segunda-feira, 22 de julho de 2019

Anthem of Greek party ‘Néa Dimokratía’

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This is the anthem of the Greek conservative party New Democracy, that won the national elections with a large majority last June 7th. Its official name is ‘Ο Ύμνος της Νέας Δημοκρατίας’ (O Ýmnos tis Néas Dimokratías), Anthem of New Democracy, but sometimes it is called ‘Ζήτω η Νέα Δημοκρατία’ (Zíto i Néa Dimokratía), Long live New Democracy, verse that is found in the refrain. Its composer was the Greek singer and musician Robert Williams (Ρόμπερτ Ουίλιαμς).

New Democracy (best known as ND, ‘ni-délta’) was founded in 1974 by Konstantinos Karamanlis, who was prime minister of Greece from 1974 to 1980. Other heads of government from ND are Georgios Rallis (1980-81), Tzannis Tzannetakis (1989), Konstantinos Mitsotakis (1990-93), Kostas Karamanlis (2004-09), the founder’s nephew, Antonis Samaras (2012-15), and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Konstantinos’ son who toke office in July 7th 2019. With 158 chairs of 300 in the Parliament, ND has defeated the former premier Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing party Syriza.

Robert Williams was born in Athens in 1949 and played voice and guitar in the rock band Poll in the beginning of the 70’s, until entrying solo career in 1974. He represented Greece with other three singers in the 1977 edition of Eurovision, having reached the fifth place with the song Mathema Solfege. I have translated the lyrics directly from Greek, and another page also helps you to play the song with the guitar. Audio from this video.

I have uploaded the subtitled video below in my former YouTube channel: you can read the subtitles in Greek written by the Latin alphabet and its translation into English. The first logo is currently used by ND, and after we see the flag of Greece with the first logo adopted by the party. Further you can also read the original lyrics and its English translation:

You can also watch another video with many apparitions of Greek PM Mitsotakis, who has led ND since 2016, and of its old founder Karamanlis. I have just downloaded the original montage and then put my English subtitles:

1. Σε περιμένω να ’ρθεις και πάλι
Μαζί να φτιάξουμε μια Ελλάδα μεγάλη
Να ’ρθεις σαν άνοιξη να διώξεις τα χιόνια
Να τραγουδούν στα δέντρα πάλι τ’ αηδόνια

Ο ουρανός θα ’ναι γαλάζιος και πάλι
Απ’ το βοριά ως το πιο νότιο ακρογιάλι
Και στην ψυχή μας θα υπάρχει γαλήνη
Γιατί η καρδιά αγάπη μέσα της κλείνει

Επωδός (2x):
Σε περιμένω να ’ρθεις και πάλι
Μαζί να φτιάξουμε μια Ελλάδα μεγάλη
Μαζί να γράψουμε λαμπρή ιστορία
Ζήτω η Ελλάδα
Ζήτω η θρησκεία
Ζήτω η Νέα Δημοκρατία

2. Εμείς το μίσος την κακία ξεχνάμε
Και το συμφέρον όλων πάντα κοιτάμε
Για εμάς τα χρώματα δεν έχουν αξία
Γιατί πιστεύουμε πατρίδα θρησκεία

(Επωδός 2x)


1. I hope you will come and again
We will build together a greater Greece,
Come as the spring bringing the thaw,
Let nightingales sing again to the trees.

And the sky will become blue again
From North to the most southern coasts,
And for our souls there will be peace
Because the heart is full of love.

Refrain (2x):
I hope you will come and again
We will build together a greater Greece,
Let us write together a bright history.
Long live Greece!
Long live our religion!
Long live New Democracy!

2. We have forgotten hate and depravity,
We always look after the interest of all.
For us appearances have no value,
For we believe in homeland and religion.

(Refrain 2x)