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(Repentant Sinner)


This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the 1979 Turkish song "Tövbekâr", which was sung by Ferdi Tayfur. The Turkish lyrics are included so you can sing along if you like.

The same melody was used in 1984 for "Anatolitisa", which was sung in Greek by Manolis Aggelopoulos.

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

Lyrics: Ahmet Selçuk İlkan
Music: Özer Şenay
Album: Yuvasız Kuşlar




Turkish Lyrics

English Translation

Genç yaşımda yıktı beni kederler Sorrows have made me collapse at my young age.
Kendi kaderime sitemkâr oldum I've become reproachful to my own destiny.
Ağlayan sonunda güler dediler They said, "He who cried, will laugh in the end."
Ömrümce gülmedim isyankâr oldum I have never laughed, I became rebellious.
Sevgilim akıttı hep gözyaşımı My lover always made me shed tears.
Dağlara taşlara vurdum başımı I've banged my head on mountains, on the rocks
Ölmeden diktirdim mezar taşımı My tombstone was erected before I was dead.
Sonunda sevmeye tövbekâr oldum In the end, I regret that I loved.
Anladım hayatın bütünü rüya I realized that overall life is a dream.
Dostluklar yalanmış sevgiler riya Friendships are a lie, love is a hypocrisy.
Kızdım getirene beni dünyaya I was angry at those who brought me into the world —
Anama babama isyankâr oldum I rebelled against my mother and father.



Related Translations

  • Anatolitisa (Anatolian Woman). Translation of the Greek lyrics that were later created for this song, as recorded in 1984 by Manolis Aggelopoulos.




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