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Aman Aman!
(Yippee! Yippee!)

 

"Aman!" is an expression of joy in Armenian. It is also the title of a lively song which has been popular with many belly dancers. Here is the English-language translation of the lyrics, courtesy of Harry Saroyan, one of the lyricists.

Lyrics: John Kassapian & Harry Saroyan
Music: John Kassapian

 

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Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song

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Sung by Harry Saroyan

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Lyrics

The word "Aman", which appears in the lyrics of this song, is simply an exclamation of joy and does not have an exact counterpart in English.

Chorus:

La lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, aman!
La lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, la lai la lai la.
La lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, aman!
La lai la lai la, la lai la lai la, la lai la lai la.

Verse 1:

This evening my love is coming to our house,
She gives a loving fire to my heart,
My gaping soul cannot endure waiting for her,
I'm waiting for my love to come and dance for me.
Aman aman in this world, there's no one sweet like you,
Aman aman in this world, dance for me sweet love.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 2:

Dance my love, don't be shy, dance for me,
Let me be the sacrifice of your dark eyes, sweet love,
Let me drink my wine and sing for you forever,
With songs I'll tell you how much you mean, sweet love.
Aman aman in this world, there's no one sweet like you,
Aman aman in this world, dance for me sweet love, dance for me.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Saroyan Sings an Oriental Bouquet Album Cover

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Listen to Clip

Artist: Harry Saroyan
CD Title: Saroyan Sings an Oriental Bouquet

 

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About the Translator

Many thanks to my late friend, Harry Saroyan, for providing this translation to this web site! Harry, the founder of Saroyan Mastercrafts, Inc., was a master craftsman who made finger cymbals and costume coins. In addition, he was a popular recording artist.

With his popularity and expertise in the belly dance communities, he was continually invited to perform music and be the Master of Ceremonies for events, as well as judge belly dance competitions. Harry's love, devotion and contributions to Middle Eastern arts made him very popular with belly dancers worldwide who have enjoyed his finger cymbals, coins, and music.

Harry passed away September 27, 2016. However, as long as dancers continue using his music and playing the finger cymbals he designed, he'll remain a treasured part of our dance community. Rest in peace, Harry.

Photo of Harry Saroyan

 

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