Judgment Day

Omnia Hegazy - Judgment Day
  • Aziza
  • Aziza

    She spent all her days
    With her head in her books
    Never cared much to agonize
    Over her looks

    But the boys would all whisper
    And motion and stare
    All the girls would just mutter
    That it wasn’t fair

    She would move onto college
    And get her degree
    Go to med school
    And then do her residency

    But a suitor came calling
    When she turned sixteen
    And he didn’t quite care for her frivolous dreams
    And he said:
    Ya Aziza, ya habibi (sweetheart)
    You need a hard working
    Husband like me
    Ya Aziza, isma3eeni (listen to me)
    I’ll pay
    For you to belong to me

    Her father was looking
    To give her away
    Her mother just listened
    To what he would say

    That Aziza was woman
    And soon should be wed
    That all of this schooling
    Was ruining her head

    And Baba (Dad) said
    Ya Aziza, ya habibi
    Come down from the clouds
    And face your destiny
    Ya Aziza, ya binti (my daughter)
    A mother is what we expect you to be

    So they painted her hands
    And he gave her a ring
    The women started to dance and they started to sing

    What a wonderful wedding
    They said to the bride
    Never stopping to think
    She was broken inside

    He said
    Ya Aziza, ya habibi
    You must stay home
    And raise our family
    Ya Aziza, ya hayati
    I want our son to
    Grow up just like me
  • Judgment Day
  • Judgment Day

    I, I
    Don’t know if you are listening
    Time, time
    Has cast its doubt on me

    Light,
    Is conquered by the darkness
    Why
    Don’t you just intervene?

    May just take a thousand lives
    Lost before we get it right
    We’ll keep finding reasons to fight
    Oh lord, you know that we’ll
    Torture and annihilate
    Plunder, steal, and violate
    Still be able to sleep at night
    Until our judgment day
    Crime
    Runs rampant in the cities
    Wives
    Are beaten ruthelessly

    Why
    Create us just to suffer
    Give us a sign
    Of where to go from here

    May just take a thousand lives
    Lost before we get it right
    We’ll keep finding reasons to fight
    Or lord, you know that we’ll
    Poison and indoctrinate
    Teach our youngest ones to hate
    Still be able to sleep at night
    Until our judgment day

    Allah, Allah
    My God, My God
    Allah, Allah
    My God, My God

    Make just take a thousand lives
    Lost before we get it right
    We’ll keep finding reasons to fight
    Or lord, you know that we’ll
    Murder in the name of faith
    Keep on shouting “God is great”
    Still be able to sleep at night
    Until our judgment day.
  • Run Away
  • Run Away

    Feel the wind
    On your face
    Does it ease
    Your heartache

    Let me the rain
    Start to pour
    Wash away
    Your troubles

    Think I’ll run and make my getaway
    Good luck finding me, I’d rather go to a place
    Where I can’t be hurt by anyone
    Can’t face life so I’ll just turn around and run away

    Let the walls
    Tumble down
    Watch them fall
    To the ground

    Pieces of
    Who I was
    Where I’ve been
    What I’ve done

    Think I’ll run and make my getaway
    Good luck finding me, hidden is where I will stay
    I don’t want to talk to anyone
    Can’t face life so I’ll just turn around and run away

    Look in front of you
    Whatever you do
    Don’t look back
    Deny the things that happened
    So you won’t have to deal with it.

    Time to up and make my grand escape
    Good luck finding me, I’d rather not show my face.
    I don’t want to face what I have done
    Can’t face life so I’ll just turn around and run away
  • Smiling Eyes
  • Smiling Eyes

    I didn’t sleep well last night
    And that’s all thanks to you
    Babe, you know that it isn’t right
    That you don’t know what you do to me

    I’ll keep it all to myself
    For as long as I can
    I’ll keep my mouth shut for once
    At least when it comes to this

    Better that you didn’t know
    Than I share with you my weakness
    Better that I take control
    Fall asleep, and stop this dreaming of you

    I’ll just stay awake for the rest of my life
    Or until I learn to get you off my mind
    I’ll just try to shake all this yearning inside
    And I won’t be won over by your smiling eyes

    Don’t even know you that well
    In fact it’s kind of dumb
    That I would be drawn to you
    That you would even become
    The source of my insomnia

    Better that you didn’t know
    Than I share with you my feelings
    Better that I take control
    And find a way to get over it.

