Give Me the Flute and Sing

Fairouz, one of the, if not the greatest singer Arabic music history has ever known. This song is a masterpiece, a combination of poetry and music that captures the soul in a trance, leading you to a place of unparalleled beauty, a place of love and salvation; it’s a celebration of the human spirit, of the human ability to find wonder in the details of our everyday existence. I present my average, and lacking, translation of the song. I hope you like it.
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Give me the flute and sing, for singing is the secret for immortality

and the soughing of the flute remains, after the ceasing of existence

Did you make of the forest like me, a home away from castles…
traced streams and climbed rocks?

Did you bath in perfume and dry yourself with light
drank dawn as wine in goblets of the unseen between sky and earth?

Give me the flute and sing, for singing is the highest form of prayer
and the soughing of the flute remains, after the ceasing of existence

Did you spend the afternoon like me, between grape wine
and tufts of grape hung down like chandeliers of gold?

Did you camp on the grass at night, and covered yourself with space
heeding not what’s to come, forgetting what had transpired?

Give me the flute and sing, for singing is the justice of hearts
and the soughing of the flute remains, after sins cease to exist

Give me the flute and sing, forget malady and cure
people are but lines, written in water.

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