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Talakik
(Looking for Excuses)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the hit song "Talakik", which was sung by shaabi artist Hakim. Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

Hakim is known worldwide as a superstar of Egypt's musical genre known as shaabi. He used modern instruments such as bass guitar and keyboard to bring an updated sound to the traditional music, and added a beat that proved to be a hit on dance floors in the discos.

As a child in the town Maghagha, Hakim formed his own band and played shaabi hits made popular in the past by Ahmed Adawiyya and others. His father, the mayor of the town, pressured him to attend the University of el-Azhar in Cairo, in hopes Hakim would follow a professional career path instead of music. However, once in Cairo, Hakim made contact with the musicians of the Cairo cafes and received organic musical training.

Following graduation, he returned to his musical path. He formed a band back in Maghagha, which quickly became popular around the province of Minya.

Today, Hakim enjoys superstar status, known for his innovative fusion of traditional music with a modern day pop sound. He has won much acclaim, including the prestigious Kora Award in 2000 for the category Best North African Singer.

The word / name "Talakik" means finding reasons or excuses to do a bad thing, such as a boss looking for an unfair excuse to fire someone he doesn't like or a man looking for some little excuse to break up with his girlfriend.

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

Lyrics: Hani El Zokhayar
Music: Nasser Arref

Hakim

 

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Sung by Hakim

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.
Okay, Talakeek. Okay, Talakeek.
   
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you and also to the heart who is melted in you.
Iw haboss lifouaa iw haseeb ilshoaa, iw hakalaim koulli ildounya a'alaik. Iw hakalaim koulli ildounya a'alaik. I will look upward and I will leave my love and I will talk to the entire world about you. And I will talk to the entire world about you.
Okay, Talakeek. Okay, Talakeek.
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you and also to the heart who is melted in you.
Iw haboss lifouaa iw haseeb ilshoaa, iw hakalaim koulli ildounya a'alaik. Iw hakalaim koulli ildounya a'alaik. I will look upward and I will leave my love and I will talk to the entire world about you. And I will talk to the entire world about you.
   
Ya imma it-hibini, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibini, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibini, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibini. Either you love me.
   
Wa ahsanlak, wa ahsanli tiji itkoun li shareek. Ahou kidda yalla. It is better for you and for me that you come and be my partner. This is the way it goes.
Okay, Talakeek. Okay, Talakeek.
   
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you and also to the heart who is melted in you.
Iw haboss lifouaa iw haseeb ilshoaa, iw hakalaim ildounya a'alaik. I will look upward and I will leave my love and I will talk to the entire world about you.
   
Ya gameel aalbi inkawa, wedab minni if-hawak. Ya imma ina'eish sawa ya imma amoot maa'aak. O' beautiful one. My heart was ironed and melted in your love. Either we live together or I die with you.
Ya gameel aalbi inkawa, wedab minni if-hawak. Ya imma ina'eish sawa ya imma amoot maa'aak. O' beautiful one. My heart was ironed and melted in your love. Either we live together or I die with you.
   
Ana baa'dak liyaa meen, aah, ana dayeb imnil haneen. Whom I have after you, aah, I am already melted from the longing.
Ana baa'dak liyaa meen, liyaa meen, ana dayeb imnil haneen. Whom I have after you, whom I have after you, I am already melted from the longing.
Ikhtaar rihlate wisaadak, iw oulli eih yirdheek. Choose your destiny trip and tell me what satisfies you.
Ana baa'dak liyaa meen, liyaa meen, ana dayeb imnil haneen. Whom I have after you, whom I have after you, I am already melted from the longing.
Ana baa'dak liyaa meen, liyaa meen, ana dayeb imnil haneen. Whom I have after you, whom I have after you, I am already melted from the longing.
Ikhtaar rihlate wisaadak, iw oulli eih yirdheek. Choose your destiny trip and tell me what satisfies you.
Ana baa'dak liyaa meen, ana dayeb imnil haneen. Whom I have after you, I am already melted from the longing.
   
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni. Either you love me.
   
Wa ahsanlak, wa ahsanli tiji itkoun liya shareek.
Ahou kidda yalla.
It is better for you and for me that you come and be my partner. This is the way it goes.
Okay, Talakik. Okay, Talakik.
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you and to the heart who is melted in you.
Wa ahsanlak, wa ahsanli tiji itkoun li shareek.
Ahou kidda yalla.
It is better for you and for me that you come and be my partner. This is the way it goes.
Okay, Talakik. Okay, Talakik.
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you and to the heart who is melted in you.
Iw haboss lifouaa iw haseeb ilshoaa, iw hakalaim ildounya a'alaik. I will look upward and I will leave my love and I will talk to the entire world about you.
   
Izzay aba'ad ana wilshoaa beygibni leek. How I can be far away and the love you bring me back.
Warak laou meet sanah, lateih lat-hana beek. I am after you even for one hundred years until I get lost just to enjoy you.
Izzay aba'ad ana wilshoaa beygibni leek. How I can be far away and the love you bring me back.
Warak laou meet sanah, lateih lat-hana beek. I am after you even for one hundred years until I get lost just to enjoy you.
   
Wana a'azaib roohi laih. Aah. Ana aalbi mafish a'alaih. And why I suffer my soul. Aah. There is nothing against my heart.
Wana a'azaib roohi laih, laih. Ana aalbi mafish a'alaih. And why I suffer my soul. Why? There is nothing against my heart.
Bilaakher a'ayez aoulaak, dana raami aalbi a'alaik. At the end, I want to tell you that I am throwing my heart at you.
Wana a'azaib roohi laih. Ana aalbi mafish a'alaih. And why I suffer my soul. There is nothing against my heart.
Bilaakher a'ayez aoulaak, dana raami aalbi a'alaik. At the end, I want to tell you that I am throwing my heart at you.
   
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni, Either you love me,
Ya imma it-hibinni. Either you love me.
   
Wa ahsanlak, wa ahsanli tiji itkoun liya shareek.
Ahou kiddal yalla.
It is better for you and for me that you come and be my partner. This is the wat it goes.
Okay, Talakik. Okay, Talakik.
   
Hashkeek lia'aiynaik, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek, wilaalbi kaman eldayeb feek. I will complain about you to your eyes and to the heart who is melted in you.
Iw haboss lifouaa iw haseeb ilshoaa, iw hakalaim ildounya a'alaik. I will look upward and I will leave my love and I will talk to the entire world about you.
Beyhibinni, Talakeek, wi-Talakeek, Talakeek, aho kidda, Talakeek He loves me, Talakeek, Talakeek, Talakeek. This is the way it is, Talakeek.
Hibbini, ya imma it-hibbini, ya imma it-hibbini, Talakeek, ya imma it-hibinni, ya imma it-hibbini, beyhibbini. Love me, either you love me, either you love me, Talakeek, or you love me, or you love me, he loves me.

 

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Talakik

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Artist: Hakim
CD Title: Talakik

 

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Translations Of
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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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