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Şişeler
(Bottles)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Şişeler", a well-known traditional Turkish song often used by belly dancers. It is often incorrectly spelled as "Shisheler" by people outside of Turkey whose keyboards are unable to produce the cedilla on the letter "s". It is popularly used as a drinking song. It's a great choice for dancing in front of a Turkish audience!

On Turkish Delight, Folk & Gypsy Music of Turkey, published by Monitor Records, the title of this song appears as "Lingo, Lingo, Shisheler", which it translates as "Bottles, Bottles". The sleeve provides the translation of the first two verses and the chorus that appears below. The translation for the third verse that appears below, plus corroboration of the lyrics for the first two verses and the chorus were provided by Robyn C. Friend, Ph.D., and Ergun Tamer. Per Robyn, "Şişeler" means "Bottles", and "Lingo" is a nonsense filler word similar to "tra-la".

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

 

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Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song

Note Sung by John Bilezikjian
Note Sung by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Note Sung by Brothers of the Baladi
Note Sung by the Feenjon Group

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Lyrics

What you wear is bright silk satin
That no needle can pierce.
My beloved cannot sleep without me.

Chorus:

Oh, bottles, bottles
I drank my rakı [a local drink]
and you don’t like me.
I fell into the mud and you laughed at me.

You wear a white dress,
The nights are chilly…
Come near me for a little while.

Repeat Chorus

You wear yellow,
The nights are short…
Whose lover are you?

Repeat Chorus

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Gypsy Fire

Note

Listen to Clip

Artist: Omar Faruk Tekbilek
CD Title: Gypsy Fire

Further Journeys Album Cover

Note

Listen to Clip

Artist: Brothers of the Baladi
Album Title: Further Journeys

Sirocco Album Cover

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Var Daghdevirian
Album Title: Sirocco

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site: www.dantzrecords.com

Cafe Feenjon

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Listen to Clip

Artist: Feenjon Group
CD Title: An Evening at the Cafe Feenjon

 

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About the Translator

Many thanks for Robyn C. Friend, Ph.D., and Ergun Tamer, for their assistance in creating this translation. Robyn, based in Southern California, sings Turkish folk, Turkish classical, and Persian classical music, and also performs Persian classical dancing. Ergun is Robyn’s source for most things Turkish. You can visit Robyn's web site at home.earthlink.net/~rcfriend .

 

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