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Ο Ταυρομάχος Ξεψυχά
(O Tavromahos Xepsiha)

(The Bullfighter is Dying)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "O Tavromahos Xepsiha" (Ο Ταυρομάχος Ξεψυχά), which was sung by Giota Lydia. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

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 this Song

Those of us from regions that speak Greek, Arabic, and Turkish have exchanged countless songs with each other through licensing the music and creating lyrics in our own languages. These include both current pop music and classics.

The song translated on this page is an example of one – it originally appeared in Egypt as "Habibi Lasmar" (Χαμπιμπι Λασμαρ), composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo shows Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the composer of the original Egyptian version of this song.

The Greek version of this song, released in 1971, brings a different flavor, with bouzouki and flamenco influence. It could be appropriate for dancers wanting to create an Oriental-flamenco fusion piece. It features Giota Lydia as vocalist, with Kostas Papadopoulos and Lakis Karnezis on bouzouki.

About Giota Lydia

Yiota Lydia, (sometimes spelled as Giota Lydia) was the stage name of Panayiota Mantaraki. She was born in Greece, in a Greek Anatolian refugee district known as Nea Ionia, on February 24, 1934, and came from a family of singers. Her parents were refugees from Smyrna, which today is known as Izmir in Turkey.

Lydia began her career as a singer at the young age of 11, and she became one of the most renowned singers in the laiko genre of music.

Lydia has been a very prolific artist, known for her work as a recording artist. She recorded over 1,000 songs of all musical styles, on 350 record albums. Her final album, Kathara Kai Xaspera, was released in 1986.

She married her husband, Stratos Attalidi, when she was only 14 years old. He was also an artist and composer, and he promoted her career as a singer. They often appeared together as a duet act. They had a son named Stavros.

Giota Lydia

Song: O Tavromahos Xepsiha (The Bullfighter Is Dying), 1971

Lyrics: Kostas Virvou

Music: Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Stratos Attalidi

Original Artist: Giota Lydia. with Kostas Papadopoulos and Lakis Karnezis on bouzouki

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Marianthi Kefala, 1980

Dance Style: Belly dance with flamenco fusion

Album: Simeron S' Afto To Disko

Τραγούδι: Ο Ταυρομάχος Ξεψυχά, 1971

Στίχοι: Κώστας Βίρβου

Μουσική: Μοχαμεντ Αμπντελ Ουαχαμπ & Στράτος Ατταλίδη

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Παναγιώτα Μανταράκη (Γιώτα Λύδια)

Μπουζούκια: Κώστας Παπαδόπουλος, Λάκης Καρνέζης

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Μαριάνθη Κεφάλα, 1980

Άλμπουμ: Σήμερον Σ' Αυτό Το Δίσκο

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Κλάψτε ματάκια μου φτωχά klapste matakia mou ftoha Cry, my poor eyes,
ο ταυρομάχος ξεψυχά o tavromahos xepsiha the bull fighter is dying
γιατί πληγώθηκε βαριά yati pligothike varia because he got deeply wounded
μεσ' στην θλιμμένη του καρδιά mes' stin thlimeni tou kardia in his sad heart.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Ο ταυρομάχος μου o tavromahos mou My bullfighter
βαριά χτυπήθηκε varia htipithike was badly injured,
και η μαύρη μοίρα του ke ee mavri mira tou and his black fate
δε' μας λυπήθηκε de' mas lipithike didn't disappoint us.
μα όπως ζήσαμε μαζί ma opos zisame mazi But as we lived together,
θα ξεψυχήσουμε μαζί tha xepsihisoume mazi we will die (1) together.
     
Το αίμα τρέχει σαν νερό to ema trehi san nero The blood runs like water,
μα να τον σώσω δε' μπορώ ma na ton soso de' boro but I can't save him.
μονάχα για στερνή φορά monaha ya sterni fora Only for a short moment,
θα τον φιλήσω τρυφερά tha ton filiso trifera I will kiss him tenderly.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Ο ταυρομάχος μου o tavromahos mou My bullfighter
βαριά χτυπήθηκε varia htipithike was badly injured,
και η μαύρη μοίρα του ke ee mavri mira tou and his black fate
δε' μας λυπήθηκε de' mas lipithike didn't disappoint us.
μα όπως ζήσαμε μαζί ma opos zisame mazi But as we lived together,
θα ξεψυχήσουμε μαζί tha xepsihisoume mazi we will die together.
     
Όπως τον έχω αγκαλιά opos ton eho agalia Just as I have him in my embrace,
μου ρίχνει μια στερνή ματιά mou rihni mia sterni matia he gives me a stern look
και με παράπονο πικρό ke me parapono pikro and with bitter complaint (2)
μου λέει γεια σου, σ' αγαπώ mou lei ya sou, s' agapo he tells me "Hello, I love you."
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Ο ταυρομάχος μου o tavromahos mou My bullfighter
βαριά χτυπήθηκε varia htipithike was badly injured,
και η μαύρη μοίρα του ke ee mavri mira tou and his black fate
δε' μας λυπήθηκε de' mas lipithike didn't disappoint us.
μα όπως ζήσαμε μαζί ma opos zisame mazi But as we lived together,
θα ξεψυχήσουμε μαζί tha xepsihisoume mazi we will die (1) together.
     
μα όπως ζήσαμε μαζί ma opos zisame mazi But as we lived together,
θα ξεψυχήσουμε μαζί tha xepsihisoume mazi we will die (1) together.
  1. Literally, it says "lose our soul" together. The word "Psihi" means soul. The end result of losing the soul is death, but the wording of "the soul leaving" is more powerful.
  2. He isn't literally complaining, this is more like pouting.

 

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Translations of
Giota Lydia's (Yiota Lydia's) Songs On This Site

Translations on this web site of songs performed by Giota Lydia (Yiota Lydia) 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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