Giannis Poulopoulos sings the song Irthes epses ston ypno mou, a Greek song which translates to “You came last night to my sleep” in English.
Irthes epses ston ypno mou is a song composed by Giannis Spanos, written by Sotiris Skippis.
The song Irthes epses ston ypno mou was heard for the first time by Michalis Violaris, a Greek singer who had marked the 50s and 60s with the “New Wave” genre of the Greek music. However, it became even more popular a little later, when it was performed by Giannis Poulopoulos.
The song seems to be a love song at first; its lyrics – especially when combined with the touching voice of Poulopoulos – remind us of a great love. “You came to sleep last night and spoke to me softly”… but all of a sudden, the reference to the mother changes the entire meaning of the song. It is a song about death, mostly the death of soul, when feeling that you miss the people you love, your family.
In Greek, the word “ksena” which means foreign place or abroad is sometimes synonymous to death as well. In this song the lyric writer actually wrote the song for his deceased mother.