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For many Greek language learners, Greek music is the reason why they started learning Greek. Music is a fun and interesting way to learn the language. You can listen at any time of the day and the lyrics can help you to expand your vocabulary, but also make you feel closer to Greece and the Greek culture.

In this article you can listen to a wonderful Greek song while reading the lyrics. As so many songs, it is about “love”, but this time also about the perseverance of love. The dictionary defines the word “perseverance” as “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”.
And we all know, this is what “real love” is about…

Listen to the song and enjoy! In the video you can see a glimpse of daily life in Athens and Piraeus, the city we love so much…
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Below you can read the Greek lyrics, as well as the English translation. The bold words in the Greek text, are explained in the vocabulary list.

Η επιμονή σου (2013)
Στίχοι:  Κώστας Λειβαδάς, 
Μουσική: Κώστας Λειβαδάς, 
Τραγούδι: Ελεωνόρα Ζουγανέλη και Κώστας Λειβαδάς

Αν είναι κάτι που με κέρδισε σε σένα
κάτι που ήξερε πώς να με ξεπερνάει
είναι αγάπη μου αυτή η επιμονή σου
μια αγάπη που έμαθε να μην τα παρατάει

Αν είναι κάτι που μού είπε να διαλέξω
ούτε τα λόγια σου είναι, ούτε η ομορφιά
Αυτή η υπέροχη, τρελή επιμονή σου
πως είναι κρίμα εμείς να ζούμε χωριστά

Αχ να `ξερες τι δύναμη μου δίνει η δύναμή σου
Σαν λες όλα θα γίνουνε κι ακούω τη φωνή σου
Σαν λες όλα θα γίνουνε κι ακούω τη φωνή σου
Αχ να `ξερες τι δύναμη μου δίνει η δύναμή σου

Αν είναι κάτι που με κράτησε απ’ τα ξένα
αυτό το φως που δεν υπάρχει σ’ άλλη γη
κι αυτή αγάπη μου η ίδια επιμονή σου
να μοιραστούμε αυτά τα σύννεφα μαζί
να μοιραστούμε αυτή τη θάλασσα μαζί

Αυτή η ατέλειωτη η γλύκα σου πως με τραβάει να `ξερες
Να περπατήσω δίπλα σου με θάρρος στην ζωή
Αυτή η ατέλειωτη η δίψα σου για της ζωής το άγνωστο
Τι μού `χεις δώσει να `ξερες και πού να φανταστείς
Αγάπη μου τρελή να με ζητάς μην κουραστείς

To understand the Greek lyrics better, here some more explanations about useful vocabulary, marked in bold in the text above.

Ρήματα | Verbs:

κέρδισε: won (κερδίζω-θα κερδίσω-κέρδισα)
ξεπερνάει: come over (ξεπερνάω-θα ξεπεράσω-ξεπέρασα)
παρατάει: give up (παρατάω-παρατήσω-περάτηςα)
κράτησε: kept (κρατάω-κρατήσω-κράτησα),
μοιραστούμε: share (μοιράζομαι-μοιραστώ-μοιράστηκα)

Ουσιαστικά | Nouns:

(η) επιμονή:persistence
(η) ομορφιά: beauty
(το) κρίμα:pity
(η) γλύκα: sweetness,
τα ξένα: foreign lands
(το) φως: light
(το) θάρρος: courage,
(η) δίψα:thirst

Επίθετα | Adjectives:

υπέροχη: wonderful

Επιρρήματα | Adverbs:

χωριστά: separately

Your Persistence (2013) | English Translation 
(Note: Greek lyrics are not always easy to translate, but we tried)
Singers : Eleonora Zouganeli, Kostas Livadas
Lyrics:  Kostas Livadas
Music: Kostas Livadas

If there’s something about you that won me over
Something that knew how to surpass my very self
It is your persistence, my love
A love that learned not to give up

If there’s something that I had to choose
It is neither your words nor your beauty
But this wonderful crazy persistence of yours
How sad it is for us to live apart

Oh if you would know how much strength your strength gives me
As if you say everything will be fine and I listen to your voice
As if you say everything will be fine and I listen to your voice
Oh if you would know how much strength your strength gives me

If there’s something that held me from foreign lands
That light that doesn’t exist in any other land
And that persistence of yours, my love
To share these clouds together
To share this sea together

This endless sweetness of yours, you should know how it attracts me
To walk by your side and find courage
This endless thirst of yours for the unknown things of life
If you would know what you have given me, how could you imagine
My crazy love, don’t grow tired of seeking me



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