A´tini al-Nay (Give me the flute)

Little can move my soul so much as music.
So if Michaela allows me too…

A´tini al-Nay, written by Khalil Gibran and song by Fairouz, “Ambassador to the Stars” and “Neighbor to the Moon”. One of the first Arabic songs I heard. No words can describe how much I love this song.

Give me the flute, and sing
immortality lies in a song
and even after we’ve perished
the flute continues to lament

have you taken refuge in the woods
away from places like me
followed streams on their courses
and climbed up the rocks.

Did you ever bathe in a perfume
and dry yourself with a light
drink the dawn as wine
rarefied in goblets of ether

give me the flute then and sing
the best of prayer is song
and even when life perishes
the flute continues to lament

have you spent an evening
as I have done
among vines
where the golden candelabra
clusters hang down

did you sleep on the grass at night
and let space be your blanket
abstaining from all that will come
forgetful of all that has passed

give the flute then and sing
in singing is Justice for the heart
and even after every guilt
has perished
the flute continues to lament

give the flute
and sing
forget illness and its cure
people are nothing but lines
which are scribbled on water.

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