Pop Rock Music in the 70's - 80's in TURKEY
Due to the structure of the new libertarian constitution , Turkish people learned about foreign rock bands quicker. After that , writers rearranged the old songs and composed new songs with the same principles of rock bands. Youth and mass movements of that time affected Turkey at the same time with the West , so musicians composed new songs with slogans in them and on the 12th September , 1980 everything changed. The 1980’s can be considered to be the worst years for rock music. Following changes in politics, After the coup in 1980 , musicians who made political songs ran abroad , some musicians were banned. As the government forced musicians to stop making songs with political slogans in it , arabesque and other popular musics came forward in the 1980s. The most known musicians of that time are Erkin Koray , Barış Manço , Cem Karaca etc.


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Kenan Evren,the General of the Turkish Coup in 1980
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Alpay,one of the popular pop singers of that time


Barış Manço
Barış Manço was one of the most influential and original Turkish musicians of the 20th century, especially in the field of Anatolian Rock Catchy melodies, excellent synthesis of Anatolian sounds with Western music, and originality were the three distinguishing characteristics of his music. He was also one of the most beloved public figures.
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Nick The Chopper

down in the forest near a village

lived the man called nick the chopper

chopping woods he's game and making money

caring nought for trees he blindly chops on

never to be married he never washes

he never went to school nick the chopper

chopping woods he's game and getting money

doesn't care for life or even for a friend
he's dirty old man nick the chopper

he s dirty old man nick the chopper
he's dirty old man nick the chopper

he s dirty old man nick the chopper
now a very old man he had decided

to make his fortune nick the chopper

chopping woods he's game he couldn't stop it

he wants to cut down all the forest

the trees they hated him they made a promise

give him a lesson nick the chopper

chopping woods he's game he couldn't stop it

but as the story goes he’s beaten at his game
he's a dirty old man nick the chopper

he s dirty old man nick the chopper

we're gonna kill you nick the chopper

strangle you with branches nick the chopper

he's a dirty old man nick the chopper

he s dirty old man nick the chopper

we're gonna kill you nick the chopper

strangle you with branches nick the chopper

he's a dirty old man nick the chopper

he s dirty old man nick the chopper

we're gonna kill you nick the chopper

strangle you with branches nick the chopper






Anlıyorsun Değil Mi ?

Hava ayaz mı ayaz, ellerim ceplerimde

Bir türkü tutturmuşum, duyuyorsun değil mi ?

Çalacak bir kapım yok, mutluluğa hasretim

Artık sokaklar benim, görüyorsun değil mi ?
Zaman akmıyor sanki, saatler durmuş bugün


Sonsuz yalnızlığımda bir tek sen varsın bugün
Ya dön bana artık, duyuyor musun beni ?


Ya çık git dünyamdan, anlıyorsun değil mi ?
Bir resmin kalmış bende, tam ortadan yırtılmış


Hani siyah kazaklı, biliyorsun değil mi ?

Gözlerimden süzülen birkaç damla anıda

Senin sıcaklığın var, anlıyorsun değil mi ?

You understand don't you?
The weather is frosty cold , my hands are in my pockets

I keep singing a song , you hear don't you?

I have no doors to knock on ,I've been longing for happiness

The streets are mine from now on, you see don't you?
As if time doesn't pass by , clocks are stopped today


with my eternal solitude , today there is only you.
Either turn back to me, you hear me?


or get out of my world , you understand don't you?
One picture of you left me, it had teared up right in the middle


The one you were in black sweater , you know don't you?

A few drops run down from my eyes with memories

They have your warmth, do you understand don't you?




Cem KaracaTurkish rock pioneer Cem Karaca was born April 5, 1945. He first performed in a cover band called "the Dynamites," followed an Elvis Presley tribute group called "the Jaguars"; and from there Karaca eventually began writing his own original songs, honing a massively influential style that combined traditional Anatolian lyrics with cutting-edge contemporary rock melodies. With his trademark felt hat, large glasses, and long hair, by the dawn of the 1970s Karaca was not only Turkey's biggest pop star, but he was also a countercultural icon -- his songs were intensely political, fusing patriotic zeal with leftist ideologies that harshly criticized Turkey's growing right-wing sect.As Turkey's political unrest escalated, so did the polemical force of Karaca's music -- finally, in 1978, he fled to West Germany in the face of mounting legal pressures and assassination fears. Finally, he was given amnesty in 1987.
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Resimdeki Gözyaşları

