Last month I’ve noted a recent song of theirs للوطن Lil Watan in a post here, and this time it’s شم الياسمين Smell the Jasmine that I just have to feature from the Lebanese band, from their self-titled first album released a few years ago. Not just because it’s a love song between two men, but mainly because it’s so simply beautiful.
Thanks to Elhusseiny Ahmed for uploading the video to his Youtube channel.
One can feel the intense longing in his voice, the lead singer Hamed Sinno. To enjoy it even further though, there’s a translation of the lyrics I came across on the site arabislamblog, a news and analysis blog by Jordi Llaonart, a European Arabist and journalist who specializes in the Arab world.
I had requested Mr Llaonart’s permission to use the translation here and it was kindly granted.
شم الياسمين Smell the Jasmine
شم الياسمين و ذق الدبس بطحينه
Smell the jasmine and taste the molasses
و تذكر,تذكر, تذكر, تذكرني لك
Remember, remember, remember to mention me
يا اخي اوعه تنساني
Brother, just don’t forget me
يا حبيبي, يا نصيبي
My lover, my prize
كان بودي خليك بقربي
I would have liked to keep you beside me
عرفك عاأهلي تتوجلي قلبي
Introduce you to my parents, have you crown my heart
طبخ اكلاتك, اشطف لك بيتك
Cook your food, clean your house
دلع ولادك, اعمل ست بيتك
Pamper your children, be your housewife
بس انت ببيتك و انا بشي بيت لك و الله يا ريتك ما بعمرك فليت
But you’re in your house, and I’m in another I wish you never left
و شم الياسمين و تذكر تنساني
Smell the jasmine and remember to forget me