SVARNIARA – There are several tunes and songs used in Greece to accompany the dance known as Karagouna. Almost all are vehicles for clarinet (klarino in Greek) players to show off their lower register. Often they are strung into medleys. One of the most popular melodies today (it has no lyrics that I know of) is Svarniara. Sometimes the dance karagouna is called svarniara, simply because it starts with the Svarniara melody. The Svarniara melody is also used to accompany other dances in Thessaly.
KARAGOÚNA. At least two other songs are popular for accompanying the dance Karagoúna. Though the melodies and subjects are different, each has Karagoúna in the title because they are about or addressed to a Karagoúna woman. One of the most popular is Καραγκούνα πάει να πλύνει “Karagouna Goes to Wash”.
The best-known song outside of Greece for acccompanying the dance Karagouna is commonly known as ‘Ayde Karagouna, because whatever else the lyrics say, the song always features the phrase “Ayde Karagouna”, often at the very beginning.