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You can’t escape Tarkan in Turkey, even if you don’t consciously hear his music it is there, ubiquitous. When I first came to Turkey almost two years ago, I wanted to have nothing to do with him due to my (now quickly fading) vendetta against pop music. There is something amazing about Tarkan that just sucks you in, though – maybe it is his close to twenty years of success here, maybe it’s the way he just constantly changes his style and sound, or maybe it is just that his music is entertaining. Whatever the case, Tarkan is almost universally loved in Turkey, despite his dislike of interviews, pervasive rumors that he is gay, and the fact that he lives in New York City.

In any case,  I can’t get this song out of my head. After listening to it, I assume most of the rest of you won’t be able to either:

Come come come my darling
Come come, it won’t hurt
Come come, my darling
Come, nothing will hurt
She wants to leave for the night and dance
She is ambitious but also so innocent
What are you doing, where are you escaping to?
The girl is like a loop, if she says ‘what’ my throat is narrow like a tighrope
If I’m lucky I’ll be her suitor
If she says come I’ll be in front of her door in a second
Is begging necessary?
Is kneeling necessary?
You can want these things, I’ll wait
I’ll add it to my list
Come come come my darling
Come come it won’t hurt
Come come come my darling
Come, nothing will hurt
My heart, ah, my heart
Is begging necessary?
Is kneeling necessary?
You can want these things, I’ll wait
I’ll add it to my list list
Get up, come come come my darling
Come come, it won’t hurt
Come come come my darling
Nothing will hurt, promise
My heart, oh my heart
If I’m lucky I’ll be her suitor
If she says ‘come’ I’d be in front of her door in a second
And, as always, the Turkish lyrics:

Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel gel acımayacak
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel hiç acımayacak
Gece çıkmak dans etmek istermiş kendisi
Gözü yükseklerde ama bir o kadar masum
Ne yaparsın, nereye kadar kaçarsın?
Kız ilik gibi ne dese boynum kıldan ince
Şansım varsa ben ona talibim
Bir gel dese kapının önündeyim
Yalvarmak mı gerekiyor?
Diz çökmek mi gerekiyor?
Sen iste ben bekliyorum
Listeme de ekliyorum
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel gel acımayacak
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel hiç acımayacak
Kalk gel gel gel güzelim
Gel gel acımayacak
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel hiç acımayacak
Kalbin ah kalbin
Yalvarmak mı gerekiyor?
Diz çökmek mi gerekiyor?
Sen iste ben bekliyorum
Listeme de ekliyorum
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel gel acımayacak
Gel gel gel güzelim
Gel hiç acımayacak
Kalk gel gel gel güzelim
Gel gel acımayacak
Gel gel gel güzelim
Söz hiç acımayacak
Kalbin ah kalbin

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