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Vassiliki
Copyright George Papavgeris, September 2002
a personal indulgence, it tells the story of how my maternal grandfather met my grandmother in 1903 when he was 17 and she 19 ; he saw her dancing at a market fair, fell in love and married her within weeks - unheard of in those days and in their culture. Named after my gran.

Sunny day in June it was
When I went to the market
Village square was full of noise
And full of brimming baskets.
Strawberries just picked for you
(fresher than the morning dew)
Candied apples, angel hair
(sweeter than the morning air)
All the pleasures of the fair
That market day in summer.

From the corner of the street
The sound I heard of fiddles
Crowds clapping and this girl
Dancing in the middle.
Lips of red and eyes of blue
(fresher than the morning dew)
Coloured ribbons in her hair
(sweeter than the morning air)
And my heart I lost right there
That market day in summer.

If you asked I couldn't tell you
Then what I was feeling;
Eyes I had only for her
And both my legs were numb
Easy now to think that this
Was only the beginning
How could I imagine then
All the happy times that were to come?

Not a moment did I waste
And soon we got to talking.
Hand in hand that afternoon
Green fields we went a-walking.
Bed of flowers for us two
(fresher than the morning dew)
She let down her golden hair
(sweeter than the morning air)
How we loved without a care
That market day in summer.

By the evening I was so
Afraid in case I lose her
So my name I offered her
My wife if she would be.
And before too long she led
The dancing at our wedding
Summer evenings now I play
The fiddle, and she dances just for me.

In a day my life she changed
My heart with love still burning
As grandchildren round our knees
The dancing steps are learning.
Looking at her eyes of blue
(fresher than the morning dew)
Thinking of the days we shared
(sweeter than the morning air)
gladly I would go back there
that market day in summer.

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