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Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια
(Me Bounatses ke Boforia)

(With Calm and Strong Winds)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Me Bounatses ke Boforia" (Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια), which was sung by Glykeria. 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.

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

Glykeria Kotsoula is the sweetheart of Greece and one of the greatest legends of our time. She was born in 1953 in Serres, Greece. Her musical style is modern laika (rebetika & folk), while still always paying tribute to the great Rebetes of the past.

Panayiota, the translator of this song, offers this personal perspective on what Glykeria's music means to her:

Glykeria's music always has and always will inspire me both on and off the stage. I admire her simplicity and humbleness despite her fame and success. While most kids were learning standard lullabies, my mother would sing all her songs to me, since I was a baby. My mother Evangelia is a huge fan and loves singing her songs. On family road trips, my mother played this song (and all her tapes) over and over again. Those cassette tapes (with this song) are what made me fall in love with Laika/Rebetika style music at the age of ten. Thank you Glykeria, thank you Mama! Enjoy!

Most of Glykeria's records have gone platinum. She has gained fame and respect through out the world. Glykeria collaborates with many notable international musicians, including the Turkish living legend, Omar Farouk Tekbilek.

Glykeria

Song: Me Bounatses ke Boforia - With Calm and Strong Winds (at Sea)

Lyrics: Maria Arkouli

Music: Giorgos Zikas

Original Artist: Glykeria

Dance Styles: Tsifteteli, Mainland Syrto, Island Syrto

Τραγουδι: Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια, 1986

Στίχοι: Μαρία Αρκουλή

Μουσική: Γιώργος Ζήκας

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Γλυκερία 

 

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Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song

Note Sung and played on qanoun by Mimi Spencer, with Mary Ellen Donald on percussion

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια Me bounatses ke boforia With calm and strong winds (at sea)
ταξιδεύουν τα βαπόρια taxidevoun ta vaporia the steam ships travel
Στα λιμάνια όλης της γης sta limania oli tis yis to ports all over the earth
Στα λιμάνια όλης της γης sta limania oli tis yis to ports all over the earth
δύσης και ανατολής disis ke anatolis west and east
δύσης και ανατολής disis ke anatolis west and east
     
Μα εγώ για το καλό μου ma ego ya to kalo mou But for my own good
βάζω πλώρη στο όνειρό μου vazo plori sto oniro mou I equip ships in my dreams
Μια βαρκούλα να αρματώσω mia varkoula na armatoso a small boat to rig
φλόκο και πανιά να απλώσω floko ke pania na aploso jib (1) and cloths to lay out
Να 'ναι σύνεργα γεμάτη na ‘ne sinerga yemati filled with supplies
μάσες ξάπλες και ραχάτι mases xaples ke rahati eating, lying down, and quiet
     
Το κορμί μου στο νερό to kormi mou sto nero My body in the water
το μυαλό στο πέλαγο to mialo sto pelago and my mind in the open sea,
Και οι σκέψεις συννεφάκια ke ee skepsis sinefakia and my thoughts like clouds,
που με πάνε μακριά pou me pane makria that take me far away,
Με γλαρόνια στον αέρα me glaronia ston aera with terns in the air,
και δελφίνια στα νερά ke delfinia sta nera and dolphins in the water.
     
Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια Me bounatses ke boforia With calm and strong winds (at sea)
ταξιδεύουν τα βαπόρια taxidevoun ta vaporia the steam ships travel
Στα λιμάνια όλης της γης sta limania oli tis yis to ports all over the earth
δύσης και ανατολής disis ke anatolis west and east
Στα λιμάνια όλης της γης sta limania oli tis yis to ports all over the earth
μα ποτέ της γης αυτής ma pote tis yis aftis but never on this earth
  1. A jib is a triangle-shaped sail on a ship.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Gems of the Middle East Volume 2 Album Cover

Note

Listen to Clip

Artist: Mary Ellen Donald & Mimi Spencer
CD Title: Gems of the Middle East, Volume 1

To contact her:

Mary Ellen Books
P.O. Box 411562
San Francisco, CA 94141-1562
U.S.A.

Telephone: (+1) (510) 654-DRUM or (+1) (510) 654-3786

Web Site: www.maryellendonald.com

 

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Translations of
Glykeria's Songs On This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Glykeria 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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