Al Qusayr - the Spring of Freedom

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Written and performed by Qosay, a young Syrian refugee living in north Lebanon

lyrics

Oh Qusair! Oh you proud city!
Oh you spring of freedom!
I miss you a lot
We’ve had enough of humiliation and poverty
I miss hanging around in your streets
And sleeping in your hands

I miss the round-about
Playing in the house yard
I miss the schools
Where I used to study
I miss Assi (River)
To swim in it

I love your country side
Your willows are so beautiful
I miss the Qantara (the arch)
It is surrounded by apple orchard
I miss the grove
The willows and the pomegranate
I miss your olive trees
Your apples and lemons

I miss all the places
Today and everywhere
I miss the odour of your soil
And meeting your dear lovers
I miss you Qusair
I became like a grown up now because of all those worries
I swear by your love and your name
We will repaint you
With love and peace
With goodness and security
I miss everything in you
Your people and your families
This expatriation is killing us
It took all of our energy

Oh Qusair! We tasted bitterness
But we need to have patience
Those people who died, why?
I don’t know why
A man kills his brother
And I don’t know what for
For power and glory?
For money and profits?
Trust me, all of this will be gone
Interests will come to an end
Everybody will regret
For every stone that was demolished

Oh Qusair! Don’t be sad!
I give you my soul and my blood
Pray to God now
To make our return soon
Oh Qusair! You are ours
And you will remain ours
No matter how long it will take
Security will come again

Oh Qusair! Open your gates!
Your dearest lovers are coming!
Oh Qusair! Open your gates!
Your dearest lovers are coming!

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from Mishwar Music, released December 24, 2016
Written and performed by Qosay
Music by Tony Collins and Abdo Malek
Mixed and mastered by Andrew Howie

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