Τα μωρά της Μόριας (The babies of Moria)

Τα μωρά της Μόριας (The babies of Moria)

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I don't often write in my other mother tongue, but this one called for it. The pictures of the refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos after the devastating fires that destroyed the squalid, overcrowded camp of Moria a few days ago have been a punch to the gut. And all around Europe, all around the world, reactions range from turning a blind eye to open hostility.

(Apparently the Soundcloud preview doesn't cope very well with Greek fonts - ignore the gibberish on the thumbnail!)

Lyrics: 

(English translation below)

Τα μωρά της Μόριας κοιμούνται μες στο δρόμο
μικρά παιδιά που γνώρισαν από νωρίς τον τρόμο.
ετούτα που γεννήθηκαν στη φτώχια και στη βρώμα
την πέτρα έχουν προσκέφαλο, την άσφαλτο για στρώμα.
Μα από την άγρια θάλασσα, καλύτερο το χώμα.

Τα μωρά της Μόριας με πλάκα μαξιλάρι
κοιμούνται μες στα μνήματα, μα όλοι εμείς, χαμπάρι.
Νεκροί και ζωντανοί μαζί, μακάβριο συνάφι,
Ποιο σύμβολο οξύτερο για άξενα εδάφη;
Μα από τον άγριο πόλεμο, καλύτεροι οι τάφοι.

Τα μωρά της Μόριας χωρίς στον ήλιο μοίρα
παλέψαν με την πείνα, τη φωτιά και την πλημμύρα.
Και οι χορτάτοι ηγέτες με αδιάντροπη νωχέλεια,
ταΐζουν τα καμάρια τους με γάλατα και μέλια.
Μα από τον άγριο σκοτωμό, καλύτερη η αμέλεια.

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The babies of Moria are sleeping in the streets;
tiny children who knew terror early on.
These ones, who were born to poverty and squalor,
have a stone under their heads, the tarmac for a mattress.
But the bare dirt is still better than the terrible sea.

The babies of Moria, with a plaque for a pillow,
are sleeping between the tombstones, but none of us take notice.
The dead and the living together, a morbid gathering
- What sharper symbol for unwelcoming lands?
But the graves are still better than the terrible war.

The babies of Moria, without a chance under the sun,
have fought against hunger, fire, and floods.
And all the sated leaders, with shameless idleness
feed their pride-and-joys on milk and honey.
But the neglect is still better than the terrible killings.



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Comments

lowhum's picture

Great sentiment, it sounds like it's coming from an ancient well pouring right into the present

metalfoot's picture

I love love love love love that you sang this in Greek!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DO MORE GREEK SONGS!

A sad tale but a beautiful song even so.

Mari Flowerbalm's picture

Beauty from tragedy. Wonderful lyrics, & I loved hearing you sing Greek; lovely to the ear. The only Greek I've ever sung is with a choir doing the Kyrie Eleison.

tcelliott's picture

I don't know... Greek? But it sounds beautiful, I really like your vocal. The accompaniment works very well (I love that step down in the bass on the end lines.)