Showing posts with label Om Kalthoum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Om Kalthoum. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Om Kalthoum - Oh Night of Eid
ام كلثوم - يا ليلة العيد
Ya Leilat el Eid

The song "Ya Laylat al-`Eid" celebrates the end of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of the celebration (Eid means holiday/celebration) that follows. Laylat al-`Eid is the celebration that takes place after sunset on the last day of Ramadan, meaning the last day of fast is finished.

The last verse can be seen as separate from the song since it is a nationalist expression and not related really to the feelings surrounding Eid. It is specific to Egypt in this case, and since this song has spread throughout the Arab world, there are an alternate versions referring for example to the Tigris الدجلة to make the song unique to Iraq. Other verses can also appear in other versions.

The song centers on the concept/feeling of انس (ons), which can translate as "delight" or "togetherness" or "a friendly atmosphere." It is exactly the feeling that one gets when all the family and friends gather to celebrate a holiday or maybe a wedding. We don't have an exact word for this in English though certainly the feeling exists. Thus, the general sentiment of the song is one of togetherness and joy.

Oum Kalsoum - Oh Night of Eid

Oh (Night of) Eid, you've delighted us and renewed our hope

Oh Eid, your (crescent) moon has appeared before our eyes
It filled us with happiness and we sang
And we said that happiness/fortune will come to us
Upon your arrival, oh Night of Eid

You've brought all the close friends back together
And the cup has passed among the companions (here nudaman should be a plural of nadim "drinking companion" or "close friend")
And the birds are singing in the trees to greet the dawn
Oh Night of Eid

As my beloved's ship sails, my soul travels on the wind
Tell him, my dear (literally, my pretty), it's early
Sleep is forbidden (haram) on the Night of Eid

Oh Nile, your waters are sweet
You spread light throughout the fields
May you live long and prosper, oh Nile
And enjoy many Nights of Eid

ام كلثوم - يا ليلة العيد

يا ليلة العيد أنستينا
و جددت الأمل فينا
يا ليلة العيد
هلالك هل لعينينا
فرحنا له وغنينا
و قلنا السعد حا يجينا
على قدومك يا ليلة العيد

جمعتي الأنس ع الخلان
ودار الكأس ع الندمان
وغنى الطير على الأغصان
يحيي الفجر ليلة العيد

حبيبي مركبه تجرى
وروحي بالنسيم تسرى
قولوا له يا جميل بدري
حرام النوم في ليلة العيد

يا نيلنا ميتك سكر
و زرعك في الغيطان نور
تعيش يا نيل و نتهنا
و نحيي لك ليالي العيد

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Oum Kalsoum - All My Love
أم كلثوم - الحب كله
El Hob Kollo

Updated media and translation

Umm Kalthoum - All the Love

All the love I loved was yours
All my love
And all my time I lived for you
All my time

Darling tell the world with me
And tell every heart that's ever beaten
Oh world, my love
This life is nothing but love

Water me and fill me
And water me again
Water me again with your love
From you
From the light of my time
Water me, you who since the day I met you
I felt as if I was born again

Oh Soul of my heart, life of my days
Oh soul of my heart
Oh darling angel of my dreams
Oh soul of my heart
What was I before I saw you?
What was I?
And why was I even living, my darling?
I walked the road of my life, before you, in an endless night
No heart beside me to feel me, nor any beautiful specter
And when I saw you
The first time I saw you
I found myself drawn to you with all the desire in the world
And with all the love of the world I went to you and ran to you
I called I called on the world herself

The thirsty love thirsts in my heart calling for you
I get insomnia if I'm the least bit worried about you
You're the most beautiful of the angels (rough translation)
You are my soul and all my years and light of my life
My life, what am I to you
My love, I was born for you, solely for you
For you
And my heart lived on the touch of your affection
Solely your affection
Your affection
The days are beautiful
The dreams are beautiful
My life is beautiful
Oh so beautiful
Beautiful and fleeting
Beautiful my life
Oh the time
Oh long nights with beautiful dreams... with you
Oh the time
Oh nights that pass killing my hopes and leaving us ashes
What's in it if you forget two in love?
In love and living