    I’ll just stay awake for the rest of my life
    Or until I learn to get you off my mind
    I’ll just try to shake all this yearning inside
    And I won’t be won over by your smiling eyes

    This will be the only time
    That I write a song about you
    I’ll erase you from my mind
    If this is the last thing I do
    I do

    I’ll just stay awake for the rest of my life
    Or until I learn to get you off my mind
    I’ll just try to shake all this yearning inside
    And I won’t be won over by your smiling eyes
  • Tough Love
  • Tough Love

    Take a look at me now
    Would you ever think that I could be so weak
    That I’d ever allow
    Myself to be stuck down here on my knees
    I just want to be free,
    Free of your iron grip on me

    Tell me you love me again
    And leave a bruise on my face
    Is that how you cope
    With the weakness you can’t escape
    Take it out on me, like a piece of property
    That you throw around whenever you feel the need
    I’ve had enough of your tough love

    How could I be so bold
    As to think that I could do much better
    Babe a dog can do better than this
    Better than your fist and better than your temper
    You can look in my eyes
    And shower me with words so sweet
    And say sorry so many times
    But I’m immune to your apologies

    Tell me you love me again
    And violate me
    Is that how you cope
    With your inadequacy
    Overpower me
    Strip me of my dignity
    Does it trigger your sense of masculinity?
    I’ve had enough of your tough love

    People never change, you ain’t no exception
    I can get hurt waiting for you
    To find a better outlet for your anger
    Lay one more hand on me and see what I’ll do
    Is that how you like it babe?
    No it don’t feel good
    I pray you’ll never experience
    The hell you put me through

    Tell me you love me again
    But I will not be swayed
    I am not so foolish to think that you can change
    I will not be treated for less than I am worth
    And I won’t take no shit from you
    That I do not deserve
    I’ve had enough of your tough love.
  • Huriyah
  • Huriyah

    The Egyptian Revolution from the perspective of an Egyptian living abroad.
    lyrics
    Ya 7uriyah ( freedom)

    How I would love to see ya

    I don’t know where you’ve been

    But I think it’s time for you to show your face again.

    Ya 7ukuma (government)

    What are you doing for us

    Why should we take your fall

    Yeah I think you owe us all a damn good explanation

    Ya beladi (my country)

    It seems you’re hurting badly

    For your government

    Doesn’t seem to be concerned about its citizens

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah (I want to see you, freedom)

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya (Where are you, you are valuable to me)

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya

    Tehrimooni minha (why would you take her (freedom) away from me

    Nabdi albi ya huriyah (She is what makes my heart pulse/beat)

    Ya sha3abi (My people)

    Ya shabaab ya amal waTani (The youth, the hope of my homeland)

    You are strong and you are wise

    Don’t ever be surprised when life is how it should be

    Ya 7abeybi (my loved ones)

    Intu dayman guwa albi (you are always in my heart)

    I hope and I pray

    We experience the same God-given rights someday

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah (I want to see you freedom)

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya (Where are you, you are valuable to me)

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya

    Tehrimooni minha (why would you take her (freedom) away from me

    Nabdi albi ya huriyah (She is what makes my heart pulse/beat)

    We all have the right to live in peace

    Yet it is a fight to live at all

    We have really tried to say this nicely

    Bas (but), it’s time for the regime to fall.

    3yzeen na3ish fi salam (We want to live in peace)

    3yzeen na3ish fi aman (We want to live in security)

    Yullah ya shabab w ya banaat (Let’s go/hurry, young men and women

    Allah ma3na w ma’aa beladna (God is with us and our country)

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah (I want to see you freedom)

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya (Where are you, you are valuable to me)

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya

    3yza shoofik ya 7uriyah

    Inti feenik ghali 3alaya

    Tehrimooni minha (why would you take her (freedom) away from me

    Nabdi albi ya huriyah (She is what makes my heart pulse/beat)

The Jailbird EP

Omnia Hegazy - The Jailbird EP
  • Grace
  • Grace

    For the advancement of women's rights worldwide.
    lyrics
    Cover your face
    Before you poison all our souls
    Cover your mouth
    Before it tells us something we don’t know
    Cover your body
    For your skin incinerates
    The will of weakened men who just might lose their faith


    Our heads our full of color inside
    Why is it that we should hide
    Who ever gave you the right to step on our pride?

