Help with Turkish folk translation!
I've set myself onto the Turkish course, however, it seems it's going to be a over a year before I can do some of the Turkish things i really want to do. One of these things is understanding this song - Abdal - Ervah-ı Ezelde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR8enIV2GWw
I have deep loved this song for two years now and I still have little clue what they are saying as much as I want to know! I have picked up things like 'heart', 'world', 'ship/boat' but that's it, and feeding it into google translate gives a nonsensical translation. I remember searching for hours and hours for a proper online translation but alas I have been left with no closure.
If there any friendly Turkish duolingers that can help me with a translation? Also, anyone learning Turkish I recommend a listen to this, hear the beauty of the language, even if for now it's just sound to you .
even though there are many words i do not know, i translated it.
ervah-ı ezelde levh-i kalemde
bu benim bahtımı kara yazmışlar
bilirim güldürmez devr-i alemde
bir günümü yüz bin zara yazmışlar
when the souls were created, in the frame of the destiny
my fortune was written (determined) as misfortune
i know it won’t make me smile, in this age of the world
one day of mine is written on one hundred thousand dices (it is randomly determined)
Dünyayı sevenler veli değildir,
canı terkedenler deli değildir
insanoğlu gamdan hali değildir
her birini bir efkara yazmışlar
the ones who love the world are not Saints
the ones who abandon themselves are not insane (another translation = the ones who give up on life are not insane)
the mankind is not free from sorrow
each one is written on melancholy (another translation = each one is written on thoughts)
nedir bu sevdanın nihayetinde,
yadlar gezer yarın vilayetinde
herkes diyarında muhabbetinde
bilmem bizi ne civara yazmışlar
what is at the end of the love (what does love brings eventually)
strangers wander in the county of my lover (another translation = dreams are on whereabouts of my lover)
everyone is in their country in love
I do not know whereabout we are written to (where will we be)
olaydı dünyada ikbalim yaver,
el etsem sevdiğim acep kim ne der
bilemem tecelli mi yoksa ki kader
beni bir vefasız yara yazmışlar
i wish my fortune helped me in the world
if I waved to you my love what would others say?
i cannot know whether it is fate or destiny
i am written to an unfaithful lover
yazanlar leyla'yı mecnun kitabın
sümmani'yi bir kenara yazmışlar
the ones who wrote the book of leyla and mecnun
wrote Sümmani on a side (in turkish folk songs, the lyricist mentions his name or pseudonym at the end of the song)
The last part:
"Beni bir vefasız yara yazmışlar. Yazanlar Leyla'yı Mecnun kitabın, Sümmani'yi bir kenara yazmışlar".
My understanding of these lines is: "Fate has led me to an unfaithful lover. God who can create legendary lovers - such as Leyla and Mecnun -, had completely different plans for me (Sümmani)."
The way I understand it is that he looks at the love between Leyla and Mecnun and then he looks at his lover who is unfaithful to him, and he figures: "If love in this world is one whole book, then my love is definitely on a different chapter from Leyla and Mecnun's."
Thank you!!! It's amazing how culture also plays such a strong role in understanding, for example I only know the story of Leyla and Mecnun because I guessed it in similarity language wise to be the version I know which is Laila and Majnu. If I didn't know the story I'd totally miss the depth of what he is trying to compare there.
it is really hard to translate even if you know the words because many metaphors are used. Also there is a figure of speech, called kinaye (allusion), used very often in folk songs. Kinaye means referring to two different meanings in one sentence. It is up to audience but usually the poet means both
You are amazing thank you for such great effort! I know it's a tough one and probably won't help with Turkish learning for beginners but it is a really, really beautiful song, and looking at the lyrics you've translated speaks even more of it. Beautiful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)