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Old 05-13-2010, 06:38 PM   #41
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That’s hilarious, I am so jealous. I grew up in a resort town, complete with a notorious motel row along the alternate freeway but I don’t know of any song about it.

As far as my current abode, since I have absolutely no sense of direction: “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” “Oh, Lord, Stuck in Lodi Again,” and generally, “No Direction Home.”
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That’s hilarious, I am so jealous. I grew up in a resort town, complete with a notorious motel row along the alternate freeway but I don’t know of any song about it.

As far as my current abode, since I have absolutely no sense of direction: “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” “Oh, Lord, Stuck in Lodi Again,” and generally, “No Direction Home.”
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In a recent post, I threatened to post a song in a new foreign language, new here meaning other than French, Spanish, or Italian. I also said in that post that someone had posted a love song in Croatian, but forgot that I myself had posted "Hava Nagila", a well-known song in Hebrew (No, I am not Jewish :-)

So, I am carrying out my threat here. It took me a while to locate this appropriate thread (Do I have a good memory or what?). The song is "Baladi", sung by Dalida, the "grande dame" whose songs I have posted several times.

This "Baladi" song is an Arabic song, written by an Egyptian song writer, I believe. A former megacorp friend translated it for me, but I have lost the translation. He was Tunisian, and spoke Arabic. The lyrics basically reminisce of the writer's homeland which is Egypt, though I guess many people from the Middle East can identify with this song.

Because of its melody, this song is quite often used for belly dance, and I am sure most people would identify it as such. Dalida was born in Egypt to Italian parents, and my friend said her Arabic pronunciation was elegant.
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This song is very pretty yet so sad NW Bound. Makes me think of some far away lost place that I yearn for and can't quite remember....
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This song is very pretty yet so sad NW Bound. Makes me think of some far away lost place that I yearn for and can't quite remember....
Beautifully said, and I hear you. To me the place is that part of the human soul that holds reckless passion, longing, and a sense of terrible loss at the passing of youth.

That minor key and the melody are sad with the feeling of loss, but there is a secret passage within the song. That heavily syncopated passionate rhythm tells us that it isn't really gone, it is just stored away in a forgotten room down a hallway, and we have only to find the key...

Also, this is a faboulous non-traditional tango. My partner would love it. I will look for a CD or some singles to create a playlist. Tango is all about love and its disappointments, its delights, its yin and its yang.

Here is a very accomplished couple dancing to Paris, Texas- another song of home, and our current favorite slow tango. This couple absolutely fuse the soul of this song with their own individul souls, and also their joined soul as a dancing couple.


This song makes me wish I were a violinist, as well as a much younger tango dancer.

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NWB, you got me going with these Arabic songs. I think I like these as much as 73 likes 60s girl groups.

Listen to and watch this one. Are these people having fun or not?

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I like the end when the girl is dancing Yes, looks like they are having fun. The way they act, the dialog at the beginning appears to be an exchange of sweet nothings.

Well, my taste in music is actually not that esoteric. What attracted me in the song Baladi was its sadness, and not least because Dalida was the singer. Before I had the song translated for me by a friend, I had searched the Web on my own and this was what I found: "Baladi" by Hossam Ramzy
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Great essay, NW. Looks like women are in charge everywhere. No one can escape.

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Well of course the "Where the Hell is Matt" song Praan is based on a Bengali (Indian) poem. and quite an awesome backdrop to his silly dancing. Does that count?

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Does that count?
Well, it would count if the song is about "home", even if the silly dance does not match the music.

Nice background scenes around the world, by the way. If people are always this happy...

About the poem, I have found a translation. It's about this earth that we all call home.

Stream of Life

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the lifethrob of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
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I grew up 25 miles south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the NE of England. This song was almost the national anthem for the city by one of their most iconic groups Lindisfarne. For many it probably fits the "foreign language" category as well

It's a short song from the 70's and I include the "translation" below. One time in Hawaii (1989), as the sun went down I stood in the sea with my 2 small kids and we all sang this together - great memory.




Sittin' in a sleazy snack-bar
Snuckin' sickly sausage rolls
Slippin' down slowly, slippin' down sideways
Think I'll sign off the dole
'Cause the fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine

Could a copper catch a crooked coffin maker
Could a copper comprehend
That a crooked coffin maker's just an undertaker
Who undertakes to be a friend
And the fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine

Tell it to tomorrow, today will take its time
To tell you what tonight will bring
Presently we'll have a pint or two together
Ev'rybody do their thing

We can swing together, we can have a wee wee
We can have a wet on the wall
If someone slips a whisper that its simple sister
Slapped them down and slavered on their smalls
'Cause the fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine
The fog on the Tyne is all mine ....
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There is ONLY 1 song I can post here...take it away, Ol' Blue Eyes

At one part of the video, there are several wide angle shots looking north up the Hudson River. I grew up 35 miles north of the Big Apple.

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A classic from Gordon Lightfoot..."Alberta Bound"

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A classic from Gordon Lightfoot..."Alberta Bound"

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