Bir gün belki hayattan

Geçmişteki günlerden

Bir teselli ararsın

Bak o zaman resmime

Gör akan o yaşları
Benden sana son kalan


Bir küçük resim şimdi

Cevap veremez ama

Ağlar yalnızlığına
Ve işte arda kalan


Bir avuç anı şimdi

Koyup da bir başına

Bırakıp gittin beni
Bir gün belki hayattan


Geçmişteki günlerden

Bir teselli ararsın

Bak o zaman resmime
Sen yalnız değilsin


Biliyorum neredesin

Bu üzerdi beni

Yaşasaydın ve görseydin

The Tears In The Picture

You may some day

Seek solace from the life

From the days in the past

Look at my picture then

See those shedding tears
The last thing that's left of me for you


Is now a small picture

It can't give an answer, but...

It would cry for your loneliness
Well, that's it, what's left behind


Is now a handful of memories

You left me all by myself

And went away
You may some day


Seek solace from the life

From the days in the past

Look at my picture then
You're not alone


I know where you are

This would have saddened me

If you experienced and saw it






Sezen Aksu

Sezen Aksu was born in Izmir in 1955, and took lessons in Turkish classical music in 1973 from Rüştü Şardağ. She entered the world of professional music with her first recorded song, “Haydi Şansım” (Just my luck), which she sang on a 1975 New Year’s television program. Now considered the diva of pop music in Turkey, Aksu is known as a popular songwriter as well. “Firuze” is one of her most loved songs.In the 1980s, Aksu and Onno Tunc (a producer) put their signatures to works that broke new ground in Turkish pop music,such as "Sen Aglama" (Don't Cry),and "Go" (Leave). Her music matured in the 90s.She also began to produce albums for her vocalists as Askin Nur Yengi and Sertab Erener.


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Git

Madem ki istiyorsun öyleyse durma git

Beni düsünme rahat ol yalniz kalabilirim

Sen de bilirsin hiçbir sey sonsuza dek sürmez

Hatta her an yeniden sevebilirim
Olmazdi ben de biliyorum haklisin haydi git

Korkma seninle gerçekten dost olabilirim

Aslýnda ben de uzun zamandan beridir sana

Ayrilmak istedigimi söylemedim haydi git
Git...

Git...

Git... me dur ne olursun

Gitme kal yalan söyledim

Dogru deðil ayriliga daha hiç hazİr degilim

Aramizda yasanacak yarim kalan birseyler var

Gitme dur daha simdiden deliler gibi özledim
Ýkimiz için de dogru olan böylesi git

inan bana sandigin kadar üzgün degilim

içimde yepyeni bir hayata baslamanin

Sevinci ve heyecani var artik git




Leave

So you want to do it, then go ahead, leave

Dont worry about me, be cool, i can live alone

Ypu know as well, nothing lasts forever

Even anytime I can fall in love again
It wouldnt go on, I knew it too, you're right, go ahead, leave

Dont be afraid, I can really be friends with you

Indeed, for a long time now I couldnt tell you

That I wanted to break up, go ahead, leave
Leave

Leave

Leave... not, stay, please

Dont leave, stay, I lied

It's not true, I am not ready for break up at all

There is some more to be lived for us, that's left incomplete

Dont leave, stay, I have already missed you like crazy
This is the right for both of us, leave

Believe me, I am not as sad as u think

There is the joy and excitement of

Beginning a brand new life in my heart, now leave


,

Sen ağlama

Kara gözlerinden bir damla yaş düşünce,

Güzel yüzün yanakların ıslanır.

Kara gözlerinden bir damla yaş düşünce,

Hüzün keder yüreğime yaslanır.
Sen ağlama

Bir damla gözyaşın yeter.

Sen üzülme gülüm.
Gece gökyüzünden bir damla yaş düşünce,

Bahar gelir tüm çiçekler ıslanır.

Kara gözlerinden bir damla yaş düşünce,

Hüzün keder yüreğime yaslanır.
Sen ağlama!

Bir damla gözyaşın yeter.

Sen üzülme gülüm

Gamzende güllerin biter.

Yollarıma,

Taş koysalar da döneceğim

Gözlerinden,

Yaşlarını sileceğim


Don't u cry

when a drop of tear fall down from ur black eyes

ur beauty face and ur cheeks get wet

Kara gözlerinden bir damla yaş düşünce,

sorrow,sadness hold on my heart
dont u cry

a drop of ur tear is enough

dont u get sad,my rose
when a drop of tear fall down from sky at night

autumn comes,all flowers get wet

ur roses grow in ur dimple to my roads

if they put stone,i will turn back

from ur eyes

i will erase ur tears