Oh darling oh aroma of desire
My destiny from my nights of desire
What is this poetry you have in your eyes that made the most beautiful words jealous
What is the scent of this perfume of your hands
From the spring in your lips
From the nights in your eyes
From the flames in your cheeks
From the tenderness in your hand
My soul got lost on this journey and I was lost with it
Protect me from the sands of time, protect me
And hide me far from the prying eyes
About the great joy
My fear is that he won't take it nor will he leave me
My fear is that this great happiness will be taken from me

أم كلثوم - الحب كله

الحب كله حبيته فيك
الحب كله
وزماني كله انا عشتوا ليك
زماني كله
حبيبي قول للدنيا معايا
ولكل قلب بدقته حس
يا دنيا حبي وحبي وحبي
ده العمر هو الحب وبس
واسقيني واملئ
واسقيني تاني
اسقيني تاني من الحب
من نور زماني
اسقيني ياللي من يوم ما شفتك
حسيت كأني اتخلقت تاني

روح قلبي يا حياة ايامي
يا روح قلبي
يا حبيبي يا ملاك احلامي احلامي
يا روح قلبي
انا كنت ايه قبل ما اشوفك
انا كنت ايه
وكنت عايش يا حبيبي ايامي ليه
ايامي ليه
طريق حياتي مشيته قبلك في ليل طويل
لا قلب جمبي يحس بيا ولا طيف جميل
ولما شفتك اول ما شفتك بكل شوق الدنيا لقيتني
مشدود اليك
وفي كل حب الدنيا انا جيتك وجريت عليك
ناديت ناديت عالدنيا فحالها
والكل قلبي بدقته حس
يا دنيا حبي وحبي وحبي
ده العمر هو الحب وبس

الهوى العطشان عطشان في قلبي بينده لك
يا ارق من النسمة واجمل من ملاك
انت روحي وكل عمري ونور حياتي
يا حياتي ايه انا بالنسبه لك
حبيبي ده انا مخلوق علشانك يا دوب علشانك
علشانك انت
وقلبي قلبي عاش على لمس حنانك يا دوب حنانك
حنانك انت
حلوة الايام حلوة
حلوة الأحلام حلوة
حلوة حياتي
حلوة يا سلام
حلوة بتمر قوام
حلوة ويا حياتي
يا زمان يا زمان يا زمان
يا ليالي طويلة احلامها جميلة .... معاك
يا زمان يا زمان يا زمان
ياليالي بتجري بتقتل اماني وتفوتنا رماد
فيها ايه لو تنسى اثنين في الحب
دايبين عايشين
عايشين نقول للدنيا بحالها
والكل قلبي بدقته حس
يا دنيا حبي وحبي وحبي
ده العمر هوه الحب وبس

يا حبيبي يا عبير الشوق يا حبيبي
يا نصيبي من ليالي الشوق يا حبيبي
شعر ايه ده الكلام اللي ف عنيك
خلا احلى كلام يغير
عطر ايه ده العبير اللي ف ايديك
بيقول ايديك هيا العبير
من الربيع اللي ف شفايفك
من الليالي اللي ف عنيك
من اللهيب اللي ف خدودك
من الحنان اللي ف ايديك
رحلة تاهت روحي فيها وتهت فيها
خبيني من الزمن خبيني
وبعيد عن عيونه داريني
عالفرحه الكبيره خوفي لا ياخدها ولا يخليني
خلينا نقول للدنيا فحالها
ولكل قلبي بدقته حس
يا دنيا حبي وحبي وحبي
ده العمر هوه الحب وبس

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Oum Kalthoum - The Ruins
أم كلثوم - الأطلال
El Atlal
Les Ruines

By my calculations this is the site's 600th translation. Oum Kalthoum's "El Atlal (The Ruins)" is a real classic and is considered a high point of Arabic music. The only song ever written by the legendary Ibrahim Nagi, it is one of the most complicated and esoteric works of modern Arabic music and poetry. This is the only English translation I have ever seen of the song, so if you want to post it somewhere please cite my website with a link.

