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Maria Farantouri: Ο Εφιάλτης της Περσεφόνης - The nightmare of Persephone

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Published on Jun 5, 2008

Elefsina (Greek: Ελευσίνα, Ancient/Ελευσίς Eleusis) is a town and municipality about 30 km NW of Athens.
It is best known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the most famous religious center of ancient Greece.
The Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek:Eλευσίνια Μυστήρια) were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance.
Today, Elefsina is the town where the majority of crude oil in Greece is imported and refined.

In Greek mythology Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, goddess of plant life and agriculture. Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the Underworld, who wanted to marry her. It was eventually arranged that Persephone would spend the autumn and winter with Hades and be allowed to return to her mother every spring and summer. This myth was used to explain why no plants grow for six months every year: Demeter mourns for her daughter.

Ο εφιάλτης της Περσεφόνης

Στίχοι: Νίκος Γκάτσος
Μουσική: Μάνος Χατζιδάκις
Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Μαρία Φαραντούρη

Εκεί που φύτρωνε φλισκούνι κι άγρια μέντα
κι έβγαζε η γη το πρώτο της κυκλάμινο
τώρα χωριάτες παζαρεύουν τα τσιμέντα
και τα πουλιά πέφτουν νεκρά στην υψικάμινο.

Κοιμήσου Περσεφόνη
στην αγκαλιά της γης
στου κόσμου το μπαλκόνι
ποτέ μην ξαναβγείς.

Εκεί που σμίγανε τα χέρια τους οι μύστες
ευλαβικά πριν μπουν στο θυσιαστήριο
τώρα πετάνε αποτσίγαρα οι τουρίστες
και το καινούργιο πάν να δουν διυλιστήριο.

Κοιμήσου Περσεφόνη
στην αγκαλιά της γης
στου κόσμου το μπαλκόνι
ποτέ μην ξαναβγείς.

Εκεί που η θάλασσα γινόταν ευλογία
κι ήταν ευχή του κάμπου τα βελάσματα
τώρα καμιόνια κουβαλάν στα ναυπηγεία
άδεια κορμιά σιδερικά παιδιά κι ελάσματα.

Κοιμήσου Περσεφόνη
στην αγκαλιά της γης
στου κόσμου το μπαλκόνι
ποτέ μην ξαναβγείς.

The nightmare of Persephone

There, where pennyroyal and wild mint grew
and earth sprouted her first cyclamen
now peasants bargain for cement
and birds drop dead in the furnace.

Sleep, Persephone
in earth's embrace
to this world's balcony
Come out no more.

There, where mystics joined hands
reverently on entering the sacrificial site
now tourists throw tab ends
and gaze at the new oil refinery.

Sleep, Persephone
in earth's embrace
to this world's balcony
Come out no more.

There, where sea was blessed
and bleating in the fields was a prayer
now trucks carry to the shipyards
empty bodies, children of scrap metal and plating.

Sleep, Persephone
in earth's embrace
to this world's balcony
Come out no more.

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