O Kyr Antonis is a famous song. Manos Hadjidakis wrote the music and the lyrics and it was performed by legendary singers of the 60’s in Greece.

From all these great performances, I definitely prefer the one included in this article. Manos Hadjidakis sings and the Oscar awarded Greek larger-than-life actress and politician Melina Merkouri is translating the lyrics to French for the French State Television. This video is a black-and-white gem!

O KYR ANTONIS
Manos Hadjidakis

  Dm A
Ο  κυρ-Αντώνης πάει καιρός που ζούσε στην αυ λή
  Dm
μ’ ένα κανάτι κι ένα κρεβάτι και με κρασί πο λύ
  A
Είχε δυο μάτια γαλανά κι αχτένιστα μαλ λιά
  Dm
κι ένα λουλούδι πάντα φορούσε στα ρούχα τα πα λιά
  Bb C7
Αχ κυρ-Αντώνη πώς σ’ αγα πάμε
F D7
και μαζί σου τ’ άστρα με τράμε
Gm
Τις φωτιές για σένα πηδάμε
Dm
ώσπου να ’ρθει βροχή
  Bb C7
Και τον θυμό σου πάντα ξε χνάμε
F D7
σαν πουλιά μαζί τριγυ ρνάμε
Gm
σαν παιδιά με σένα γελάμε
Dm A7
σαν κάνεις προσευχή  
  Dm A
Ο κυρ-Αντώνης βιάζεται να πάει να κοιμη θεί
  Dm
γιατί το βράδυ στα όνειρά του θέλει να θυμη θεί
  A
Ότι ποτέ δεν έζησε, μες στ’ όνειρό του ζει
  Dm
μα η νύχτα φεύγει και λυπημένο τον βρίσκει η χαραυ γή

Chorus

  Dm A
Μα ένα βράδυ ο κυρ-Αντώνης στρώνει να κοιμη θεί
  Dm
κι όταν ξυπνάμε τον καρτεράμε στην πόρτα να βρε θεί
  A
Μα ο κυρ-Αντώνης δεν θα βγει ποτέ του στην αυ λή
  Dm
αφού για πάντα μες στ’ όνειρό του θέλησε πια να ζει

More Info and External Links

Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994) was a legendary Greek composer and person; he is considered perhaps modern Greece’s greatest composer and songwriter, rivaled only by Mikis Theodorakis for the title.

Hadjidakis helped usher in a new era of Greek music in the post-WWII era, elevating the earthiest strains of Greek folk and popular song, including rebetiko, into respected art forms.

In the process, he found tremendous popular success in his home country (Greece), chiefly through his work as a pop songwriter, and became familiar to international audiences through his movie soundtracks, winning an Oscar in 1960.

Hadjidakis also composed contemporary classical pieces for ensembles small and large, often inspired by Greek poetry, and wrote for theater and ballet.

Many of his songs, larger compositions, and recordings are considered classics in Greece, and cornerstones of the country’s modern popular music. He remained a highly respected intellectual and cultural figure in Greece up until his death in 1994.

  • Manos Hadjidakis short biography (EN) in all music.com – click here
  • Manos Hadjidakis in wikipedia (EN) – click here
  • Manos Hadjidakis official web page (GR-EN) – click here
  • Melina Merkouri in wikipedia (EN) – click here
  • Melina Merkouri in IMDB (EN) – click here
  • Stellios Kazantzidis in Wikipedia (EN) – click here
  • Manolis Hiotis in Wikipedia (EN) – click here