From the land of pyramids, pharaohs, and papyrus, we bring you a look at Egyptian culture past and present. Grab a cup of mint tea, fire up the hookah, crack open a novel by Naguib Mahfouz, play some songs by Abdel Halim Hafez, or put on a movie starring Omar Sharif and join us while we share recipes, music, jokes, videos, and current events from Egypt.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Musical Monday: Gabbar by Abdel Halim Hafez




Thanks to Jori and Diane for hosting this fun meme!



Today's Scribe:



Choosing a singer for this week's theme of heartbreakers was a no-brainer. Abdel Halim Hafez was, hands down, Egypt's crooning king of heartbreak songs. Choosing just one gut-wrenching tune from a man whose catalogue is 98% songs that break your heart, however, is just a bit tougher! In the end, I selected a song for which I was lucky enough to find an excellent translation of the lyrics so that English speakers would be able to get feel for the torture Abdel Halim is singing about. Enjoy!

Part I


Part II


Lyrics Translation:

Ruthless, ruthless
Ruthless in her gentleness
Ruthless, ruthless!
Ruthless in her cruelty
Her laugh deceived me
And her tears betrayed me

And I didn't know before today
That those eyes knew how to betray in this way
And I didn't believe before today
That compassion could be this way
Ruthless, ruthless!

I knew her, yet as much as I knew her,
I didn't know her
And I saw her, yet as much as I saw her,
Never did I understand her
She used to say I love you, yes she used to say
And I, from the pining of my heart, believed her all the way
I used to see, hear and feel her heart
I was living not for my sake but for hers, for hers

And I didn't know before today
That those eyes knew how to betray in this way
And I didn't believe before today
That compassion could be this way
Ruthless, ruthless!

The one who taught me love I wish,
I just wish you weren't the one who taught me
and wish I never saw it.
Why did you deceive me, why did you make me
make me forget the world and live in its sweetness?
There wasn't any two like us that saw what we saw in our love.
The dream we were dreaming and supposed to fulfill together.
Why? Why?
Why did you awake me in the middle of heaven with fire and tears?
Why didn't you have mercy on me and leave me living deceived? Living deceived.

And I didn't know before today
That those eyes knew how to betray in this way
And I didn't believe before today
That compassion could be this way
Ruthless, ruthless!

3 comments:

  1. always something cool and different from you! thanks!!

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  2. These are old film clips? He seems to be a very accomplished singer and has great range I guess he is the Mario Lanza of Egypt! LOL This was a great treat Carleen TY!

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