“Adana” Song (devoted to the victims of 1915 Armenian Genocide)

When the mass of flowers in the Armenian Genocide Memorial Tsitsernakaberd (Ծիծեռնակաբերդ in Armenian) in Yerevan gets higher than a tall man’s stature, it means that people in Armenia commemorate the 1,5 million victims of Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Empire.

One can never count the number of poems, songs, books, movies, theatrical performances, pictures devoted to the Great Tragedy of Armenian people. There are thousands of them. And Armenians always appreciate the willingness and even desire of hundreds of researchers, musicians, film directors, artists from other countries to share Armenian incessant pain.
This post is about one of those great art creations. The song is called “Adana” (music by Ara Gevorgyan; lyrics by Daniel Decker).

It was first presented on April 23, 2005. The video below is about a performance of this song by Daniel Decker (USA), Vitalie Dani (Moldova), Tsvetan Tsvetkov (Bulgaria), Kai Auhagen (Germany), Inka Kupomaki (Finland), Gegham Grigoryan and “Kilikia” choir (Armenia) in Tsitsernakaberd, which was broadcast on various world channels like CNN, BBC, ORT etc. Later “Adana” was translated into 17 languages.

Any more comments are simly unnecessary: the video and lyrics below are the best reflection of Armenian deep and eternal pain.

A D A N A
Lyrics: Daniel Decker
Music: Ara Gevorgyan

In the city of Adana during the darkest days of the Ottoman Empire, there began a tragedy that marked the start of what was to become known as the Armenian Genocide. The people of Armenia were forced into starvation, torture and extermination. Armenian homes were burned to the ground as women were raped and tortured, children were bought and sold and men were killed before their very eyes. Sometimes entire families were wiped out. They were accused, convicted and sentenced to die because they dared to call themselves “Christians”, their crime was in believing in Jesus Christ who died for their sins.
In 1915 1.5 million Armenians were ruthlessly slaughtered, because they would not renounce their faith in Christ. Unpunished and undeterred the ones responsible for the massacre in Adana set stage for the terrible genocide of the Armenian people.
This is their story.

From the morning sun till the day was done
Fathers worked until their strength was gone
In the summer air under mother’s care
Children played within the village square

Through the soil and sand, farmers worked the land
Gathering what they grew by their own hand
Living day by day, trying to make their way
Unaware the price they would soon pay

Keepers of the sword, marched in one accord
Striking down the weak, without a single word
Ruthlessly they came, with one deadly aim
Kill all who believed in Jesus’ name.

In the shroud of night, families took their flight
Unprotected by the soldier’s might
Hungry and alone, starved to skin and bone
Forced to sleep on pillows made of stone

Wandering in the rain, trembling from the pain
Cries for mercy offered up in vain
Naked and afraid, on their knees they prayed
As they knelt before the warrior’s blade… singing

To the great I AM, Worthy is the Lamb
To Him who sits upon the throne we bow before You
Holy is the One, God’s Almighty Son
Glory to the Christ, Our risen King.

Though persecuted, they were not abandoned as they laid down their earthly lives, they would gain entirety with Christ. Though the world may forget, God would remember their suffering. Never again would they hunger or thirst. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, would be their shepherd who would lead them to the springs of living water and God would wipe away every tear for their eyes. They would encircle the throne of God singing to the great I Am, worthy is the Lamp, who and is, and is to come.

(the lyrics in Armenian: http://www.aragevorgyan.net/lyrics_arm.htm)

P.S. We will never accept the Turkish government’s denial of the fact which we keep on talking about 95 years long. Let that be their shame and inhumanity. Let that be their headache how to handle the obvious and swift process of Armenian Genocide recognition all over the world.
My point is not about government, but about people. I am extremely proud of the Turkish friends of mine (as well as many activists in Turkey) who show their own approach to this, who do not allow to be manipulated by their government, who have their truth and their way to justice and morality. They make me believe that there is still a ray of hope in human moral revival…

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10 responses to ““Adana” Song (devoted to the victims of 1915 Armenian Genocide)

  1. Vardges Avetisyan

    Thank you for the lyrics. No comments…. a great song.
    About educated and open minded turks: I greatly appreciate their attitude. They are a part of society who can change mistakes of the past.
    I would like to mention that although I respect those people, I am still unable to trust them. Do not know why, but cannot.

