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Green-golden leaf thrown in the sea > II August 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus, Cyprus Occupied.

This delicate lemon blossom is one of Cyprus’ most sweet marvels. These lines, from the much loved poem “The Golden Green Leaf Thrown In the Sea”, written by Leonidas Malenis, capture the essence of Cyprus.

 “…land of essence and salute, Cyprus land of love and dream, golden green leaf thrown in the sea”


Land of the lemon tree, of the olive tree
Land of the embrace, of the joy
Land of the pine tree, of the cypress tree,
of the young lads, of love
Green-golden leaf thrown in the sea

Land of the dry field
Land of the sad Virgin Mary
Land of the hot wind, of the unjustified loss,
of the wild weather, of the volcanoes
Green-golden leaf thrown in the sea

Land of the girls who laugh
Land of the boys who get drunk
Land of the myrtle, of the greeting
Cyprus of love and of the dreams
Green-golden leaf thrown in the sea

Poetry by Leonidas Malenis


Year of release > 01/10/1966
LP/CD Title > Golden-green Leaf
Composer > Mikis Theodorakis
Singer > Grigoris Bithikotsis
Lyrics > Andis Pernaris, Leonidas Malenis, Nikos Gkatsos, Mikis Theodorakis
Participation > Maria Farandouri
Music for the film “Island of Aphrodite” directed by Harilaos Papadopoulos. Theodorakis composed the music in 1964, one year after his first visit to Cyprus.
Company > Minos – EMI

1.Little swallow  
2.Mother, your son – Grigoris Bithikotsis (M.Theodorakis)  
3.Blood-stained moon  
6.Blood-stained moon – Maria Farantouri (Nikos Gatsos)   
7.Mother, your son  
9.Little swallow – Grigoris Bithikotsis (Leonidas Malenis)  
11.Hymn of the National Guard – choir (Andis Pernaris)  
12.Golden-green leaf – Grigoris Bithikotsis (Leonidas Malenis) 

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