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Rohi W Rohak

My Soul and Your Soul

Negmet El Layali CD

Music from Outi presents Negmet El Layali
Oriental Dance Music vol. 3

Originally sung by Warda
Lyricist : Saleh Gaudad
Composer : Farid Al-Atrash

Rohi w rohak habaib
My soul and your soul are lovers
min abl da el 'alam wallah
before the world began, I swear.

Ana foadi mutaiyam
My soul was in love
min abl youm el talaqi
before the day we met.
Wa rabi howa eli y'alam
And my God, he knows
mahabeti wishtiyai
my love and longing.
Yiktibli fe el hob nayib
He will write me a piece of love
watal 'ala el 'ashaq yetala
and I will see the other lovers.
repeat chorus

Halift khadak bekhalu
I order you to swear in good times
halift hoznak be'abdu
I order you to swear in bad times by God
ennak teha'a wsalu
to confirm love
wetnawilu negm s'adu
and give him a happy life.
Yetla 'ala albi daiyib
It (love) will come to my heart
wehel weolu esm allah
and my heart will welcome it.
repeat chorus

I'm very grateful for all my friends, who helped me to translate the lyrics of this song. None of my friends is a professional Arabic-English translator: some of them are fluent in Arabic, some in English and a few - my self included - have some skill in both languages. It's often quite challenging to express both the idea and the literal meaning of the lyrics in a few words, as I consider it most useful to dancers that the translation include both these aspects.

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