El Donia lessa bekhir

These days I have a couple of songs that I keep repeating over and over again. Tab3an Mesk El Leil, some ruba3eyat by Salah Jahin, Bahr El Hayah by Mohamed Mounir,

بحر الحياة

بحر الحياة غدار واحنا لفين راحين
شايل معاة اسرار واحنا معاة ماشين
ايام تفوت وتروح واحنا ولا حاسين
احلام تعيش وتموت يا قلوبنا يا خايفين
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الطير بيهاجر وبيرجع الشمس بترحل وبترجع
الدنيا بتاخد وبتدى اليل لو طول هيعدى
فى ليالى بنحلم وتعبنا ورجعنا لوحدنا بعزبنا
حاول تتغيـــــر ومسيــــرك تقــــدر
وبلاش نستسلم يوم للحزن مادام عايشين
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لو ينسى الواحد احزانة هيشوف الورد واللوانة
لو نفتح للدنيا قلوبنا هدق الاحلام على بابنا
دى ساعات الدنيا بتوعدنا ونقرب منها وتبعدنا
حبها من قلبك حبها هتحبك اضحك للدنيا
الفرحة هتيجى فى غمضت عين
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بحر الحياة غدار …الدنيا لسة بخير
شايل معاة اسرار… فى حياتنا لسة كتير
ايام تفوت وتروح …بكرة هيجى اكيد
احلام تعيش وتموت… هيجينا حلم جديد

By the way, this site has a great collection of the lyrics of Mohamed Mounir’s songs. Remember when I was looking for the meaning of the Nubian song “allah lon ya lon“? Akhiran I found it ! 🙂

اللالون يا لون لونايا للونا
القمرة شايفينة …اييوة
واحنا مش عارفينة …اييوة
القمر دة فينة… اييوة
ياعيون رسينا
الحياة لها لون لون جمال ليالينا

I am also very happy to find the lyrics of another song I really love. I don’t know where to find it on mp3! it is called بيبه from the movie عرق البلح ,,,, It is written by Abdel Rahman El Abnoudi. Enjoy!

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عمي حماده بيبه ..

بيبه جبلي طبق .. بيبه
بيبه مليان نبق .. بيبه

بيبه قاللي كولي بيبه..
بيبه قولتله ما اكولشي بيبيه

بيبه اديه لاماك .. بيبه
..بيبه امي بعيد بيبه

بيبه اخر الصعيد . .بيبه ..
بيبه و الصعيد مات .. بيبه

بيبه خلف بنات ..بيبه
بيبه خلف بنيه بيبه ..

بيبه اد الجطيه بيبه

ا خدها بدبايح .. بيبه ..

بيبه و السمن سايح .. بيبه

..بيبه سايح لوف بيبه .

.بيبه و عمللي طوق .

يالي يالي يالي يالي يالي ايل يالي

يا احمد علي يا احمد علي

اسمك علي لساني ..

بيع النخيل يا احمد علي

و هاتلي خولخالي

Even though the song rythm is sad, and it’s context in the movie is also extremely sad, but I don’t know why it leaves me in a good mood…

Last but not least, tonight is the full moon night. 3ala ra`i Sahar El Mogy in “Noun”: There is still magic in this world!   (aina3am ana lessa ma3rafsh fein, bas aho, at least I know lessa fi se7r fel 3alam)

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I never thought that I would meet you again. It has been a long time since we last saw each other, almost a lifetime. Each one of us was busy in his journey, that we didn’t notice the grey hair and the small wrinkles coming bit by bit. 

I heard that you have a son. How old is he? I bet no more than 19 years old, right? I hope he is as handsome as you. Did he follow your career? I know that he’d make a great engineer just like you! 

Oh my friend! 

Do you remember? 

It was 1980. We were two strangers who met randomly in a book store. I can’t remember who started the conversation. Was it you? Or was it me? Frankly I don’t remember. All I recall from that day is me staring at your blue eyes while sipping a cup of hot chocolate few hours later. 

Do you remember the days we spent together from dawn till dusk? Do you remember the long walks we had together? And what about the photos you took of me while I wasn’t aware? Did you keep them somewhere? 

Do you remember when we were stuck in the elevator for two hours?I was very scared… You hugged me tightly and comforted me with your sweet talk… At that moment I was not scared anymore… And when you stopped talking I wasn’t able to tell whether you were tired or whether you had the same thoughts that were running in my mind… 

Were we just friends? 

Sometimes I regretted my silence, other times I accused yours. anyway, this won’t make a difference now. I know that when a moment goes, it won’t return again. 

And now in 2007, we meet again, and in the most unexpected ways. 

I know from the look in your eyes that something is not right. You talk to me about your family, your career and your dog. You show me pictures of the three of you smiling in one of your yearly vacations in exotic places.But I can see it.