    What if we stood up right now
    And spoke out and sung out loud
    What if we all danced with joy
    For what we are, would it annoy?
    What if we took back our place
    In this dying human race
    What if we stood side by side
    And changed the world with all our grace?

    Why don’t you stop yourself
    And learn some self restraint
    Why should you just be free
    While I stay here to suffocate
    I’m not an object, but a woman
    Don’t you see
    It would do you some good
    To learn the way to talk to me

    Our hearts are full of so many dreams
    And so much more that we can achieve
    Are you scared you might not be able to compete?

    What if we stood up right now
    And spoke out and sung out loud
    What if we all danced with joy
    For what we are, would it annoy?
    What if we took back our place
    In this dying human race
    What if we stood side by side
    And changed the world with all our grace?

    You can keep on trying to hold us down
    Keep us blind and dumb so we won’t figure out
    All your sad attempts to take control
    Of our bodies, minds, and of our souls

    What if we stood up right now
    And spoke out and sung out loud
    What if we all danced with joy
    For what we are, would it annoy?
    What if we took back our place
    In this dying human race
    What if we stood side by side
    And changed the world with all our grace?
  • What’s Become of Us
  • What’s Become of Us

    Sitting back I watch the world move around me
    Circling slowly inside itself
    I feel the cycle start to overwhelm me
    Watching as it evolves into hell
    All these visions of anguish around me
    Bruising the beauty that should be life
    Knowing all of the things that it could be
    Watching it all fall down from the strife

    Just look away
    Enjoy your day
    Don’t dwell on other people’s pain
    Just sit there and wait
    For better days

    Just turn the other cheek
    And go with life
    It don’t affect you so don’t even try to change the
    The harsh reality of what has become
    Of our humanity, what’s become of us
    What’s become of us?

    What becomes of the child on the street with nothing to eat
    And nowhere to go
    What becomes of the girl getting married
    To someone that she don’t even know
    What becomes of the man behind bars
    Who has not been charged and won’t see a trial
    All the families that are torn apart
    When war must depart souls into the sky

    Just look away
    Enjoy your day
    Don’t dwell on other people’s pain
    Just say a little prayer
    For better days

    Just turn the other cheek
    And go with life
    It don’t affect you so don’t even try to change the
    The harsh reality of what has become
    Of our humanity, what’s become of us
    What’s become of us?


    Turn off the news
    Why would you ruin your good mood
    Don’t deal with what lies
    Outside of your white picket fence


    Just turn the other cheek
    And go with life
    It don’t affect you so don’t even try to change
    The harsh reality of what has become
    Of our humanity, what’s become of us
    What’s become of us?
  • Read the Sign
  • Read the Sign

    You go shrinking my head
    Into something that may actually make sense
    You laugh at my pretense
    Acting tougher than I am
    Got me all figured out
    Know how I tick, you’ve got me down
    Bet you even know how
    You’ll get me where you want me baby

    Don’t get too close
    Or I push you away
    Cuz Lord only knows
    All the games you can play
    Are you having trouble deciphering the sign
    I wear on my forehead
    To shorten the line
    Of cunning deceivers and turpentine
    It says stay away, can’t you read, or does that not apply to you
    Do I want it to?
    Never mind, read the sign

    I feel you look in my eyes
    But I try not to return the favor
    For it would not be wise
    To let you see past these walls that I savor
    I fear what you would see
    If you looked too deep into me
    Why you still around
    You should be gone right now
    While you still can flee

    Don’t get too close
    Or I push you away
    Cuz Lord only knows
    All the games you can play
    Are you having trouble deciphering the sign
    I wear on my forehead
    To shorten the line
    Of cunning deceivers and turpentine
    It says stay away, can’t you read, or does that not apply to you
    Do I want it to?
    Never mind, read the sign


    Does it challenge you to
    Try to see through
    The front I put up
    To weed out the few
    That are crazy enough
    To go call my bluff
    So you called my bluff did you?

