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Για Πρώτη Φορά
(Gia Proti Fora)

(For the First Time)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Gia Proti Fora" (Για Πρώτη Φορά), which was sung by Lefteris Pantazis. Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

About the Song

Those of us from regions that speak Greek, Arabic, and Turkish have exchanged countless songs with each other through licensing the music and creating lyrics in our own languages. These include both current pop music and classics. The song translated on this page is an example of one – it originally appeared in Egypt as "Tamally Maak", sung by Amr Diab. The music used for the original Egyptian version was composed by Sherif Tag, with Arabic lyrics by Αhmed Ali Moussa.

The song was first released in 2000 by the renowned Egyptian singer, Amr Diab (Αμρ Ντίαμπ).

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo shows Amr Diab, the original Egyptian artist who popularized Habibi Ya Nour el Ain in 1996.

The Egyptian song "Tamally Maak" (Ταμαλλη Μαακ) came to Greece in 2002, released with Greek lyrics by Lefteris Pantazis.

I highly recommend this song for belly dancers who are accustomed to Turkish or Arabic music, and want to perform for Greeks. In fact, any song that you are able to find in both Greek/Arabic or Greek/Turkish will always be hit for the crowd and most importantly you. Why for you? It is the easiest way to transition into dancing for Greeks, by using songs that you already know and love. We have countless shared music, so you won't have a problem.

About Lefteris Pantazis

Lefteris Pantazis is the stage name for Eleftherios Pagozidis, who is of Anatolian Greek/Pontian heritage born in the former Soviet Union. Russia had welcomed thousands of Pontian surviving refugees in the early 20th century when they fled Turkey. He is known as one of the greatest laiko pop singers of our time. His songs are always hits. He has published 27 albums and 13 limited editions, of which 30 went on to become platinum. 

About Hlias Filippou

Hlias Filippou, sometimes spelled Ilias Filippou, wrote the Greek lyrics for this song. He was born in 1959, and is credited with writing lyrics and composing music for nearly 200 songs throughout his career.

Ilias Filippou
Song: Gia Proti Fora (For the First Time), 2002

Greek Lyrics: Hlias Filippou

Music: Dimitris Stamatiou (Greek version)

Original Artist for Greek Version: Lefteris Pantazis

Album: Ya Proti Fora, CD Single

Has Also Been Recorded By:

  • Amr Diab (in Arabic, as "Tamally Maak"), 2000
  • Farshid Amin (in Farsi, as "Didi Goftam"), 2003
  • Olga Ayvazyan (in Armenian, as "Vonc Heranam"), 2005
  • Erkan Güleryüz (in Turkish as "Gönül Yarasi"), 2006
  • Avraam Russo (in English/Arabic as "Pretty My Pretty"), 2006
Τραγούδι: Για Πρώτη Φορά, 2002

Στίχοι: Ηλίας Φιλίππου (Αχμεντ Αλι Μουσσα)

Μουσική: Δημήτρης Σταματίου (Σεριφ Ταγκ)

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Ελευθέριος Παγκοζίδης (Λευτέρης Πανταζής)

Άλμπουμ: Για Πρώτη Φορά, CD Single

 

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Lyrics

Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Για πρώτη φορά ya proti fora For the first time,
στ' αστέρια πετάω st' asteria petao I'm flying among the stars.
στη γη δεν πατάω sti yi den patao I'm not stepping on earth,
λες κaι έχω φτερά les ke eho ftera as if I had wings.
για πρώτη φορά ya proti fora For the first time,
δυο μάτια γαλάζια dio matia galazia two blue eyes
με λιώνουν τα βράδια me lionoun ta vradia are melting me at night,
με πάνε μακριά me pane makria are taking me far away.
σε θέλω κοντά μου se thelo konda mou I want you close to me.
μην παίζεις κρυφτό

min pezis krifto Don't play hide and seek
στη δική μου καρδιά sti diki mou kardia [with] my heart.
     
Για πρώτη φορά ya proti fora For the first time,
στις φλέβες μου stis fleves mou on my veins
νιώθω να μην έχω αίμα niotho na min eho fleva I feel I have no vein.
να έχω φωτιά na eho fotia To have fire
για πρώτη φορά ya proti fora for the first time,
δυο μάτια γαλάζια dio matia galazia two blue eyes.
τα κρύα μου βράδια ta kria mou vradia My cold nights
ζεσταίνουν ξανά zestenoun xana are warming again.
σε θέλω κοντά μου se thelo konda mou I want you close to me.
μην παίζεις κρυφτό

min pezis krifto Don't play hide and seek
στη δική μου καρδιά sti diki mou kardia [with] my heart.
     
Έχω κολλήσει eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again —
εγώ κομμάτια
ego komatia I'm in pieces.
κλείσε με στα βλέφαρά σου φυλακή
klise me sta vlefara sou filaki Enclose me in your eyelashes like prison,
κaι άσε με ισόβια εκεί
ke ase me isovia eki and leave me there for a lifetime.
έχω κολλήσει
eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again,
και εγώ κομμάτια
ke ego komatia and I'm in pieces.
θάλασσα γαλάζια μου και ουρανέ
thalasa galazia mou ke ourane My blue beach and sky,
περιμένω πότε
perimeno pote I'm waiting for when
θα μου πεις το ναι, ναι tha mou pis to ne, ne you will tell me yes, yes.
     
