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Hello, Melody Mistwings (and everybody).
I've just seen what you posted over a year ago about translations from Ethnicity.
I can post a translation of Jivaeri (Τζιβαέρι in Greek). It's a traditional Greek song from the region of Asia Minor, and more specifically from Smyrna. Its theme is emigration. Just imagine a mother whose beloved child is abroad, singing that song, with her heart full of pain for his/her absence. That's exactly its concept in a few words.
 
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Here are the Greek lyrics:

Τζιβαέρι

Ἄχ! Ἡ ξενιτειὰ τὸ χαίρεται
-τζιβαέρι μου-
τ᾿ ὀμορφολούλουδό μου!
Σιγανά, σιγανά, σιγανὰ καὶ ταπεινά.

Ἄχ! Ἐγὼ ἤμουνα ποὺ τὸ ᾿στειλα
-τζιβαέρι μου-
μὲ θέλημα δικό μου!
Σιγανά, σιγανά, σιγανὰ πατῶ στὴ γῆ.

Ἄχ! Πανάθεμά σε, ξενιτειά
-τζιβαέρι μου-
ἐσὺ καὶ τὸ καλό σου!
Σιγανά, σιγανά, σιγανὰ καὶ ταπεινά.

Ἄχ! Ποὺ πῆρες τὸ παιδάκι μου
-τζιβαέρι μου-
καὶ τὸ ᾿καμες δικό σου!
Σιγανά, σιγανά, σιγανὰ πατῶ στὴ γῆ.
 
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And here is an English translation I've just made myself: (I also used a dictionary to find the proper words among synonyms. I hope the meaning is clear. If you have any queries, please let me know. Smiler)

Treasure
Oh! A foreign land is relishing
-my treasure-
my beautiful flower!
Quietly, quietly, quietly and modestly.

Oh! It was me who sent him there
-my treasure-
of my own free will!
Quietly, quietly, I’m treading the ground quietly.

Oh! Cursed be you, foreign land
-my treasure-
you and all your benefits!
Quietly, quietly, quietly and modestly.

Oh! You, who’ve taken my little child away from me
-my treasure-
and you’ve made it yours!
Quietly, quietly, I’m treading the ground quietly.

(In case there are members who speak both languages, I'd like to hear their comments!)
 
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