Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Nena Ya Nena: a Bilingual Duet with Vaya Con Dios — نينا يا نينا: ثنائي ثنائي اللغة مع ڤيا كون ديوس




I’ve been re-listening to Vaya Con Dios lately. After all these years I actually just found out that it’s a Belgian band’s name and not a woman’s. And that this ecclesiastical voice belongs to the lead singer, Dani Klein.

One day last week as I was riding my bike, I began humming Nah Neh Nah. Then for some reason I exchanged some of the English lyrics with Arabic ones. The trial was quite amusing, so I decided to work on it and see what would happen. A week later and with minimal equipment, the following song is the outcome.  




LYRICS


I got on the phone and called the girls, said
قابلوني هناك والبسوا الشيرز

عشان

Ney, Nah Neh Nah


In my high-heeled shoes and fancy fads
نزلت ومسيت عالبوابز

ف

Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Nah Neh Nah


When I pushed the door, I saw Eleanor
ينعل أبوه ده خنزؤر

Because

Ney, Nah Neh Nah

Sue came in, in a silk sarong
وكان معاها واد  خرونج

Going

Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Nah Neh Nah


Annie was a little late
 أفورت باين فالبيت

عشان

Ney, Nah Neh Nah

Curly fixed another drink
 والليلة ماطلعت فشينك

ف

Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Nah Neh Nah


It was already half past three
 يا هايبعني يا هاشتريه

Dancing

Ney, Nah Neh Nah

Oh Lord, did we have a ball
بيرة سخنة و شريطين تامول

ياللا

Ney, Nah Neh Nah
Ney, Nah Neh Nah


هوبا
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