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Nànnuflày
Tinariwen Lyrics


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Kàla t-illegh
Ibda nànnuflày
Nilmàd s-àddunya
Harkuk tàmmuttày

Ere-s tosed inta-ghas
Ila derhanàn-net
Harkuk osas

Legh amidi-nin
S-inta niflas
Hi isaswen ulh-in
Alwàqq d-intas

Ilkam e-timtar
Illegh dara-s
Tedjedit tàhona
Iday fàlla-s

There was a time
I lived fulfilled.
Life taught me that
It can often change.

The one you find in solitude
Is prisoner of egotistical desires.
I have a friend I can trust
Who quenches the thirst
That burns in my heart.

I walk in his footsteps
Pursuing memories built
On a dune that's always moving.

No sleepwalking,
Don't keep me apart
I'm through sleepwalking,
God be in my heart
No more sleepwalking,
Been asleep too long
No more sleepwalking,
Keep me with you god

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Tinariwen's song Nànnuflày speak of a journey of self-discovery and the realization that life is unpredictable and ever-changing. The first stanza highlights the singer's realization that life can often change despite one's best efforts to hold onto a sense of stability and fulfillment. The second stanza speaks of the importance of true friendship and trust in helping one to overcome a sense of egotistical imprisonment that can arise in solitude. The third stanza describes the singer's pursuit of memories that are constantly shifting and changing, much like the desert dunes that serve as a metaphor for the impermanence of life.


The overall message of the song seems to be one of embracing change and uncertainty, while seeking solace and companionship in the face of life's challenges. The singer recognizes the need to let go of past patterns of behavior and embrace a new way of living that is grounded in trust, friendship, and a willingness to surrender to the unknown. The song's use of imagery and metaphor serves to amplify and reinforce the theme of impermanence, and suggests that acceptance and adaptability may be key to finding meaning and contentment in life.


Line by Line Meaning

Kàla t-illegh
There was a time


Ibda nànnuflày
I lived fulfilled


Nilmàd s-àddunya
Life taught me that


Harkuk tàmmuttày
It can often change


Ere-s tosed inta-ghas
The one you find in solitude


Ila derhanàn-net
Is prisoner of egotistical desires


Harkuk osas
I have a friend I can trust


Legh amidi-nin
Who quenches the thirst


S-inta niflas
That burns in my heart


Hi isaswen ulh-in
I walk in his footsteps


Alwàqq d-intas
Pursuing memories built


Ilkam e-timtar
On a dune that's always moving


Illegh dara-s
No sleepwalking


Tedjedit tàhona
Don't keep me apart


Iday fàlla-s
I'm through sleepwalking


No more sleepwalking
God be in my heart


Been asleep too long
No more sleepwalking


Keep me with you god
Keep me with you god




Writer(s): Mark Lanegan, Eyadou Ag Leche

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@mayrabel1

lyrics:

"There was a time
I lived fulfilled.
Life taught me that
It can often change.
The one you find in solitude
Is prisoner of egotistical desires.
I have a friend I can trust
Who quenches the thirst
That burns in my heart.
I walk in his footsteps
Pursuing memories built
On a dune that's always moving.
No sleepwalking, don't keep me apart
I'm through sleepwalking, god be in my heart
No more sleepwalking, been asleep too long
No more sleepwalking, keep me with you go"



@CdaliXenZia

LYRICS : Nannuflay "fullfield" talk about "pursuing memories built on a dune that's always moving."

Kàla t-illegh 
Ibda nànnuflày
Nilmàd s-àddunya 
Harkuk tàmmuttày
Chorus
Ere-s tosed inta-ghas
Ila derhanàn-net 
Harkuk osas
Chorus
Legh amidi-nin 
S-inta niflas
Hi isaswen ulh-in 
Alwàqq d-intas
Chorus
Ilkam e-timtar
Illegh dara-s
Tedjedit tàhona 
Iday fàlla-s
Chorus

There was a time
I lived fulfilled.
Life taught me that
It can often change. 

The one you find in solitude
Is prisoner of egotistical desires.
I have a friend I can trust
Who quenches the thirst 
That burns in my heart. 

I walk in his footsteps
Pursuing memories built
On a dune that’s always moving.

no sleepwalking, 
don’t keep me apart
I’m through sleepwalking, 
god be in my heart
no more sleepwalking, 
been asleep too long
no more sleepwalking, 
keep me with you god



@atefkhelili..8135

"There was a time
I lived fulfilled.
Life taught me that
It can often change.

The one you find in solitude
Is prisoner of egotistical desires.
I have a friend I can trust
Who quenches the thirst
That burns in my heart.

I walk in his footsteps
Pursuing memories built
On a dune that's always moving.

No sleepwalking, don't keep me apart
I'm through sleepwalking, god be in my heart
No more sleepwalking, been asleep too long
No more sleepwalking, keep me with you god"



@inout7949

كلمات تنبع من معين المعاناة ولحن ينبعث من قلب الصّحراء
تيناريوان وكأنّها تمتزج بخلجات الصّوفيّ العارف جلال الدّين الرّوميّ
رحلات في آفاق الأنفس تبدأ من الصّحراء ولا تنتهي إلاّ داخل الذّات العارفة بذاتها والواعية بمحيطها والباحثة عن التّغيير، تغيير الذّات ومحاولة دفع عجلة الوعي الوجوديّ للتّغيير.
هي محاولة منّي لمقاربة ترجمة هذه الكلمات الموحية للأغنية.
في وقت مضى
عشت حياة مكتملة.
علّمتني الحياة
أنّها تتغيّر غالبا.
ذلك الذّي تجده وحيدا
هو سجين رغباته الأنانيّة.
لديّ صديق أثق فيه
يروي ظمئي
و يحترق في قلبي.
أسير على خطاه
مقتفيا أثر الذّكريّات المنحوتة
على رمال متحرّكة
لا تمش وأنت نائم
لا تبعدني
أنا أسير وأنا نائم
والإله في قلبي
لا مزيد من المشي نائمين
لقد نمنا كثيرا
لا مزيد من المشي نائمين
دعني معك.



All comments from YouTube:

@darkstar844able

I always got the feeling from their stuff that it's the desert that actually writes the songs and they play them

@dr.2335

Great comment

@iznasen

I think you need a doctor XD

@grahamnorris7315

Nice thought. I love the desert. I'm drawn to desert landscapes,flora, fauna,peoples, and indeed, music. You can hear the desert here.

@kukulkan1717

love this thought

@TheLifescasualty

Music is and it comes through us. For sure.

I like the idea of the desert having a say.

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@nabilsalmia5882

Who's jamming on it in quarantine 2020?

@travelswithauntieann2551

nabil salmia big time............🍃🍃🍃

@petraklein8170

Me,brother!!!🙏👁🖖

@rup_kush1394

from india. kolkata ....

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