Fairuz is one of the most admired and influential singers in the Arab world. Khalik Bel Bait (Stay at Home) is a well-known classic from her 1984 album Maarifti Feek. But the song has become very popular again this spring as it takes on new meaning with its lyrics ุฎู„ูŠูƒ ุจุงู„ุจูŠุช (stay home), which is a trending hashtag on social media and local TV channels in this time of coronavirus and quarantine.

Have fun singing along while learning the lyrics. Below, you can see the Arabic script with tashkeel. Click on any line to expand it to reveal the English translation and language notes.

Stay home. Now I’m in love.
ุฎู„ู‘ู‰ to keep
This verb has a number of idiomatic uses, two of which are heard throughout this song.
ุฎู„ู‘ูŠูƒ is the imperative with a pronoun suffix. Literally, it would translate ‘keep yourself’, but it really means ‘stay.’ BUT this verb is only used in the imperative with this meaning. For the common verb for ‘stay’, you’ll have to wait until near the end of the song.
ุจูุงู„ุจูŠู’ุช (at) home; in the house
ู‡ู„ู‘ุฃ (also spelled ู‡ู„ู‘ู‚) now
ุญุจู‘ to love, be/fall in love. In the imperfect tense, this verb would translate ‘love’. ‘Loved’ (as in ‘used to love’) would be ูƒุงู† ูŠู’ุญูุจู‘. But in the perfect tense, ุญุจู‘ implies a change in state (from not loving to loving, that is, fell in love).

I will be alone, on my own if you leave.
ุฑุญ will
ุฑุญ ูƒูˆู† I will be
ูˆูŽุญูŠุฏ alone, lonely. Here, Fairouz uses the feminine form of the adjective, of course: ูˆูŽุญูŠุฏูุฉ. Because the feminine ending ู€ูุฉ usually sounds the same as ู€ูŠ, it is often sounded out and written that way, as in the lyrics in the video. Can you spot the other occurrence of this in the song?
ูˆูŽุญู’ุฏูˆ alone. This takes a personal pronoun, so here it’s ูˆูŽุญู’ุฏูŠ. But notice that Feiruz makes it three syllables (poetic license!): ูˆูŽุญูŽุฏูŠ
ุฅู† if
ูู„ู‘ู‰ to leave

Please, stay home, stay.
ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูŠู’ุฎู„ู‘ูŠูƒ May God keep you [safe/from death]. But this is really just used idiomatically as a way to beg or implore someone to do somethingโ€“a very strong ‘please’. But people hear the double meaning in this line especially now, in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

I will be, my darling, on my own if you leave.
ุญุจูŠุจูŠ darling.
Notice that this line is the same as the second line of the song, but with this word taking the place of ูˆูŽุญูŠุฏูุฉ.

Stay, don’t leave, I am missing you.
ู„ุง ุชู’ุฑูˆุญ don’t go
The affirmative command ‘go’ would be ุฑูˆุญ, but remember that a negative command is formed with the bare imperfect tense. Of course, normally, the negative imperative is formed with the negative particle ู…ุง, but here, Fairuz uses the ู„ุง from MSA for poetic effect. (This is common in songs.)
ู…ูุดู’ุชุงู‚ ู„ู€ missing
ู„ูŠูƒ to you

Stay, for I am deeply in love with your eyes.
ูƒู’ุชูŠุฑ a lot, very much
ุนูŠู’ู† eye โ†’ ุนูŽูŠู’ู†ูŠู’ู† eyes (dual)
ู€ูƒ your

Don’t just stand at the door. For my sake, come in. ุถู„ู‘ to stay, remain. Aha! This is the real verb for ‘stay’. So, ุฎู„ู‘ูŠูƒ is the affirmative command ‘stay’, while ู…ุง ุชู’ุถู„ู‘ is the negative form. ุนูŽ at ุจุงุจ door ูƒูุฑู’ู…ุงู„ for (one’s sake)… and this is another way to implore someone, so it’s really another word for ‘please’. ูุงุช to enter
The night hasn’t left any roads or houses. ุฎู„ู‘ู‰ (besides ‘keep’) also means ‘leave’ (and ‘let/allow’, among other things!) ุทุฑูŠู‚ road (plural: ุทุฑู’ู‚ุงุช) With this line, Fairuz is implying that the darkness of the night makes everything quietโ€“the house and the streetsโ€“as opposed to the activities and noise in daylight hours. That is, the day is the time to move from one place to another, but night is when we rest and retreat to our homes.

I am bored and hot, and it’s very quiet.
ุถุฌู’ุฑุงู† bored, restless
ุดูˆู’ุจ hot. This is an invariable adjective, so it doesn’t take the feminine suffix ู€ุฉ.
ุณููƒูˆุช quiet, tranquil

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    1. I found an album she did called “Good Friday: Eastern Sacred Songs” that offer a number of interesting perspectives on Holy Friday, from Mary at the cross where Christ was crucified to announcing the rising again of the Messiah from death into eternal life. It’s worth checking out, regardless of your religious leanings:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh_KgT3TGIQ&list=OLAK5uy_kGRiv0Z5Qdgkr_EqQtsdbjYJYCnHp8rWY

      Additionally, it appears she has at least one Christmas album up:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlU0QwPPcCA&list=OLAK5uy_kV6m6h_sH9vsAK7XsoAaVfoIdEnRqDbOg

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