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Βρε Μελαχρινάκι
(Vre Melaxrinaki)

(The Dark-Haired One)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Vre Melaxrinaki" (Βρε Μελαχρινάκι), which was sung by Makis Hristodoulopoulos. 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 this Song

"Vre Melaxrinaki" was a major hit when it first came out, and still remains popular today. The word "melaxrinaki" (pronounced mel-uh-rin-ah-ki) refers to a woman with dark hair and dark eyes. The word can also be used to refer to a woman with dark skin.

In one version, a verse says, "ντίμπι ντίμπι ντάι" (pronounced as "dibi dibi dibi dai"). Those words don't really mean anything, they're simply vocalizations such as "la la la".

This song was popular not only in Greece, but it was also a huge hit among the Greek community of Egypt!

About Makis Hristodoulopoulos

The singer/songwriter who composed and recorded this song is the Greek Romani musician Asimakis Makis Hristodoulopoulos, who used the stage name of "Makis Hristodoulopoulos". Born in 1948, he learned to play guitar and clarinet from a young age.

Hristodoulopoulos began his career singing folk songs for festivals, where he was discovered by Vasilis Saleas. He has written and composed songs for many renowned Greek artists such as Glykeria and others. His music broke records and turned our world upside down.

Song: Vre Melaxrinaki (Dark One), 1977

Lyrics: Makis Hristodoulopoulos

Music: Makis Hristodoulopoulos

Original Artist: Makis Hristodoulopoulos

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Xenia Verra, 2018
  • Xanthi Peraki
  • Pyramidos

Dance Style:

  • Syrtos
  • Belly dancing

Album: Yirna Konda Mou

Τραγούδι: Βρε Μελαχρινάκι, 1977

Μουσική: Μάκης Χριστοδουλόπουλος

Στίχοι: Μάκης Χριστοδουλόπουλος

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Μάκης Χριστοδουλόπουλος

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Ξένια Βέρρα, 2018
  • Ξάνθη Περάκη

Άλμπουμ: Γύρνα Κοντά Μου

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki You dark one, (1)
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki you dark one.
     
Τα ολόμαυρα σου μάτια ta olomavra sou matia Your deep black eyes
με κάνουνε χίλια κομμάτια me kanoune hilia komatia [shattered] me into a thousand pieces,
με κάνουνε χίλια κομμάτια me kanoune hilia komatia [shattered] me into a thousand pieces,
Τα ολόμαυρα σου μάτια ta olomavra sou matia your deep black eyes.
     
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki You dark one,
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki you dark one.
     
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki You dark one,
μ' έπιασε μεράκι m' epiase meraki I have yearning,
έλα 'ως εδώ ela 'os edo come here ποw,
Που σε λαχταρώ pou se lahtaro as I adore you.
     
Τα ολόμαυρα σου μάτια ta olomavra sou matia Your deep black eyes
με κάνουνε χίλια κομμάτια me kanoune hilia komatia [shattered] me into a thousand pieces,
με κάνουνε χίλια κομμάτια me kanoune hilia komatia [shattered] me into a thousand pieces,
Τα ολόμαυρα σου μάτια ta olomavra sou matia your deep black eyes.
     
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki You dark one,
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
με πότισες φαρμάκι me potises farmaki you poured me something with poison,
Βρε μελαχρινάκι vre melahrinaki you dark one.
     

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  1. "Melahrinaki" refers to a dark-haired, black-eyed woman; i.e., a brunette. Another meaning of it can be dark-skinned woman.

 

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Translations of
Makis Hristodoulopoulos' 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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