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Dear Friends , the following wallpaper was made because of a question raised by one group member , about the change in the lyrics of an old Fairouz Song , "The Tavern of Jourieh" , during the 2003 Dubai concert , where the word " khammara = Tavern" was replaced by the word "Doukkna = shop " , and the word "sekran = is getting drunk" in replaced by the word "sehran = is spending the evening " .

Now in this page you must be hearing as a back ground music the original song from the play "Hala wal Malek" (Hala and the king)

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The Dialogue is Between fairouz and the guards and she is directing them towards the Tavern of Jourieh where her father is getting sober , and drinking all the night , while she is working in the place of Town Selina to sell masks for the "Halloween" feast .

and in the town the king is waiting for his , to become, princess , so she needs her father to identify her as his daughter , so is directing the guards to the tavern to bring him with the Tavern owner. Yet when her Father will arrive he will deny her , hoping that will get a better life in the Palace than that in her village "Daraj al Lawz" ( the almond steps) .

The Funny thing is what Elie Choueiri ( who played the drunk father in the play) once told in an interview on the MTV , that there was a women who watched this play more than 5 times and and each time during the scene where fairouz starts blaming her father for his drinking problem , the women would begin to cry , for she had the same problem with her father .but in general that play had a clear message against the drinking problem and didn't fear facing it in "tight" Lebanese society that was then , yet no critics were raised for the simple raising of naming the "drunk state"

after the teachings that the rahbanis were brought up on are clear :

Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

and :

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

So in no way the Rahbanis would implement or encourage drinking , they were in opposite condemning this hideous  habit , but I understand the fact that changing lyrics goes with the spirit of a concert and out of the play's context ,and not because it was held in a gulf country.

 

Hicham

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