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Sawt el-Eid
(Sound of the Feast)



This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the song "Sawt el-Eid" by Fairouz. Also included is a transliteration of the Arabic lyrics into the Roman alphabet so you can sing along if you like.

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

About this Song

This 1965 song by Fairouz is based on the Christmas carol "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber, to lyrics by Joseph Mohr. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. English-speaking people know it as "Silent Night, Holy Night", and Greek speakers know the beautiful version by Elena Paparizou named "Ayia Nihta".

About Fairouz

Fairouz is a legendary Lebanese vocalist, one of the most deeply respected living singers in the Arabic-speaking world. She was born in 1934. Her singing career began in the 1950's, and she achieved stardom in the 1960's. Her husband, Assi Rahbani, and his brother Mansour Rahbani, and they achieved legendary status as a composer and lyricist duo. The three worked closely together from the 1950's through 1979, with Fairouz's beautiful voice turning many of their compositions into hits.

Fairouz' name is also sometimes spelled as "Feiruz", "Feirouz", "Feyrouz", "Fayrouz", "Fairoz", or "Fairuz".

Arabic Lyrics: Rahbani Brothers
Music: Franz Gruber



Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song


Sung by Fairouz




Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Aayyad el-leyl zahar el-leyl The night feasted, the night glistened.
sawt el-eid dawwa' el-leyl The sound of the feast brightened the night.
mouji ya sama' bilaana'eed Ripple, oh sky, with the bunch of grapes
helly bilhala bilmawa'eed Arrive on time with dates.
zar el-leyl Yasou Jesus visited in the night,
Lawan el-leyl Yasou Jesus colored the night.
Rayha tzour koukh mas-hour He is going to visit the enchanted hut.
Darbha 'amar talj w zhour His path is made of moonlight, snow, and flowers.
W el-laab tayra w idhakou woulad Toys are scattered around and children are laughing.
Ardna natira w essama 3ayyad Our world is waiting and heaven is feasting.
zar el-leyl Yasou Jesus visited in the night,
Lawan el-leyl Yasou Jesus colored the night.



Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Fairuz Christmas Hymns CD Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: Fairuz
Album Title: Christmas Hymns



Translations of
Fairuz's Songs on This Site

Translations on this web site of songs that were performed by Fairouz include:




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