Τσάμικος, Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Νίκος Γκάτσος

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Οnly if you are from Greece you will understand…..

Tsamikos Lyrics: Nikos Gatsos
Music: Manos Hatzidakis
First version: Manolis Mitsias

In the stony mountains with the flute and the clarinet on top of the holy rock now dance three brave men Nikephoros* and Digenes** and the son of Anna Komnene***

Theirs is a piece of land but you, Christ, bless them so that they may save that piece of land from the jackal and the bear See how Nikitaras**– dances and the tambura becomes a swallow

From Epirus to Morea***— and from the darkness to freedom the feast lasts for years on Death’s marble floors God is the master and judge And the people his interpreters.

[translator’s notes:

* Nikephoros II Phokas, Byzantine Emperor
** Digenes Akritas, legendary / mythical hero
* Anna Komnene, daughter of Alexios I Komnemos, Byzantine Emperor
**– Nikitas Stamatelopoulos, nephew of Kolokotronis (revolutionary hero / leader)
***— Morea, renaissance and early modern name for Peloponnese]

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