Everything You Need To Know About Nabil Harfouch: The Newest Lebanese Singing Sensation

You’ve seen the billboards all over the highway. They sort of came out of nowhere, didn’t they? The latest pop sensation to overtake the country, if you don’t account for Sejaan Azzi’s dismissal from the Kataeb party, is an 80’s influenced, mustache-heavy man who’s throwing it back to the when the overbearing Lebanese father figure was in.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about the one and only Nabil Harfouch, whose “albo” is making every other “alb” in this country swoon.

Nabil harfouch

Never mind the fact that, according to twitter user @TawaNicolas, the song might be remixed to the following once they break up:

Nabil Harfouch 2

No, we are facing a serious work of art the likes of which the Lebanese republic has not witnessed since Fairuz released “Kifak Enta” back when songs had a purpose.

Please note the Cross on Nabil Harfouch’s wrist. This is a pious man, whose religiosity plays a very big reason in him becoming so “in” right now. After all, who dares not buy this man’s singles when Jesus is on his side?

In fact, Nabil Harfouch’s religion could be the exact reason why he is all over our highways today. But before we delve into the juicy details of Harfouch’s past, ones that rival Haifa Wehbe’s Hezbollah affiliated days, let us rewind.

A few years ago, Nabil Harfouch was just another middle-aged man who woke up one day and remembered he had a dream. You see, Martin Luther King had a dream, but so did Nabil. So he released a song in his attempt to become the next Ragheb Alama.

That song, titled “Touwsayeh,” was Nabil Harfouch’s combination of his two biggest passions in life: Women and God. In the song, he claims that God ordered his love interest specifically made for him. The magnum opus can be listened to below:

Almost 4 years later, and only 1200 hits on YouTube later, it’s safe to say the song did not take off. At all. So Mr. Harfouch realized that the best way to make it big in the showbiz business was to have lots of money and spend it on branding.

But where does a helpless hopeless pious man like Mr. Harfouch get all the money? Lightbulb! Religion, of course.

As reported by Rima Karaki last year (link), and as has surfaced on Facebook, Mr. Harfouch, along with his futuristic and pioneering lyricist Naji Sfeir, created a charity that they named after St. Rita which, for years, took money out of religious people’s pockets for a variety of religious reasons, such as investments and projects for Mr. Harfouch and Mr. Sfeir. The Maronite Church eventually caught up and closed down the charity, but not before the duo had made millions, reportedly.

So what does a Lebanese nouveau riche do? Buy yachts? Iftar at the Four Seasons? An apartment in Burj Hammoud? Nope! You start a singing career, of course. Or rather, restart it.

So, instilling a photoshop team from 2003, Harfouch and Sfeir decided they would take the country by storm. And hence came to be… “Dalli D7aki” (Keep Smiling), a song for Mother’s Day.

They filled our streets with the song’s billboards. They inundated our visual fields with their stellar works of art. The song, however, remained quite elusive, and the question remained: what would Mr. Harfouch’s mother do? Not listen to the song would be my top bet.

This song being extremely occasion specific couldn’t make a dent for Mr. Harfouch in the artistic domain. So he decided to go back to the drawing board. He figured people wouldn’t remember two failed attempts, so let’s plan for a summery comeback, one that would be with a bang. This time, the bang was in the hair because Mr. Harfouch got implants.

And here came to be Ya Albi, a song about Mr. Harfouch’s heart. While driving to Beirut from the North (#TeamNorth) yesterday, I decided to see where Harfouch had released the song. Like all the greats, he gave Anghami the exclusive.

“Ya Albi” has been on the region’s prime streaming service for weeks now, and has only amassed a couple thousand streams. Not to brag, but if I taped my cousin Yasmina blabbing, she would get more streams than that.

My friends and I wondered why a song that has taken up every single visual field point of our streets would fail to resonate this massively. Could it be that the song just sucked? The only way to know was to listen to it. So we did.

It started.

