Uska Dara: Eartha Kitt

Üsküdar’a gider iken aldi da bir yagmur
Üsküdar’a gider iken aldi da bir yagmur
Kâtibimin setresi uzun, etegi çamur
Kâtibimin setresi uzun, etegi çamur

Kâtip uykudan uyanmis, gözleri mahmur
Kâtip uykudan uyanmis, gözleri mahmur
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin, ele karisir?
Kâtibime siter eter faltu ne güzel yarasir

Uska dara is a little town in Turkey
And in the old days
Many women had male secretaries
Oh, well, that’s Turkey

Üsküdar’a gider iken bir mendil buldum
Üsküdar’a gider iken bir mendil buldum
Mendilimin içine lokum doldurdum
Mendilimin içine lokum doldurdum

They take a trip from Usku dara in the rain
And on the way they fall in love
He’s wearing a stiff collar, in a full dress suit
She looks at him longingly through her veil
And casually feeds him candy, oh, those Turks

Kâtibimi arar iken yanimda buldum
Kâtibimi arar iken yanimda buldum
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin, el ne karisir?
Kâtibime kolali da gömlek ne güzel yarasir

Kâtibimi arar iken yanimda buldum
Kâtibimi arar iken yanimda buldum
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin, el ne karisir?
Kâtibime kolali da gömlek ne güzel yarasir
Kâtibime kolali da gömlek ne güzel yarasir

I love Eartha Kitt! She is at her best here, where she is sexy but does not take either herself, or sex, or men, too seriously. She really enjoys this song, which I first heard at about the age of 14 (my father loved Eartha Kitt too, and had an extensive collection of her records 🙂 ). ‘Oh!’, I used to sing, would-be-knowingly, ‘those Turks!’

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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One Response to Uska Dara: Eartha Kitt

  1. Reblogged this on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog and commented:
    sharing the music of life Eartha Kitt

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