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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark

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From Lennie Clark's Web Site:

Safir Ya Habibi Wirjaa
(Travel, My Love)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Safir Ya Habibi". Samia (the translator) says that she is not sure who recorded the song, but that it is an old Lebanese folk song.

 

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Lyrics

Note from Lennie Clark: This folk song has a melody that is easy to sing and performs well when accompanied only by a drum.

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation (Literal)

English Translation (Idiomatic)

Verse 1:

Verse 1:

Verse 1:

Safiir ya habiibii wiirjaa
Ma ttawil b'Allah l'gheba
Wedar baaduu atulum
Allah aatalk l'heba
Travel my beloved and return
Do not prolong with God absence
The yard is still sad
God give you pride / dignity.
Travel, my beloved, but return!
With God's help, do not prolong your absence.
The courtyard* is still sad without your presence.
God give you the strength to keep your pride and dignity.
     

Verse 2:

Verse 2:

Verse 2:

Ahlee wrabaaee ya habiibii
Aala hubak aaduunii
Wlouyiskuunii min hadak
Aanak ma yibaaduunii
My family and my tribe O my love
From your love they've cut me off
They make me live away from you
But they can't distance us.
My family and my tribe O my love
From your love they've cut me off
They make me live away from you
But they can't distance us.

* Most of the family life takes place in the courtyard, around which the house is built.

 

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Acknowledgements

About the Translator

This translation was done by Samia Kadri of Tempe, Arizona. Samia's family came to the United States from Lebanon when she was seven years old. They have a wonderful bead store in Tempe, called Beads Galore.

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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