Song performed by Palestinian Arab Idol struck a chord with millions of viewers – English translation of lyrics included | Tales of a City by the Sea

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Song performed by Palestinian Arab Idol struck a chord with millions of viewers – English translation of lyrics included


Posted on April 23, 2013 by gazaheart

In the song that qualified him for the Arab Idol competition, Palestinian singer Muhammad Assaf  from Gaza city sang ‘ya tair altayer’ flying bird.  This national song struck a chord with Palestinians and Arabs everywhere and the original video clip from the Arab Idol competition has gone viral with over a million viewers.  A new clip has just been posted on youtube with images of the Palestinian cities Assaf sang for (see new video below).  Assaf told reporters that he sees no line between his art and being patriotic.  He is right.  His song expresses a Palestinian wish for freedom and for the ability to see loved ones in other villages that are now no longer accessible.  It is a reminder that even though Palestinians are confined within their bantustans and behind Israel’s big walls and towers, they haven’t given up on the dream that one day they too will fly like a bird and see their homes,  villages and loved ones.

Oh flying bird
Going to my home
My eyes follow you
And God’s eyes protect you
Oh you traveller
I am so jealous
Palestine my homeland
She is beautiful praise be to God
Go by Safed
Go by Tabariyyah
Pass by Acre and Haifa
And say hello to the sea
Don’t forget Nazareth
This Arab fortress
And give Bisan the good news
Her people will return
My people on this land
Stood tall
History is proud of us
And history’s back was bent
From all the pain we suffered
But we are patient
Go to Gaza
And Kiss its soil
Her people are dignified
Her men are mighty
And go to Jerusalem
The capital
Al Aqsa its landmark
Inshallah God willing
We will gather there
Oh flying bird
Going to my home
My eyes follow you
And God’s eyes protect you
Oh you traveller
I am so jealous
Palestine my homeland
She is beautiful
Praise be to God

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