Saudi Arabia: What Does the Music Really Say?

 

Arab musician Zahed Sultan continues to build upon his unique mix of culture, heritage and art to express himself (and perhaps many of today’s young Arab youth) through his songs.

 

Here is one of his latest releases.  Watching the video and reading the lyrics does make me wonder though what is the TRUE message and meaning of his song?

 

 

LYRICS TRANSLATION

What Do I Do For You
Nothing Satisfies You
(Obnoxious Laugh)

The World Revolves, And People Evolve
And I Want Her, I Just Want Her

I Observed Her Persona When Out And About
And I’m Not Leaving Her
I Think About Her, I Just Want Her
I’m Not Leaving Her

Days Go By, And Days Will Come
And I Want Her
Summer Goes And Winter Comes
I Won’t Leave Her

Days Go By, And Days Will Come
And I Want Her
Summer Goes And Winter Comes
I Won’t Leave Her

The World Revolves, And People Evolve
And I Want Her, I Just Want Her
I Observed Her Persona When Out And About
And I’m Not Leaving Her
I Think About Her

That’s It, I’m Tired Of Thinking About And Wanting Her
Chasing After Her
I’m Going To Leave Her, That’s It I Don’t Want Her
I Don’t Think About Her

The World Revolves, And People Evolve
I Don’t Know If I Want Her, Or If I Should Just Leave Her

I Observed Her Persona When Out And About
I Think About Her, That’s It I Don’t Want Her
I’m Going To Leave Her, I’m Not Going To Leave Her,
I Think About Her, That’s It I Don’t Want Her
I Observed Her Persona When Out And About
I’m Going To Leave Her, I’m Not Going To Leave Her,
I Think About Her, And That’s It I Don’t Want Her
And That’s It I Don’t Want Her

I Observed Her Persona When Out And About

She Thinks About Me
She Just Wants Me
She Can Forget About It

 

Is it easier today for the Arab youth and especially the majority of Saudi youth to express themselves and their society better through art?  I’d like to hear from Saudi youth with their poems or music on how they express themselves, their lives and their society.

 


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7 Responses

  1. Those lyrics go with that video? Is that a woman’s voice in the song or is that his voice? I think it sounds like a catchy tune though.

  2. I don’t get it. lol

  3. I think the tune is cool as well. I highly highly doubt there is any deeper meaning behind it. The english translation sounds a bit obsessive lol but i Arabic it’s funny. Like a guy trying to convince themselves that the girl wants him. Its a cool video. Lynn I was thinking the same thing, it’s either the voice of a woman or a your boy. I think the guy in the video is Kuwaiti and is probably the DJ.

  4. All songs sound obsessive, lol but it would be strange for a woman to be singing those lyrics, no? I tend not to over think lyrics to songs because they often do not make any sense – unless of course it’s Country Music 😉

  5. Wow the first line sounds just like everytime I fight with a Saudi man and the excuse he throws up because nothing is ever truly his fault *rolls eyes*

    Actually the entire song sounds like a Saudi man fighting with his woman. It’s like when they don’t want you to do something they are “Do as you like” “If it makes you happy.” “Just forget me, forget my name.” and the classic “You know what? You know what?”

    Whinny. Ugh. I hate when they do that, it’s like you were fighting with an adult and suddenly they transformed to a 6 year old “I’m rubber, you’re glue” kind of deal.

  6. I had that initial reaction too, Confused. The song reminded me of the confusion and challenges a young Saudi guy goes through as he wants to explore life but at the same time is confined.

  7. Salam Alakuim American Bedu,

    I just wanted to say that I love love love your blog. I found it recently and I have been sort of addicted. I love reading your perspective and advice. Lol.

    I grew up in Saudi, and now I’m trying to go back with my American husband as an English teacher. Making constant dua!

    Anyways, I thought the video was funny, and cute. I don’t know if it’s a Saudi thing parse. We all have to negotiate within relationships. It’s just life. The singer does sound feminine though.

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