Türk Marşı (Turkish March)

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Before class one of my students showed me this song; I was blown away. I love when rap uses  nontraditional beats, so the inclusion of Mozart’s Turkish March was perfect. The music video was great too, showing the diversity of Turkey – it starts out in Istanbul, and ends in Mardin in the South East, not all too far away from dear old Malatya. Really, I’m just blown away by the speed at which Ceza can speak – the only other rapper I can think of who can go that fast is Gift of Gab.

Anyway, the lyrics are as follows:

Either one step forward, or one step back
Or let me go, come on, how’s the beat?
One day you’re a king, one day you’re around
One day you’re absent, sometimes full
What kind of day is this? This is a new day
A day which can give me happiness
Every day I was reborn
Sometimes I’d sulk and I’d flee from myself
Suddenly it becomes much too exhausting
Troubles increase – find the problem!
Who solved this problem?
Even if we could also find this problem
We can’t see it, we can’t solve it
Always one step forwards, two steps back
Who came, who passed?
There are always these unsolvable secrets
I wonder what’s remained since yesterday
Congratulations to the finders and takers
A complete jigsaw life doesn’t sting
How can the naysayers not see this?
Of course he can’t see, he never looked
He always turns his head and buries it in the ground
If there’s more than one of this type of person,
We’re always doomed
People have left humanity, sometimes I really saw that
If you suppose differently, it is like this everywhere
If you shout, even if you make someone suffer no one ever hears anything
If you always explain, I don’t think you heard anyone anywhere
Where does this fairy lead me to? I can’t even take a break
He brings this to me, once in a while I go back when I’m bored
Come on, come and look around and take me
Occasionally I get bored and I run up and down the hills and valleys
I grab a pen and I overcome the hills and valleys
I walk like a crazy person, it’s night it’s night, shut up
Come on make these syllables and come and take them
I wonder what we couldn’t know and what we couldn’t see, the steps we couldn’t take and even what passed through our hands
I wonder where we couldn’t have come upon and where we couldn’t have seen and the things we couldn’t have arrived next to
If someone says to me “Come on, where will this thing end?” What end are you asking me?
But the profound thinker’s ash remains back, the one’s staying back are good. Shouldn’t it turn the mill?
Come on, get this in your head and let’s read or even put down this wasted thing and let’s read, isn’t this an advantage?
Even if you make way for those cutting the road, even his horse takes half a step forward
Like a box a stuffed head is driving me crazy, and if we go knowingly to that cliff,
from which we couldn’t step  back, oh!, stay away, stop, there are lots of forbidden things.
And, as always, the Turkish lyrics. Hope you enjoyed it!

Ya bir öne gel, ya bir geri git
Ya da bana bırak hadi bu nasıl bir beat
Bir gün kralsın, bir gün varsın
Bir gün yoksun, bazen tok
Bu nasıl bir gün, bu yeni bir gün
Ve de bana neşe verebilecek bir gün
Her gün tekrar doğdum
Bazen soğudum kaçtım kendimden
Birden fazla yorucu olur
Dertler artar sorunu bulun
Kimler çözmüş ki bu sorunu?
Bizler bulsak da bu soruyu
Göremiyoruz, çözemiyoruz
Bir ileri iki geri yürüyoruz hep
Kimler gelmiş geçmiş
Sırlar var hep hiç çözülemeyen
Dünden kalmış ne var acaba
Çok tebrikler bulup alana
Tam bir yapboz hayat acımaz
Yoktur diyen bunu nasıl göremez?
Tabi göremez, bakamadı hiç
Kafasını çevirip o yere gömer hep
Birden fazla bundan varsa
Artık yandık hep
İnsanlar, insanlıktan çıkmış bazen gördüm gerçekten
Sen yok zannetsen de gerçek böyle her yerde
Haykırsan, inletsen de asla duymaz hiç kimse
Hep anlatsan, zannetmem ben duysun kimse bir yerde
Peri beni nerelere götürüyor veremedim ara bile
Bana bunu getiriyor geri geri gidiyorum arada bir
Sıkılınca adım atamadım ara tara beni hadi gelip al
Dere tepe koşuyorum ara sıra sıkılıp
Elime de bir kalem alıp aşıyorum tepe dere
Deli gibi yürüyorum gece gece kapa çene
Hadi bunu hece hece edip gelip al
Neyi bilemedik acaba ve neyi yürümedik adım atamadık elimize de ne geçmiş
Nerelere gelemedik acaba ve nereleri göremedik ve yanına varamadık hiç
Biri bana desin hadi bunun sonu nerelere varır neyin sonu bunu bana soruyorsun
Ama derin düşünenin külü kalır geri meri geri kalan iyi değirmeni çevirmeli mi?
Hadi bir de bunu başa alıp okuyalım ya da bunu boşa koyup okutalım, bu ne fayda?
Hele bir de yolu kesenlere bir yol açın, atı bile yarım adım ileride yürüyor
Kutu gibi dolu kafa beni deli ediyor ve sonu bile bile geri adım atamadığımız
Uçuruma gidiyorsak aman uzak olun geri durun yasak olan şeyler çok olur

4 thoughts on “Türk Marşı (Turkish March)”

  1. Loved the Turkish March rapper. Love your blog. thank you.

    Lowell and I had dinner with Tisha and Jonathan last week at Xocolatz. Lots of fun and good conversation.

    Susan

    1. Thank you, Susan. Glad to know you enjoyed it so much – I’ll try to include more of his stuff in the future. I’m happy to hear that everything is going well back home too!

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