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Saloniki

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Haim Moshe

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Information: A song.

Translation: Salonika

Pronunciation: sah-LOH-nee-kah

Source: Words and music by Christo Nikolopoulos, sung by Haim Moshe (see photo above), orthodox Yemenite cassette singer.

Region: Greece


LYRICS

(ani) Yored l'yam shel Saloniki
bein mifrasim loniyah
sham pagashti et Aliki
bat dayagim Yevaniyah
yaldah shel shemesh chofeshih.

          Pizmon:
          Kmo sfina el hamezach
          avo elaich yaldati
          el shemesh, yam, chol, vamelach
          v'el kol ma sheamiti.

Bein hakramim shel Saloniki
hi sham natanah li et yada
et hashirim shel Saloniki
hi balilot oti limdah
chozer lasham limtsoa otah.
      (I) go down to the sea of Salonica
among sails of ships
there I met Aliki
the daughter of daggers
child of the free sun.

          Refrain:
          Like a boat near the dock
          I shall come to you my daughter
          to the sun, sea, sand, and salt
          and to all that is real.

Between the vineyards of Salonica
she there gave me her hand
the singers of Salonica
she in the to me
I am returning there to find her.

Note: Yevan = Greece, Yevani(ya) = Greek


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