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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark


From Lennie Clark's Web Site:

Sanateen Wana Hayyil
(For Two Years)


This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Sanateen Wana Hayyil", which has been recorded by Layla Murad, Fadl Shaker, Hossam Ramzy, Khalil Abboud, and others.

Other ways to spell this song title are "Sanatein Wanahayel Feek" or "Sanatein Wana Hayil Beik", "Sanatein Wala 7ayel Fik", "Sanatein Wana Hayel Feek".

Music: Raouf Zohni
Lyrics: Mamoun El Shennawy




Two years have passed
And I have tried to restore our love
The tears in my eyes are calling you
You are the cause of my pain
Yet still I call you my love
I have endured one year and two
In this lonely struggle
Where has your passion and your love gone?
How have you forgotten the old days
If you could leave your anger for one day
Sleep would return and lead me to dreams
Two years have passed and my tears still call you
You have forgotten the promise of our hearts
And denied the existence of our love
Your beauty is beyond my sight
But I find you wherever I go



Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Golden Days, Enchanting Nights


Artist: Khalil Abboud
CD Title: Golden Days, Enchanting Nights

El Amar CD Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: Hossam Ramzy
CD Title: El Amar

Layla Murad CD Cover  

Artist: Layla Murad
CD Title: Sanatain Wana Ahayel Feek

Fadl Shaker CD Cover  

Artist: Fadl Shaker
CD Title: Sa'eet Tarab Maa Fadl Shaker

Story of Arabic Song CD Cover  

Artist: Various
CD Title: The Story of Arabic Song

"Sanateen Wana Hayel Feek" is sung on this album by Layla Murad.



Translations of
Khalil Abboud's Songs on This Site




About the Translator

This translation was created by Khaled Hegazzi of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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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