Albi, Ya albi
Albi albi albi, Ya albi

Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Wlak Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

I’m not sure if any of you counted, but the opening lyrics of the song is nothing more than Nabil Harfouch wailing about his heart, 21 times to be exact. And then came in the first verse:

Albi ma7rou2 w mekwi
Darbetou akbar berhan

Dammak mech 3am temchi
3el2ane bi noss el sheryan

This is pure medical knowledge right there. For the few seconds in which those lyrics reverberated off my speakers and onto my ear ossicles, I felt a rush of cardiology take over me. Can anyone else even?

At this point, popular request was to stop the song and listen to anything else instead, even Maya Diab. But we persevered:

Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Ya albi chou sayer fik
Wa7dak b rou7e tsawik

Ya albi chou sayir feek

Rou7e enta
3omre enta
Rou7e enta
3omre enta
rou7e enta wou 3omre enta
rou7e enta wou 3omre enta

Ana 3ayesh dayib fik

In case you’re keeping count, we’re up to 34 “albi”s at this point. I won’t bother counting “rou7e” and “3omre” because why bother.

Albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Wlek albi albi albi
Albi ya albi

Ya seken bi 2akhe
Jra7ak Jra7e

Dawahon ya rou7e
Dawahon ya rou7e

Dawahon ya rou7e

Dawahon ya rou7e

Dawahon ya rou7e

Teskon fike
w eskon fiyye

Rou7e enta
3omre enta
Rou7e enta
3omre enta
Rou7e enta
3omre enta

Rou7e enta
3omre enta
Rou7e enta
3omre enta

Ana 3ayesh dayeb fik

Albi albi albi, ya albi
Albi albi albi, ya albi

Albi ya albi

I have this feeling that, when done writing and recording, the duo behind this song couldn’t help but have a *mic drop* moment.

I, on the other hand, took a few moments to collect my jaw off the floor of my car, take my hands and pat my bleeding ears. Yes, Lebanon has a new singing sensation. And honestly, I can’t wait for when she dumps him.

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State of Grace (Lyrics) – Taylor Swift

These are the lyrics of the final countdown single by Taylor Swift before the release of her new album, Red, next week. State of Grace is an alternative song about, yes you guessed it, falling in love.

I’m walking fast through the traffic lights
Busy streets and busy lives
And all we know is touch and go
We are alone with our changing minds
We fall in love till it hurts or bleeds or fades in time 

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

You come around and the armor falls
Pierce the room like a cannonball
Now all we know... is don't let go
We are alone just you and me
Up in your room, and our slates are clean 
Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes
So you were never a saint
And I’ve loved in shades of wrong
We learn to live with the pain
Mosaic broken hearts
But this love is brave and wild

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right
These are the hands of fate
You're my Achilles heel
This is the golden age of something good and right and real

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same
And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift (Lyrics)

My review of the song can be found here.

[Verse 1:]

I remember when we broke up the first time,

Saying this is it, I’ve had enough

Cause like we hadn’t seen each other in a month

when you said you needed space, what?

Then you come around again and say baby

I miss you and I swear i’m gonna change, trust me

Remember how that lasted for a day

I say I hate you, we break up, you call me, I love you

[Chorus:] 

Oh Woo-Oh

We called it off again last night

But oh woo-oh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you

We are never ever ever getting back together

We are never ever ever getting back together

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me

But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Like, ever.

[Verse 2:] 

I’m really gonna miss you picking fights

And me falling for it, screaming that I’m right

And you would hide away and find your peace of mind

with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine

[Chorus:] 

Oh, oh, you called me up again tonight

But oh woo-oh-oh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you

We are never ever ever getting back together

We are never ever ever getting back together

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me

But we are never ever ever ever getting back together.

[Bridge:] 

I used to think that we were forever ever

And I used to say never say never

Then he calls me up and he’s like

“I still love you,” and I’m like

this is exhausting, you know, we are never getting back together – like ever.

 [Chorus:]

We are never ever ever getting back together

We are never ever ever getting back together

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me

But we are never ever ever ever getting back together.

[Outro:] 

Oh Woo-oh oh

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me

But we are never ever ever ever getting back together.

