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Joan Friedberg

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Jul 31, 2017, 10:53:54 PM7/31/17
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Μες στον τεκέ της Μαριγώ
Same tune as O Kseftilis (The Humiliated)

In the Teke in Marigos
I’ve attempted a translation (below) of Μες στον τεκέ της Μαριγώς. It’s pretty rough. Can anyone help?


Μες στον τεκέ της Μαριγώς
μ’ έπιασε ένας μυστικός
βρε κι απάνω στο μεράκι
βάζει χέρι στο μαυράκι

Τον λουλά μας τον εσπάει
και τη τίκα μας αρπάζει
τότε τράβηξα μαχαίρι
και τον βάρεσα στο χέρι

Εγινε μεγάλ’ αντάρα
και όλα στο τεκέ μαντάρα
του κανα μια ματσαράγκα
και του το στριψα του μάγκα


In the teke (abandoned dervish lodge) 
in Marigo (neighborhood in Athens)
I got caught in a secret.
I was high and having a good time.
He lay hands on to blackmail me.

It order for us to escape him 
when he grabbed us
then I pulled out a knife
and took the _____ in hand.

This touched off a big scene
and everyone in the teke was in chaos
over a set-up and a twisted manga (dude).


Νίκος Πολίτης

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Aug 1, 2017, 3:21:01 AM8/1/17
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Marigo (diminutive of Maria) is a name, not a toponym.  The guy was caught by a policeman in civil clothing.  The policeman did not try to blackmail the guy, he simply wanted the stuff, as a proof for the trial, later.  He broke the lula (where the stuff was burning) and got hold of the stuff (tsika, not tika). It was then that the guy dragged a  knife and hurt the policemans’  arm.  It all turned upside down in the teke, still the guy managed to escape and disappear with a smart trick.

Ali Fuat AYDIN

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Aug 1, 2017, 3:27:18 AM8/1/17
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Excellent

Ali Fuat AYDIN

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Sophia West

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Aug 1, 2017, 10:16:32 AM8/1/17
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Good translation of all that old Athens idiom! I asked my grandfather about that song once, and he said it was about girls and drugs and not for little girls like me to know the meaning of!
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