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Thread #105070   Message #2159736
Posted By: George Papavgeris
29-Sep-07 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lady Vangeline, Greek folksong
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Vangeline, Greek folksong
Oh, sod it - for completeness' sake:

Original words, in my fake phonetics:

"Ena nero, kyra-Vaggelio
Ena nero, kryo nero".
Kiapo poothe katevenee,
Vaggelio moo penemenee.

Apo gremno kyra-Vaggelio,
Apo gremno gremnizeteh.
Se perivolaki benee
Vaggelio moo penemenee.

Poteezee the- kyra-Vaggelio,
Poteezee thendra ke kladia,
Lemonies ke kyparissia
San ta omorfa koritsia.


"Some water, Mrs Vangeline
Some water, cool water".
And where does she come down from,
My praised Vangeline?

From a crevasse, Mrs Vangeline,
It's from a crevasse that she falls
And enters a little garden,
My praised Vangeline.

She waters, Mrs Vangeline
She waters trees and boughs
Lemon trees and cypresses,
like beautiful girls.

Perhaps you can now see the basis of my supposition in the previous message, and also why the lyrics of Eleanor Graham Vance grate a bit. I ought to do a version that is truer to the original...