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Tavit Bey

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Registration date : 2005-12-13

PostSubject: old Turkish songs/poetry   Sun 17 Sep - 22:13

I have quite a few of them that I play on the oud, but I do not know their meaning. If you like the lyrics to old songs, I can keep posting more if you would help me translate.

Havada bulut yok bu ne dumandır
Mahlede ölü yok bu ne şivandır
Şu yemen elleri ne de yamandır

Ah o yemendir gülü dikendir
Giden gelmiyor aceb nedendir
Burası huştur yolu yokuştur
Giden gelmiyor aceb ne iştir

Kıslanın önünde redif sesi var
Bakın çantasında aceb nesi var
Bir çift kundurası bir de fesi var

Kıslanın önünde geziyor kazlar
Elim kolum ağrır yüreğim sızlar
Yemen'e gidene ağlıyor kızlar

Kıslanın önünde bir binek taşı
Yoklama yapıyor bizim binbaşı
Sefere giderler çavuş onbaşı
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Country : Turkey-UK-France
Registration date : 2005-11-16

PostSubject: Re: old Turkish songs/poetry   Mon 18 Sep - 1:22

Hi Tavit Bey,
this is a beautiful old song called "Yemen Turkusu" (the folk song of Yemen). It is very sad, it tells about people of the town of Mus ("Burasi Mus'tur" , not hustur!) who are lamenting about their sons or husbands who left them as soldiers in order to go to save Yemen which had been part of the Ottoman empire of over 4 centuries, to save it from the joint assault of Arabs and English.
Most died there and never came back...

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