The singer is asking his lover this as a rhetorical question, "Could someone forget his own heart?" Because the heart is so important, it is used to represent romance in both English and Arabic. Here, it is a metaphor for his girlfriend; she is his heart. Another rhetorical question is, "Could someone forget his age?" His "age" is literally a number that represents his whole life span, so metaphorically he is calling her his life by asking, "Could anyone forget his own life?"
When the singer asks, "And stay under her command?" he means, "Who else but you could have control of my heart?"
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Mr.Osama el-Gohary is an Egyptian musician and composer who lives in the Houston, Texas area. He plays piano, keyboards, and accordion. He plays traditional Middle Eastern music in a modern style.
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