Egyptian Songs in Marvel’s Moon Knight Series

A few days ago the last episode of Marvel’s Moon Knight series was released. The story and acting were quite good, but there was an aspect that many people liked. It is basically how Egypt, and its civilization and culture were portrayed. One significant aspect of Egyptian culture was the choice of the songs used in the intro and ending of each episode, as well as those that served as background music. As language learners, we may be curious about what these songs actually say, so in this post, we will cover a number of these songs, with their lyrics and explanation.

Marvel’s Moon Knight Series

Nagat – ba7lam ma3aak

This song appeared in the first episode while the main character was waiting for his romantic date. The song itself is quite romantic, but its words portrays some interesting picture, which apparently have some significance in a later episode (No spoilers here 🙂 ). The singer of this song is Nagat (or Nagat al-Sagheerah, the little Nagat, apparently to distinguish her from another singer called Nagat).

Song by Nagat – I dream with you – ba7lam ma3aak – بحلم معاك

ba7lam ma3aak lyrics

These are the lyrics of the song.

I Dream with youba7lam ma3aakبحلم معاك
I dream with you .. of a shipba7lam ma3aak … be-safeenahباحلم معاك.. بسفينة
and a harbour .. to anchor uswe be-meenaa .. terasseenaaوبمينا….ترسينا
and sail againwe-neba77ar taaneeونبحّر تاني
the wind resists ..and i found youel-ree7 te3aaned … we-ala2eekالريح تعاند … وألاقيك
in your eyes .. and your handsfee 3enaik .. we-eedaikفي عينيك …..وإيديك
my shore and my safetyshhaTTee we amaaneeشطي وأماني
the whole worldel-3aalam kollohالعالم كله
with its secretsbe-asraarohبأسراره
living with me3aayesh wayyaayaaعايش ويايا
living inside me3aayesh gowwaayaaعايش جوايا
as long as you’re .. in the journey with meTool ma-enta … fee el-re7lah ma3aayaaطول ما انت ..في الرحلة معايا
my name and your name .. my darlingesmak we esmee … ya 7abeebeeاسمك واسمي…. يا حبيبي
my town .. and my storymadentee … we-7ekaayteeمدينتي…… وحكايتي
my home and my rovingsakanee we-ter7aaleeسكني وترحالي
the whole worldel-3aalam kollohالعالم كله
with its secrets16be-asraarohبأسراره
living with me3aayesh wayyaayaaعايش ويايا
living inside me3aayesh gowwaayaaعايش جوايا
as long as you’re .. in the journey with meTool ma-enta … fee el-re7lah ma3aayaaطول ما انت ..في الرحلة معايا

Lyrics are adapted from Lyrics translate website 

Ahmed Saad – el-molook (the kings)

This song appeared in the outro of the second episode. It belongs to a genre of music in Egypt called mahraganaat (literally means “carnivals”). This kind of music was at first mainly the music of more certain areas of cairo (manaatiq sha’beyyah = literally means popular areas but refer to more crowded and poorer areas). However, this music spread in popularity everywhere. It is similar to rap music in terms of some focus on “dissing” (or expressing disrespect) to other unnamed rivals. Of course there are also carnivals about romantic love and others about contemplating life and human nature. However, this song “el-melook” belongs to the first category, with a message of “we are better than you”.

Song by Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enaba and double Zuksh – the kings- el-molook – الملوك