In order to achieve a successful translation I have enlisted the help of the French translation below by Samir Megally and my roommate Albane to help me interpret that. If you want to see the whole performance you can find it in partitions on Youtube cuz it is really long.

Om Kalthoum - The Ruins

My heart, don't ask where the love has gone
It was a citadel of my imagination that has collapsed
Pour me a drink and let us drink of its ruins
And tell the story on my behalf as long as the tears flow
Tell how that love became past news
And became another story of passion
I haven't forgotten you
And you seduced me with a sweetly-calling and tender tongue
And a hand extending towards me like a hand stretched out through the waves to a drowning person
You seduced me with the saliva (of a kiss) that a night traveler thirsts for
But where is that light in your eyes?
My darling, I visited your nest one day as a bird of desire singing my pain
You've become self-important, spoiled and capricious
And you inflict harm like a powerful tyrant
And my longing for you cauterized my ribs (soul or insides)
And the waiting was like embers in my blood
Give me my freedom, release my hands
Indeed, I've given you yours and did not try to retain anything
Ah, your chains have bloodied my wrists
I haven't kept then nor have they spared me
Why do I keep promises that you do not honor?
When will this captivity end, when the world is before us?
He is far away, my enchanting love
Full of pride, majesty and delicacy
Sure-footed walking like an angel with oppressive beauty and rapacious glory
Redolent of charm like the breeze of the hills
Pleasant to experience like the night's dreams
I've lost forever the charm of your company that radiated brilliantly
I, wandering in love, a bewildered butterfly, approached you
And between us, desire was a messenger and drinking companion that presented the cup to us
Had love seen two as intoxicated as us?
So much hope we had built up around us
And we walked in the moonlit path, joy skipping along ahead of us
And we laughed like two children together
And we ran and raced our shadows
And we became aware after the euphoria and woke up
If only we did not awaken
Wakefulness ruined the dreams of slumber
The night came and the night became my only friend
And then the light was an omen of the sunrise and the dawn was towering over like a conflagration
And then the world was as we know it, with each lover in their own path
Oh sleepless one who slumbers and remembers the promise when you wake up
Know that if a wound begins to recover another wound crops up with the memory
So learn to forget and learn to erase it
My darling everything is fated
It is not by our hands that we make our misfortune
Perhaps one day our fates will cross when our desire to meet is strong enough
For if one friend denies the other and we meet as strangers
And if each of us follows his or her own way
Don't say it was by our own will
But rather, the will of fate

Oum Kalthoum - Les Ruines

Ne cherche pas, mon ame, a savoir qu'est devenu l'amour
C'etait une citadelle imaginaire qui s'est effondree
Abreuve-moi et trinquons a ses ruines
Conte en mon nom l'histoire
Maintenant que mes larmes ont coule
Racont comment cet amour s'est transforme en passe et pourquoi il m'est devenu un sujet de douleur
Je ne parviens pas a t'oublier
Toi qui m'avais seduite par tes discours si doux et raffines
Tendant ta main vers moi
Comme celle que l'on tend
Par dessus l'onde, a celui qui se noie
Et comme la lumiere que recherche un errant
Mais ou est donc passe cet eclat dans tes yeux
Mon amour, j'avais eu un jour la joie de visiter ton nid
Me voici aujourd'hui oiseau solitaire, roucoulant ma douleur
Tu es devenu suffisant comme un etre capricieux et gate
Tu pratiques l'injustice comme un puissant tyranique
Mon desir de toi me brule l'ame et le temps de ton absence n'est que braises cuisantes

