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بلاش تبوسني
Balash Tebousni

(Don't Kiss Me)



This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Egyptian song "Balash Tebousni", which was popularized by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

  • Balash Tebousni (Don't Kiss Me), 1942
  • Song Title in Arabic: بلاش تبوسني
  • Appeared in the movie Mamnou'a el Hob
  • Lyricist: Hussein El-Sayed
  • Composer: Mohamed Abdel Wahab
  • Original Artist: Mohamed Abdel Wahab

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

About the Song

This song appeared in the movie Mamnou'a el Hob. This movie was inspired by Romeo and Juliet, but set in 1940's Egypt. Two families were feuding, but their children fell in love.

In Egyptian culture, a person might kiss another on the eyes if they are anticipating a long time apart or even a permanent separation. Therefore, in this song, the singer is saying "Don't kiss me on the eyes," because he doesn't want this good-bye to be a permanent ending.

About Mohamed Abdel Wahab

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo shows Mohamed Abdel Wahab in a scene from his movie Ghazal al-Banat.

Mohamed Abdel Wahab was a prolific Egyptian composer of the 20th century. He was born in 1902 in the Bab El-Shaariyah neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, where a statue now stands to honor him. He became known as the "Musician of the Generations" because his career spanned over half a century, creating new hit songs for each successive generation to enjoy.

Abdel Wahab was one of the innovators who created the big-orchestra sound of classical Egyptian music of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of Egyptian cinema, featured in Al Warda Al Baida (The White Rose), which was the second Egyptian movie musical ever made (the first was Ounchoudat al-Fouad).

Abdel Wahab was the first to compose for the "Oriental orchestra" that consisted of instruments from both Europe and the Middle East. In 1954 he introduced the European waltz rhythm into his composition "Al Gondol", and in 1957 he introduced a rock & roll rhythm into the song "Ya Albi Ya Khali" that he composed for Abdel Halim Hafez.

Abdel Wahab was a mentor to Abdel Halim Hafez, and composed many of his hit songs. He also composed ten songs for Oum Kalthoum, including "Enta Omri". In 1976, he composed for Nagwa Fouad the first mejance, "Amar 14".

Some of his personal belongings are housed in a museum at the Music Institute in Cairo.




Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Arabic Lyrics


English Translation

بلاش تبوسني في عينيا balash tebousni fi eini Don't kiss me on my eyes
دي البوسه في العين تفرق di al-busat fi al-ein tafaraq Kissing on the eyes means breaking up
يمكن في يوم ترجع اليا ̃ymkn fi yawm tarjie 'iilaya But maybe someday you'll come back to me
والقلب حلمه يتحقق w-l-'alb hulmih yatahaqaq and my heart's dream come true.
خلي الوداع من غير قبل khl al-wadae min gheir qabl Let's say good-bye without kissing
علشان يكون عندي أمل elshan yakun eindi amal so that I can cling to hope.
وبلاش تبوسني في عينيا we balash tebousni fi eini And don't kiss me on the eyes.



Translations of
Mohammed Abdel Wahab's Songs on this Site

Translations on this web site for songs performed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab include:



About the Translator

This translation was created by Chris Gratien and published on the Arabic Lyrics and Song Translations Blog.



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