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Μια φορά θυμάμαι

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When I was growing up in Melbourne many moons ago, one of my favourite bands was the Dirty Three. One of my favourite songs of theirs was 'I remember a time when you used to love me'.

I only learned last year when I first started studying Greek and hoovering up Greek music that this was actually an instrumental (and much noisier!) version of Arleta's 'Μια φορά θυμάμαι'. Most serendipitous! I instantly fell in love with the Arleta version, too.

When I was first learning Greek, I tried to understand the lyrics in the Arleta version, but they were way beyond me. I can kind of understand them now, but not entirely, and not correctly, and it's bugging me.

The lyrics are below, followed by my own very bad interpretation. If someone was able to provide me with a more accurate interpretation, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance for any help!


  • Νύχτα βροχερή άδειο το χέρι
  • Ψάχνει να σε βρει μα δε το ξέρει
  • Που θα σε βρει
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή
  • Πέτρωσ' η φωνή και πως να κλάψει
  • Που 'φυγες εσύ έχουν ανάψει
  • Χίλιοι καημοί
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή
  • Θα 'ρθει το πρωί και θα περάσει
  • Θα με λυπηθεί θα με ξεχάσει
  • Όπως κι εσύ
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή
  • Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή

  • Rainy night, empty hand
  • He is searching to find you but he does know it
  • He will find you
  • I remember a time you loved me, now rain
  • I remember a time you listened to me, now silent
  • Petrified voice and how you cry
  • You have left and they have lit you up
  • One thousand heartaches
  • I remember a time you loved me, now rain
  • I remember a time you listened to me, now silent
  • The morning will come and it will pass
  • He will feel sorry for me and then forget me
  • As will you
  • I remember a time you loved me, now rain
  • I remember a time you listened to me, now silent
February 6, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitra956826

Well, that is indeed a good try to interprete the song lyrics! There are only a few things I would personally change:

A rainy night, an empty hand is looking for you

but doesn't know where it can find you

I remember once you loved me, now only rain

I remember once you talked to me, now only silence

The voice is petrified, and how can it cry

Now that you left,

thousands of longings are burning in me

I remember once you loved me, now only rain

I remember once you talked to me, now only silence

Morning will come and it will pass,

it will feel sorry for me, it will forget me

like you did

I remember once you loved me, now only rain

I remember once you talked to me, now only silence.

(Quite beautiful lyrics, in my opinion. ^.^ )

February 6, 2017

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Thank you so much Dimitra! I can see straight away a couple of the mistakes I was making, as I often make exactly the ones when reading children's books, and that's to look at each line/sentence in isolation from what precedes it. In other words I was looking at the first three lines as independent clauses and not realising that the second and third lines referred back to the first and that the 'he' is the 'hand'. Thanks again, that's really helped.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitra956826

You're welcome! ^.^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/donjuan209273

Νύχτα βροχερή άδειο το χέρι Rainy night,the hand is empty Ψάχνει να σε βρει μα δε το ξέρει It is looking to find you ,but it doesn't know
Που θα σε βρει Where to find you Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή I remember once you loved me...now rain Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή I remember once you talked to me...now silence
Πέτρωσ' η φωνή και πως να κλάψει The voice is stone cold and how can it cry Που 'φυγες εσύ έχουν ανάψει Now that you've gone they've ignited Χίλιοι καημοί A thousand sorrows Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή I remember once you loved me...now rain
Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή I remember once you talked to me...now silence
Θα 'ρθει το πρωί και θα περάσει The morning will come and it will pass Θα με λυπηθεί θα με ξεχάσει It will feel sorry for me and will forget about me Όπως κι εσύ As will you Μια φορά θυμάμαι μ' αγαπούσες τώρα βροχή I remember once you loved me...now rain
Μια φορά θυμάμαι μου μιλούσες τώρα σιωπή I remember once you talked to me...now silence


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spdl79
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Thank you very much DonJuan! Really appreciated and thank you for taking the time to help me out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danende

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing :) I am not in any level to comment on the translation but I love learning through songs and just wanted to say I enjoyed this post. I'm looking forward to seeing more such examples around. Those interested can find the lyrics and sometimes translations of many songs at the stixoi.info website.

