Fairuz - El Bint El Shalabiya (البنت الشلبية) (English translation)


El Bint El Shalabiya (البنت الشلبية)

البنت الشلبية
عيونها لوزية
بحبك من قلبي
ياقلبي انت عنيا
بحبك من قلبي
ياقلبي انت عنيا
حد القناطر
محبوبي ناطر
كسر الخواطر
ياولفي ماهان عليا
كسر الخواطر
ياولفي ماهان عليا
بتطل بتلوح و القلب مجروح
و أيام عالبال بتعن و تروح
تحت الرمانة
حبي حكاني
وسمعني غناني
وتغزل فيا
وسمعني غناني
وتغزل فيا
Submitted by veterisflammae on Thu, 08/12/2016 - 21:59
Last edited by veterisflammae on Fri, 15/09/2017 - 19:16
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English translation

The Shalabiya Girl

The girl from Shalabiyah
Her eyes are almond-shaped
I love you from my heart
Oh, my heart, you are my eyes*
I love you from my heart
Oh, my heart, you are my eyes
Under the arches
My love is waiting
It wasn't easy for me to let you down, my love
You appear in the distance and my heart is wounded
And I reminisce about days past
Under the pomegranate tree
My love spoke to me
Sang me songs
Oh my eyes*
And flirted with me
Sang me songs
Oh my eyes*
And flirted with me
*saying "you are my eyes" is a like saying "you are everything to me"
Submitted by linneamadsen on Fri, 09/12/2016 - 03:30
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veterisflammae    Wed, 14/12/2016 - 19:20

Hey there! What's the literal meaning of "بتطل بتلوح"? Is it like an idiom or something? And I didn't know that the letter "ط" could follow the letter "ت"... why/when does is happen? Thanks!

linneamadsen    Fri, 16/12/2016 - 03:46

I speak Jordanian Arabic, and this is Lebanese, so I'm not sure if this is an idiom, but بتطل is like you are peering, looking, etc and بتلوح is you are waving, so I think you can say it's something like "you are looking at me and waving and the heart is wounded" for a more literal translation of that line. I'll ask around and see if I can get more info about this Regular smile In terms of ت (lowercase t from now on) and ط (uppercase t), this pattern is not uncommon. For example, you have
- tiTla3 (you go out, she goes out) / tiTala3 (you look at, she looks at)
- tiTawal (you take a long time, she takes a long time)
- taTbiq (application)
- taTaw3 (volunteer)

Does this help your question? I'm not sure exactly what you mean by why, but if you mean because they're both T sounds in English, in Arabic it isn't heard as the same letter so it's not weird that they would be next to each other. If you meant something else please let me know Regular smile

Houda El-Lebnaniye    Thu, 23/11/2017 - 00:11

بتطل pronounced bit-Tull (btTull), in Lebanese Arabic means peer, "pop in", check in, or check on. For example: inta ma -bitul- 3layeh. Meaning, you do not -check up/in- (pop in) on me.

Bitloo7 بتلوح means sway or waver. (لوح)
بتطل BitTul طل (root: tul/taleh means your presence, height, stature)

In this case بتطل means "pop in". In this song she is saying "you pop in my life (بتطل), and your presence is fickle/wavering (inconsistent/بتلوح), and the (my) heart is wounded/hurt.

I wouldn't necessarily call them idioms at this stage because they are not idioms in the obvious sense with English idioms today, and this way of speech is common and heavily integrated into Levantine Arabic. Both the words you asked about have literal or root meanings. The current understanding of all Levantine Arabic words derive from Semitic: Aramaic/Phoenician/Arabic root words. The word meanings have begun to alter themselves so that they are no longer idiomatic. An example of this in English is the phrase "a lot" (as in "a lot of cookies"). Many people today would not consider the phrase "a lot" idiomatic, however it technically is. So at this stage they are not idioms because of the way Lebanese Arabic is structured. A lot of its structure derives from Phoenician and Aramaic, therefore essentially the rules of Lebanese Arabic (or even Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, etc Arabic) are different than standard Arabic, which was standardized by non native Arabic speakers.

This is more akin to conjugation. The conjugation in Levantine Arabic will have the verb itself, which will include itself and the subject, and the masculine or feminine object.

Regarding t (t= ت, and T= ط) used that way, it is common in Lebanon and the rest of the Levant. In this case when you see the t in that way it usually means "you" (plural and singular) or "it" + whatever word is followed. More conjugation:
بت+ ط+ ت+ م
bt (بت)+ T, or M, or L, etc

So "you eat"= btaakul.
"You love"= bt-hib.
"You joke"= btmzah

The closeness of the b and t (ت) in speech signifies that the speaker is Lebanese. Other (non Lebanese) Arab Arabic speakers identify that the speaker is Lebanese based on this style. In most other parts of the Levant the B and t (ت) are also used but are not pronounced the same, they do not so close, but are written the same way. In Palestine "you love" would be prounounced: bat-hib, vs the Lebanese bt-hib (pronounced bit-hib). Other places such as Syria it would be baat-hib, and etc.

Linnea, Jordanian responder, used the example "tiTawal (you take a long time, she takes a long time)"

In Lebanese this would be:

You're taking long (masculine)= btTawill/itTawill
You're taking long (feminine)= btTawleh

It is taking long (masculine & feminine): btTawill.

She takes a long time: btTawill
Takes long: itTawill

Hope this helps!

veterisflammae    Fri, 24/11/2017 - 19:38

Thank you for taking time to give such a precise explanation, it surely does help! Teeth smile

veterisflammae    Fri, 24/11/2017 - 19:38

Thank you! That was very helpful Teeth smile
It's always good to learn new things from songs.