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Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης

(Tsiftetelli Tourkiko)

also sometimes called

Nina Nai Nai

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Στίχοι: Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης", which was originally released by Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης. It is listed on some album covers under the title "Nina Nai Nai" because those words are used in the chorus. Also included below is a guide on how to pronounce the Greek words. This song is also a very popular Turkish song.

Στίχοι (Lyrics): Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης
Μουσική (Music): Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης

 

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Sung by Harry Saroyan

 

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Lyrics

Note: Greeks have a social dance called tsifteteli which is different from the rhythm with the same name. This social dance is referenced in the lyrics below.

Neenahnahee is an expression, an exclamation, like saying Opa! It appears in the lyrics below.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Verse

Verse

Verse

Σήκω χόρεψε κουκλί μου See-koh ho-rre-ps-eh kou-klee mooh Get up and dance, my doll.
να σε δω να σε χαρώ Nah se doh nah se hah-rroh (se= like you say sentence) So I can see you become happy.
τσιφτετέλι Τούρκικο Tsee-fteh-teh-lee Touhrr-kee-koh Dance the Turkish tsifteteli.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!
νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Θα σου τραγουδήσω πάλι Thah sou trrah-gou-dee-soh pah-lee I will sing to you again
στον ασύκικο χαβά Sto-hn ah-see-kee-koh hah-vah ?
κούνα λίγο το κορμί σου Kou-nah lee-goh toh kohr-rmee-sou Shake your body!
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!
νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!
     

Verse

Verse

Verse

Μια φορά μονάχα ζούμε Me-eah foh-rrah moh-nah-hah zoo-meh We only live once
μες στον ψεύτικο ντουνιά Mehs stoh-n pseh-ftee-koh dou-niah In this fake world.
πρέπει λίγο να χαρούμε Prreh-pee lee-goh nah hah-rrou-meh We must enjoy ourself a bit.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!
νιναναη γιαβρουμ νιναναη ναηνα Nee-nah-nahee / yeeah-vroum Nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee-nah Nina nai! My love, nina nai! Nina!
Όπα νινα νιναναη νιναναη ναη Oh-pah nee-nah / nee-nah-nahee / nee-nah-nahee / nah-ee Opa nina nina nai nina nai nai!

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Saroyan Sings Cairo Album Cover

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Artist: Harry Saroyan
Album Title: Saroyan Sings "Cairo"

Saroyan Mastercrafts
P.O. Box 2056
Riverside, CA 92516

Phone: (+1) (909) 276-9925
or (+1) (909) 783-2050
Fax (+1) (909) 276-8510

E-Mail: zilsusa@aol.com
Web Site: www.saroyanzils.com

 

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About the Translator

This translation was created for this web site by Panayiota Bakis.

 

 

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