Law La’ibt Ya Zahr لو لعبت يا زهر (If the Dice Were Rolled) Ahmed Sheba

This is a good example of an Egyptian “shaabi” song, the kind you might hear at a belly dancing club on Haram Street. This particular song crossed over and enjoyed mainstream success due to being featured in the 2014 comedy film “Ocean 14.”

 

Someone who has money loses sleep — so how much worse is it for someone in debt! اللي له قرش مبينامشى ما بالك بقى من اللي عليه
Cursed be poverty, which puts me in need of vile people ملعون ابوك يا فقر يا حوّجني للأندال
You debased an honorable man because he was in need of money زليت عزيز النفس عشان عديم المال
Damn you, need, the shame of asking [for something] is deadly ملعون ابوكي ياعوزه زلة السؤال قتال
Oh if the dice were rolled and situations were reversed اه لو لعبت يا زهر واتبدلت الأحوال
And I rode the first wave on the path to riches وركبت أول موجة فى سكة الأموال
I would go to the first one I made a request to in need لأروح لأول واحد احتجتله في سؤال
Who treated me brusquely at the time and made me feel my straitened circumstances كسر بخاطري ساعتها ودوّقتني ضيقة الحال
In order to do the right thing by him and lift him up if he stumbles لأعمل معاه الصح أنا وأسنده لو مال
Standing by him in tribulations and being patient واقف جمبه فى المحن وأكون أكون طويل البال
I would let him know that money, money doesn’t make you a man أعرفه إن الفلوس الفلوس مبتعملش رجال
Need is bitter, need is bitter and many a time it has laid heroes low الحوجه مره الحوجه مره وياما بهدلت أبطال
But enough, I’ve gotten fed up after I reached my hand out to a vile man بس خلاص أنا نفسي اتسدت بعد ما ايدي للواطي اتمدت
I was treating everyone with respect and wishing them well كنت عامل خدي مداس بأحب الخير لكل الناس
I ended up on the ground being stepped on, people betraying me and people selling me بقيت ع الطراب بنداس ناس تخونى وناس تبيعني
Oh if the dice were rolled and situations were reversed اه لو لعبت يا زهر واتبدلت الأحوال
And I rode the first wave on the path to riches وركبت اول موجة فى سكة الأموال
I would go to the first one I made a request to in need لأروح لأول واحد احتجتله فى سؤال
Who treated me brusquely at the time and made me feel my straitened circumstances كسر بخاطري ساعتها ودوّقتني ضيقة الحال
In order to do the right thing by him and lift him up if he stumbles لأعمل معاه الصح أنا وأسنده لو مال
Standing by him in tribulations and being patient واقف جمبه فى المحن وأكون أكون طويل البال
Nothing mattered for me, I didn’t have a cent in tough times الدنيا كانت ولا فارقه مشلتش أنا قرش في زنقة
Everything I wished for, I lost. I laughed for a minute and grieved for weeks كل ما أتمنى حاجة تضيع أضحك دقيقة أحزن أسابيع
I’m fed up with too much moving around, I can’t find solid ground زهقت من كتر الترقيع ومش لاقيلي بر ارسا
I lived life naively, and got nothing from this world عشت الحياة بكل سذاجة مطلعتش من الدنيا بحاجة
Who comes away from life with anything? Everyone will leave it behind and depart وهو مين واخد حاجة ما كله هيسيبها ويمشي
Oh if the dice were rolled and situations were reversed اه لو لعبت يا زهر واتبدلت الأحوال
And I rode the first wave on the path to riches وركبت أول موجة فى سكة الأموال
I would go to the first one I had made a request to in need لأروح لأول واحد أحتجتله في سؤال
Who treated me brusquely at the time and made me feel my straitened circumstances كسر بخاطري ساعتها ودوّقتني ضيقة الحال
In order to do the right thing by him and lift him up if he stumbles لأعمل معاه الصح أنا وأسنده لو مال
Standing by him in tribulations and being patient واقف جمبه فى المحن وأكون أكون طويل البال