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Ικαριότικο
(Ikariotikos)

(From Ikaria)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the traditional Greek island song "Ikariotikos" (Ικαριότικο), which was popularized on a recording by Giannis Parios.

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

The original title of this song was "Ee agapi mou stin Ikaria" (My love in Ikaria), written in Greek as Η αγάπη μου στην Ικαρία. It later took on the name "Ikariotikos", which is a reference to the Greek island of Ikaria.

The beautiful island of Ikaria is located close to the spot where Greek legend says Icarus fell into the sea after flying too close to the sun.

You can think of the dance that people do to this song as being the Syrtaki of the islands, meaning it is a sort of made-up dance in modern times. The translated version on this page was made famous by renowned singer Giannis Parios. My Baba sponsored him in Boston a couple times for a concert or Greek party. However, the real music and dance from Ikaria is different.

I personally recall always hearing this song towards the end of the night in the hottest Greek clubs of the diaspora. The fast footwork and jumping up and down has an interesting effect when mixed with a lot of alcohol!

In the version of this song by Yiannis Parios, he adds the words "dos' tou dos' tou", which is like saying "Yeah, keep going, keep going," as the song accelerates in speed!

Please see my article Ikariotikos: The Story of the Song and Its Dance for more detailed information about this song, its history, and how the traditional version compares with the modern ones.

About Giannis Parios

Giannis Parios is the professional name for Ioannis Varthakouris, a composer, lyricist, and singer who was born on the Greek island of Paros. He recorded his first album in 1971, and more than 40 additional albums in the decades that followed.

In 1982, he released his album titled Nisiotika, which holds the record for Greek sales (over 1,400,000 copies). It consisted of a collection of songs of the Aegean islands. "Ikariotikos" was one of the songs featured on that album.

Song: Ikariotikos (From Ikaria), 1975

Lyrics: Giorgos Konitopoulos

Music: Giorgos Konitopoulos

Original Artist: Giorgos Konitopoulos

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Giannis Parios, 1982

Dance Style: Ikariotikos (a line dance in the syrtos family)

Τραγούδι: Ικαριότικο, 1975

Μουσική: Γιώργος Κονιτόπουλος

Στίχοι: Γιώργος Κονιτόπουλος

Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Γιώργος Κονιτόπουλος

Άλλοι Ερμηνευτές:

  • Γιάννης Πάριος, 1982

Χορός: Ικαριότικο

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Χρόνια και χρόνια τώρα τριγυρνώ hronia k hronia tora triyirno Years and years, I've been going around in circles (1)
σαν πουλί περιπλανώμενο san pouli periplanomeno like a stray bird (2)
με΄ στην ξενιτιά me' stin xenihtia in the foreign lands,
με' στην μοναξιά me' stin monaxia in the loneliness.
που δεν την αντέχω άλλο πια pou den tin anteho alo pia I can't take any more of it.
γιατί νοσταλγώ yati nostalgo Because I'm nostalgic for,
γιατί λαχταρώ yati lahtaro because I'm longing for
την αγάπη μου και το χωριό tin agapi mou ya to horio my love for the village.
     
Και η αγάπη μου στην Ικαριά ke ee agapi mou stin Ikaria And my love in Ikaria (3)
έχει μαύρο πόνο στην καρδιά ehi mavro pono stin kardia has a black pain in her heart:
δίχως συντροφιά dihos sindrofia without companionship,
δίχως αγκαλιά dihos angalia without an embrace,
δίχως τα γλυκά μου τα φιλιά dihos ta glika mou ta filia without my sweet kisses.
κι αφού με πονά ke afou me pona And since she feels [pain] for me,
κι αφού με αγαπά ke afou me agapa and since she loves me,
είναι κρίμα να `ναι μοναχιά ine krima na 'ne monahia it's a shame for her to be alone.
     
Να πάρω θέλω την απόφαση na paro thelo tin apofasi I want to make the decision,
και θα πάω στ' όμορφο νησί ke tha pao st' omorfo nisi I will go to the beautiful island.
θέλω να της πω thelo na tis po I want to tell her
πως την αγαπώ pos tin agapo that I love her
και μια μέρα θα την παντρευτώ ke mia mera tha tin pandrefto and one day I will marry her
μες την Ικαριά mes tin Ikaria in Ikaria. (3)
μια γλυκιά βραδιά mia glikia vradia A sweet night —
θα το κάψουμε με τα βιολιά tha ta kapsoume me ta viola we will burn everything with the violins. (4)
     
Και θα χορέψουμε μαζί κι οι δυο ke tha horepsoume mazi ke ee dio And the two of us will dance together
το σκοπό τον Ικαριώτικο to skopo ton Ikariotiko [to] the tune of Ikariotiko.
θα γλεντήσουμε tha glendisoume We'll celebrate,
θα μεθύσουμε tha methisoume we'll get drunk,
τους καημούς θα λησμονήσουμε tous kaimous tha lismonisoume we'll forget the sorrows
μες την Ικαριά mes tin Ikaria in Ikaria. (3)
και σαν τα πουλιά ke san ta poulia And like the birds (2)
θα `χουμε κι οι δυο ζεστή φωλιά tha 'houme ke ee dio zesti folia the two of us will have a warm nest.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

  1. This can also mean wandering, or going here and there.
  2. In Greek slang, the words poulia (many birds) and pouli (singular bird) have another meaning. They also mean "penis"! But, in this song, the word pouli is just referring to birds.
  3. The Greek island of Ikaria is in the eastern part of the Aegean sea, near Smyrna (Izmir) on the coast of Turkey
  4. This is an idiom which means we will celebrate, party, rock the night, etc.

 

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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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