Kristi Stassinopoulou


(from  the album « Echotropia » trad from Persia, lyrics: Stassinopoulou)

In the desert’s depths, in castles faraway

Age-old secrets buried in the sand

Songs forgotten, that celebrate love

They say prince Majnoun is still alive


Beyond Samarkande, in inns and backyards

Wandering troubadours play with seven chords

Songs of war echoing in the desert

Galloping Assassins, spreading despair


In Asia’s far horizon, with opium and hash

Tales are narrated, of distant times

Mystified travelers with a hazy mind

Say they met the Mountain’s Old Man


Translated in English by Thalia Iakovidou