Donne-moi ma liberte et brise mes chaines
Je t'ai tout donne; il ne me reste plus rien
Ah! tu m'avais saigne les poignets par tes chaines
pourquoi les garderai-je alors qu'elles n'ont plus d'effet sur moi
Pourquoi croire a des promesses que tu n'as pas tenues
Je n'accepte plus ta prison
Maintenant que le Monde est a moi
Il est loin mon bien-aime seduisant, tout de fierte, de majeste, et de pudeur
Si sur de lui, comme un roi de beaute et avide de gloire
Exhalant le charme, comme la brise des vallees, agreable a vivre comme les songes de la nuit
J'ai perdu a jamais ta douce compagnie dont le charme rayonnait de splendeur pour moi
Je n'etais qu'un amour a la derive, un papillon perdu qui s'etait approche de toi
Entre nous, la passion etait notre messager et l'ami qui avait fait deborder notre coupe
Y a-t-il jamais eu plus enivres d'amour que nous?
Nous nous etions entoures de tant d'espoir
Nous avions emprunte un chemin eclaire precedes que nous etions par la joie
Nous avons ri comme seuls deux enfants savent le faire et nous avons couru encore plus vite que notre ombre
C'est quand l'ivresse nous quitta que la lucidite revint et que nous nous sommes reveilles
Mai le reveil fut sans illusion
Finis les reves d'un monde imagine, voici venir la nuit, ma seule compagne

Et puis voici la lumiere qui annonce le jour et l'aube dont le ciel s'embrase
Voila la vie reelle, telle que nous la connaissons, avec ces amants qui reprennent chacun son chemin
Toi qui veilles en oubliant les promesses, et te reveilles en t'en souvenant
Sache que lorsqu'une blessure se referme, le souvenir en fait saigner une autre
Il faut apprendre a oublier
Il faut apprendre a effacer les souvenirs
Mon bien-aime, tout est fatalite
Ce n'est pas nous qui faisons notre malheur

Un jour peut-etre nos destins se croiseront, lorsque notre desir de nous rencontrer sera assez fort
S'il arrive alors qu'un de nous renie son amant et que notre rencontre soit celle de deux etrangers
Et si chacun de nous poursuit un chemin different, ne crois pas qu'il s'agira alors de notre choix mais plutot de celui du destin

ام كلثوم - الأطلال

يا فؤادي لا تسل أين الهوى كان صرحا من خيال فهوى
اسقني واشرب على أطلاله واروعني طالما الدمع روى
كيف ذاك الحب أمسى خبرا وحديثا من أحاديث الهوى
لست أنساك وقد أغريتني بفم عذب المنادة رقيق ويد
تمد نحوي كيد من خلال الموج مدت لغريق وبريق يظمأ
الساري له أين في عينيك نياك البريق ياحبيبا زرت يوما
أيكه طائر الشوق أغنى ألمي لك إبطاء المذل المنعم وتجني
القادر المحتكم و حنيني لك يكوي أضلعي والتواني جمرات
في دمي أعطني حريتي أطلق يدي ا إنني أعطيتك ما استبقيت
شيئا آه من قيدك أدمى معصمي لم أبقيه وما أبقى عليا
ما احتفاظي بعهود لم تصنها وإلام الأسر والدنيا لد يا أين من
عيني حبيب ساحر فيه عز وجلال وحياء واثق الخطوة يمشي
ملكا ظالم الحسن شهي الكبرياء عبق السحر كأنفاس الربى
ساهم الطرف كأحلام المساء أين مني مجلس أنت به فتنتة تمت
سناء وسنى وأنا حب و قلب هائم وفراش حائر منك دنا ومن
الشوق رسول بيننا ونديم قدم الكاس لنا هل رأى الحب سكارى
مثلنا كم بنينا من خيال حولنا ومشينا في طريق مقمر تثب
الفرحة فبه قلبنا وضحكنا ضحك طفلين معا وعدونا فسبقنا ظلنا
وانتبهنا بعد ما زال الرحيق وأفقنا ليت أنا لانفبق يقظة
طاحت بأحلام الكرى وتولى الليل والليل صديق وإذا النور
نذير طالع وإذا الفجر مطال كالحريق وإذا الدنيا كما تعرفها
وإذ ا الأحباب كل فب طريق أيها الساهر تغفو تذكر العهد
وتصحو وإذا ما الأم جرح جد بالتذكار جرح فتعلم كيف
تنيى وتعلم كيف تمحو يا حبيبي كل شيء بقضاء ما بأيدينا
خلقنا تعساء ربما تجمعنا أقدارنا ذات يوم بعدما عز اللقاء فإذا
انكر خل خله وتلاقينا لقاء الغرباء ومضى كل إلى غايته لاتقل
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