Actually I found it quite nice to see "we all live in a yellow submarine" in transport 2 unit. Maybe we can have more lyrics, and more from Greek songs! καλημέρα ήλιε could go well with the colors unit ;) Το κόκκινο για τη ροδιά, το πράσινο για τα παιδιά για της Μυρσίνης την ποδιά μια Παναγιά...


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Thanks for the stixoi link danende! I tried films and music when first learning Greek, but they didn't really help. However, now that I've got a bit of a grasp on things and can often ascertain some sort of meaning from a line instead of just picking out random words I recognise here and there, I'm finding them much more useful. Are there any Greek songs you particularly recommend?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danende

Well, native speakers or advanced learners could be of much better help here, for sure, but there are quite a lot of Greek songs that I love. Forgive me everybody, I can't install the Greek keyboard to this laptop, here are some songs that first come to my mind, which are mostly old ones you probably already know:

  • Aprili Mou, Maria Farandouri version of the famous Theodorakis song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR7dugpBvgc)

  • two wonderful albums of Manos Xatzidakis: Athanasia and O Megalos Erotikos. Athanasia seems quite tricky with the lyrics but if you search into it they are thoroughly wonderful (need to know some history). Koita me sta matia from this album would be an easier pick, lyrics-wise. Someone in your level will surely understand the first line of the song Athanasia, which I really love...

  • Χειμερινοί Κολυμβητές - Από το Πάρκο στη Μυροβόλο https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kUnhi4PLjg somewhere it says "a kiss is not a drama" :) suxnazeis sto mikro kafe and argentina are other songs I like from this group.

  • Oxi Mazi by Eleutheria Arbanitaki, I can follow the lyrics from here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDd7hHyNFxo

Practically, when you write Haris Alexiou, Dimitra Galani, Manos Loizos, Theodorakis& Xatzidakis you always end up into great songs (to my taste) and the lyrics make a place in your mind and then at some duolingo practice you say "hey I know this word from that song! Oh, so he means this there..."

Hope you'll like these :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danende

And this one, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5wbLhKt6dE

I was studying the lyrics yesterday, I think it's nice and manageable ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spdl79
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  • 1080

Yes! Thank you very much danende.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spdl79
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  • 1080

No, so thanks so much for the link! It's sung clearly, isn't too fast (I'm still struggling with the pace at which Greek is usually spoken) and has the lyrics to boot, so that sort of thing is absolutely perfect. Much appreciated.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danende

Me neither! I also thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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Cheers to you all. I'm going to find it on youtube. Thanks. αρλετα Beautiful: the song and her voice are a dream.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spdl79
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Indeed! Musically, I don't really like her later stuff so much, but I think her 60s/70s recordings, when it's just her and her guitar, are awesome. Although a young Cretan waitress I was talking to last time I was there looked at me as if I was from another planet when I said I'd been listening to her in order to try and learn a bit more Greek. "But... this is so OLD!", she said quite incredulously. ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VasileiaP.

Μια άλλη πρόταση από την ίδια τραγουδίστρια Another suggestion from the same singer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmN0btvrUIY


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Thank you Vasileia, I hadn't come across that one before. Even better, I think I can more or less understand the lyrics without asking anyone for help ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VasileiaP.

it's kind of simple , that's why I posted it ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/donjuan209273

Just a few tiny mistakes. Well done. I will post the native Greek to English translation in a few hours


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

6yThis genre of Greek music that was flourished in '60s before the Greek Junta period mostly was called New Wave under the influence of a French one similar sung in small halls called Boites, French word, in Athens mainly, in Plaka, accompanied by a guitar only. Arleta is one of the most famous and popular singer of this genre. This genre died fast, but the songs remained in the memory of the people. This new version does not belong to the same style. I don't like the video starting with a man in a dance position of syrtaki or whatever popular dance. These songs never were danced, or at least very rarely. More esoteric, less expressive songs, people was drinking a drink and listening, the hall was absolutely quiet, Arleta was hating people IMG or dancing. The mind was traveling, very little light, atmosphere of romance. No way to include this song in buzuki or more noisy Greek music, whatever is the idea that most people have about the Greek music, including many Greeks of today. No way! Respect to a period that left without successors! Even some of the protagonists of this period are active!

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