You are not happy, and you jeep asking yourself “what if,,,”. And I would be lying to you if I denied that I ask myself the same question. But I know for sure that God sent me here tonight for something else, I am here to bring you back home one and for all. 

Tonight we’ll have dinner together, we’ll dance on the tunes of our favorite song, and we’ll hold each other close for the last time.Tonight we’ll talk like we never did before. You’ll tell me your darkest secrets and I will tell you mine.And together we will celebrate the anniversary of a love that was never meant to be. 

Cairo

24-7-2007

Mesk El Leil

These days I can’t help but falling in love with Mesk El Leil by Souad Massi. The music is sooo captivating. And akhiran I found the lyrics kaman! (thanks to Hallelujah)…  So beautiful. And بحق و حقيق ,, I really miss Mesk El Leil (Honeysuckle). Its smell is beautiful. It reminds me with nights with the family at el sa7el, and sometimes I smell it in El Azhar park. Just listening to the song made me long for it…

In this season of this constantly changing weather

In this season of withering leaves

When the earth is heavy with the scent of rain

my eyes fills with tears and i think of you

i miss everything; i miss you and it hurts

and i miss the scent of mesck el lil too

in this season when the sun disappears

when the birds leave their nests

when the earth is heavy with the scent of rain

i miss everything; i miss you and it hurts

and i miss the scent of misck el leil too

i miss the streets of my childhood known by heart

and i even miss those people who hurt me

i miss everything; i miss you and it hurts

and i miss the scent of misck el elil too

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فى هذا الوقت كل حال يتبدل

فى هذا الوقت كل أوراق الاشجار تبدأ تدبل

و ريحة تراب كتصب شتا

دمعة فى عينى تلعب

تفكرك انت

فى هذاى الوقت اللى تغيب الشمس و ما تزيد تبان

فى هذا الوقت كل الطيور تهاجر الأغصان

و ريحة تراب كتصب شتا

يبنللى طريقى طويل لا بيك انت

و اتوحشت و اتوحشت و اتوحشتك

و اتوحشت ريحات مسك الليل

اتوحشت الطرقان اللى حفظونى

اتوحشت حتى اللى يكرهونى

و ريحة تراب كتصب شتا

يباننلى طريقى طويل و لا بيك انت

و اتوحشت و اتوحشت و اتوحشتك

و اتوحشت ريحات مسك الليل

 

Aho dah elli sar

Yaah!!! Fakriin dih??

أهو دا اللي صار و أدي اللي كان
مالكش حق مالكش حق تلوم عليا
تلوم عليا ازاي يا سيدنا
و خير بلادنا ماهوش في ادنا
قولي عن أشيا تفدنا و بعدها بقى لوم عليا
مصر يا أم العجايب شعبك أصيل و الخصل عايب
خلي بالك مالحبايب دول أنصار القضية
بدال ما يشمت فينا حاسد
إيدك في إيدي نقوم نجاهد
و احنا نبقى الكل واحد
و الأيادي تكون قوي

I remembered only the one by Aly El Haggar, what I didn’t know is that Fairouz sang it, and that it is originally composed by SAYED DARWISH! This man is just brilliant. His works are immortal! Who could have imagined that words written almost a century ago about Egypt would be still popular! He is amazing…. (Thanks to Mawawil for the info)

I remembered it after listening to Ehaab, i found that he sings it (here) , it’s lovely!

Salwa Hegazi,,, the forgotten butterfly

افتحوا عيونكم و أنوفكم
افتحوا قلوبكم … و في صمت
تنشقوا هذا الهواء… و هذا العبير
و انتشوا دون ما حاجة إلى خمر أو حماقات
و في كل خطوة تخطونها
سوف تحملون إلى عالم من الجمال

I have always heard about Salwa Hegazy, and the tragic end of her life. But few days ago I discovered her exceptional poetry. It is so lovely, you can not imagine to what extent I was impressed! I read parts of it in Arabic (she wrote it in french, and then it was translated to arabic by great poets like Saleh Gawdat,,) ,, hopefully I will find the original french poems.. Here are parts I found, (I didn’t find any internet resources, except for a blog ( http://salwahegazy.blogspot.com/).. if anyone has more, plz be my guest 🙂

Ce cœur que j’ai tenu longtemps
Ne tiend plus ses serments
Il me promet d’être sage
Puis se révolte comme un enfant

Je l’entends gémir
Et menacer de mourir
Si j’étouffe sa voix
Comme je le fais chaque fois

Mon cœur, je te comprends
Moi-même j’étouffe, et maintenant
Je ne pourrai vivre longtemps
Comme je l’ai fait jusqu’à présent

