Nour El Ein نور العين (Light of My Eye) Amr Diab

“Nour El Ein” is the title track of Amr Diab’s 1996 breakthrough album, which was a major hit not just in the Middle East but also worldwide. Diab’s fusion of European and Arab musical influences paved the way for a new generation of Arab pop, with a style that was catchy and modern but still retained a distinct Arabic feel. He was also a pioneer in the use of music videos to promote his songs, as one of the first Arab artists to do so. All of these elements are on display in “Nour El Ein,” with its Arabic lyrics (including a generous use of the word “habibi”) set over Spanish guitar rhythms and the occasional accordion. The music video complements the pan-Mediterranean vibe of the song, with Amr Diab singing his heart out amid a cast of flamenco guitarists and gypsy women in an undefined village that could be anywhere from Spain or Morocco or Italy to Diab’s native Egypt.

My darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I’ve loved you for years, there’s no one else in my mind عاشق بقالي سنين ولا غيرك في بالي
My darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I’ve loved you for years, there’s no one else in my mind عاشق بقالي سنين ولا غيرك في بالي
My darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I’ve loved you for years, there’s no one else in my mind عاشق بقالي سنين ولا غيرك في بالي
My darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I’ve loved you for years, there’s no one else in my mind عاشق بقالي سنين ولا غيرك في بالي
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I saw them, the most beautiful eyes in the universe أجمل عيون في الكون أنا شفتها
I’m in awe of you, I’m in awe of [your eyes’] magic الله عليك الله على سحرها
I saw them, the most beautiful eyes in the universe أجمل عيون في الكون أنا شفتها
I’m in awe of you, I’m in awe of [your eyes’] magic الله عليك الله على سحرها
Your eyes are with me, your eyes are enough عيونك معايا، عيونك كفاية
Your eyes are with me, your eyes are enough عيونك معايا، عيونك كفاية
They light up my nights تنور ليالي
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
My darling, light of my eye, one that I dream of حبيبي يا نور العين يا ساكن خيالي
I’ve loved you for years, there’s no one else in my mind عاشق بقالي سنين ولا غيرك في بالي
Your heart called out to me and told me you love me قلبك ناداني وقال بتحبني
(You’re amazing) You reassured me الله عليك الله) طمنتني)
Your heart called out to me and told me you love me قلبك ناداني وقال بتحبني
(You’re amazing) You reassured me الله عليك الله) طمنتني)
You’re everything, the whole story معاك البداية، وكل الحكاية
You’re everything, the whole story معاك البداية، وكل الحكاية
I’m with you ’til the end معاك للنهاية
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين
Ah آه
My darling, my darling حبيبي حبيبي
(ah) My darling, my darling آه) حبيبي حبيبي)
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye (ah) (حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين (آه
My darling, my darling, my darling, light of my eye حبيبي حبيبي حبيبي يا نور العين
My darling, my darling حبيبي حبيبي
My darling, my darling حبيبي حبيبي