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Greek #3 Lyrics

Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album: Then-The Earlier Years

Some notes on how to pronounce certain things:
i, ei, y = pronounced like ee or ea, e.g., feel, read, etc.
ou= pronounced like oo, e.g., fool

Mono dyo tragoudia eho kai trito molis vgei
De ksero pou vrika to ptoma mia kai tote itan ekei
Tora periplanomai ston tafo tis mousikis
Gia ta dyo tragoudia kai to trito molis vgei

Enas plousios mou eipe fere kota kai zoumi
Ftohopaido mou eipe pos de mporei na pei
Kai tora perimeno san kota to Theo epi ti ghi

Mono dyo tragoudia eho kai trito molis vgei
De ksero pou vrika to ptoma mia kai tote itan ekei
Tora periplanomai ston tafo tis mousikis
Gia ta dyo tragoudia kai to trito molis vgei

Piga sto Lefko Iko kai rotao ton pyravlo
An pote den eixe complex i kati san afto
Ma arxise na paramilaei sa na itan stin TV
"Den exo mono dyo tragoudia
Apo mena thelis ti?"

Kainouri' agorasa stena blue jeans
Kai ena baglama
Kai eipa stis kyries na mou ferthoun evgenika
Gia na min exo typseis pos den pao makria
Gia ta dyo tragoudia kai to trito molis vgei



Here's a direct retranslation of Greek#3 from Greek back to English. Some people thought it'd be fun to read. The English of course is not correct, but I translated it literally. In Greek too, some things sound weird. Like, the expression with the 'chicken and juice'. Never heard it before!

I just have two songs and a third one when it comes out*
I don't know where I found the body** since then it was there
Now I'm wandering around music's grave
For the two songs and the third one when it comes out

A rich guy told me "bring a chicken and juice" (!)
A poor guy told me that he can't tell
And now I'm waiting like a chicken for God on earth

I just have two songs and a third one when it comes out
I don't know where I found the body since it was there then
Now I'm wandering around music's grave
For the two songs and the third one when it comes out

I went to the White House and asked the rocket (!)
If he ever had a complex or something of the sort
but he started babbling like he as on TV
"I don't have just two songs
What do you want from me?"

I bought some new, tight bluejeans
and a 'baglama'***
And I told the ladies to be nice to me
So that I won't feel guilty for not going far
For the two songs and the third one when it comes out

* literally 'as soon as' but it would be too long
** literally 'dead body', cadaver
*** a very tiny traditional greek guitar-like instrument, a tiny 'bouzouki'
Comments/Interpretations
by Belgaer on 1/5/2010 11:02pm
Bring me a chicken and a juice!
by huh on 12/10/2011 5:50am
so this is the song Number Three in Greek, is it?


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