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Talab Eiydi Min Ahli
(We Got Engaged!)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Lebanese wedding song "Talab Eiydi Min Ahli" or "Talab Eidy", 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 music video of this song became very popular in Lebanon in 1999.

Also included on this page 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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Listen to MP3 Clips of this Song

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Sung by Pascale Machaalani

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

W-zalghet ya albi ana sirt makhtoubeh. Zaghret (Shrill) O' heart, Zaghret (Shrill) O' heart, I became engaged...
W-zalghet ya albi ana sirt makhtoubeh. Zaghret (Shrill) O' heart, Zaghret (Shrill) O' heart, I became engaged...
Wshoo shabb, w-wshoo shabb, ajmal shabb mahboubi, saken b-niss el-a'asmeh beirut w-a'indou b-jabal libnaan ahla byout. W-immou shmaaliyeh, w-immou shmaaliyeh, waldou jnoubi What a young guy? My sweetheart is the most beautiful young guy. He lives in the middle of the capital Beirut. He owns the most beautiful houses in the Lebanon mountains and his mother is from the north and his father from the south.
Zalghet ya albi, w-zalghet ya albi, ana sirt makhtoubeh. Zaghret O' Heart? Zaghret O' Heart? I became engaged.
   
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
   
W-elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   
W-shahr el-a'asal ah ya habibi, wlake shahr el-a'asal ya habibi, shahr el-a'asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon, oh my darling will be in Zahleh.
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
   
W-elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   
W-shahr el-a'asal ah ya habibi, wlake shahr el-a'asal ya habibi, shahr el-a'asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon, oh my darling will be in Zahleh.
   
Ma baddi a'irs w-zinaih w-a'al bardawni waddini I don't want wedding decorations and ornaments. Just take me to Birdawni (a popular river in Lebanon).
Ma baddi a'irs w-zinaih w-a'al bardawni waddini I don't want wedding decorations and ornaments. Just take me to Birdawni (a popular river in Lebanon).
   
W-a'arouset elbiqaa' ishbini, haydah a'irs b-yilbaqlay. The Biqaa' bride is my bridesmaid. It is a wedding that just fits me.
W-a'arouset beirut ishbini, aal haydah a'irs b-yilbaqlay. The Beirut bride is my bridesmaid. It is a wedding that just fits me.
   
W-elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   
W-shahr el-a'asal ah ya habibi, wlake shahr el-a'asal ya habibi, shahr el-a'asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon, oh my darling will be in Zahleh.
   
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
   
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   

Shahr el-a’asal ya habibi, shahr el-a’asal ya habibi, shahr el-a’asal bi-zahleh.

The honeymoon O’ my darling, the honeymoon O’ my darling, the honeymoon will be in Zahleh.
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In a'isht w-allah khallani, malli hal-el-dinyeh ghnnani. If I live and God saves me, I will fill the universe with songs.
In a'isht w-allah khallani, malli hal-el-dinyeh ghnnani. If I live and God saves me, I will fill the universe with songs.
   
Wahdouh hobbi libnaani w-ghairouh mish raha istahli. My love is Lebanese and I wouldn't like anything else.
Wlak wahdouh hobbi libnaani w-ghairouh mish raha istahli. My love is Lebanese and I wouldn't like anything else.
   
W-elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   
W-shahr el-a'asal ah ya habibi, wlake shahr el-a'asal ya habibi, shahr el-a'asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon will be in Zahleh.
   
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
Talab Eiydi Min Ahli, Aalet Ta-Fakker A'ala Mahli. He asked my family for my hand (proposed). I wanted to think about it slowly!
   
W-elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
Elkissa maa badda tifkeer, shoo hilweih el-jaazeh bakkeir. The story does not need thinking. How beautiful to get married early in life!
   
W-shahr el-a'asal ah ya habibi, wlake shahr el-a'asal ya habibi, shahr el-a'asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon, oh my darling, the honeymoon, oh my darling will be in Zahleh.
   
Shahr el-a'asal The honeymoon
Shahr el-a’asal bi-zahleh. The honeymoon will be in Zaleh.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Best of Pascale Machaalani

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Listen to Clip

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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