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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark

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Wana Wana Aamil Eih
(What To Do?)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the pop song "Wana Wana Aamil Eih", which was sung by Hisham Abbas. Another way to spell this song title is "W-Ana W-Ana Amel Ay".

Hisham Abbas was originally named "Mohammad Hisham Mahmoud Mohammad Abbas", but is now known simply as "Hisham Abbas". He was born September 13, 1963.

After completing a master's degree in engineering at the American University in Cairo, he decided to pursue art rather than a career in engineering. After some time in a band with some of his friends, he began a collaboration with Hameed El Shaery and released a series of successful songs that established his place in the Egyptian music scene. His career gained momentum in the 1990's, culminating with his most successful hit (to date), "Habibi Dah".

Hisham Abbas

 

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Lyrics

Lennie Clark's comment about this song: "This lively pop song, recorded by Hisham Abbas, features a gorgeous acapella lead-in which grabbed me the first time I heard it. And the clean bright sound of Hisham Abbas voice always makes me happy!"

 

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
   
El shou2 gowaya beyghanni The yearning inside me sings
3ayesh a7lami bitamani

I live only in my dream

El shou2 gowaya beyghanni The yearning inside me sings
3ayesh a7lami bitamani I live only in my dream
   
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
   
7orouf ismi wenti btetmanni tila2eeni To draw my name around your heart And dream you will search for me
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Fi leil saher enti 6ala, fi 2amaraya In the long dark night when you alone are the moon?
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Da so2al 7ayer enta t7enni wa tib2i ma3aya What can I do amidst such confusion? Be compassionate and stay with me.
Da so2al 7ayer enta t7enni wa tib2i ma3aya What can I do amidst such confusion? Be compassionate and stay with me.
   
Wana 7a3mel eh fi 7aneeni What should I do with the yearning?
we nar el 7ob btekweeni When the fire of love burns inside me
we nar el 7ob btekweeni When the fire of love burns inside me
   
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
   
7orouf ismi wenti btetmanni tila2eeni To draw my name around your heart And dream you will search for me
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
we ishou2 ra7al biba7ri hawa ya mansaya And I desire a journey to you
Alone on the sea of love
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Ghana el mawal "7ekytik 7ob feeki rewaya" He sings "Your story is love, a novel inside you."
Sootik leilati beygeeni Each night has sung its song for me
Fi 2albi ahati teghanneeli With visions of you
   
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
Ye7lam yela2eeki, yela2eeki A wish to see you
rasma wa 7awaleeki, 7awaleek A hope to find you
   
7orouf ismi wenti btetmanni tila2eeni To draw my name around your heart And dream you will search for me
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
   
btetmanni tila2eeni And dream you will search for me
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
Wana amil eh? What can I do?
   
Wana wana wana wana I, I, I, I?
We b2eedi eh It is out of my hands
Ahhhh we b2eedi eh It is out of my hands

 

What can I do?
It is out of my hands
There is love inside me singing with yearning and desire
I live only in my dream
A wish to see you
A hope to find you
To draw my name around your heart
And dream you will search for me
What can I do?
In the long dark night
when you alone are the moon?
What can I do amidst such confusion?
When the fire of love burns
And I desire a journey to you
Alone on the sea of love
I long to sail upon your shore
What can I do?
Each night has sung its song for me
With visions of you
When my heart was seething with pain
I dream to see you draw my name around you
And you will search for me
What can I do?
What can I do?

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Very Best of Hisham Abbas CD Cover

 

Artist: Hisham Abbas
CD Title: The Very Best of Hisham Abbas

 

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Translations Of
Hisham Abbas' Songs On This Site

 

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Acknowledgements

About the Translator

This translation was created by Khaled Hegazzi of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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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