كان قلبي في الهوى طوع يدي
ان تهامست اليه ، يهتدي
ماله اليوم عصي ؟ ماله
خان ميثاقي و جافى موعدي ؟
طالما عاهدني ان يتقي
قسوة الحب و ظلم الحسد
ماله يمشي الى اهوائه
مشية الطفل الشقي الامرد

ايها القلب الذي ضقت بكبتي و اصطبارك
انني اسمع اهاتك حرس في قراراك
لا تهددني على صبري و صمتي بانتحارك
لا تهددني.. و لا تنفذ لضعفي باقتدارك
انا لا ادري الى اين اسير ؟
و لماذا ارتضي عيش الاسير ؟

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شجرة المشمش
لقد رأيتك يا شجرة المشمش العجوزة متجردة من أوراقك و زهورك و ثمارك و عطرك حينما هب عليك الخريف بالعواصف الهوجاء. و لكني رأيتك راسية راسخة في غير يأس, و أنت تعلمين أن الربيع لا بد أن يأتي.

This one is my favorite:

دعني في حالي
إني أود أن أصلي
لكي تكون لدي الشجاعة
حتى لا أعود أراك
لا في هذا المساء
و لا في أي وقت ..

إلى زمن جميل مضى….. و إلى زمن أجمل يأت

I forgot to mention that during the previous weekend, me and nerro went to the Glass Art, Sculpture and Egyptian Paste museum. It was a very nice place. A fresh breeze in hectic Cairo. As nerro said, the exhibition was amazing, khosara that they didn’t take care of the dust especially in the areas of the “beautiful” jewelry. Thanks nerro for coming, I had lots of fun 🙂

Here are some photos I took, the rest is on flickr.

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On another note

I heard about this book from Camel, and fortunately I found it at el kotob khan. It’s called عصر سلاطين المماليك by Kassem Abdo Kassem. I have just read few pages of it, but I wanted to share a paragraph with you. First of all, let’s check the dedication:
إلى زمن جميل مضى….. و إلى زمن أجمل يأتي
To a beautiful time that has passed …. and to a more beautiful time that’s coming
what a phrase! It describs a deep sense of love of history and a hope for a better future.

على الرغم من أن دولة سلاطين المماليك (648 \ 922 ه – 1250 \ 1517 م) ورثت ممتلكات دولة الأيوبين و مسئولياتها السياسية و العسكرية, فإن المتأمل في تاريخ الدولتين يشعر بحق أنهما جاءتا استجابة سياسية \ عسكرية لظروف العالم الإسلامي عامة, و المنطقة العربية منه خاصة, في فترة حرجة من ااتاريخ الطويل للحضارة العربية الإسلاميةز و من المثير حقا أن دولة الأيوبين انتهت – و قامت على أنقاضها دولة المماليك- لنفس السبب الذي أدى إلى قيامها على يد صلاح الدين الأيوبي؛ أي مسئولية التصدي لأعداء الأمة الذين احتلوا القدس و أجزاء من فلسطين و بلاد الشام و باتوا يهددون بقية المنطقة العربية. فقد فشل الأيوبيون الأواخر استكمال الدور التاريخي الذي أفرز دولتهم, و بدلا من اهتمامهم بالجهاد ضد العدو الفرنجي, وجهوا طاقاتهم و قدراتهم السياسية و العسكرية للاقتتال فيما بينهم, بل و وصل الأمر ببعضهم إلى درجة الاستعانة بالفرنج ضد البعض الآخر. و بسبب حال التشرذم السياسي و التناحر العسكري فيما بين ملوك الأيوبين الصغار تراجع دورهم التاريخي أمام دور المماليك الذين رباهم الأيوبيون ليكونوا عدتهم العسكرية ضد بعضهم البعض.

This was the first paragraph of the first page of the book. Very simple words. Not academic at all. Very easy arabic. it also gave me plausible information and drew me to know more about this crucial period of our history.
I won’t repeat the same phrase that history repeats itself, but definitely there are many lessons to be learnt from the rise and fall of the previous states, because at the end these events affected our modern lifestyle and our current political, cultural and economic thought in ways that we can not beleive, we took these things for granted without questioning from where they were originated or for what reason. Maybe now is a good time to analyze why this period we are living in has started and why did it continue…

That’s why we need to know our history, and not leave it to the school’s textbooks, because I am the only person responsible for educating myself….

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I miss Shania Twain’s songs. Unfortunately I don’t have her songs on MP3 😦 … Seems like I will have to rebuild my collection.

’cause I’m keeping u forever and for always, we will be together all of our days,,, wanna wake up every morning to ur sweet face,,, always,, 

If you’re not in it for life,If you’re not in it for love baby, I’m outta here!

man, I’m feeling like a woman,,, nanananananaaaa 

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