Media Type:

Songs


Title

Ya Rab ('Oh Lord')

Subject

Song

Description

According to Ayman Massoud, a member of Massar Egbari, in a conversation in 2017, the song was made in 2014 but the video was made in 2016. "It is a song about living together, coexistence. It was a response to a song by Ali El-Hagar called ‘Ihna sha`ab, w-intu sha`ab’ [that is, 'we are one people and you are another people',] distinguishing between Egyptians and the Muslim Brotherhood. Our response was, ‘no! we have to live together’.
The video shows typical scenes of Egypt - the Nile, the pyramids of Giza, the countryside - ordinary Egyptian people, scenes from the 25 January 2011 revolution, particularly scenes of unity between Egyptians, as well as the aftermath of church bombings.
Massar Egbari, whose members are from Alexandria, was created in 2005. However, the band became very successful in the post-2011 period, which saw a flourishing of the independent music scene. They blend rock, jazz, blues and oriental music and their songs are mainly about social issues facing young people. They generally avoid being associated with particular political positions. Surprisingly for many of their fans, they recorded a song with Ahmed Sheba encouraging people to vote in the 2019 constitutional referendum. The referendum was contentious as it concerned extending the presidential term of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Creator

Massar Egbari and Wost el-Balad

Publisher

YouTube

Date Published

18/12/2016

Contributor

    Lyrics by Amar Mustafa

Rights

Standard YouTube licence

Language

Arabic

Date Created

18/12/2016

Citation

Massar Egbari and Wost el-Balad, “Ya Rab ('Oh Lord'),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed November 30, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/118.

Output Formats


Media

ya rab.jpg

Translation

“O lord
bring the hearts together
put hands together
O lord,
Fix the rows
And confound the enemies
O lord,
Protect my country
For my children and my children’s children
Let peace fill the streets
And kindness ring out

Our dreams are inside us
We miss our songs
Our hearts are full of hope

In our eyes
There is hope that tomorrow
will be better than yesterday
In our eyes
There is hope that tomorrow
will be better than yesterday

O lord
Let love float
We’ll open the windows for it
Heal the wounds
In hearts that have no hope without you
O lord,
Protect my country
For my children and my children’s children
Let peace fill the streets
And kindness ring out

Our dreams are inside us
We miss our songs
Our hearts are full of hope

In our eyes
There is hope that tomorrow
will be better than yesterday
In our eyes
There is hope that tomorrow
will be better than yesterday

Truth is like the sun
It brings the warmth
It erases the darkness
And lightens homes
No matter how long injustice goes on
Justice never dies
Justice never dies

Our voice will not die
Our voice will not die
Our voice will not die
O lord”

Duration

4m 36s