  2. thank you for the comment Vardges jan.
    as for the trust: you do not have to actually. moreover, i am not sure that i can trust myself sometimes (well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but still), i am sure you got my point. This is not about trust, this is about a positive (though very slow, but nevertheless) change in the process.

  3. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

  4. Jany

    I am eagerly looking for an online translation of the song ‘Tamam Ashkhar’, by famous troubadour Sayat Nova. It’s impossible to translate without a strong background in Armenian i think. Does anyone understands it?
    I asked a scholar who told me it might be part of a billingual edition of his works (Armenian/French).

    As for the Armenian genocide, I am sure there is a message beneath it that God (or Whatever) wants us to find. Living such an absurdity (starting from the very word of ‘genocide’) for 95 years may well last another century, or could fall tomorrow if we were to find what is that (yet) hidden message. I think I have an idea of what it could be. But it’s a crazy one. Wanna know?

  5. thanks for the comments.
    @Jany: as for the Tamam Ashkhar, i didn’t meet an Eng version, but i’ve got your email, so in case of any news, will let u know.

    a crazy idea of some hidden message sounds interesting. and though the second part of the comment is not clear to me yet, i would like you to hear your supposition.

  6. You’ve done it again! Great post.

  7. Tigran Snkhchyan

    Ник джан, большое спасибо от моего имени!
    Увидемся, и на яву поблагодарю! 🙂

  8. nu chto ty Tik jan, tebe spasibo za interes! Nadeyus’ uvidemsya v skorom budushem 🙂

  9. Excellent page, well written I must say.

  10. Sasha

    Hi Veronica, thank you for the lyrics and translation- a beautiful song! I have been trying to get the lyrics and English translation of another beautiful Armenian song; Khrovadz Er. The lyrics in the Armenian alphabet are as follows: Խռոված Էր

    Այսօր ես իմ եարին տեսայ, թուխ մազերը ոլորած էր,
    Բարեւ տուի, բարեւ չառաւ, գուցէ ինձնից վրդոված էր,
    Նայիր դէմքին կարմիր խնձոր, լուսնի նման բոլորած էր,
    Սիրտը ելած, աչքերը թաց, անձրեւի պէս վարարած էր,
    Կայծակ առած խփեց անցաւ, գուցէ ինձնից վրդոված էր։

    Ասի՝ էդպէս սիրտդ տխուր, ու՞ր ես գնում, բոյիդ մեռնեմ,
    Կանգ առ սիրտդ թեթեւանայ, զուր ես գնում, սոյիդ մեռնեմ,
    Ականջ արա բան եմ ասում, ու՞ր ես գնում, ջանիդ մեռնեմ,
    Չէ՞որ դու իմ ազիզ եարն ես, լուռ ես գնում բոյիդ մեռնեմ,
    Ասի նստենք զրոյց անենք, սիրտդ ինչու տխրած է։

    Հէյ ժողովուրդ անցաւ գնաց, աղաչեցի՝ ետ չդառաւ,
    Ուր որ գնաց հետեւեցի, մինչեւ լուսոյ աստղը ելաւ,
    Գնաց գնացու ման եկաւ, սիտս էլ հանեց հետը տարաւ,
    Ասաց Շահէն, էդ քո սիրտը սրտիս դեղ ու դարման չարաւ,
    Նոր հասկացայ որ իմ եարը , իմ արուեստից խռոված էր։

    Գուսան Շահէն

    Can you help with this? Thank you!!

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