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Mikis Theodorakis and Yannis Kotsiras perform Notional Sun of Justice (Tis dikaiosinis ilie noite) live in 2002

Tis dikaiosynis ilie noite is composed by the legendary Mikis Theodorakis and its lyrics are taken from a poem written in 1949 by Odysseas Elytis.

Dramatic, inspirational and optimistic, it has became a symbol of Greece healing it's wounds. The song became a hymn for the Greeks after the establishment of democracy in 1974 -- a song representing their desire for freedom and progress.

This is a live performance from 2002, conducted by Mikis Theodorakis and sung by Yannis Kotsiras.


Notional sun of justice
and you glorifying myrtle
don't please don't
forget my homeland!

It has eagle-shaped high mountains
terraced vineyards on the volcanoes
and the whiter houses
in the neighborhood of the blue!

It almost meets Asia on one side
and almost touches Europe a little
it stands in the air
and in the sea by itself!

My bitter hands with the Thunder
I turn them before Time
I'm calling my old friends
with threats and blood!

But all the blood has been remunerated
and the threats ah quarried
and one against the other the winds are invading!

Original Greek Lyrics

Της δικαιοσύνης ήλιε νοητέ

Της δικαιοσύνης ήλιε νοητέ
και μυρσίνη συ δοξαστική
μη παρακαλώ σας μη
λησμονάτε τη χώρα μου!

Αετόμορφα έχει τα ψηλά βουνά
στα ηφαίστεια κλήματα σειρά
και τα σπίτια πιο λευκά
στου γλαυκού το γειτόνεμα!

Της Ασίας αν αγγίζει από τη μια
της Ευρώπης λίγο αν ακουμπά
στον αιθέρα στέκει να
και στη θάλασσα μόνη της!

Τα πικρά μου χέρια με τον Κεραυνό
τα γυρίζω πίσω άπ' τον Καιρό
τους παλιούς μου φίλους καλώ
με φοβέρες και μ' αίματα!

Μα' χουν όλα τα αίματα ξαντιμεθεί
κι οι φοβέρες αχ λατομηθεί
και στον έναν ο άλλος
μπαίνουν εναντίον οι άνεμοι!