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Ζήλεια
(Zilia)

(Jealousy)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Zilia" (Ζήλεια), which was sung by Keti Garbi. 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

Keti Garbi has released two different songs titled "Zilia" — the one translated on this page in 1999, on an album titled Doro Theou, and the other in 2003. They are entirely different songs, despite having the same title.

About Keti Garbi

Keti Garbi is the stage name for Ekaterini Garbi, the artist who recorded the version of this song with Greek lyrics. She has been considered a queen of Laiko & Greek pop styles of music. She robbed the cradle by marrying her younger colleague Dionisis Shinas (Διονύσης Σχοινάς).

Keti Garbi rose to fame in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, taking ninth place. She became one of the most successful Greek artists of the 1990's. She achieved great commercial success with the album To Kati, which was released in 2000. She has won 11 Pop Corn Music Awards (including 3 for Album of the Year) and one Arion Music Award.

To this day all her work is phenomenal.

Keti Garbi

Song: Zilia (Jealousy), 1999

Lyrics: Eleni Yiannatsoulia

Music: Amr Tantawy

Original Artist: Keti Garbi

Dance Style: Belly Dance

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Amr Diab, 1998 in Arabic ("Kalast Feek Kol al Kalam") on the album Awedony, Arabic lyrics by Abdel Monem

Album: Doro Theou (God's Gift)

Τραγούδι: Ζήλεια, 1999

Στίχοι: Ελένη Γιαννατσούλια

Μουσική: Αμρ Τανταουη

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Καίτη Γαρμπή

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

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Αμρ Ντιαμπ, 1998 Στα Αραβικά ("Kαλαστ Κολ Αλ Kαλαμ") on the album Αουεντονη, Arabic lyrics by Αμπντελ Μονεμ

Άλμπουμ: Δώρο Θεού

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στη' καρδιά ee zilia agathi sti' kardia Jealousy: a thorn in the heart,
αρρώστια δίχως γιατρικό arostia dihos yiatriko a sickness with no cure.
μας εξοντώνει αργά, αργά mas exontoni arga, arga It's killing us slowly, slowly.
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
Σκηνές μου κανείς skines mou kanis You make a scene,
στα άκρα φτάνεις sta akra ftanis you reach the edge.
θα με τρελάνεις tha me trelanis You will make me crazy
έτσι όπως πας etsi opos pas the way you are doing things.
     
Με ποιόν μιλούσα me pion milousa With whom was I talking?
και ποιόν κοιτούσα ke pion kitousa And who was I looking at?
δεν το αντέχω den to anteho I can't handle it
πια να με ρωτάς pia na me rotas any more, you asking me.
     

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στο φιλί ee zilia agathi sto fili Jealousy, a thorn in the kiss,
και δρόμος δίχως γυρισμό ke dromos dihos yirismo and road with no return.
τι κι αν σ' αγάπησα πολύ ti ke an s' agapisa poli And what if I loved you a lot?
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
αααα, αααααχ Aaaa, aaaaah Aaaa, aaaaah
     
Του ερωτά μας tou erota mas Our love,
η πόρτα κλείνει ee porta klini [the] door is closing.
πέφτει η συγγνώμη σου pefti ee signomi sou Your apology falls
με' στο κενό me' sto keno into the void.
     
Η αγάπη θέλει ee agapi theli Love needs
εμπιστοσύνη ebistosini trust.
δεν θέλει ζήλεια den theli zilia It doesn't want jealousy
και εγωισμό ke egoismo and egotism.
     
Μην το τραβάς το σκοινί min to travas to skini Don't pull the rope (1)
ως πότε οι ουρανοί os pote ee ourani until the skies
θ' ανάβουν άστρα th' anavoun astra light the stars
στου πάθους τη' σκηνή stou pathous ti' skini in passion's rope.
     

