Monday, March 10, 2014

Music Monday: Rastak- Leila

Today's song comes from the amazing Iranian folk band Rastak. They sing songs in the different dialects/languages of Iran in an effort to record and incorporate the language and culture of these regions for a worldwide audience. They actually go out and meet the locals from each region to learn these songs and adapt them. From Azeri to Lori to Kurdish and everything in between, this group has helped to preserve the richness of the sounds and traditional music of Iran. Because I'm half Khorasani and speak the dialect, I've chosen to share the song Leila from the Khorasan province in eastern Iran. Just a note that this, of course, isn't standard Persian. You'll notice the biggest difference in the word moyom, which in standard Persian would be manam, it's me. That -om ending usually replaces the standard -am. Hope you enjoy this song and please check out their other amazing songs! 




āsheghom umadom az dasht o sahrā // I'm in love and I've come from fields and deserts
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
tālebom umadom az bahre sudā // I love you, and I'm going to come after you my love
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
umadom tā shavom shame sarāyet // I've come to be the candle of your home
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
shove noruz konom joonom fadāyet // on New Year's Eve, I will die for you
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me

leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
poshte dar vā kon moyom // behind the door, open it, it's me 
in che dar vā kerdene // why have you left the door closed on me?
in 'ze eghbāle moye (x2) // this is my [bad] luck

nāzanin dokhtari bā mā cherā nāz? // you're a sweet girl, why are you playing hard to get?
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
bache kaftar moyom, hasti to shahbāz // I'm a baby pigeon, you are a falcon
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
tarke man gofteyi az bivafāyi // abandoning me you said because you don't like you
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me
āsheghet umade bā yek jahān rāz // your love has come with a world of secrets
leilā dar vā kon moyom // leila open the door, it's me

Refrain

gashtom parishāaz ghamat leilā // I wandered distressed by your sorrow leila
ākh, āvāre gashtom dar dele sahrā leilā // Oh, I wandered hopelessly in the heart of the desert leila
(x2)

Refrain

♥ Pontia

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