Title: Talj Talj
Translation: Snow, snow
This is one of the most beautiful songs I have every heard. A kind person on YouTube was good enough to add the lyrics in both Arabic and English, so I have added them below the video. This song seems to be part of a Christmas special where Fairuz sang (at least) five Christmas songs, but this one is far and away my favourite, and a gentle reminder that the West does not have a monopoly on Christmas.
Fairuz is Lebanese, and also a Christian, and in 1977 she made an album called ‘Christmas Hymns’ where she sang some familiar songs in Arabic, such as ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’, ‘Jingle Bells’, and ‘Silent Night’, as well as songs written by the Rahbani Brothers; Assi (Fairuz’s husband), and his brother Mansour.
Thank you to Shira for the helpful information about this album on her website: http://www.shira.net/music/musicrevws/fairuz-christmas-hymns.htm
More information about Fairuz on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairuz
تلج تلج snow .. snow .. عم بتشتي الدنيي تلج the world is raining snow .. و النجمات حيرانين and the stars are confused و زهور الطرقات بردانيين and the flowers of the streets are feeling cold تلج تلج snow .. snow.. عم بتشتي الدنيي تلج it is falling down و الغيمات تعبانين and the clouds are tired عالتلة خيمات مضويين and on the hills some tents are lit و مغارة سهرانه and a cave is not sleeping فيها طفل صغير it has a little child in it بعيونو الحلياني in his beautiful eyes حب كتير كتير plenty , plenty of love تلج تلج snow .. snow . عم بتشتي الدنيي تلج is falling down كل قلب in every heart كل مرج and in every meadow زهر فيه الحب متل التلج love has blossomed like snow و جاي رعيان من بعيد and shepherds come from far away وينو الطفل الموعود where is the promised child? هون يا رعيان العيد here , shepherds of joy هون الليل االمنشود this is the night you sought تلج تلج snow … snow.. شتي خير rain goodness و حب and love و تلج and snow على كل قلب on every heart على كل مرج on every meadow ألفة و خير و حب love and connection and goodness متل التلج just like snow.. تلج تلج snow .. snow ..