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Η Γερακίνα (μακεδονίτικο παραδοσιακό τραγούδι)

February 24, 2010
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Στίχοι / Lyrics

Κίνησε η γερακίνα για νερό ,

ωρέ κρυό να φέρει ,

ντούν ντούν ντούμπου ντούν

τα βραχιόλια της βροντούν

Κι έπεσε μέσ’ στο πηγάδι

κι έβγαλε ωρέ φωνή μεγάλη

ντούν ντούν ντούμπου ντούν

τα βραχιόλια της βροντούν

Κι έτρεξε ο κόσμος όλος

Κι έτρεξα ωρέ κι εγώ ο καϋμένος

ντούν ντούν ντούμπου ντούν

τα βραχιόλια της βροντούν

Γερακίνα θα σε βγάλω και γυναίκα

ωρέ γυναίκα θα σε πάρω

ντούν ντούν ντούμπου ντούν

τα βραχιόλια της βροντούν

This  beautiful traditional song from Macedonia  talks about a woman (actually gerakina is a bird, but in popular lyrics poetry women are described often as birds: περιστέρα, γερακίνα , αηδόνα et c), who was fallen into a well and screamed with a loud  voice. Would you try to translate the rest of the lyrics in English? I do not think that this is very hard…

p.e.  Γερακίνα  may also be encountered as a female name in the region of Macedonia (look   the comment of Μαρία  below).

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 3:03 am

    The falcon went to get some water
    to bring some cold water
    Her bracelets jingle jangle
    She fell into a well
    And started to yell
    Her bracelets jingle jangle
    Everyone came running
    And poor me, I came running too
    Her bracelets jingle jangle
    Falcon, I’ll get you out
    And I’ll make you my wife
    Her bracelets jingle jangle

    • February 25, 2010 9:19 am

      Great translation Laura …Thank you so much !!!!

  2. February 25, 2010 3:04 am

    But why does this video show the rembetika orchestra from the movie Rembetiko instead of a dhimotika orchestra, as it should be?

    • February 25, 2010 9:16 am

      You are completely right..This may be because this is a performance of Soritia Bellou…She was rebetissa (ρεμπέτισσα).
      On the other hand the distinction is mostly trivial. Most of the performers of rebetiko were also great performers in dhimotika…

  3. Μαρία permalink
    September 4, 2010 4:47 pm

    Μια διόρθωση στη σημείωση. Γερακίνα είναι το βαφτιστικό όνομα της γυναίκας. Πρόκειται για παραδοσιακό της Νιγρίτας Σερρών και αναφέρεται σε πραγματικό περιστατικό.
    Είχα και θεία Γερακίνα.

    • September 4, 2010 6:21 pm

      @Μαρία Ευχαριστώ για τη διόρθωση …δεν το σκέφτηκα ότι μπορεί να υπάρχει ως όνομα γιατί δεν το έχω συναντήσει ποτέ μου. Να είστε καλά!

  4. January 25, 2011 3:27 pm

    I have no problems understanding the essential text, but what is the function or meaning of the word ωρέ?

    • January 25, 2011 5:33 pm

      It is just the same with the word Ρε in Modern Greek. It is the direct way to address to someone else ….you just call him


      Just do not use it too much in verbal speech, as it can be taken as offensive …

  5. January 26, 2011 8:09 am

    Then it is derived from μωρός, but who is adressed as a ‘fool’ in the context? The daydreamer (εγώ), γερακίνα or the audience?

  6. Glavkos permalink
    January 26, 2011 9:43 pm


  7. January 27, 2011 8:19 am

    Γιατί ρε φίλε;

  8. January 28, 2011 12:12 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t want to offend you. I acknowledge highly your efforts with this site. Probably, there is no good answer about why ωρέ appears in the song. I know other more δημοτικά versions without the ωρέ.

    Now a riddle, inspired by the translation above, which may be more easy to solve:

    What is the jingle jangle name of three famous sisters whose father was a great admirer of Lord Nelson? And how is the name related to a volcano in Σικελία.

    • April 30, 2011 1:07 pm

      Probably I don’t know anything about that….But you can tell me the answer if you like …

  9. May 10, 2011 12:33 pm

    The name is Brontë. Lord Nelson was Duke of Bronti. Bronti (< Βρόντης < βροντώ = jingle jangle?) is a small town on the slope of Etna with a well-known cyclops in an Italian region, which was Greek many years ago …

    • May 11, 2011 4:11 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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