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Çadırımın Üstüne Şıp Dedi
or, Rompi Rompi

(Rain Dripped On My Tent)

This page contains the song lyrics to "Çadırımın Üstüne" (sometimes called "Rompi Rompi" or "Rampi Rampi"), an old Turkish folk song. It is the song that bands usually play for a dancer who requests a song with a 9/8 rhythm. Some international folk dance clubs do a line dance to this music.

Below are three verses and three different choruses. You'll find that different musicians choose to record different verses, and they also may vary in how they use the choruses. For example, on Omar Faruk Tekbilek's Gypsy Fire album, only the first and third verses are used. For the chorus, instead of singing all four lines of Chorus 1 below, they sing two lines of Chorus 1, then two lines of Chorus 2. They don't use Chorus 3 at all. However, on John Bilezikjian's recording of this song on his Sirocco album, the only chorus he uses at all is Chorus 3. That's simply the way things go with old, old, popular folk songs in any culture, and Turkish folk songs are no exception. Many variations arise, and musicians perform the variations they like best.

 

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Lyrics

The word "Rompi" is a nonsense word, something like "tra-la" in English-language songs.

According to Shivaun, this song is from Thrace so the word "Rompi" could have originally been in Greek and the Turkish adopted it just like a lot of other 9/8 tunes. So maybe it is the only word remaining from the original Greek. In fact, according to Turkish linguistic rules, Rompi could not be a Turkish word - the vowels don't match together. (Turkish has a system of vowel harmony we lack in English).

Turkish Lyrics

English Translation

Verse 1:

Verse 1:

Çadırımın üstüne şıp dedi damladı It dripped on my tent
Çadırımın üstüne şıp dedi damladı It dripped on my tent
Allah canımı almadı almadı God didn't take my life yet.
Allah canımı almadı almadı God didn't take my life yet.
Veresiye vere vere, kalmadı kalmadı Selling on credit, nothing is left.
Veresiye vere vere, kalmadı kalmadı Selling on credit, nothing is left.
Allah canımı almadı almadı. God didn't take my life yet.
Allah canımı almadı almadı. God didn't take my life yet.
   

Chorus 1:

Chorus 1:

Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Şimdi de geldi konak vakti Now it's the time to rest.
Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Şimdi de geldi konak vakti Now it's the time to rest.
   

Verse 2:

Verse 2:

Sür sür cezveler kaynasın kaynasın Put cezve on the stove, let it boil, let it boil
Sür sür cezveler kaynasın kaynasın Put cezve on the stove, let it boil, let it boil
Halime' nin göbe-gi oynasın oynasın Let Halime's navel jiggle
Halime' nin göbe-gi oynasın oynasın Let Halime's navel jiggle
Veresiye vere vere, kalmasın kalmasın Let's sell on credit, let's have nothing left
Veresiye vere vere, kalmasın kalmasın Let's sell on credit, let's have nothing left
Allah canımı almasın almasın Let God not take my life
Allah canımı almasın almasın Let God not take my life
   

Chorus 2:

Chorus 2:

Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Şimdi de geldi içmek vakti Now it's the time to drink.
Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Şimdi de geldi içmek vakti Now it's the time to drink.
   

Verse 3:

Verse 3:

Sürülü de cezveler kaynasın kaynasın Cezve is on the stove, let it boil, let it boil
Sürülü de cezveler kaynasın kaynasın Cezve is on the stove, let it boil, let it boil
Rafiye'nin kolları oynasın oynasın Let Rafiye's arm dance
Rafiye'nin kolları oynasın oynasın Let Rafiye's arm dance
Yarın salı çarşıya varayım varayım Tomorrow is Tuesday, I'll go to the bazaar
Yarın salı çarşıya varayım varayım Tomorrow is Tuesday, I'll go to the bazaar
Yarime de bir potin alayım alayım I'll buy shoes for my love.
Yarime de bir potin alayım alayım I'll buy shoes for my love.
   

Chorus 3:

Chorus 3:

Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Rompi Rompi maşallah Rompi Rompi Allah be praised!
Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Hey! Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Rompi Rompi maşallah Rompi Rompi Allah be praised!
   

Verse 4 (from the 21st Century):

Verse 4 (from the 21st Century):

Çadırımın üstüne puff daddy damladı, Puff Daddy is falling on my tent
Çadırımın üstüne puff daddy damladı, Puff Daddy is falling on my tent
Jay-z hummer'ı almadı, almadı. Jay-Z couldn't buy a hummer.
Jay-z hummer'ı almadı, almadı. Jay-Z couldn't buy a hummer.
Eminem rapçilerin yıldızı, yıldızı; Eminem is the star of rap
Eminem rapçilerin yıldızı, yıldızı; Eminem is the star of rap
Alem usher'a kalmadı, kalmadı Usher's brand didn't last.
Alem usher'a kalmadı, kalmadı Usher's brand didn't last.
   

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Verse 5:

Verse 5:

Domatesin çekirdeği kırmızı kırmızı, The tomato seeds are red,
Domatesin çekirdeği kırmızı kırmızı, The tomato seeds are red,
Kızlar bu dünyanın yıldızı yıldızı, Girls are the stars of the world.
Kızlar bu dünyanın yıldızı yıldızı, Girls are the stars of the world.
Domatesin çekirdeği sapsarı sapsarı, Tomato seeds are yellow,
Domatesin çekirdeği sapsarı sapsarı, Tomato seeds are yellow,
Erkekler bu dünyanın şapşalı şapşalı, Boys are the stupidest things in the world.
Erkekler bu dünyanın şapşalı şapşalı, Boys are the stupidest things in the world.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Gypsy Fire

Note

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Artist: Omar Faruk Tekbilek
CD Title: Gypsy Fire

Amazon Store:U.S. Canada U.K.

Mediterranean RaqsBand Volume 1 CD Title

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Artist: Mediterranean RaqsBand
CD Title: Music Saqra Likes for Dancers & Drummers, Volume 1

Web Site: www.raqsband.com

Sirocco Album Cover

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Var Daghdevirian
Album Title: Sirocco

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434
U.S.A.

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site: www.dantzrecords.com

Simplified Middle Eastern Songs Volume 2

 

Artist: Melissa Murphey & Carmine T. Guida
CD Title: Simplified Middle Eastern Songs for Learning and Practice, Volume 2

Amazon Store: U.S. Canada U.K.

Passage CD Cover

 

Artist: Middle Earth Ensemble
CD Title: Passage

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About the Translator

Many, many thanks to Gunsu Temirer, who did this translation for the first three verses of this popular Turkish song! Gunsu was born in Turkey, and now lives in the United States.

Many, many thanks to Shivaun, who provided verses 4 and 5 along with their translations as well as the introductory comments providing background on the word "rompi". She heard children singing verses 4 and 5 in the school yard.

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