Χάι, χάι

Militsa

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There is a song called "Χάι, χάι" from Haris Alexiou.

These are the lyrics and I can't find the meaning of the title of the song anywhere

Καΐκι κακοτάξιδο
Λίγο ψωμί στην ορφανή
Μάτια δεν έχω για να δω
Μου 'χουνε κλέψει τη φωνή
Βρέχουν χαλάζι οι ουρανοί
Χάι, χάι

Βαρύ το τετραβάγγελο
Τα κρίματά μου είν' αρμαθιά
Και του Αϊβαλιού το μακελειό
Τη σούβλα εμπήξανε βαθιά
Τους εστομώσαν τα σπαθιά
Χάι, χάι

Δέντρο με τέσσερα κλωνιά
Κόβουν τα τέσσερα με μια
Άτρεμο χέρι του φονιά
Φρύγανο καίγεται η καρδιά
Καντήλια τέσσερα παιδιά
Χάι, χάι




I am wondering what the title means, I think it might have turkish origins? and also if anyone could explain in a sentence or two what the song's meaning is.

Thank you
« Last Edit: 18 Nov, 2007, 13:51:47 by nickel »


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Hi. I don't think Χάι has a special meaning. It's some kind of exclamation, a cry of war, a shout like 'Ho'.

The song was part of a historical musical play called "A Betrayed People" (Προδομένος λαός) and most of the allusions seem to refer to the so-called Asia Minor Disaster.

I have attempted a line-for-line translation, but I can't make the links as the allusions are not clear to me either (e.g. what does the four-limbed tree refer to? Areas that Greece lost at the time?)

Storm-tossed ship
Bit of bread to the orphan girl
I have no eyes to see
They have robbed me of my voice
The skies are raining hail
Ho, ho

The book of gospels is a heavy load
My sins are countless
And the carnage at Ayvalik
Thrust the spit deep inside
Their swords became blunt
Ho, ho

Tree with four limbs
They cut all four with one swipe
The killer’s hand unshaken
The heart burns like kindling
Four children, four oil lamps
Ho, ho


Others more familiar with the imagery of that period may be more helpful.
« Last Edit: 18 Nov, 2007, 16:09:40 by nickel »



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what does the four-limbed tree refer to? Areas that Greece lost at the time?
Could it simply mean that this person had four children that were all killed at once? And subsequently four oil lamps are burning on their graves?
« Last Edit: 18 Nov, 2007, 14:43:16 by alexandra_k »


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