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Walhanaih
(Fascinated)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Arabic song "Walhanaih", which was popularized by the Lebanese singer Najwa Karam. The title is sometimes spelled as "Walhana" or "Walhanah", and her name is often spelled by Egyptians as "Nagwa Karam". Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

Najwa Karam was born February 26, 1966 in Zahle, Lebanon, with three brothers and a sister. Her career was launched in 1985 when she won a gold medal when she participated in the Layali Loubnan television program. Her first hit, which led to her popularity in the Arab world, was Ma Bessmahlak. Her favorite singers are Fairuz, Wadih Al Safi, Oum Kalthoum, and Abdel Halim Hafez.

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

Najwa Karam

 

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Sung by Nagwa Karam

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Yahai, Walhanai. Yahai, Walhanai. Yahai, fascinated. Yahai, fascinated.
Walhanaih ana beek walhanaih. A'ala hobbak maali nadmanaih. Fascinated. I am in you fascinated. On your love I am not feeling sorry.
Walhanaih ana beek walhanaih. A'ala hobbak maali nadmanaih. Fascinated. I am in you fascinated. On your love I am not feeling sorry.
   
A'ala hobbak, Yahai. On your love, yahai.
A'ala aalbak, Yahai. On your heart, yahai.
A'ala Sihrak, Yah, Yah, Yah, Yah, Yahai. On your magic, yah, yah, yah, yah yahai.
   
Walhanaih ana beek walhanaih. A'ala hobbak maali nadmanaih. Fascinated. I am in you fascinated. On your love I am not feeling sorry.
A'ala hobbak, yahee. On your love, yahee.
A'ala aalbak, yahee. On your heart, Yahee.
A'ala sihrak, yah, yah, yah, yah, yahai. On your magic, yah, yah, yah, yah yahai.
   
Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay.
Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay.
   
Ya yamow, ya yamow, dawabni gharamoo. O' Mother, O' Mother, his love melted me.
Ya yamow, ya yamow, dawabni gharamoo. O' Mother, O' Mother, his love melted me.
Iyaami, iyamow, sho ibhibbow ya waay. My days are his days, how I love him.
Min yoamil ma jaani farahni iw hannaani, khalaani walhanaih bi gharamou yamow. From the day he came by, he made me happy and congratulated me and left me fascinated.
   
Walhanaih ana beek, walhanaih. I am fascinated in you, fascinated.
A'ala hobbak maali kaslaanaih. A'ala hobbak maali kaslaanaih.
A'ala hobbak, yahai. On your love, Yahai.
A'ala aalbak, yahai. On your heart, Yahai.
A'ala sihrak, yah, yah, yah, yah, yahai. On your magic, Yah, Yah, Yah, Yah Yahai.
   
Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay.
Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yah, yah, yahai. Yah, yahi, yaaay.
   
Min sanah wana a'ala baali shoufak inta ikbaali. For over a year it is on my mind to see you in front of me.
Min sanah wana a'ala baali shoufak inta ikbaali. For over a year it is on my mind to see you in front of me.
   
Biw-jodak ya ghali ana a'omri ibtada In your existance o' precious one, my life just started.
Ma ibsheilak min raasi loo shift ilmaasi. I would not remove you from my mind, even if I saw misery ahead.
Rah tibka ib ihsaasi a'ala tool ilmada. You will remain in my feelings for ever.
   
Walhanaih ana beek walhanaih. A'ala hobbake maali nadmanaih. Fascinated. I am in you fascinated. On your love I am not feeling sorry.
A'ala hobbak, yahai. On your love, yahai.
A'ala aalbak, yahai. On your heart, yahai.
A'ala sihrak, yah, yah, yah, yah, yahai. On your magic, yah, yah, yah, yah yahai.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Ouyoun Albi Album Cover

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Listen to Clip

Artist: Najwa Karam
CD Title: Ouyoun Albi

 

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Translations of
Najwa Karam's Songs on this Site

Other translations of songs performed by Gawaher 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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