Δεν ξέρω ποιος είμαι den xero pios ime I don't know who I am.
δεν ξέρω που πάω
den xero pou pao I don't know where I'm going.
δε νοιάζομαι πια
de niazome pia I don't care any more.
για πρώτη φορά
ya proti fora For the first time,
δυο μάτια μαγνήτες
dio matia magnites two magnetic eyes
με κάνουν τις νύχτες
me kanoun tis nihtes are making my night
να νιώθω τρελά
na niotho trela to feel crazy.
σε θέλω κοντά μου
se thelo konda mou I want you close to me.
μην παίζεις κρυφτό
min pezis krifto don't play hide and seek
στη δική μου καρδιά sti diki mou kardia [with] my heart
     
Έχω κολλήσει eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again —
εγώ κομμάτια
ego komatia I'm in pieces.
κλείσε με στα βλέφαρά σου φυλακή
klise me sta vlefara sou filaki Enclose me in your eyelashes like prison,
κaι άσε με ισόβια εκεί
ke ase me isovia eki and leave me there for a lifetime.
έχω κολλήσει
eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again,
και εγώ κομμάτια
ke ego komatia and I'm in pieces.
θάλασσα γαλάζια μου και ουρανέ
thalasa galazia mou ke ourane My blue beach and sky,
περιμένω πότε
perimeno pote I'm waiting for when
θα μου πεις το ναι, ναι tha mou pis to ne, ne you will tell me yes, yes.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Έχω κολλήσει eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again —
εγώ κομμάτια
ego komatia I'm in pieces.
κλείσε με στα βλέφαρά σου φυλακή
klise me sta vlefara sou filaki Enclose me in your eyelashes like prison,
κaι άσε με ισόβια εκεί
ke ase me isovia eki and leave me there for a lifetime.
έχω κολλήσει
eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again,
και εγώ κομμάτια
ke ego komatia and I'm in pieces.
θάλασσα γαλάζια μου και ουρανέ
thalasa galazia mou ke ourane My blue beach and sky,
περιμένω πότε
perimeno pote I'm waiting for when
θα μου πεις το ναι tha mou pis to ne you will tell me yes.
     
Έχω κολλήσει eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again —
εγώ κομμάτια
ego komatia I'm in pieces.
κλείσε με στα βλέφαρά σου φυλακή
klise me sta vlefara sou filaki Enclose me in your eyelashes like prison,
κaι άσε με ισόβια εκεί
ke ase me isovia eki and leave me there for a lifetime.
έχω κολλήσει
eho kolisi I'm stuck
στα δυο σου μάτια
sta dio sou matia in both of your eyes.
κοίτα με πάλι
kita me pali Look at me again,
και εγώ κομμάτια
ke ego komatia and I'm in pieces.
θάλασσα γαλάζια μου και ουρανέ
thalasa galazia mou ke ourane My blue beach and sky,
περιμένω πότε
perimeno pote I'm waiting for when
θα μου πεις το ναι, ναι tha mou pis to ne, ne you will tell me yes, yes.

 

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Related Translations

Songs by Lefteris Pantazis

Translations on this web site of songs performed by Lefteris Pantazis include:

  • Filakia. A version of Tarkan's "Simarik" sung with Greek lyrics.
  • Gia Proti Fora. A version of Amr Diab's "Tamally Maak" sung with Greek lyrics.
  • Kegome, Kegome. A version of Tarkan's "Şıkıdım" sung with Greek lyrics.
  • Magika Xalia. A version of Hakim's "El Bo'd Laa" (also known as "Le Le Le Le").
  • M' Agapas? S' Agapo. A version of Emrah Erdoğan İpek's "Sevdim" sung with Greek lyrics.
  • Ston Evdomo Ourano. A version of Hakim's "Wala Wahed" sung with Greek lyrics.

Songs That Use this Melody

This song has been released in more than one language. Versions translated on this web site include:

 

Other Greek Arrangements of Songs by Amr Diab

  • Mou Lipi (I Miss). By Ta Kaka Koritsia. A Greek version of Amr Diab's "Habibi Ya Nour el Ain."
  • Zilia (Jealousy). By Keti Garbi. A Greek version of Amr Diab's "Kalast Feek Kol al Kalam".

 

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About the Translator

This page was contributed by Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin, who is happy to share her culture and music she grew up with! Here's how Panayiota describes her background:

I always love engaging with intelligent like-minded people, especially artists. I love sharing anything and everything about my Hellenic culture and upbringing, especially music and dance. A conversation with me will bring you back to America's favorite Greek-American movie by Nia Vardalos called My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I love investigating Greek culture, history, music, and dance. Speaking of investigating, I think I missed my calling, I probably should have been an investigator. Instead, I use those skills to dig and dig and dig tirelessly, often times falling asleep on my laptop... just to find the truth. But, most importantly, accurate truth. For me personally, and other respectable folklorists, my culture and accuracy are very important. Each generation of ethnic born artists has a duty to do the best it can to pass down our traditions as was taught to us. We have been given this artistic gift to be the gatekeepers of our heritage and culture.

Panayiota

 

 

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