Media Type:

Songs


Title

"Sawra" by Ramy Essam
أغنية "ثورة" لرامي عصام

Subject

Song

Description

"Sawra", meaning 'revolution', is a call for people to revolt against oppression and also recalls the slogans of the 2011 Egyptian revolution: "Bread, freedom, social Justice".
This song is part of Ramy Essam's album entitled "A Letter to the Security Council", produced in June 2017. The album's cover is an envelope which has the name and address of the singer (from Tahrir Square), addressed to the UN Security Council.
Ramy Essam shot to fame during the 18 days of the Tahrir Square sit-in in 2011, with his song 'Irhal' ('Leave'). Following the military coup of 2013, Essam was forced to leave Egypt.

Creator

Ramy Essam

Publisher

YouTube

Date Published

26/06/2017

Contributor

    Produced by Andreas Unge

Rights

YouTube Standard Licence

Format

YouTube video.

Language

Arabic

Date Created

26/06/2017

Citation

Ramy Essam, “"Sawra" by Ramy Essam,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed September 19, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/23.

Output Formats


Media

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Translation

“Revolution!

The revolution must break out
I can’t go to bed oppressed
The revolution must break out
I can’t go to bed oppressed
The people must rise
To be the ruler, and not the ruled
The people must rise
To be the ruler, and not the ruled

Revolution, revolution, revolution!

A revolution is a light, a full moon
A lover to the deprived
As long as silence is the roof of houses
Crows and owls will hover and circle
Go out, revolt, imprison the palaces
The fate of the traitors is sealed
The martyr’s cry is the anthem
That hums inside the heart

A revolution is a light, a full moon
A lover to the deprived
As long as silence is the roof of houses
Crows and owls will hover and circle
Go out, revolt, imprison the palaces
The fate of the traitors is sealed
The martyr’s cry is the anthem
That hums inside the heart

A revolution is the ‘No’ that breaks out and boils over
A revolution is the truth that defeats deceit
A revolution is the ‘No’ that breaks out and boils over
A revolution is the truth that defeats deceit
A revolution is a frightening red torrent
A revolution is the blood that defeats the sword

Bread, freedom, social justice
Bread, freedom, social justice
Bread, freedom, social justice
Bread, freedom, social justice

The revolution must break out
I can’t go to bed oppressed
The revolution must break out
I can’t go to bed oppressed
The people must rise
To be the ruler, and not the ruled
The people must rise
To be the ruler, and not the ruled

Revolution, revolution, revolution!

A revolution is the ‘No’ that breaks out and boils over
A revolution is the truth that defeats deceit
A revolution is the ‘No’ that breaks out and boils over
A revolution is the truth that defeats deceit
A revolution is a frightening red torrent
A revolution is the blood that defeats the sword
A revolution is a frightening red torrent
A revolution is the blood that defeats the sword
A revolution is a frightening red torrent
A revolution is the blood that defeats the sword
A revolution is a frightening red torrent
A revolution is the blood that defeats the sword

Duration

3.48 min.