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Σκληρή Καρδιά
(Skliri Kardia)

(Tough Heart)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Skliri Kardia" (), which was sung by Sarbel. 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 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 "Nari Narain", sometimes referred to as "Habibi Dah", popularized by Hisham Abbas.

Greeks and people in present-day Arabic-speaking countries have been living among each other for thousands of years. Many were Greeks kept their Greek heritage alive within Greek enclaves while speaking Arabic in public, others acquired mixed language skills through marriage, etc. It is only natural that some Greek songs are bilingual with some Arabic words.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The singer in the photo is Hisham Abbas, the Egyptian artist who is known for recording the Arabic lyrics of this song, "Nari Narain".

"Nari Narain's" lyricist was Ayman Bahjat Qamar (Αιμαν Μπαχτσατ Καμαρ) and the music was written by Riad Al Hamshari (Ριαντ Aλ Χαμσαρι). It was released in 2000, on the album called Habibi Dah. Its lyrics contain both Arabic and Hindu segments.

About Sarbel

Sarbel was the original musician to release this Egyptian song with these Greek lyrics. He was born in England to immigrant parents: his mother is Lebanese, and his musician father is a Greek Cypriot.

Sarbel majored in musical theater and dance. He represented Greece in the Eurovision music competition in 2007.

Song: Skliri Kardia (Tough Heart), 2005

Lyrics: Eleni Yianatsoulia

Music: Riad Al Hamshari

Original Greek Artist: Sarbel Mixail Maronitis

Dance: Belly dancing

Album: Paraxeno Sinesthima (Weird Feeling)

Τραγούδι: Σκληρή Καρδιά, 2005

Στίχοι: Ελένη Γιαννατσούλια

Μουσική: Ριαντ Aλ Χαμσαρι

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Σαρμπέλ Μιχαήλ Μαρωνίτης

Συμμετέχουν: Ειρήνη Μερκούρη

Άλμπουμ: Παράξενο Συναίσθημα

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart
     
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα τα γκρεμίζεις ola ta gremizis you tear down everything.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
λίγο δε' λυγίζεις ligo de' liyizis you don't bend [even] a little.
φιλιά κλειδιά filia klidia Kisses [and] keys
μου τα επιστρέφεις mou ta epistrefis you return to me.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
μη' με καταστρέφεις mi' me katastrefis don't destroy me.
     
Χωρίς εκείνη horis ekini Without her,
θα `μαι φύλλο στη' βροχή tha 'me filo sti' vorhi I will be a leaf in the rain.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
θα είμαι σώμα, που δε' θα `χει πια ψυχή tha ime soma, pou de' tha 'hee pia psihi I will be a body, that will no longer have a soul.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
     
χωρίς εκείνη, πέφτω στο κενό horis ekini, pefto sto keno Without her, I fall into the void.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
είμαι ναυάγιο στον ωκεανό ime navayio ston okeano I'm a shipwreck in the ocean.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
δεν ξέρει τι θα πει ζωή den xeri ti tha pi zoi [She] doesn't know what life means.
θα πληγωθεί tha pligothi [She] will get hurt.
μ' αγάπες άλλες, θα καεί m' agapes ales tha kai With other lovers, [she] will get burned.
θα ξαναρθεί tha xanarthi [She] will come back.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart.
     
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart.
όλα στα `χα δώσει ola sta 'ha dosi I've given you everything
με ένα γεια me ena ya with a hello.
μ' έχεις πια σκοτώσει m' ehis pia skotosi You have killed me.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Χωρίς εσένα δε' τι βγάζω τελικά horis esena de' ti vgazo telika Without you, it's unbearable.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
θα έχω λόγια, μάτια μελαγχολικά tha eho loyia, matia melanholika I will have words, melancholy eyes.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
χωρίς εμένα, πέσ' μου που θα πάς horis emena, pes' mou pou tha pas Without me, tell me where you will go.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
πες μου τι έκανα, και με παρατάς pes mou ti ekana, ke me paratas Tell me what I did and [why] you are dumping me.
υπομονή ipomoni Patience.
να φύγω θέλω μακριά na figo thelo makria I want to go far away
με τι φτερά me ti ftera with what wings
μπορεί να έρθω εδώ ξανά bori na ertho edo xana Maybe I will come here again.
θα είν' αργά tha in' arga It will be late.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart.
     
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα τα γκρεμίζεις ola ta gremizis you tear down everything.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
λίγο δε' λυγίζεις ligo de' liyizis you don't bend [even] a little.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα στα `χα δώσει ola sta 'ha dosi I've given you everything.
με ένα γεια me ena ya With a hello,
μ' έχεις πια σκοτώσει m' ehis pia skotosi you have killed me.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Arabic Section Arabic Section Arabic Section

ناري نارين

Naari, naarain

My fire is two fires.
ناري من جماله Naari min gamalouh My fire is from his beauty.
Instrumental Instrumental Instrumental

ناري نارين

Naari, naarain

My fire is two fires.
ناري من جماله Naari min gamalouh My fire is from his beauty.
Instrumental Instrumental Instrumental
ناري نارين Naari, naarain My fire is two fires.
  Albi eih garalouh What happened to my heart?
     
Greek Section Greek Section Greek Section
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα τα γκρεμίζεις ola ta gremizis you tear down everything.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
λίγο δε' λυγίζεις ligo de' liyizis you don't bend [even] a little.
φιλιά κλειδιά filia klidia Kisses [and] keys
μου τα επιστρέφεις mou ta epistrefis you return to me.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
μη' με καταστρέφεις mi' me katastrefis don't destroy me.
     
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα τα γκρεμίζεις ola ta gremizis you tear down everything.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
λίγο δε' λυγίζεις ligo de' liyizis you don't bend [even] a little.
σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart,
όλα στα `χα δώσει ola sta 'ha dosi I've given you everything.
με ένα γεια me ena ya With a hello,
μ' έχεις πια σκοτώσει m' ehis pia skotosi you have killed me.
     
Σκληρή καρδιά skliri kardia Tough heart

 

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Related Song Translations

  • Nari Narain (Habibi Dah). Translation for the song with Arabic lyrics by Hisham Abbas that is the Egyptian counterpart for Skliri Kardia.

 

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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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