Music Montag: Erkin Gören, “Kanal”

by James Glazebrook

Erkin Gören

A pretty little acoustic number recorded at, and inspired by, Berlin’s Landwehrkanal. Scroll down for Istanbul-born Erkin Gören‘s Turkish lyrics and the English translation, and visit his website for art, music and more.

Erkin Gören by the Kanal

Erkin Gören, “Kanal” (Turkish)

kanallarda uzun günüm
güneşle ev sıcak
ve suyla serin
terliklerimi çıkardım
ayağımın altına toprak

lalalala la la lala

kanal, maybach ufer’da
kanal, iki işçi kahvaltıda
kanal, tekerleğin ardında

oksijen verin şu suya
kuğu gibi süzülsün
ama beni almasın
aksın önümden
kalemimden daha derin
kalemimden daha derin

Erkin Gören, “Canal” (English)

my endless day around the canal
home is warm with the sun
and chilled with water
I took my slippers off
ground lies under my feet

lalalala la la lala

canal, in maybachufer
canal, two workers’ breakfast
canal, spreads behind the wheel

give some oxygen to that water
let it float like a swan
without taking me with
let it flow beside me
more profound than my pen
more profound than my pen