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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark

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From Lennie Clark's Web Site:

Linda, Linda
(Linda, Linda)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Linda, Linda", which was sung by Samir al-Tawil. Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

This song was a hit in the Egyptian dance clubs in the late 1970's. The composer, Samir al-Tawil, was an oud player from Damascus. He lived in the U.S. for a time in the late 1960's and early 1970's, then moved to Egypt where he played in clubs and taught music at the University of Cairo. He was a cousin to the late actor, Danny Thomas.

Another artist who recorded this song was Haim Moshe. His version became a huge underground hit in Israel in 1983 in the genre known as Mizrahi music. According to the book Popular Music and National Culture in Israel, it sold 200,000 copies. Although the title and the melody were the same as Samir al-Tawil's original, the lyrics for his version were different. The translation on this page is based on al-Tawil's version.

Lyrics: Samir al-Tawil
Music: Samir al-Tawil

 

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Lyrics

Note from Lennie Clark: Linda writes that this is an old transliteration / transliteration and is spotty in places. She believes that in the last line, where it says, "They are so sweet", that is a polite way of saying "You are so sweet".

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Linda, Linda, ya Linda! Linda, Linda, oh Linda!
Linda Linda ya hayatii Linda, Linda oh my life
Linda, Linda, ya Linda! Linda, Linda, oh Linda!
Linda, Linda, el nour eini Linda, Linda, the light of my eye
Ana bahebbik essali albik I am in love with you, ask your heart
Huwa biaulik ya linda It will tell you, oh Linda
   
Linda, Linda, ya Linda! Linda, Linda, oh Linda!
Linda Linda ya hayatii Linda, Linda oh my life
Linda, Linda, ya Linda! Linda, Linda, oh Linda!
Linda, Linda, el nour eini Linda, Linda, the light of my eye
   
Esmaay minne auli labuukii Listen to me and tell your father
Winma ridesh auli laghuukii To give me your hand, tell your brother
Win allulik had maghanni If he refuses if they told you
Cebeki minnuo wi bedi aanu Leave him alone and stay away from him
Shuu baaullon shu baamilluun What can I say to them, what can I do
Killoon hilween ya Linda They are so sweet O Linda
Bas fi essa nnass allha. There is a rumor about you.
Anny annik ya ma hakulha. They talk too much.
Min i Sham fa Halab From Syria to Halab [Halab is a city in Syria]
Illa Lubnaan yaba yaba To Lebanon yaba yaba [yaba is just a musical expression]
Shu baalon shu baamilluun What can I say to them, what can I do?
Killoon hilween ya Linda They are so sweet O Linda

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Sirocco Volume 2 CD Cover

 

Artist: Sirocco
Album Title: Sirocco Volume 2

Music for the Hips CD Cover

 

Artist: DJ Nader
CD Title: Music for the Hips

 

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Acknowledgements

About the Person Who Provided the Translation

Linda Grondahl's background is that of a devoted lover of Arabic music and dance. She danced with Amina and the Aswan Dancers for many years. She took Arabic percussion with Mary Ellen Donald, Su Su Pampanin, George Dubai, Vince Deldado, and Tony Lammam. She took Arabic singing from Nicole Ibrahim, Mimi Spencer, Georges Lammam. On the oud, she studied under Nazir Latouf, Mimi Spencer, Abdullah Kdough. She was a member of the Aswat Arab-American Choir under the direction of Elias Lammam. She is now a member of the El Ashaab dance troupe, and Tahneen, the all-girl, all-American Middle eastern music ensemble. They have played for Arab and American events, and for many years at the Rakassah festival.

"I just saved whatever I could get my hands on, for years", writes Linda, "and really don't know why. It was always so dificult to get music, so I just kept on saving."

Linda lives in San Francisco, California. Her favorite color is any shade of purple.

 

About the Source

This article originally appeared on Lennie Clark's web site, "Arabic Song Translations." Lennie created this web site in 2002 as a response to discussion on the Internet regarding incidents of dancers who performed inappropriate sensual dances to religious music. Lennie's web site resided on a free web hosting service known as Geocities.

When the planned October 2009 closure of the Geocities web hosting service was announced, Lennie and Shira agreed to move the contents of Lennie's site to Shira.net. To explore all the articles and song translations that once appeared on Lennie's Geocities site, visit Lennie's portal page here on Shira.net.

Lennie Clark

 

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