Melina Merkouri - Ime Romia (Είμαι Ρωμιά) (English translation)

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Ime Romia (Είμαι Ρωμιά)

Ιστορίες, φασαρίες, πού `σαστε, μωρέ παιδιά,
τί μου λένε, τι μου λένε, πως δεν είμαι πια Ρωμιά,
ήρθαν οι καραβανάδες και μου πήραν τα χαρτιά
και μου φέραν τα μαντάτα, πως δεν είμαι πια Ρωμιά,
και μου φέραν τα μαντάτα, πως δεν είμαι πια Ρωμιά.
 
Μαμά μου, ήσουν φρόνιμη, το ξέρω εγώ καλά
και ο μπαμπάς μου το `λεγε πως ήσουνα Ρωμιά.
 
Να βρισκόμουνα στην Τήνο και ν’ ανάψω ένα κερί,
να μιλήσω, να δακρύσω, να ρωτήσω το γιατί,
πες μου, πες μου, Παναγιά μου, τι είναι τούτα τα στοιχειά
που μας βάλανε στο γύψο και μας πήραν τα χαρτιά,
που μας βάλανε στο γύψο και μας πήραν τα χαρτιά.
 
Μαμά μου, ήσουν φρόνιμη, το ξέρω εγώ καλά
και ο μπαμπάς μου το `λεγε πως ήσουνα Ρωμιά.
 
Αχ, ραγιάδες, γαλονάδες, Αμερικανών παδιά,
πώς το λέτε, πώς το λέτε, πως δεν είμαι εγώ Ρωμιά,
θα σας πάρουν το κεφάλι, θα `ρθουν πίσω τα παιδιά,
θα μου δώσουν τα χαρτιά μου και θα ζήσω σα Ρωμιά,
θα μου δώσουν τα χαρτιά μου και θα ζήσω σα Ρωμιά.
 
Η ιστορία τέλειωσε, τα ζωα στα κλουβιά,
η θάλασσα απέραντη κι εγώ πάλι Ρωμιά.
 
Submitted by SaintMark on Sun, 24/09/2017 - 14:20
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English translation

No longer a greek

Stories, troubles, where are you, guys?
What are they telling me, telling me, I'm no longer Greek?
Officers came and took my papers away
and they told me the news, that I'm no longer a Greek!
And they told me the news, that I'm no longer a Greek!
 
My mother, you had been prudent, I know that well,
And daddy used to tell me that you were Greek indeed!
 
If only I were at Tinos island to light a candle,
to speak, to cry, to ask "why"
tell me, tell me, Holy Mother, what are these ghosts,
that put us in the plaster cast and took our papers away!
That put us in the plaster cast and took our papers away!
 
My mother, you had been prudent, I know that well,
And daddy used to tell me that you were Greek indeed!
 
Ah, enslaved ones, brass, American children,
how can you say, can you say, that I'm no longer a Greek?
They will have your heads, the boys will be back.
they will give me my papers back and I will live as a Greek!
They will give me my papers back and I will live as a Greek!
 
The tale is over, the animals are in the cages,
the sea is vast and I am a Greek!
 
Submitted by SaintMark on Mon, 25/09/2017 - 04:20
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SaintMark    Mon, 25/09/2017 - 04:21

can s.o. explain why "romia" means "greek". i though greek was "ellinikos".. is she talking about a romani tribe ? just curious...