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Πες Το Μου Ξανά
(Pes To Mou Xana)

(Say It Again to Me)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Pes To Mou Xana" (Πες Το Μου Ξανά), which was sung by Nikos Vertis. Sometimes the song title is spelled as "Pes To Mou Ksana" because of how it's pronounced.

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

Nikos Vertis released this song as a single in the summer of 2005. It was certified platinum and won "Best-selling Greek Single of the Year" at the 5th Arion Awards.

About Nikos Vertis

Nikos Arvanitidis, also known by his stage name Nikos Vertis, was the original artist to perform this song. He is not only a singer, but also started playing the bouzouki at age 7. Vertis is a successful Greek diasporan born in the Netherlands to an Anatolian Greek family (Pontian parents). He not only sings laiko music, but he also performs several Pontian songs in his concerts.

Generally, anything Vertis releases becomes very successful, and Greeks appreciate his music not only in Greece, but also in the diaspora. He has also won the hearts of the Israeli people, has collaborated several times with Sarit Hadad of Israel, and is frequently invited to perform there in concert. His work also includes Arabic language cover songs that have become hits.

About Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Kiriakos Papadopoulos was the composer for this song. Born in 1971, he started taking music lessons at age 9, and launched his career as a musician at age 17. Today he is known internationally as a composer, performer, and producer, with his songs performed not only in Greece, but also in Turkey, Israel, and Bulgaria. Between 1995 and 2009 he released over 500 songs!

About Hlias Filippou

Hlias Filippou, sometimes spelled Ilias Filippou, wrote the lyrics for this song. He was born in 1959, and is credited with writing lyrics and composing music for nearly 200 songs throughout his career.

Ilias Filippou

Song: Pes To Mou Xana (Say It Again To Me), 2005

Lyrics: Hlias Filipou

Music: Nikos Vertis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Original Artist: Nikos Vertis

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Azis and Malina, 2007, in Bulgarian ("Chernite Ochi")
  • Ahmet Murat Başaran, 2008, in Turkish ("Canın Sağolsun"). Turkish lyrics by Yusuf Hayaloğlu.
  • Ayman Zbib, 2009, in Arabic ("Bahebak Wallahi"). On album Hulft Bi Omri.
  • Shahram Solati, 2011, in Farsi ("Tak Tak"). On album Hedyeh.
  • Karwan Hawramy, in Kurdish ("Dilm Tenge")

Dance Style: Belly Dance 

Album: Pos Perno Ta Vradia Monos (How I Spend My Nights Alone)

Τραγούδι: Πες Το Μου Ξανά, 2005

Στίχοι: Ηλίας Φιλίππου

Μουσική: Νίκος Βέρτης & Κυριάκος Παπαδόπουλος

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Νίκος Βέρτης

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Άχμετ Μουρατ Μπασιαραν, 2008, Στα Τουρκικά ("Τσανον Σαολσουν")
  • Αιμαν Ζμπιμπ, 2009, Στα Αραβικά ("Μπαχεμπακ Ουαλαχι"). Άλμπουμ Χουλφτ Μπι Ομρι.
  • Σιαχραμ Σολατι, 2011, Στα Περσικά ("Τακ Τακ"). Άλμπουμ Χεντγιε.
  • Καρουαν Χαουραμι, in Kurdish ("Ντιλμ Τενγκε")

Χορός: Οριεντάλ, Χορό Της Κοιλιάς, Ανατολίτικος Χορός, Τσιφτετέλι, Χανούμικο, Κελικός Χορός

Άλμπουμ: Πως Περνώ Τα Βράδυα Μόνος

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Πες το μου ξανά pes to mou xana Say it again to me —
ότι μ'αγαπάς oti m' agapas that you love me.
αγκαλιά στ' αστέρια να με πας agalia st' asteria na me pas Take me in an embrace to the stars,
πάθος μου γλυκό pathos mou gliko my sweet passion.
μ' ένα σου φιλί m' ena sou fili With one of your kisses,
η καρδιά να σπάσει ee kardia na spasi may [my] heart break
σαν γυαλί san yali like glass.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Nα μην ξημερώσει na min ximerosi May dawn not come (1)
η νύχτα αυτή ee nihta afti this night.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us
Nα μην ξημερώσει na min ximerosi May dawn not come (1)
η νύχτα αυτή ee nihta afti this night.
     
Κοίτα με ξανά kita me xana Look at me again,
μια ζεστή ματιά mia zesti matia a warm glance.
φτάνει να μου ftani na mou As long as she
κλέψει τη' καρδιά klepsi ti' kardia steals my heart
μ' έναν στεναγμό m' enan stenagmo with a sigh,
δώσε μου ζωή dose mou zoi give me life.
κάνε την αγάπη μας γιορτή kane tin agapi mas yiorti Make our love a celebration.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Nα μην ξημερώσει na min ximerosi May dawn not come (1)
η νύχτα αυτή ee nihta afti this night.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us
Nα μην ξημερώσει na min ximerosi May dawn not come (1)
η νύχτα αυτή ee nihta afti this night.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Τώρα που μιλούν μόνο οι ματιές tora mou miloun mono ee maties Now that only the eyes are talking,
από 'μένα ζήτα ότι θες apo 'mena zita oti thes ask whatever you want from me.
κέρνα με φωτιά kerna me fotia Treat me to fire.
δώσ' μου αφορμή dos' mou aformi Give me a reason
να μας ταξιδέψει το κορμί na mas taxidepsi to kormi for our bodies to travel.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Nα μην ξημερώσει na min ximerosi May dawn not come (1)
η νύχτα αυτή ee nihta afti this night.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us.
και αγκαλιά ke agalia And in an embrace
η μέρα να μας βρει ee mera na mas vri may the morning find us.
σώμα μου, καρδιά μου και ψυχή soma mou, kardia mou ke psihi My body, my heart and soul,
  1. This means "may the night last forever".

 

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Translations of
Nikos Vertis' Songs On This Site

Translations on this web site of lyrics for songs performed by Nikos Vertis 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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