Mudcat Café message #1436136 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23203   Message #1436136
Posted By: M.Ted
16-Mar-05 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Miserlou
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Miserlou
There is a Greek song called "Ehe Jia Kaimene Kosme", which, roughly translated is, "I bid fairwell to the poor world" it is also known as "The Zalago's Dance"--it is traditionally held to be the song that about 60 women from a place called Souli sang as they, with babes in arms, jumped off Mt. Zalago--this happened in 1803, because they wanted to avoid being enslaved by the Turks--It isn't clear if they were actually dancing when they did this, or if the song was simply used for a dance--

I have often heard folk dance instructors tell this story in association with Miserlou--even when they knew it wasn't true, simply because it was a good story. As far as that goes, I am not really clear on whether this is a true story or a legend--I get curious about it from time to time, and have poked around, but never been able to find out any more about it--