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στη' καρδιά ee zilia agathi sti' kardia Jealousy, a thorn in the heart,
αρρώστια δίχως γιατρικό arostia dihos yiatriko a sickness with no cure.
μας εξοντώνει αργά, αργά mas exontoni arga, arga It's killing us slowly, slowly.
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
αααα, αααααχ Aaaa, aaaaah Aaaa, aaaaah
     
Του ερωτά μας tou erota mas Our love's
η φλόγα σβήνει ee floga svini fire is going out.
πέφτει η συγγνώμη σου pefti ee signomi sou Your apology falls
μεσ' στο κενό mes' sto keno into the void.
     
Η αγάπη θέλει ee agapi theli Love needs
εμπιστοσύνη ebistosini trust.
δεν θέλει ζήλεια den theli zilia It doesn't want jealousy
και εγωισμό ke egoismo and egotism.
     
Μην το τραβάς το σκοινί min to travas to skini Don't pull the rope (1)
ως πότε οι ουρανοί os pote ee ourani until the skies
θ' ανάβουν άστρα th' anavoun astra light the stars
στου πάθους τη' σκηνή stou pathous ti' skini in passion's rope.
     

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στη' καρδιά ee zilia agathi sti' kardia Jealousy, a thorn in the heart,
αρρώστια δίχως γιατρικό arostia dihos yiatriko a sickness with no cure.
μας εξοντώνει αργά, αργά mas exontoni arga, arga It's killing us slowly, slowly.
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
αααα, αααααχ Aaaa, aaaaah Aaaa, aaaaah
     

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Chorus #2

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στη' καρδιά ee zilia agathi sti' kardia Jealousy, a thorn in the heart,
αρρώστια δίχως γιατρικό arostia dihos yiatriko a sickness with no cure.
μας εξοντώνει αργά, αργά mas exontoni arga, arga It's killing us slowly, slowly.
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
Σκηνές μου κανείς skines mou kanis You make a scene,
στα άκρα φτάνεις sta akra ftanis you reach the edge.
θα με τρελάνεις tha me trelanis You will make me crazy
έτσι όπως πας etsi opos pas the way you are doing things.
     
Με ποιόν μιλούσα me pion milousa With whom was I talking?
και ποιόν κοιτούσα ke pion kitousa And who was I looking at?
δεν το αντέχω den to anteho I can't handle it
πια να με ρωτάς pia na me rotas any more, you asking me.
     

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στο φιλί ee zilia agathi sto fili Jealousy, a thorn in the kiss,
και δρόμος δίχως γυρισμό ke dromos dihos yirismo and road with no return.
τι κι αν σ' αγάπησα πολύ ti ke an s' agapisa poli And what if I loved you a lot?
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
αααα, αααααχ Aaaa, aaaaah Aaaa, aaaaah
     

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Chorus #1

Η ζήλεια αγκάθι στο φιλί ee zilia agathi sto fili Jealousy, a thorn in the kiss,
και δρόμος δίχως γυρισμό ke dromos dihos yirismo and road with no return.
τι κι αν σ' αγάπησα πολύ ti ke an s' agapisa poli And what if I loved you a lot?
η ζήλεια φέρνει χωρισμό ee zilia ferni horismo Jealousy brings breakup.
     
αααα, αααααχ Aaaa, aaaaah Aaaa, aaaaah
  1. This means, "Don't push your limits," or "Don't try my patience."

 

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Translations of
Keti Garbi's Songs On This Site

Translations on this web site of lyrics for songs performed by Keti Garbi include:

  • Τin Kardia Sou Rota (Ask Your Heart). A duet with Burak Kut that is partly in Greek, partly in Turkish. The Turkish title is "Kalbine Sor".
  • To Narkotiko Mou (My Drug). The same melody was later used for the Turkish song "Zordur Oğlum".
  • Ton Hristouyenon Kabanes (The Christmas Bells). A version of the song "Silver Bells" with Greek lyrics
  • Touli Gia To Hristouli (Veil for the Christ Child). A version of the song "Adeste Fideles" with Greek lyrics
  • Zilia (Jealousy). A version of Amr Diab's "Kalast Feek Kol al Kalam" with Greek lyrics.

 

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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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