All the Lyrics of the album “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood

You can find all the lyrics for Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away” (read my review) here:

Good Girl

Blown Away

Two Black Cadillacs

See You Again

Do You Think About Me

Forever Changed

Nobody Ever Told You

One Way Ticket

Thank God for Hometowns

Good in Goodbye

Leave Love Alone

Cupid’s Got A Shotgun

Wine After Whiskey

Who Are You

Cupid’s Got A Shotgun (Lyrics) – Carrie Underwood

These are the lyrics for Cupid’s Got A Shotgun, off Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away.”

[Verse 1:]

Oh he gave up on arrows a long, long time ago
Turns out I’m too hard to hit so he put away his bow
I might just keep on runnin’ from here to Timbuktu
‘Cause he gave up on arrows and I ain’t bulletproof

[Chorus:]
Yeah Cupid’s got a shotgun aiming at my heart
I’ve been dodging bullets, I’ve been hiding in the dark
Sawed-off  double barrel, trigger happy as could be
Cupid’s got a shotgun and he’s pointing it at me

[Verse 2:]
He’s sitting in that treestand and his wings are camouflaged
I’m dug down in my foxhole waiting on his next barrage
Must be open season, got a target on my back
Think he’s throwing love grenades and I’m under attack

[Chorus]
Yeah Cupid’s got a shotgun aiming at my heart
I’ve been dodging bullets, I’ve been hiding in the dark
Sawed-off double barrel, trigger happy as could be
Cupid’s got a shotgun and he’s pointing it at me, yeah

[Bridge]
Well he’s got me in his sights, I’ve got a red dot on my chest
But little does he know I strapped on my Kevlar vest
I pulled out my Remington and I loaded up these shells
He’s about to find out I’m a dang good shot myself

[Chorus]
Yeah Cupid’s got a shotgun aiming at my heart
I’ve been dodging bullets, I’ve been hiding in the dark
Sawed-off double barrel, trigger happy as could be
Cupid’s got a shotgun and he’s pointing it at me

Yeah Cupid’s got a shotgun
But right now he’s running from me, wooh

Who Are You (Lyrics) – Carrie Underwood

These are the lyrics for Who Are You, off Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away.”

[Verse 1:]

Who are you,

the one for whom I’d really gladly suffer

Who are you,

the one I’ll always love above another

You’re my world, you’re my hope, you’re all my dreams and all my heart 

[Chorus:]

Who are you

The one I give my life to

Who are you,

that loves as deep as I do

[Verse 2]

Who are you,

who takes me through the flood and through the fire

Who are you,

who leads me through the desert and the dry

You’re in my thoughts, you know my mind

You are my fate, you are my light

[Chorus:]

Who are you

The one I give my life to

Who are you,

that loves as deep as I do

[Bridge]

You’re my savior, you’re my center

my beginning and my end

You’re the one I live for, you’re my angel

Who are you

You’re in my thoughts (in my thoughts)

You know my mind (you know my mind)

You are my fate, you are my light

[Outro:]

Who are you

The one I give my life to

Who are you,

that loves as deep as I do

Who are you
who fell on me like fire
Who are you,
who takes me through desire
 
Who are you,
The one I give my life to.

Leave Love Alone (Lyrics) – Carrie Underwood

These are the lyrics of Leave Love Alone, on Carrie Underwood’s new album “Blown Away.” You can check out my review here.

[Verse 1:]

Funny how love can make you feel
Crush you like a ton of steel
Fake you out, make you think it’s real
Funny how love can make you feel, yeah

[Chorus]

Ouh, ouh, yeah
I just can’t leave love alone

I just can’t leave love alone

I just can’t leave love alone

I just can’t leave love alone

Hey!

[Verse 2:]

Ain’t it funny how love can make you fly

Sweetest buzz and the highest high
when you can’t walk to the other side
ain’t it funny how love can make you fly

[Chorus:]

Ouh, I can’t stop it
Ouh, gotta have it, want it,
I can’t help it
I just can’t leave love alone

I just can’t leave love alone

(Can’t leave it alone)

I just can’t leave love alone

I just can’t leave love alone

Hey!

[Outro:]

Oh come on!

Burn me once but it don’t sink in
I just keep coming back again
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave, I can’t leave it
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave love alone
I just can’t leave love alone
I can’t leave it alone

I can’t leave it