PBS News Hour’s nine-minute documentary and Mr. Ghassan Rahbani’s new song about Lebanon

Today, Bambi came across a highly informative PBS New Hour brief documentary almost at the same time as Mr. Ghassan Rahbani’s powerful Lebanese-Arabic new song, entitled “Chou Bi’i Men Lebnan” [or “What is left of Lebanon“], which is about corruption in his county and its resulting fiasco. This post is simply meant to share both with you.

Thanks to PBS News Hour for shedding light on how “Lebanon struggles to emerge from financial crisis and government corruption“. As for you Mr. Rahbani, it is moving to hear you singing for the “humiliated” people, to use your own words. Thanks and bravo to you, the talented musicians, the children, and to all professionals who made the YouTube video-clip possible, including but not limited to the following: Mr. Jad Rahbani (lyrics, Music & Arrangemen), Ms. Ranya Ghosn El Hage (Direction), Mr. Marwan Ziadeh (Cinematography), and Diamony Digital Distribution @WataryProduction (Production).

To share the song’s simple yet deep lyrics with you, Bambi translated them into English (following the embedded videos). As usual, she is grateful for the assistance of her friend, the tireless Mr. Google Translate.

Best wishes to the people of Lebanon ❤️!

“What is left of Lebanon after you took it?”

What is left about Lebanon? Words you did not say yet.

There was some misery and the promise of tragedies.

What is left, what is left for the rest, I hope you will leave.

What is left of Lebanon, I wish you would forget.

And you sleep for two eras, so we can forget what you did.

Because in this country there are people, not herds.

Every time an hour ticks, they walk away.

What did you do in Lebanon, I hope you remember.

Because my little ones won’t forget.

And the humiliated people are the ones preserving Lebanon.

I wish you would leave. Stop the killing.

What is left of this land after you plundered it.

We even dream of a future that you took out of our mind.

What is left of Lebanon, what is left, nothing worth it.

You fight for it until you divide it.

What is left of Lebanon after you ate it?

You stole the light from the sky and the air you breathe.

Leaders on behalf of the sects (or religions), you made your country a farce.

What you stole from Lebanon, it’s time for its return”.

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