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Τα Χειρότερα
(Ta Xeirotero)

(The Worst)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Ta Xeirotero" (Τα Χειρότερα), which was sung by Eleni Hatzidou. Sometimes her surname is written as "Xatzidou" or "Hadzidou". Sometimes the song title is written as "Ta Hirotera" or "Ta Heirotera". 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 Eleni Hadzidou

Eleni Hadzidou, the original artist who popularized "Ego Tha Vgo", represented Greece in the 2018 Eurovision song competition. She was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, but raised in Alexandroupoli. Her family background is Pontian (Anatolian Greek), which lies in the Black Sea area of modern-day Turkey.

Song: Ta Xeirotero (The Worst), 2017

Lyrics: Aggeliki Makrinioti

Music: Alexis Papadimitriou

Original Artist: Eleni Hatzidou

Album: Ta Xeirotero (Single)

Dance: Belly Dance

Τραγούδι: Τα Χειρότερα, 2017

Στίχοι: Αγγελική Μακρυνιώτη

Μουσική: Αλέξης Παπαδημητρίου

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Ελένη Χατζίδου

Άλμπουμ: Τα Χειρότερα (Single)

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Ζήσε τώρα μόνος

zise tora monos Live alone now,

μέσα στη σιωπή

mesa sti siopi in silence,

αφού δεν εκτίμησες

afou den ektimises since you never valued

ποτέ σου, όσα είχες

pote sou, osa ihes ever, what you had.

μη' μου λες πονάω

mi' mou les ponao Don't tell me you are hurt.

είσαι στην αρχή

ise stin arhi You are starting over

γιατί ακόμα τίποτα στ' ορκίζομαι, δεν είδες

yati akoma tipota st' orkizome, den ides because I swear, you haven't seen anything yet.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και που να δεις, αργότερα ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —
που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.
θα με ζητάς, με κλάματα tha me zitas, me klamata You will be asking for me, in tears.

μα θα 'ναι αργά, για θαύματα

ma tha 'ne arga, ya thavmata But it will be [too] late for miracles.

Και που να δεις, αργότερα

ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —

που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα

pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.

και που να δεις, τι έπεται

ke pou na dis, ti epete And wait until you see what follows
για κάποιον που, δεν ντρέπεται ya kapion pou, den drepete for someone who has no shame.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Μέσ' σε μια βαλίτσα mes' se mia valitsa Into a suitcase,

βάζω ότι μπορώ

vazo oti boro I put whatever I can.

ένα αντίο ίσα

ena antio isa We have opportunity only [to say] goodbye.

που προφταίνουμε να πούμε

pou proftenoume na poume We manage to say

μη' σε 'δω να κλάψεις, σε παρακαλώ

mi se 'do na klapsis, se parakalo I don't want to see you cry, please.

κράτησε τα δάκρυα  

kratise ta dakria Hold the tears —
θα σου χρειαστούνε tha sou hriastoune you will need them.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και που να δεις, αργότερα ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —
που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.
θα με ζητάς, με κλάματα tha me zitas, me klamata You will be asking for me, in tears.

μα θα 'ναι αργά, για θαύματα

ma tha 'ne arga, ya thavmata But it will be [too] late for miracles.

Και που να δεις, αργότερα

ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —

που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα

pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.

και που να δεις, τι έπεται

ke pou na dis, ti epete And wait until you see what follows
για κάποιον που, δεν ντρέπεται ya kapion pou, den drepete for someone who has no shame.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Και που να δεις, αργότερα ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —
που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.
θα με ζητάς, με κλάματα tha me zitas, me klamata You will be asking for me, in tears.

μα θα 'ναι αργά, για θαύματα

ma tha 'ne arga, ya thavmata But it will be [too] late for miracles.

Και που να δεις, αργότερα

ke pou na dis, argotera And wait until you see, later —

που θα 'ρθουν τα, χειρότερα

pou tha 'rthoun ta, hirotera the worst is yet to come.

και που να δεις, τι έπεται

ke pou na dis, ti epete And wait until you see what follows
για κάποιον που, δεν ντρέπεται ya kapion pou, den drepete for someone who has no shame.

 

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Translations of
Eleni Hatzidou's Songs On This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Eleni Hatzidou on this web site 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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