El-melook lyrics

Here are the lyrics of the song

The Kingsالملوك
[Singer: 3enaba][عنبة]
I can see non of youanaa mesh shaayef feekom 7addأنا مش شايف فيكم حد
y’all bunch of boys, wheedling for a livingentoo 3eyaal 3aayshah 3alaa el-7akkإنتوا عيال عايشين ع الحك
Everyone knows that y’all are minisculekoll el-naas 3arfaakoo 3al-2adكل الناس عارفاكوا ع القد
Everyone knows that i’m fiercekoll el-naas 3aarfah enne ghasheemكل الناس عارفة إني غشيم
Never needed backup3omree fee yoam maa e7tagt le-7addعمري في يوم ما أحتجت لحد
Not bragging, swear to god it’s true.mesh tafkheem wallaahee begaddمش تفخيم و الله بجد
Like a lion, standing in front of everyonewaa2ef west el-koll asadواقف وسط الكل أسد
Wasn’t meant1 to be meanmaa etrabbet-sh ennee ab2aa la2eemما أتربتيش إنى أبقى لئيم
When it’s serious, i got the missiles (name of a band)fee el-tanfeez 3andee el-Sawaareekhفي التنفيذ عندى الصواريخ
I am 3enab from mars, dudeanaa 3ennaab yasta el-marreekhأنا عناب ياسطى المريخ
In my wars i use RPGswest 7oroobee baDrab bawaazeekوسط حروبي بضرب بوازيك
In my county, i make historywest belaadee bakteblee tareekhوسط بلادي بكتبلي تاريخ
[Singer: Young Zuksh][يانج زوكش]
Here comes the gang7aDarnaa gainaa 3eSaabahحضرنا جينا عصابة
We live…3eshnaaعيشنا
You’ll make it, if determinedhatenga7 law feeh eraadahهتنجح لو فى إراده
Never needed support, i am on my own (Alone)ma7tagtesh 7add, anaa saaned nafsee aloneAlone ما احتاجتش حد أنا ساند نفسى
Ringing and buzzing daily, is my phone.arqaam betrenn be-tezenn 3ala el-telephoneأرقام بترن بتزن على التليفون
Now that i made it, they love me, took my side!7abboonee lammaa weSelt etlawwenoo 100 loanحبونى لما وصلت اتلونوا 100 لون
Your shot hits the post, mine scores a goalkortak teegee 3aarDah kortee teegee goanكورتك تيجى عارضه كورتى بتيجى جوون
[Singer: Ahmed Saad][أحمد سعد]
hush hush hush hush.sokoot sokoot sokoot sokootسكوت سكوت سكوت سكوت
The kings, kings, kings, kings are heregatt el-molok molook molookجت الملوك ملوك ملوك ملوك
There is no escape, escape escapemafeesh horoob horoob horoobمفيش هروب هروب هروب
from the lions, the lionsmen el-osood men el-osoodمن الأسود من الأسود
No sales talk!e7naa mesh be-nebee3 kalaamإحنا مش بنبيع كلام
We get to the point!e7naa naas doghree we-tamaamإحنا ناس دوغرى و تمام
(We) do not care who says whatmesh shaaghelnaa meen ellee 2aalمش شاغلنا مين اللى قال
The envious have no placeel-7aqood malhoosh makaanالحقود مالهوش مكان
[Singer: Young Zuksh][يانج زوكش]
Mess with me, you get a taste of lunacytenkosh-nee teshoof genaanتنكشنى تشوف جنان
People would gather2we-tetlam el-geraanوتتلم الجيران
God blessed me with a wise tonguerabbak eddaanee 7ekmah fee el-lesaanربك إدانى حكمة فى اللسان
(with which) I’d win battlesakol-kom bel-kalaamأكلكم بالكلام
Yang Zuksh is from El-Salamyough zoksh gaay men el-salaamيانج زوكش جاي من السلام
Do not trust meakhook malhoosh amaanأخوك مالهوش أمان
I’m decent, so don’t yell “man” at meanaa 3ala el-mazboot tamaam fa mat2olleesh yaa manأنا على المظبوط تمام فمتقوليش يا مان
hitting the gas, wining all trophies, bottled poison, quenched their thirst!anaa daayes we faayez kesebt kol el-gawaayez .. 7aTTait el-semm fee azaayez .. sherebt koll ellee 3aayezانا دايس و فايز كسبت كل الجوايز حطيط السم فى ازايز شربت كل اللى عايز
I want you to understand me, distinguish! (as i’m doing), and know what’s right!anaa 3aayez zayy maa-anaa 3aayez amayyez 3aayzak tefham-nee we-temayyez we-teshoof el-Sa77 we-dah kowayyesانا عايز زى مانا عايز أميز عايزك تفهمنى و تميز و تشوف الصح ده كويس
[Singer: Ahmed Saad][أحمد سعد]
Look, look, look where have we beenshoof shoof shoof konnaa fainشوف شوف شوف كنا فين
And where are we nowwe-ba2ainaa delwa2tee fainو بقينا دلوقتى فين
You, who forgot about me in your good few days, i will forget you for yearsyaa ellee neseetoo-nee fee yomain-kom anaa hansaa-kom seneenياللى نسيتونى فى يومينكم انا هنساكم سنين
Thanks for hardships, that opened my eyes,kattar khair el-Zoroof ellee tekhalleenee ashoofكتر خير الظروف اللى تخلينى أشوف
some i did truly love, others do not deserve considerationnaas 7abbait-haa be-amaanah we-naas taanyah maa-yetshaafoo-shناس حبيتها بأمانه وناس تانيه مايتشافوش
[Singer: 3enaba][عنبة]
Everyone was blown away when i’m presentlammaa gait el-koll Taarلما جيت الكل طار
Undeliberate, i’m an explosionghaSb 3annee anaa enfegaarغصب عنى انا انفجار
It’s hard to see you in spaceSa3b ashoofak fee el-faDaa2صعب اشوفك فى الفضاء
If you came to me, we’ll make a messlaw gait a3mel ma3aak 7ewaarلو جيت اعمل معاك حوار
Stay away, i vigorous, from Cairo, yet stronger than any foreignereb3ed 3annee 3ashaan anaa ghabee, qaaheraawee we-agmad men el-agnabeeابعد عنى علشان انا غبى قاهراوى و اجمد من الاجنبى
Dude, your planet is different from minekawkabkoo yasTaa ghair kawkabeeكوكبكوا ياسطى غير كوكبي
Alone, can drive an army of TatarsbeToolee wa7dee asoo2 tataarبطولى وحدي اسوق تاتار
[Singer: Young Zuksh][يانج زوكش]
I’m cool, i’m cool, i’m chicanaa gaamed anaa gaamed anaa sheekانا جامد انا جامد انا شيك
If you have money, a car gets anywherelaw ma3aak feloos 3arabeyyah be-temashsheekلو معاك فلوس عربيه بتمشيك
Bro, befriend no hobos, it’s a givenma3roof ya zemeelee ma-teSaa7eb-sh halaafeetمعروف يازميلى متصحبش هلافيت
(Are you) Cultured? Welcome aboardlaw betefham fee el-oSool ahlan beekلو بتفهم فى الاصول اهلا بيك
We’d want youneshtereekنشتريك
You’ll be on topteb2aa foa2تبقى فوق
Gray-haired?, meh, it’s just a colour.we-law yesheeb el-sha3r loanو لو يشيب الشعر لون
Till the end we’ll keep upmekammeleen le-aakher yoamمكملين لآخر يوم
Success is hard, requires no sleepaSl el-nagaa7 dah sa3b mesh me7taag el-noamأصل النجاح ده صعب مش محتاج النوم

