Media Type:

Songs


Title

"We are Coming Back" by Eskenderella Band
أغنية "راجعين" لفرقة اسكندريلا

Subject

Song

Description

The song was produced during the early days of the January 2011 Revolution and the video was filmed in Tahrir Square and includes footage from the 18 day sit-in. The song celebrates the revolution and was the first to be sung by the band after the January uprising. In it, the singers are filled with new hope because now the Egyptians are "coming back to life with a new heart and a rising hope in the future". The lyrics and music are euphoric about the newly found freedom and justice for Egyptians.
Eskenderella was formed in 2000 but became much more known after the 2011 revolution. Members of the band participated in the 18 day Tahrir Square sit-in as well as other phases of the revolution and their songs also document these different phases. Their music is inspired by Egyptian musical heritage, such as Sayed Darwish and Sheikh Imam, and is based on traditional Arabic melodic progression and improvisation.

Creator

Lyrics by poet Amin Haddad and music by Eskenderella Band.

Publisher

Eskenderella Band

Date Published

12/03/2011

Rights

Standard YouTube licence

Language

Arabic

Date Created

12/03/2011

Citation

Lyrics by poet Amin Haddad and music by Eskenderella Band., “"We are Coming Back" by Eskenderella Band,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed July 3, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/27.

Output Formats


Media

Eskenderella-Band.jpg

Translation

“We’re coming back
We’re coming back
We’re coming back, life

We’re coming back with a new heart
We’re coming back with growing hopes
Danger turning to safety
Trees quoting poetry
We’re coming back from the past
Going to the future
With our continued will
The world will be beautiful
O life, O freedom!
O Egyptian spirit!
O bread, salt and water
People are equal
We spoke the word
The world must listen

We’re coming back

Our country is
Hearts that bring us together
Gather round people
Fill the air with vigour
Fill life with feeling
The light will surely come
Gather round people
Fill the air with vigour
Fill life with feeling
The light will surely come

We’re coming back
We’re coming back
We’re coming back, life
We’re coming back with a new heart
We’re coming back with growing hopes
Danger turning to safety
Trees quoting poetry
We’re coming back from the past
Going to the future
With our continued will
The world will be beautiful
O life, O freedom!
O Egyptian spirit!
O bread, salt and water
People are equal
We spoke the word
The world must listen

Our country is
Hearts that bring us together
Gather round people
Fill the air with vigour
Fill life with feeling
The light will surely come
Gather round people
Fill the air with vigour
Fill life with feeling
The light will surely come
The light will surely come”

Duration

3.54 min.