Writers’ admiration and a birth of a great song

“Writers envy will increase wisdom” is an old Jewish saying. And an encounter of a great composer with great music of another can create a burst of inspiration….

“Don’t be angry with me, my love” One of the most beautiful Farewell songs, some may call it the song of all songs, was written by the famous composer and lyrics writer Starvos Kougioumtzis, in half an hour, as he was impressed by  a song of the composer Manos  Hatzidakis and felt that “he had to do something about it”. Watch this video in which the composer’s wife Aimilia tells the story:

Don’t be angry with me, my love

for that I’m leaving for foreign lands

I shall be a bird and I will come back

again to be near you

 

Open your window

my golden basil 

and with a sweet smile

good night say to me

 

Don’t be angry with me, my love

now that I leave you here

come for a little that I can see you

to say goodbye to you

 

Open your window

my golden basil

and with a sweet smile

good night say to me

Here is Giorgos Dalaras with a fool version of the song:

With English subtitles:

Mi mou thimonis matia mou-Don’t be angry with me my eyes (my love)

Words and Music: Stavros  Kougioumtzis

In the line “my golden basil” I followed a comment by our friend Nata Ostria.The Basil which is a favorite plant in Greek window boxes has royal and holy meanings in Greek folk culture so there are translations that interpret directly writing  for instance “my golden princess”etc.
 

One Response to “Writers’ admiration and a birth of a great song”

  1. avinishri Says:

    In the line “my golden basil” I followed a comment by our friend Nata Ostria.
    The Basil which is a favorite plant in Greek window boxes has royal and holy meanings in Greek folk culture so there are translations that interpret directly writing for instance “my golden princess”etc.
    avi nishri

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