Sabah – Sa3aat Sa3aat (Sometimes … sometimes)

This song appeared at the end of episode 5. A very melancholic song by the amazing Lebanese singer and actress Sabah. The song portrays a complex psychological state, about a person oscillating between feelings of unexplained happiness and sadness. 

Song by Sabah – sometimes sometimes – saa3aat saa3aat – ساعات ساعات

saa3aat saa3aat lyrics

Here are the lyrics of the song.

Sometimes. ..Sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات…ساعات
Sometimes. sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات…ساعات
I love my life & adore the things ( issues) .a7ebb 3omree, we a3sha2 el-7agaatأحب عمري و أعشق الحاجات
I love all peoplea7ebb koll el-naasأحب كل الناس
and how much of feeling (I have)we-add eih e7saasو أد ايه احساس!
and I feel inside me hundred melodieswe-a7ess gowwaayaa be-meet naghamو احس جوايا بميت نغم
hudred melodies filling up the silencemeet nagham yemloo el-sokaatميت نغم يملوا السكات
Sometimes. ..Sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات .. ساعات
Sometimes. ..Sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات …ساعات
I feel how much I am lonely !a7ess add eih wa7eedahأحس أد ايه وحيدة
the words that are in my mouth are not new !,we-add eih el-kelmah fee lesaanee ma-hesh gedeedahو أد ايه الكلمة في لساني مهيش جديدة
and how much I am not happy! ,we-add eih maa-anee-sh sa3eedahو أد ايه منيش سعيدة
and that the stars are so far !,we-enn el-negoom be3eedahو ان النجوم بعيدة
And how heavy the time step is !we-te2eelah khaTwet el-zamanو ثقيلة خطوة الزمن
How heavy theticking of the clocks!te2eelah da22et el-sa3aatثقيلة دقة الساعات
Sometimes. Sometimessa3aat sa3aatساعات…ساعات
I laugh & play like a spring birdaD7ak we-al3ab zayy 3aSfooret rabee3أضحك و ألعب زي عصفورة ربيع
Like the breeze it comes.. then it suddenly vanisheszayy el-naseem maa ye3addee we-fee la7zah yeDee3زي النسيم ما يعدي و في لحظة يضيع
I get very happy ..and laugh so very muchafra7 awee … we-aD7ak awee aweeأفرح قوي ..و أضحك قوي قوي
and love my life and adore the passing day .we-a7ebb 3omree we a3sha2 el-yoam ellee faatو أحب عمري و اعشق اليوم اللي فات
Sometimes. Sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات …ساعات
it’s strange, it is strangeghareebah, we-ghareebahغريبة ..و غريبة
the same thing that makes me happy, doesn’t make me happynafs elle beyfarra7-nee maa yefarra7-neeنفس اللي بيفرحني ما يفرحني
and it’s strangewe-ghareebahو غريبة
the same thing that comforts me doesn’t comfort menafs elle yerayya7-nee maa yerayya7-neeنفس اللي يريحني ما يريحني
and I feel my lifetime is gone bywe-a7ess enn 3omree faatو احس ان عمري فات
without me loving me life and adoring thingsmen ghair ma-a7ebb 3omree we-a3sha2 el-7agaatمن غير ما احب عمري و اعشق الحاجات
like this sometimeskedah saa3aatكدة ساعات
and like that sometimeswe-kedah saa3aatو كدة ساعات
and it’s strange, the ticking of time passingwe-ghareebah, ghareebah da22et el-zamanو غريبة..غريبة دقة الزمن
and it’s strange, strange how the clock game iswe-ghareebah ghareebah … le3bet el-saa3aatو غريبة غريبة ..لعبة الساعات
Sometimes. Sometimessaa3aat saa3aatساعات…ساعات

And here is a list of all songs (Egyptian and non-Egyptian) used in the series.

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