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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark


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Mastom, Mastom
(Drunk, Drunk)


This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Persian folk song "Mastom, Mastom". Also included is a transliteration of the Farsi lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

Other spellings that have been used for this song title include "Mastoum Mastoum" or "Mastoom Mastoom".



Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song

Note Performed by Desert Wind
Note Sung by Sirocco
Note Sung by Brothers of the Baladi
Note Played on oud by John Bilezikjian




Farsi Lyrics

English Translation

Verse 1:

Verse 1:

Yek goli sa ye kamar taze shekofte There is a newly bloomed flower on a stem;
Na dassom besh mirese na xosh miofte Neither can I reach it, nor will it fall on its own



Massom massom massom I am drunk, drunk, drunk.
Tighat boride shassom Your blade has cut my thumb.
  • Verse 1 refers to an unrequited or impossible love.
  • In the chorus, some versions of this song use the word "dassom" instead of "shassom". "Dassom" means "my hand". [My thanks to Lida from the San Francisco Bay Area for this information.]



Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Eye on the World


Listen to Clip

Artist: Brothers of the Baladi
CD Title: Eye On the World

Kali Ma CD Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: Desert Wind
CD Title: Kali Ma

Sirocco Volume 1 Album Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: Sirocco
Album Title: Sirocco Volume 1

P.O.Box 24
Capitola, CA 95010

Telephone: (+1) (831) 475-3591
Fax: (+1) (831) 475-3591

Web Site:

Dream of Scheherazade CD Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Louis Sayegh
Album Title: Dream of Scheherazade

(Part of the medley titled "Antonia's Delight")

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site:




About the Translator

Many thanks to Robyn Friend, who provided this translation. Robyn performs Persian classical dance, and is based in the Los Angeles, California area.

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 To explore all the articles and song translations that once appeared on Lennie's Geocities site, visit Lennie's portal page here on

Lennie Clark



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