    Don’t get too close
    Or I push you away
    Cuz Lord only knows
    All the games you can play
    Are you having trouble deciphering the sign
    I wear on my forehead
    To shorten the line
    Of cunning deceivers and turpentine
    It says stay away, can’t you read, or does that not apply to you?
    Do I want it to?
    Never mind, read the sign
  • Hide
  • Hide

    Look up at the sky as it rains
    Do you think that it will wash away
    The letters you wear on your face
    That scarlet letter A

    Hide if you like
    Do you think that you can get away
    Watch your life
    Through the looking glass, nice and safe
    Block out anyone who lets you in
    They’ll just hurt you, it ain’t worth it
    Hide don’t let them find you Hide

    Look down at the ground, don’t raise your gaze
    You know that you still wear those stains
    The time passes by, you’re still left with the shame
    Your scarlet cheeks remain

    Hide if you like
    Do you think that you can get away
    Watch your life
    Through the looking glass, nice and safe
    Block out anyone who lets you in
    Hide your pain and put on a grin
    Hide, don’t let them find you, Hide

    Sing
    And they may just know the way you feel
    Anything
    Is better than having to deal with yourself
    Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead and hide

    But what if your haven caves in on you?
    What if you crawled out of your cocoon?
    Hide if you like but what will it do
    Let life pass you by, just like a fool

    Hide if you like, Hide if you like
    Hide if you like
    and watch your life pass you by
    Hide if you like, Hide if you like
    Hide if you like
    and watch your life pass you by
  • Jailbird
  • Jailbird

    Dark as the night were his eyes
    When I caught his gaze I took a bite
    From the forbidden fruit
    that never should be taken off the vine
    Beautiful crescent moon above me
    Over the dunes of my desire
    Hovering like a stern reminder of where my temptation lies

    My life has changed to color from its hues of black and white
    Like heaven's coming down to grace me with its paradise
    I'm trying to resist it but I must admit that I'm
    Not sure what you have unleashed in me
    But when you touch my skin it sets me free
    I'm jailbird finally released from prison to take flight

    Feeling my body ripe with hunger
    Feeling my lips parched by by the thirst
    Letting a thrill come over me
    As I explore your universe
    Something inside me starts to tremble
    Yet something else feels oh so right
    Feeling my senses rise up to the clouds inside my velvet sky

    My life has changed to color from its hues of black and white
    Like heaven's coming down to grace me with its paradise
    I'm trying to resist it but I must admit that I'm
    Not sure what you have unleashed in me
    But when you touch my skin it sets me free
    I'm jailbird finally released from prison to take flight


    Free me from this dark and dreary place
    Could you be the one to break these chains?
    Be that long awaited drop of rain on my burning, desert day

    My life has changed to color from its hues of black and white
    Like heaven's coming down to grace me with its paradise
    I'm trying to resist it but I must admit that I'm
    Not sure what you have unleashed in me
    But when you touch my skin it sets me free
    I'm jailbird finally released from prison to take flight
  • Change This Place
  • Change This Place

    Dedicated to the struggle for freedom worldwide
    lyrics
    Stars exploding in the night
    Never stop to look up at the sky
    See if we’ll grow wings to fly

    Many never visualize
    Change occurring in their lifetimes
    But sons and daughters pay the price

    Oh
    Rise up now
    Oh
    Stand up now
    Oh
    Speak up now
    Let’s make them listen

    Oh
    Sing out now
    Oh
    Shout out now
    Oh
    You know how
    To change this place up

    Take the moon into your hands
    Take command and start to change the tides
    It will be a sacrifice

    They will try to silence you
    They will try to take away your rights
    Will they win without a fight?

    Oh
    Rise up now
    Oh
    Stand up now
    Oh
    Speak up now
    Let’s make them listen

    Oh
    Sing out now
    Oh
    Shout out now
    Oh
    You know how
    To change this place up

    Society is yours, is yours
    Society is yours to defy,
    The world, the world, is yours is yours
    The world is yours to revolutionize
    Yours to revolutionize

    Oh
    Rise up now
    Oh
    Stand up now
    Oh
    Speak up now
    Let’s make them listen

    Oh
    Sing out now
    Oh
    Shout out now
    Oh
    You know how
    To change this place up
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