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Στη' Σαλονίκη
(Sti' Saloniki)

(In Salonika)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Sti' Saloniki" (Στη' Σαλονίκη), which was sung by Peggy Zina. 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 Peggy Zina

Peggy Zina is the stage name for Panagiota Calliope Zina, the original artist to sing this song with Greek lyrics. She was born in 1975, and released her first album at age 20. Since then, she has become an important singer in the laiko genre of Greek music.

Song: Sti' Saloniki (In Salonika), 2006

Lyrics: Yiorgos Moukidis

Music: Yiorgos Moukidis

Original Artist: Peggy Zina

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Göknur Onur, 2011, in Turkish ("İstanbul'da"). On the album Teslim. Turkish lyrics by Göknur Onur.

Dance Style: Just for listening, not suitable for dance

Album: Ena (One)

Τραγούδι: Στη' Σαλονίκη, 2006

Στίχοι: Γιώργος Μουκίδης 

Μουσική: Γιώργος Μουκίδης

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Πέγκυ Ζήνα

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Γκουκνυρ Ονυρ, 2011, Στα Τουρκικά ("Ιστανμπουλ'ντα"). On the album Τεσλιμ.

Άλμπουμ: Ένα

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Ήρθες και έφυγες σαν άνεμος irthes ke efiyes san anemos You came and went like the wind,
και τώρα δεν καταλαβαίνω πώς ke tora den katalaveno pos and now I don't understand how
μου είπες σ' αγαπάω mou ipes s' agapo you told me, "I love you."

μα πρέπει αλλού να πάω, να σωθώ

ma prepi allou na pao, na sotho But I have to go elsewhere, to save myself.
προσωπικός μου ήσουν άγγελος  
prosopikos mou isoun agelos You were my personal angel,
και τώρα σκοτεινιάζει ο ουρανός
ke tora skotiniazi o ouranos and now the sky is getting dark.
όταν μου λες αντίο
otan mou les adio When you tell me good-bye,
γινόμαστε και οι δύο, ένας καημός yinomaste ke ee dio, enas kaimos we both become a heartache.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και αν δεν ανέχεσαι

ke an den anehese And if you can't bear

τα βουρκωμένα μάτια

ta vourkomena matia the tear-filled eyes,

και αν δεν μπορείς

ke an den boris and if you can't bear

τις μακρινές διαδρομές

tis makrines diadromes the long distances, (1)

στη' Σαλονίκη να μην έρχεσαι

sti' Saloniki na min erhese don't [ever] come to Salonika

ποτέ τις Κυριακές

pote tis Kiriakes on Sundays,
τις Κυριακές tis Kiriakes on Sundays.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και αν δεν ανέχεσαι

ke an den anehese And if you can't bear

τα βουρκωμένα μάτια

ta vourkomena matia the tear-filled eyes,

και αν δεν μπορείς

ke an den boris and if you can't bear

τις μακρινές διαδρομές

tis makrines diadromes the long distances, (1)

στη' Σαλονίκη να μην έρχεσαι

sti' Saloniki na min erhese don't [ever] come to Salonika

ποτέ τις Κυριακές

pote tis Kiriakes on Sundays,
τις Κυριακές tis Kiriakes on Sundays.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Να σε κοιτάζω άλλο δεν μπορώ na se kitazo alo den boro I can't [stand to] look at you any more
γιατί μπερδεύομαι και απορώ yati berdevoume ke aporo because I become confused and wonder
που λες πως δεν αντέχεις pou les pos den andehis that you say you can't bear

στο πλάι σου να μ' έχεις, απορώ

sto plai sou na m' ehis, aporo to have me by your side. I wonder.
είπες να σε αγγίζω, πως δεν θες
ipes na se agizo, pos den thes You said you don't want me to touch you, (2)
και ότι θυμάσαι πάντα αυτά που λες
ke oti thimase panda afta pou les and that you always remember what you say.
από ένα κατά λάθος, κάνεις μεγάλο λάθος
apo ena kata lathos, kanis megalo lathos From a mistake, you are making a big mistake,
και θα κλαις ke tha kles and you will cry.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και αν δεν ανέχεσαι

ke an den anehese And if you can't bear

τα βουρκωμένα μάτια

ta vourkomena matia the tear-filled eyes,

και αν δεν μπορείς

ke an den boris and if you can't bear

τις μακρινές διαδρομές

tis makrines diadromes the long distances, (1)

στη' Σαλονίκη να μην έρχεσαι

sti' Saloniki na min erhese don't [ever] come to Salonika

ποτέ τις Κυριακές

pote tis Kiriakes on Sundays,
τις Κυριακές tis Kiriakes on Sundays.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και αν δεν ανέχεσαι

ke an den anehese And if you can't bear

τα βουρκωμένα μάτια

ta vourkomena matia the tear-filled eyes,

και αν δεν μπορείς

ke an den boris and if you can't bear

τις μακρινές διαδρομές

tis makrines diadromes the long distances, (1)

στη' Σαλονίκη να μην έρχεσαι

sti' Saloniki na min erhese don't [ever] come to Salonika

ποτέ τις Κυριακές

pote tis Kiriakes on Sundays,
τις Κυριακές tis Kiriakes on Sundays.
  1. Literal translation: "routes" or "travels".
  2. Literal translation: "You said to touch you, that you don't want it."

 

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Translations of
Peggy Zina'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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