In 1922, following the failure of Greek territorial exploits in Turkey, there began a mass exodus of refugees from Asia Minor to the Greek mainland culminating in the burning of the port of Smyrna by Turkish troops. This displacement of one million people, Greek in name but entirely Turkish in existence, had a dramatic effect on Greece both economic and cultural.
Those coppers who showed up just now
What do they want at such a time
They came here to make a raid
And take away our argile [a kind of hash pipe]
And they'll take away our pipe
And we'll remain without a smoke
And afterwards, where will I find
An argile, a pipe, some black [hash]
Go on, right away, you ruffians
Take the loula [a different kind of hash pipe] into your hands
We must not be scared of them
But fight them savagely...
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