Rémy LeBeau wrote: Do you have the lyrics/translation for the 2nd link that you sent?
Yes, I have found the lyrics and tried to translate but I must confess that it may have mistakes, because the language of the lyrics is a bit archaic and full of symbolism. You can immediately notice the effect of Persian. I think Alish and you can understand some parts better than me.
I also found a video of Kazancı Bedih, singing this gazel. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68lgo ... ders_music
Urfa or Şanlıurfa with its modern name, is a city in south-eastern Turkey and has got a tradition of music gathering with the name of "sıra geceleri", "sequence nights", because at these entertainment gatherings people sing in turns. They sing, dance and eat çiğ köfte
, köfte with raw meat. It may seem as a simple party gathering, but it has rules and adab
, manners and decency, are important. Gazels are an important part of this tradition. Karadan aka dönüp ders-i dilârâ okuruz
Turning from black to white, we read (study) the lesson of dilara (dilara = heart decorating??)Mekteb-i aşka vardık şimdi elifbâ okuruz
We have arrived at the school of love and we study the alphabetBülbüle sordum neydi o günler? Okurdun her dem
I asked the nightingale, “what were those days, you used to sing every time?”Dedi: gül aşkına hoş name-i ra’na okuruz
It said, with the love of the rose we utter nice tunes Güle sordum: Niçin bülbülü zar eylersin?
I asked the rose, “why do you make the nightingale cry?”Dedi: Biz goncam açılsın diye esma okuruz
It said, we read “the names” so that my rosebud can blossom (here “the names” may mean the 99 names of God, I am not sure)Tutı’ya sordum efendim nedir bu haliniz?
I asked the parrot, “Sir, what is the reason for your present situation?”Dedi: İnci gibi sözler dizip inşa okuruz
It said, we string (arrange) words like pearls and recite “insha” ( a kind of euphuistic literary style)Uykudan gözlerimi açamazdım evvel
In the past, I couldn’t open my eyes because of sleepŞimdi uyku yerine şi’r-i mualla okuruz
Now, we recite shi’ri mualla (high ranked poems??) instead of sleepFüruğ-i medrese tahsilin ikmal ettim
I have completed the education at the faculty of light??? Yeter ey dil nice bir lafz ile mana okuruz
That’s enough oh tongue! We recite the meaning (wisdom) with so many different words.