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Μη μου λέτε γι'αυτή
(Mi Mou Lete Ya Afti)

(Don’t Tell Me About Her)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Mi Mou Lete Ya Afti" (Μη μου λέτε γι'αυτή), which was sung by Stelios Kazantzidis. 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.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Stelios Kazantzidis and his wife Marinella, the original artists to perform this song.

Stelios and Marinella

About Stelios Kazantzidis

The legendary Stelios Kazantzidis was born August 29, 1931 in Athens Greece, specifically Nea Ionia. He is among the most beloved musicians of our time. His music and words never get old. He was of Asia Minor and Pondian (Greek Anatolian) descent. Stelios or, as many love to call him, Stelara, was also loved due to his character and simplicity in life. Sadly, he did not make much from profit from his career as he was taken advantage of.

Stelios' music is all about love, immigration, pain, refugee, and poverty as is most music of this time. He is considered one of the fathers of Laiko music. Stelara has touched many people's lives. He remained so humble and simple until cancer took his last breath in 2001.

“I sing for the poor, the immigrants and the suffering people… generally for the lower social classes. They can’t go to the expensive night clubs. They buy my discs and they regard them as their Gospels.” – Stelios Kazantzidis

In 1964, Kazantzidis married an up-and-coming young singer, Kyriaki Papadopoulou, who used the stage name of Marinella. Unfortunately, the marriage eventually ended in divorce.

Personal notes by the translator:

The music of Stelios Kazantzidis is very dear to my heart. My grandmother and grandfather were often referred to as the young Kazantzidis and Marinella, while singing at family gatherings. Marinella was Stelios' first wife, and his biggest love.

If you want to impress Greeks, you need to remember Stelios' name. As much as Princess Diana was loved, so was Stelios. People cry black tears to his music.

Stelios and Marinella in 1969

About Marinella

Marinella's real name was Kyriaki Papadopoulou. She was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, the daughter of refugees from Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). The famous singer-songwriter Tolis Harmas discovered this rising star at a young age in the 1950s, and gave her the stage name Marinella, inspired by his song of that title. It was during this time when Stelios Kazantzidis saw her and fell in love with her. Marinella later joined Stelios on tours. They eventually got married, and in the eyes of many they were the greatest duet in Greece, unsurpassed even today.

Marinella is one of the greatest living legends of Greece still actively performing, popular, and still very relevant in the Greek music scene.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella with a guitar.

Marinella and Stelios

About Pythagoras Papastamatiou

Pythagoras Papastamatiou, often credited by just his first name of Pythagoras, was the lyricist for this song. He was born in 1930, to parents who had met in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) shortly before the Greek genocide.

In 1945, he moved to Athens in order to attend drama school at the Athens Conservatory. In addition to writing song lyrics, he was also a playwright.

Pythagoras died of a heart attack in 1979.

Pythagorus and Stelios Kazantzidis

Song: Mi Mou Lete Ya Afti – Don’t Tell Me About Her, 1969

Lyrics: Pythagoras Papastamatiou

Music: Stelios Kazantzidis & Nakis Petridis

Original Artists: Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella (duet)

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Glykeria
  • Giorgos Dalaras & Gerasimos Andreatos (duet) (2002)
  • Nikos Vertis & Sarit Hadad (modern Greek/Israeli collaboration)

Τραγουδι: Μη μου λέτε γι'αυτή, 1969

Στίχοι: Πυθαγόρας Παπασταματίου

Μουσική: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης & Νάκης Πετρίδης

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης & Μαρινέλλα (ντουέτο)

΄Αλλες εκτελέσεις:

  • Γλυκερία
  • Γιώργος Νταλάρας & Γεράσιμος Ανδρεάτος (ντουέτο) (2002)
  • Νίκος Βέρτις & Σαρίτ Χαντάντ (μοντέρνο Ελληνοϊσραηλινή συνεργασία)

 

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Lyrics

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Μη μου λέτε γι’ αυτή, Mi mou lete ya afti, Don't tell me about her,
πού γυρνάει και πού ζει, Pou girnai ke pou zee, Where she is wandering and where she lives,
θέλω να ξεχαστεί thelo na xehasti I want her to be forgotten.
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Η πληγή μου δε κλείνει Ee pligi mou de klini My wound won’t close
όσο ακούω για εκείνη oso akouo ya ekini as long as I'm hearing about her
Τα πικρά δάκρυα μου ta pikra dakria mou my bitter tears
στάζουν μεσ’ στη καρδιά μου stazoun mes sti kardia mou are dripping inside my heart
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Δεν αξίζει γι αυτήν πια να κλαίω, Den axizi ya aftin pia na kleo It's not worth crying over her any more
τι κι αν ζήσαμε χρόνια μαζί ti ke an zisame xronia mazi even if we lived together for many years
Τ’ όνομά της ξανά δε το λέω to onoma tis xana de to leo her name again I won't say
γιατί νιώθω καημό και ντροπή yati niotho kaimo ke dropi because I feel sorrow and shame
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Μη μου λέτε γι’ αυτή, Mi mou lete ya afti, Don't tell me about her,
πού γυρνάει και πού ζει, Pou girnai ke pou zee, Where she is wandering and where she lives,
θέλω να ξεχαστεί thelo na xehasti I want her to be forgotten.
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Με τα λόγια που λέτε, me ta logia pou lete, With the things you all say,
τη καρδιά μου τη καίτε ti kardia mou ti kete you all burn my heart
Στις πληγές τις μεγάλες stis pliges tis megales. on my wounds that are big.
μη μου ανοίγετε κι άλλες Mi mou anigete ke ales Don’t open more (wounds).
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Δεν αξίζει γι αυτήν πια να κλαίω, Den axizi ya aftin pia na kleo It's not worth crying over her any more
τι κι αν ζήσαμε χρόνια μαζί ti ke an zisame xronia mazi even if we lived together for many years
Τ’ όνομά της ξανά δε το λέω to onoma tis xana de to leo her name again I won't say
γιατί νιώθω καημό και ντροπή yati niotho kaimo ke dropi because I feel sorrow and shame
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Μη μου λέτε γι’ αυτή, Mi mou lete ya afti, Don't tell me about her,
πού γυρνάει και πού ζει, Pou girnai ke pou zee, Where she is wandering and where she lives,
θέλω να ξεχαστεί thelo na xehasti I want her to be forgotten.

 

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Translations of
Stelios Kazantzidis' Songs On This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Stelios Kazantzidis on this web site include:

 

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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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