*Dirli is a nonsense word.


To deerlee

Deerlee; more, deerlee
Eertane o pondeekos
Ke peere to feeteelee
Apo messa af to kandeelee
Poo fende ke kenda
Ee koree to mandeelee
(deerlee, more, deerlee)
To bradhee sto kandeelee
Poo tan too kalou tees
T'agapeeteekoo tees
Eertenen ee ghata
Poo faye ton pondeeko
Poo peere to feeteelee…
Deerlee, more, deerlee

Eertene ki o skeelos
Ke pneexe tee ghata
Poo faye …

Epessen to xeelo
Ke skotossen to skeelos
Poo pneexe…

Eenapsen o foornos
Ke kapsen to xeelo
Poo skotossen…

Eertane ki o potamos
Ke sveessen to foorno
Poo kapsen…

Eertane to voodhee
Kee eepyene to potamo
Poo sveessen…

"e" as in "red"
"dh" as in "the, this"
"gh" as a voiced "h", gargling sound without vibrations




Above we tried to modernize the Greek text (change of spelling officially adopted in: 1982). Below is the original ancient text we were given.

We apologize for any errors in the modernized version and welcome corrections. Please email us with any modifications.


Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Thomy Verrou at the Institute for Balkan Studies in Greece for contributing and translating this song. Many thanks also to Monique Palomares for the transliteration and to Marietta Parianos for checking and helping with it.

Ευχαριστώ πολύ!