Pillar of Salt
Star Salzman Lyrics


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Arabic:

El layali ragaitni tani,
The nights brought me back again,
Hob qalbi min gideed.
And renewed the love in my heart.
Baad ghiba, gani, rah nadani.
After he left, he came back and called for me.

Oh ne baya (something on the original theme)
Oh ne baya (something on the original theme)

Hebrew:

Psalm 2, verses 1-4

Lamah rag'shu goyim
Why do the nations rage,
Ul'umim yeh'gu rik?
And the people imagine a vain thing?
N'natkah et mos'roteimo,
Saying, let us break their bands asunder,
V'nashlichah mimenu avoteimo.
And cast away their cords from us.
Yoshev bashamayim
He that sitteth in the heavens
Yis'hak, Adonai
Shall laugh, and the Lord
Yil'ag lamo!
Shall have them in derision!

Genesis 19:24-26

Va'Adonay himtir al-Sedom ve'al-Amorah gofrit va'esh me'et Adonay min-hashamayim.
God made sulphur and fire rain down on Sodom and Gomorrah - it came from God, out of the sky.
Vayahafoch et-he'arim ha'El ve'et kol-hakikar ve'et kol-yoshvey he'arim vetsemach ha'adamah.
He overturned these cities along with the entire plain, (destroying) everyone who lived in the cities and (all) that was growing from the ground.




Vatabet ishto me'acharav vatehi netsiv melach.
(Lot's) wife looked behind him, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Overall Meaning

The song "Pillar of Salt" by Star Salzman juxtaposes two different cultures, Arabic and Hebrew, through its lyrics. The Arabic part of the song talks about the singer's lover who left them but returned to renew the love in their heart. The use of the phrase "Pillar of Salt" in the song can be seen as a metaphor for the singer's state of being since their lover left them—scared to move forward and constantly looking back to the past. In contrast, the Hebrew portion of the song references Psalm 2, verses 1-4 that talk about the nations' rage and their desire to break artificial boundaries created by oppressive systems. By combining these two segments, the song creates a discourse pertaining to the struggles of individuals and nations to overcome obstacles and move past the pain of the past.


One interesting fact about the song is that it was released in 2010 and later became the title track of Salzman's album released in 2012. Another fascinating thing about the song is the usage of two distinct languages, Arabic and Hebrew, in the lyrics. Additionally, the song features unique instruments such as the oud, an Arabic lute, and the daf, a large Middle Eastern drum. Star Salzman worked on the song with percussionist Rami El Aasser and violinist Megan Gould. The band's name "Zion80" is a combination of ancient Hebrew texts and contemporary genres, and the band itself features an ensemble of eight musicians. In 2016, the band performed "Pillar of Salt" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the Millennium Stage program, which showcases performing arts every day of the year.


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Line by Line Meaning

The nights brought me back again,
I found myself back in a familiar place after many lonely nights.


And renewed the love in my heart.
My heart felt love again after being hurt and broken.


After he left, he came back and called for me.
Even though he left, he realized he needed me and came back to find me.


Why do the nations rage,
What causes nations to be filled with rage and anger?


And the people imagine a vain thing?
Why do people invent stories and ideas that are false and without meaning?


Saying, let us break their bands asunder,
They want to be free from any perceived restraint or restriction that is imposed upon them.


And cast away their cords from us.
They wish to get rid of any obligation or responsibility they feel is binding them.


He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh,
God will laugh at the foolishness of humanity and their attempts to fight against Him.


And the Lord shall have them in derision!
God will look down upon them with contempt and mockery.


God made sulphur and fire rain down on Sodom and Gomorrah - it came from God, out of the sky.
God used supernatural means to destroy the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.


He overturned these cities along with the entire plain, (destroying) everyone who lived in the cities and (all) that was growing from the ground.
God's judgment was swift and complete, bringing destruction upon the people and the land.


(Lot's) wife looked behind him, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
As she turned back towards the destruction, she became a lifeless monument of her own longing and disobedience.




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Graysett

The lyrics on still up on the original OCR page for this song. I'll copy paste the english, the other languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

ENGLISH:

[Nawal Al Zoghbi - "El Layali"]

The nights brought me back again,
And renewed the love in my heart.
After he left, he came back and called for me.

[from the original theme]

Oh ne baya
Oh ne baya

[Psalm 2:1-4]

Why do they rage?
Why do the nations rage?
Why do they rage?
Why do the nations rage?
Why do they rage?
Why do they rage?
Why do they rage?

And the people...
And the people imagine a vain thing?
And the people...
And the people imagine a vain thing?
And the people...
And the people...

Saying, let us break their bands asunder,
And cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens
Shall laugh, and the Lord
Shall have them in derision!

[Genesis 19:24-26]

God made sulphur and fire rain down on Sodom and Gomorrah - it came from God, out of the sky.
He overturned these cities along with the entire plain, [destroying] everyone who lived in the cities and [all] that was growing from the ground.
[Lot's] wife looked behind him, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.



All comments from YouTube:

@AngusBull2112

Can't believe I've been listening to this REmix for 12 years. Here's to 12 more. Thank Mitsuda-san, thank Star Salzman for the wonderful music for all these years.

@theRealBlahpers

OH NE BAYA....

...Seriously, this still stands as one of the greatest OCRemix tracks of all time.

@Zzsnake217

Havent heard in years. Yet here I am because it started playing in my head.

@janglur

Amen. It sends chills down my spine every time. When it comes up randomly on my playlist with friends, they have a reaction first time everytime too.

@KM-hv1jg

Almost a decade later, this gives me chills.

@faet37

Star salzman doesn't get enough credit on the streets.

@bubbagump562001

This is another remix I randomly stumbled upon to a game I had never played...I dunno if Star Salzman hired a bunch of Middle Eastern sounding dudes to do the vocals or if he did them himself, but this song is goddamn epic. Look up the lyrics on OCRemix, it's even more epic when you understand the Arabic/whatever else that's going on here. One of my favorite OCRemixes to be sure!

@janglur

Still one of the most powerful songs ever made in Nov. 2020

@Joe_from_Rio

For another classical version of Dazil you can listen to "Marco Polo" in the Album "Book of secrets" from Loreena Mckennitt released one year before Xenogears.

@xeanheart

One of my favorite vocal mixes from the site.

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