A Lebanese song that stood the test of time. What wisdom can we learn from its lyrics?

From MTV, Lebanon

Bambi discovered this song whilst visiting Beirut in December. It seems that it naturally became one of the songs of the Lebanese revolution, although it is an older one written in a different time and context.

Is the current context that different from the earlier one(s)? Maybe but in as much as a context can be different when history tends to repeat itself, sometimes endlessly. This happens especially when people do not seem to learn valuable lessons from their rich history.

Anyhow, an amusing story about the famous singer (video above), Mr. Rabih El Khawli, is that he became a priest it seems. Yes, this rather handsome former artist turned his back to his artistic success and international career. It seems that he found his inner happiness in his faith during a personal spiritual journey, after the tragic death of his brother in a motorcycle accident. Good for him for his new life, if he is happier. Bambi is grateful for this beautiful song.  

Here is an English translation of the lyrics:

“Revolt for once, revolt” (title)

You who were waiting, what are you waiting for? What do you expect from those who stole the sunshine and sold the wind, along with their conscience? From those who stole the country and built houses larger than its squares?

You who were waiting, what are you waiting for?

Revolt for once. Stand up in those squares and tell them: You have stolen, you have killed, yes you have assassinated the people, the country, and the dream…. And you turned this land into a refuge for the Pharisees (or self-righteous)”

Today, the Lebanese population went down to the streets again, calling for a “week of wrath” (“semaine de la colère”). After over 90 days of revolt, their politicians are still stuck at square one, with no government. They are simply demanding: (1) the formation of a government, that is independent of them, AND (2) new parliamentary elections.  

Of course, some would say that the first demand may be too idealistic in a country known for sectarian politics. Maybe but how do you solve this issue of this increasingly severe economic crisis, disconnected politicians, and the resulting distrust of a nation?

Anyhow, Bambi’s heart goes to the people of Lebanon today more than ever, hoping that the dark days will end and the sun (of hope) will shine again!

One thought on “A Lebanese song that stood the test of time. What wisdom can we learn from its lyrics?”

  1. Ghassan Saliba sang this song in the 90’s I thnk, at that time it would have been a lot easier to restore our country if we protested like today. Now, we need a MIRACLE not protests , with the crisis going,on, the princes’ war are still asking for their part in the gvt to make ii for the president and the prime minister impossible. They should be taken by force to the prison.

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