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Θέλω Και Τα Παθαίνω
(Thelo Ke Ta Patheno)

(I Want Things to Happen to Me)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Thelo Ke Ta Patheno" (Θέλω Και Τα Παθαίνω), which was sung by Thanos Petrelis. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

About this Song

The music includes an instrumental segment played on the kemence, which is a traditional stringed instrument from Pontos. For more information about Pontos and its music, see the article "Musical Traditions of Pontus, the Black Sea Region of Present-Day Turkey".

About Thanos Petrelis

Thanos Petrelis is a Greek vocalist who appeared on the pop music scene in 2003 as a result of his performances on the television reality show Fame Story. He went on to release his first album in 2004, which went gold. That year, Petrelis won the "Best New Artist" category in Arion Awards. When he released "Eftihos" in 2006, it went platinum. Since then, he has released additional recordings, and toured extensively.

About Fivos (Phivos, Phoebus)

Fivos is the stage name for Evangelos-Phoebus Tassopoulos (Ευάγγελος Τασσόπουλος), the prominent Greek songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for this song. His name is sometimes written as "Phivos" or "Phoebus". He is one of the most successful Greek songwriters of the 1990's and early 2000's.

Fivos was born in 1971. During his school years, he drummed in a band. He started writing songs while studying music at a conservatory, and signed his first contract with a record label at age 22. Over the next 10 years, his songs enjoyed spectacular success in Greece and Cyprus. He began to gain international recognition starting in 2001. In 2004, he signed a deal with Coca Cola to write the music that would be featured in Coca Cola's ads as part of their Olympics sponsorship, and in 2005 he created a new anthem for the Athens football team.

Song: Thelo Ke Ta Patheno (I Want Things to Happen to Me), 2010

Lyrics: Fivos

Music: Fivos

Original Artist: Thanos Petrelis

Dance Style: Belly Dance

Τραγούδι: Θέλω Και Τα Παθαίνω, 2010

Στίχοι: Φοίβος

Μουσική: Φοίβος

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Θάνος Πετρέλης

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

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

     
Γι' άλλη μια φορά ya ali mia fora Once again,
σε πίστεψα, τι λάθος se pistepsa, ti lathos I trusted you, what a mistake!
γι' άλλη μια φορά ya ali mia fora Once again,
πληγώθηκα εις βάθος pligothika is vathos I got hurt deeply.
γι' άλλη μια φορά ya ali mia fora Once again,
δοκίμασα μ' εσένα dokimasa m' esena I tried with you,
μα το τίμημα ήταν ma to timima itan but the price was
βαρύ για 'μένα vari ya 'mena heavy for me.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me.
συνέχεια τα ίδια λάθη κάνω sinehia ta idia lathi kano Constantly, I keep making the same mistakes,
μα δε' μαθαίνω εγώ ποτέ ma de' matheno ego pote but I never learn.
θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me
αφού με πλήγωσες afou me pligoses since you hurt me.
τι θέλω και ξαναβγαίνω μ' εσένανε ti thelo ke xana vgeno m' esenane What I want is to keep going out with you.
     
Για όλα φταίει το κεφάλι μου, σου λέω ya ola ftei to kefali mou, sou leo I'm telling you, everything is the fault of my head. (1)
που έφτασα pou eftasa I have come to [this]
στο μαύρο χάλι μου sto mavro hali mou in my despair (2).
και κλαίω ke kleo And I cry
που το λάθος άνθρωπο αγαπώ, τι κρίμα pou to lathos anthropo agapo, ti krima that I love the wrong person, what a shame.
κaι έγινα στη' σχέση πάλι εγώ το θύμα ke eyina sti' s-hesi pali ego to thima And again I became the victim in the relationship.
     

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

     
Γι' άλλη μια φορά ya ali mia fora Once again,
που θύμωσα μαζί μου pou thimosa mazi sou I became upset with myself.
που άφησα να ξαναμπείς μεσ' στη' ζωή μου pou afisa na xanabis mes' sti' zoi mou How I allowed you to come back into my life.
άλλη μια φορά ali mia fora Once again,
που μάσησα το ψέμα pou masisa to psema I swallowed the lie (3)
που περίτεχνα σερβίρισες pou peritehna servirises which you elaborately served
σ' εμένα s' emena to me.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me.
συνέχεια τα ίδια λάθη κάνω sinehia ta idia lathi kano Constantly, I keep making the same mistakes,
μα δε' μαθαίνω εγώ ποτέ ma de' matheno ego pote but I never learn.
θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me
αφού με πλήγωσες afou me pligoses since you hurt me.
τι θέλω και ξαναβγαίνω μ' εσένανε ti thelo ke xana vgeno m' esenane What I want is to keep going out with you.
     
Για όλα φταίει το κεφάλι μου, σου λέω ya ola ftei to kefali mou, sou leo I'm telling you, everything is the fault of my head. (1)
που έφτασα pou eftasa I have come to [this]
στο μαύρο χάλι μου sto mavro hali mou in my despair (2).
και κλαίω ke kleo And I cry
που το λάθος άνθρωπο αγαπώ, τι κρίμα pou to lathos anthropo agapo, ti krima that I love the wrong person, what a shame.
κaι έγινα στη' σχέση πάλι εγώ το θύμα ke eyina sti' s-hesi pali ego to thima And again I became the victim in the relationship.
     

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

Kemence Instrumental

     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me.
συνέχεια τα ίδια λάθη κάνω sinehia ta idia lathi kano Constantly, I keep making the same mistakes,
μα δε' μαθαίνω εγώ ποτέ ma de' matheno ego pote but I never learn.
θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me
αφού με πλήγωσες afou me pligoses since you hurt me.
τι θέλω και ξαναβγαίνω μ' εσένανε ti thelo ke xana vgeno m' esenane What I want is to keep going out with you.
     
θέλω και τα παθαίνω thelo ke ta patheno I want things to happen to me
αφού με πλήγωσες afou me pligoses since you hurt me.
τι θέλω και ξαναβγαίνω μ' εσένανε ti thelo ke xana vgeno m' esenane What I want is to keep going out with you.
     
Για όλα φταίει το κεφάλι μου, σου λέω ya ola ftei to kefali mou, sou leo I'm telling you, everything is the fault of my head. (1)
που έφτασα pou eftasa I have come to [this]
στο μαύρο χάλι μου sto mavro hali mou in my despair (2).
και κλαίω ke kleo And I cry
που το λάθος άνθρωπο αγαπώ, τι κρίμα pou to lathos anthropo agapo, ti krima that I love the wrong person, what a shame.
κaι έγινα στη' σχέση πάλι εγώ το θύμα ke eyina sti' s-hesi pali ego to thima And again I became the victim in the relationship.
  1. This phrase means that the person is regretting their own stubbornness that's causing them to cling to the person who rejected them.
  2. Literally, "black mess". The word "mavro" can mean either "dark" or "black". Here, the reference to the "black mess" would mean something like "dark moment" or "black mood". It's a reference to feelings of despair.
  3. Literally, "I chewed the lie".

 

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Translations of
Thanos Petrelis' Songs On This Site

Translations of songs performed by Thanos Petrelis on this web site include:

  • Eftihos (Fortunately). Recorded in 2006.
  • Ellada (Greece). Recorded in 2015. Protest song regarding the European Union.

 

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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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