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Tool Omri
(All My Life)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the pop song "Tool Omri", which was made popular by Nawal al-Zoughbi. Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

The song title is sometimes spelled as "Toul Omry". The vocalist's name is sometimes spelled as "Nawal Elzoghbi", "Nawal Alzoughbi", "Nawal el-Zoughby" or "Nawal al Zoghbi".

Nawal al-Zoughbi was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Despite the civil war that erupted in Lebanon during her teen-age years, she dreamed of a career as a singer. At first her family was skeptical about her chosen vocation, but once it became clear how serious she was about it, they supported her in pursuing the dream. She released her debut album Wehyat Andak in 1992 upon her return to Lebanon following a 2-year stint working as a singer in the Gulf.

In July 2001 this song was at the top of the Arab charts.

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: Khaled Taj El Deen
Music: Amr Mostafa

Nawal al-Zoughbi

 

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Sung by Nawal al-Zoughbi

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Tool omri bahlam ya-ghaali All my life, I dream, oh precious one.
Inni inta hilmi illayaali That you are the dream of the nights.
Min nazrah ghayyarti haali, iw-aalbi, iw-rouhi dayman maa'aak wallah. From a glance, you changed my life, my heart and my soul is always with you, O' God.
Tool omri bahlam ya-ghaali All my life, I dream, oh precious one.
Inni inta hilmi illayaali That you are the dream of the nights.
Min nazrah ghayyarti haali, iw-aalbi, iw-rouhi dayman maa'aak wallah. From a glance, you changed my life, my heart and my soul is always with you, O' God.
   
Hayati tool ma-ana wayyak, ti-naadi farhi aalbi maa'aak. My life as long as I am with you. It calls for my heart's joy with you.
Wi-a'aini laou baa'd shayfaak, a'ashiaatak wallah min ta-allah. And my eye if saw you ... I loved you, O' God, By God.
   
Tammini khaleik maa'aya, ya-illi intah agmal hikaya. Assure me, be with me. O you the most beautiful story.
Da hawana min ghair nihaya, iw yalla taa'ala ninsa illi ib-aalbak yalla. Our love is endless ... and come along and let us forget your heart, let us.
Tammini khaleik maa'aya, ya-illi intah agmal hikaya. Assure me, be with me. O you the most beautiful story.
Da hawana min ghair nihaya, iw yalla taa'ala ninsa illi ib-aalbak yalla. Our love is endless ... and come along and let us forget your heart, let us.
   
Hayati tool ma-ana wayyak, ti-naadi farhi aalbi maa'aak. My life as long as I am with you. It calls for my heart's joy with you.
Wi-a'aini laou baa'd shayfaak, a'ashiaatak wallah min ta-allah. And my eye if saw you ... I loved you, O' God, By God.
   
La lay la lay la la lay la lay la ... Lalayla lala lay laa La lay la lay la la lay la lay la ... Lalayla lala lay laa
Ounsah. Ounsah.
   
Tool omri bahlam ya-ghaali All my life, I dream, oh precious one.
Inni inta hilmi ill-layaali That you are the dream of the nights.
Min nazrah ghayyarti haali, iw-aalbi, iw-rouhi dayman maa'aak wallah. From a glance, you changed my life, my heart and my soul is always with you, O' God.
   
Hayati tool ma ana wayyaak, ti-nadi farhi aalbi maa'aak. My life as long as I am with you. It calls for my heart's joy with you.
Wi-a'aini laou baa'd shayfaak, a'ashiaatak wallah min ta-allah. And my eye if saw you ... I loved you, O' God, By God.
   
Tool omri bahlam ya-ghaali All my life, I dream, oh precious one.
Inni inta hilmi ill-layaali, illayaali That you are the dream of the nights, the nights.
   
Tammini khaleik maa'aya, maa'aya. Ya-illi intah agmal hikaya, hikaya. Assure me, be with me, be with me. O you the most beautiful story, story.
   
Tool omri bahlam ya-ghaali All my life, I dream, oh precious one.
Inni inta hilmi ill-layaali That you are the dream of the nights.
Min nazrah ghayyarti haali, iw-aalbi, iw-rouhi dayman maa'aak wallah. From a glance, you changed my life, my heart and my soul is always with you, O' God.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Nawal al-Zoghbi's Greatest Hits

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Artist: Nawal el-Zoghbi
CD Title: Greatest Hits

 

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Translations of
Nawal al-Zoughbi's Songs on This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Nawal al-Zoughbi 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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