عصفور ['Asfour]
(Little bird)

Lebanon
Composed by Marcel Khalife

عصفور طل من الشباك
وقال لي يا نونو
خبيني عندك خبيني
دخلك يا نونو

قلت له إنت من وين
قال لي من حدود السما
قلت له جايي من وين
قال لي من بيت الجيران

قلت له خايف من مين
قال لي من القفص هربان
قلت له ريشاتك وين
قال لي فرفطها الزمان

ونزلت عا خدو دمعة
وجناحاتو متكيي
وتهدى بالرض وقال
بدي إمشي وما فيي

وضميتو عا قلبي وصار
يتوجع على جروحاتو
قبل ما يكسر الحبس
تكسر صوتو وجناحاتو

قلت له لا تخاف اتطلع
شوف الشمس اللي راح تطلع
واتطلع عالغابة وشاف
أمواج الحرية بتلمع

شاف جوانح عم بتزقزق
من خلف بواب العلية
شاف الغابة عم بتحلق
على جوانح الحرية
3asfour Talli mni shibbak
ou alli ya nounou
khabbini 3andik khabbini
dakhlik ya nounou

'iltillou inta min wayn
'alli mnaH doud issama
'iltillou jayi min wayn
'alli min bayit il jiran

'iltillou khayif min miyn
'alli mnil ’afaS hirban
'iltillou rishshatak wayn
'alli farfaTha zaman

nizlit 3a khaddou dam3a
ouijnaHatoo mitkiyyi
ouithadda bil arD ou 'al
baddi imshi ou ma fiyyi

ou Damaytoo 3a 'albi w Sar
yitouajja3 3ala jirouHatoo
'abil ma ikassir il Habs
tkassir Sawtou ouijnaHatou

iltillou la tkhaf 'ittalla3
shouf ishshams illi raHatiTla3
outTalla3 3al ghabi ou shaf
amwaj il Hurriyi btilma3

ou shaf jwaniH 3am bitza'zi'
min khalfi bouab il 3alliyi
shaf il ghabi 3am bitHalli'
3ala jwaniH el Hurriyi
A little bird showed up at my window
And said, “Nounou,
Hide me in your place
I beg you, nounou.”

“Where are you from?”
“From the limits of the sky.”
“Where did you come from?”
“From the neighbor’s house.”

“What are you scared of?”
“From the cage I fled from.”
“Where are your feathers?”
“Time wasted them.”

A tear ran down his cheek,
And his wings were folded.
Walking on the ground he said,
I want to walk but I can't.

I hugged him to my chest then,
His wounds started hurting him.
Right before he fled the cage,
His voice and his wings were broken.

“Look, don’t be afraid!
See: the sun will soon rise!”
And he looked over the trees and saw
The waves of freedom shining.

He saw wings fluttering
Behind the gates of the hill,
And he saw the trees shimmering
On top of wings of freedom.