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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark

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Bint El Sultan
(Daughter of the Sultan)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Egyptian shaabi song "Bint El Sultan", which was sung by Ahmed Adawiyya.

Ahmed Adawiyya is widely recognized as one of the first recording artists to establish the genre of Egyptian music known today as shaabi.

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

 

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Note

Sung by Ahmed Adawiyya

 

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Ya bint el sultan Oh daughter of the Sultan,
7elmek 3al ghalban Have mercy on the poor guy
El maya fi edeeky The water is between your hands
we Adawya atshaan and Adaweyya is thirsty
Ya bint el sultan Oh daughter of the Sultan,
7elmek 3al ghalban Have mercy on the poor guy
El maya fi edeeky The water is between your hands
we Adaweyya atshaan and Adaweyya is thirsty
   
3ala kobry Abbas On Abbas bridge
Mashia w mashia el nas You are walking
Mashia teboos 3aliky And people are looking at your sweetness
Ya frota we ananas Like fruits and pineapple
3ala kobry Abbas On Abbas bridge
Mashia w mashia el nas You are walking
Mashia teboos 3aliky And people are looking at your sweetness
Ya frota we ananas Like fruits and pineapple
   
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
   
Sa3eeda ya 7elwa sa3eeda Good-bye, oh Beautiful, good-bye
Yaly beladek be3eeda Your land is so far away
O2mory we ana agylek mashy I'm willing to walk to you if you wish
lama le Masr El Gededa To Heliopolis
   
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
   
Ya bent el ghalyeen Oh daughter of the great parents
Meen fi 7alawtek meen Who looks so beautiful
Yaly kalamek fakahhah Your words are like fruit
we kamalek fetameen And your words are like vitamins
Ya bent el ghalyeen Oh daughter of the great parents
Meen fi 7alawtek meen Who looks so beautiful
Yaly kalamek fakahhah Your words are like fruit
we kamalek fetameen And your words are like vitamins
Ya bent el ghalyeen Oh daughter of the great parents
Meen fi 7alawtek meen Who looks so beautiful
Yaly kalamek fakahhah Your words are like fruit
we kamalek fetameen And your words are like vitamins
   
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
   
Ma7sobek Adaweyya Yours Adaweyya
Baheb Iskanderiyya I love the city Alexandria
We Cairo deh balady And I'm from Cairo
Wel Dewal El Arabia And all the Arabian countries
Ma7sobek Adaweyya Yours Adaweyya
Baheb Iskanderiyya I love the city Alexandria
We Cairo deh balady And I'm from Cairo
Wel Dewal El Arabia And all the Arabian countries
   
We ya 3eny 3al Sewesia wel Borsa3edia And oh, you people from Suez and Port Said
We ya 3eny 3al Borsa3edia we kaman Esma3liah And oh, you people from Port Said and also Esmailia
We ya 3eny 3al Tantawya we kaman el Mansooria And oh, you people from Tanta and also Mansour
Dana amoot fil Shar2iaa we a7eb El Ma7alawya I like eastern Egypt and southern Egypt too
We ya 3eny 3al Shar2awia we a7eb el Ma7lia And oh, you people from the east and the south
Dana a7eb el Tantawya wel Sa3eeda ghalya 3alia I like the people from Tanta and also those of the Said
Ya 3eny 3al el Tantawya wel Sa3eeda ghalya 3alia Oh, you people from Tanta and I like Saidis too
   
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar
Adeny adeny aktar Give me water more and more
Del maia fi eedek sukker Your water is so sweet like sugar

 

 

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Translations of
Ahmed Adawiyya's Songs on this Site

 

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Acknowledgements

About the Translator

Adel Abdallah is an Egyptian who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you are traveling to that great city, he invites you to stop by the Cafe Picasso, located at 3401 Chartres (on the corner of Chartres and Desire, in the Bywater). The cafe serves delicious Middle Eastern food, and offers shiisha smoking. They are open daily except for Sundays, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. (Deliveries until 10 P.M.) The phone number is (504) 948-6881.

The translation summary was done by Adel at Lennie Clark's request. Muchisimas gracias to Kruz, (whose Morocco to India ethnic boutique, located in the historic French Quarter, is not-to-be-missed) for suggesting Adel as a translator.

 

About the Source

This article originally appeared on Lennie Clark's web site, "Arabic Song Translations." Lennie created this web site in 2002 as a response to discussion on the Internet regarding incidents of dancers who performed inappropriate sensual dances to religious music. Lennie's web site resided on a free web hosting service known as Geocities.

When the planned October 2009 closure of the Geocities web hosting service was announced, Lennie and Shira agreed to move the contents of Lennie's site to Shira.net. To explore all the articles and song translations that once appeared on Lennie's Geocities site, visit Lennie's portal page here on Shira.net.

Lennie Clark

 

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