sarasidis

Original Artist: Themis Adamantidis

Dance Style: Zeibekiko

Τραγουδι: Μα που να πάω, 1999

Στίχοι: Ιωσήφ Σαρασίδης

Μουσική: Ιωσήφ Σαρασίδης

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Θέμης Αδαμαντίδης

 

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Lyrics

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Σ' ένα δωμάτιο σκοτεινό Se ena domatio skotino In a dark room
έψαχνα να ονειρευτώ κάτι δικό μου epsahna na onirefto kati diko mou. I was trying to dream of something of my own.
Είχα τα μάτια μου κλειστά iha ta matia mou klista, I had my eyes closed,
πάλευα μέσα στη φωτιά τον εαυτό μου paleva mesa sti fotia ton eafto mou. I was fighting the fire within me.
     
Μα έγιν' η σκέψη φυλακή Ma egin’ ee skepsi filaki However, my thoughts became a prison:
γίναν χιλιάδες τα γιατί ginan hiliades ta yati thousands of them questioning why
Με’ στο μυαλό μου me’ sto mialo mou inside my mind.
Κι είπα να φύγω να σωθώ ke ipa na figo na sotho And I said I will leave to save myself,
να κάνω κάτι πια και γω na kano kati pia ke ego to do something for once for myself,
για το καλό μου ya to kalo mou for my own good.
     
Είπα να φύγω ipa na figo I said I should leave
ν' αλλάξω δρόμο στην καρδιά n’ alaxo dromo stin kardia to change the path of my heart
Είπα να φύγω ipa na figo I said I should leave
να μην πονάω άλλο πια na min ponao allo pia so I wouldn’t hurt any more.
     
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But... where should I go
που σ' αγαπώ τόσο πολύ pou s’ agapo toso poli since I love you so much?
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But, where should I go
αφού είσαι όλη μου η ζωή afou ise oli mou ee zoi since you are my whole life?
     
Σε μια παραίσθηση τρελή se mia paresthisi treli In a delusional madness
έψαχνα λόγο κι αφορμή epsahna logo ke aformi I was searching for a reason and cause
στον πανικό μου ston paniko mou in my panic
Να βρω τον τρόπο να σου πω na vro ton tropo na sou po to find a way to tell you
πως έπαψα να αγαπώ pos epapsa na agapo that I stopped loving
τον εαυτό μου ton eafto mou myself.
     
Μα εσύ δεν ήσουνα εκεί ma esi den isoun eki However, you weren't there.
μιλούσα μόνος στη σιωπή milousa monos sti siopi I was talking by myself in silence
με τον καημό μου me ton kaimo mou with my sorrow
Κι είπα να φύγω να σωθώ ke ipa na figo na sotho and I said I will leave to save myself
να κάνω κάτι πια και γω na kano kati pia ke ego to do something for once for myself
για το καλό μου ya to kalo mou for my own good
     
Είπα να φύγω ipa na figo I said I should leave
ν' αλλάξω δρόμο στην καρδιά n’ alaxo dromo stin kardia to change the path of my heart
Είπα να φύγω ipa na figo I said I should leave
να μην πονάω άλλο πια na min ponao allo pia so I wouldn’t hurt any more.
     
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But... where should I go
που σ' αγαπώ τόσο πολύ pou s’ agapo toso poli since I love you so much?
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But, where should I go
αφού είσαι όλη μου η ζωή afou ise oli mou ee zoi since you are my whole life?
     
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But... where should I go
που σ' αγαπώ τόσο πολύ pou s’ agapo toso poli since I love you so much?
Μα που να πάω ma pou na pao But, where should I go
αφού είσαι όλη μου η ζωή afou ise oli mou ee zoi since you are my whole life?

 

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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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