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Lamma B-Shoufak Albi Byouqaa'
(When I See You, My Heart Falls Down)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Lamma B-Shoufak Qalbi Byouqaa'", which was made popular by by the Lebanese vocalist Pascale Machaalani. Her name is sometimes also spelled as "Bascaal Misha'alani" or "Pascaal Misha'alaani". The song title appears as "Lama Bshoufak" on her "best of" album. Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

 

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Sung by Pascale Machaalani

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Lamma bshoufak, qalbi byouqaa’ byouqaa’ minnay. When I see you, my heart falls down, falls from me.
Soutak, soutak lamma btihki biy-Janninnay Your voice, your voice when you talk, drives me out of my mind
Lamma bshoufak, qalbi byouqaa’ byouqaa’ minnay. When I see you, my heart falls down, falls from me.
Soutak, soutak lamma btihki biy-Janninnay Your voice, your voice when you talk, drives me out of my mind
   
W bseer bdoub, eh bdoub, bdoub And I melt, melt, melt
W a’akel ma a’inday. And become brainless.
Mnoub, mnoub. Finished, finished.
Byikfi dalaa’ qalbi, dakheilak la- tjanninni. It is enough to indulge my heart; I beg you, do not drive me crazy.
   
Lamma bshoufak, bshoufak, qalbi byouqaa’, byouqaa’ minni, minnay. When I see you, I see you, my heart falls down, falls from me, from me.
Soutak, soutak, Your voice, your voice,
Inteh lamma btihki biy-janninni. You, when you talk, you drive me out of my mind
   
Lamma btidh-hak, byadhhakou a’younak, ya abou ahla a’youn. When you laugh, your eyes laugh. You the one with the most beautiful eyes!
Inta haleem, wbitseer bjnounak yabo qalb hanoun, You are patient and I become crazy “You with compassionate heart”
Lamma btidh-hak, byadhhakou a’younak, ya abou ahla a’youn. When you laugh, your eyes laugh. You the one with the most beautiful eyes!
Inta haleem, wbitseer bjnounak yabo qalb hanoun, You are patient and I become crazy “You with compassionate heart”
   
Wbseer bdoub, eh bdoub, bdoub, w a’akel ma a’indi, And I get melted, ah melted, melted and mindless,
Eh mnoub, mnoub. Nothing, nothing.
Byikfi dalaa’ qalbi, dakheilak la tjanninni. It is enough to spoil my heart, please do not drive me out of my mind.
   
Lamma bshoufak, bshoufak, qalbi byouqaa’, byouqaa’ minnay. When I see you, see you, my heart falls, falls, falls down, falls from me.
Soutak, soutak, inteh lamma btihki biy-janninni Your voice, your voice; you, when you talk, drive me out of my mind.
   
Byikfi dalaa’ qalbi, dakheilak la tjanninni. It is enough to indulge my heart, I beg you do not drive me crazy.
   
Lamma btihki, bismaa’ b-soutak kalaam el-houb. When you talk, I hear through your voice Love’s talks.
W lamma tghanni bifrah w-bghanni la-ahla shaab. And when you sing I get happy and sing to the most beautiful youth.
Lamma btihki, bismaa’ b-soutak kalaam el-houb. When you talk, I hear through your voice Love’s talks.
W lamma tghanni bifrah w-bghanni la-ahla shaab. And when you sing I get happy and sing to the most beautiful youth.
   
Wbseer bdoub, eh bdoub, bdoub, w a’akel ma a’indi, And I get melted, ah melted, melted and mindless,
Eh mnoub, mnoub Nothing, nothing.
Byikfi dalaa’ qalbi, dakheilak la tjanninni. It is enough to spoil my heart, please do not drive me out of my mind.
   
Lamma bshoufak, bshoufak, bshoufak, bshoufak qalbi byouqaa’, byouqaa’, byouqaa’, byouqaa’ minnay. When I see you, see you, see you, see you, my heart falls down, falls down, falls from me, falls from me.
   
Lamma bshoufak, qalbi byouqaa’, byouqaa’ minnay. When I see you, my heart falls down, falls from me.
   
Soutak, inteh, lamma btihki biy-Janninnay. Your voice, you, when you talk drive me out of my mind
Byikfi dalaa’ qalbi, dakheilak la tjanninni. It is enough to indulge my heart, I beg you do not drive me crazy.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Best of Pascale Machaalani

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Artist: Pascale Machaalani
CD Title: Ma Fi Nome

 

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Translations of
Pascale Machaalani's Songs on This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Pascale Machaalani on this web site include:

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About the Translator

More than 100 song translations that appear on this web site, including this one, were created by Dr. Tahseen Alkoudsi. Together with his wife Kathe, Tahseen owned an import business in Lawrence, Kansas known as Cartouche.

Dr. Alkoudsi's imports business was his second career. His first career was in the service of the United Nations. Born in Damascus, Syria, he came to the U.S. for his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics, and worked in San Francisco. He joined the United Nations in Yemen, and worked in Saudi Arabia. He then joined the UNESCO Regonal Office for Arab States. He visited most of the Arab States in the course of his work, responsible for introducing computer sciences into educational facilities. For a time, he was stationed in Cairo, Egypt. He retired from that work in 1995.

Sadly, Tahseen died on Sunday, October 15, 2006. See this link for his obituary.

To me, Tahseen was so much more than a contributor to my web site. Even though we lived far apart, I saw Tahseen and Kathe several times over the years. I always appreciated their warmth and generosity. I first "met" Tahseen online back in 1997 on the med-dance list on the Internet, where he periodically posted messages. I knew he was in Lawrence, Kansas, so when a business trip arose requiring me to travel to the Kansas City area, I emailed him to say I'd be in the neighborhood. He and Kathe came to Kansas City for an evening get-together at Tasso's restaurant, and they invited several local dancers to join us. I saw them on follow-up visits to Kansas City. They vended at Rakkasah for several years, and it was always a pleasure to greet them there in the anteroom off to the left of the main stage. I also enjoyed encountering them in Egypt at the Ahlan wa Sahlan festival.

Tahseen will be missed by many.

Tahseen Alkoudsi

 

 

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