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Πάρε Με Απόψε Πάρε Με
(Pare Me Apopse Pare Me)

(Take Me Tonight, Take Me)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Pare Me Apopse Pare Me" (Πάρε Με Απόψε Πάρε Με), which was sung by Nikos Ziogalas and Glykeria. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

This is one of my all-time favorite songs! In fact, everything I share with you is from my personal list of beloved Greek music.

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 Nikos Ziogalas

Nikos Ziogalas, the singer-songwriter who composed this song and wrote the lyrics, made his own recording of it in the early 1990's. Later, he gave this gorgeous song to Glykeria, performing it as a duet with her on her music video and album release!

Nikos Ziogalas is considered a very highly respected artist. His musical style is a mix of rock and endehno pop music. He is not only a lyricist but also a singer, guitar player and music composer.

About Glykeria

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 all her tapes over and over again. Those cassette tapes 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: Pare Me Apopse Pare Me (Take Me Tonight, Take Me), 1990

Lyrics: Nikos Ziogalas

Music: Nikos Ziogalas

Original Artist: Nikos Ziogalas

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Glykeria & Nikos Ziogalas as a duet, 1997, on the album Anapnoi Anatoli (Breath Anatolia)

Album: Zesto Agapi Kima (Warm Love Wave)

Dance Style: Can be danced as:

  • Tsifteteli (Greek belly dance)
  • Syrto
  • Syrto-tsifteteli
Τραγούδι: Πάρε Με Απόψε Πάρε Με, 1990

Στίχοι: Νίκος Ζιώγαλας

Μουσική: Νίκος Ζιώγαλας

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Νίκος Ζιώγαλας

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Γλυκερία & Νίκος Ζιώγαλας, 1997, Άλμπουμ – Αναπνοή Ανατολή)

Άλμπουμ: Ζεστό Αγάπη Κύμα

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Πέφτουν τα ψέματα βροχή peftoun ta psemata vrohi The lies are falling like rain
μα η αλήθεια σώζει ma ee alithia sozi but the truth saves
και η μόνη αλήθεια, είσαι εσύ ke ee moni alithia ise esi and the only truth is you
η πιο γλυκιά ανταμοιβή ee pio glikia adamivi the sweetest reward
     
Εδώ, οι κακίες ντύνονται edo ee kakies dinonde Here, the bad attitudes (1) are dressed up
λευκό αγγέλου ντύμα lefko agelou dima white angel inspired
πάρε με απόψε, πάρε με pare me apose, pare me take me tonight, take me
ζεστό αγάπης κύμα zesto agapis kima warm loved wave
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
τσιγάρο αναμμένο tsigaro anameno with a lit cigarette
και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
στην αγκαλιά σου να σωθώ stin agalia sou na sotho to be saved in your arms
     
Λυσσομανάει ο άνεμος lisomanai o anemos the wind is raging maniacly (2)
μα ο άνεμος δεν ξέρει ma o anemos den xeri but the wind doesn't know
πως το κορίτσι που θα 'ρθει pos to koritsi pou tha 'rthi that the girl who will come
την άνοιξη θα φέρει tin anixi tha feri will be brought with the spring
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
τσιγάρο αναμμένο tsigaro anameno with a lit cigarette
και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
σαν ακρογιάλι θα ανοιχτώ san akroyali tha anihto like far seashore I will open
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
τσιγάρο αναμμένο tsigaro anameno with a lit cigarette
και σε περιμένω ke se perimeno and I'm waiting for you
     
πάρε με απόψε, πάρε με pare me apose, pare me take me tonight, take me
στα μαγικά φτερά σου sta mayika ftera sou in your magical wings
βάλε με απόψε, βάλε με vale me apopse, vale me Tonight, take me, take me
μέσα στην αγκαλιά σου mesa stin agalia sou into your arms.
     
πάρε με απόψε, πάρε με pare me apose, pare me take me tonight, take me
στα μαγικά φτερά σου sta mayika ftera sou in your magical wings
βάλε με απόψε, βάλε με vale me apopse, vale me Tonight, take me, take me
μέσα στην αγκαλιά σου mesa stin agalia sou into your arms.
  1. Or "malice".
  2. The word "leesa" is what happens when you are bit by a dog and you start foaming on the mouth, like rabies. The word "manai" is the root for the word "mania".

 

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Translations of
Glykeria's Songs On This Site

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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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