Aldhechen Manin
Tinariwen Lyrics


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Tired I'm tired
Of searching for that which is not
I search and I ask God
How can I fall asleep and wake up
Without memories, without suffering
The spirit free like
Someone in love
In life we only follow
Love and then we run after it
Until it disappears, after a bend
Buried like a lost truth
Since birth
I have lived like that
And since the first day
Of my life, I walk




The memory of a love in my head
In my heart and in my bones

Overall Meaning

The song "Aldhechen Manin" by Tinariwen explores the concept of love and the search for inner peace. The song opens with the singer expressing his exhaustion from seeking something that is not tangible. He turns to God for guidance and begs for a way to escape the pain and memories that accompany his search for love. He longs for the kind of freedom and happiness that someone in love would feel. The singer reflects on the reality of life, how humans are always chasing after love, but it always seems to slip away. In the end, love becomes a "lost truth" that is buried somewhere deep within us since our birth, and we continue to search for it every day of our lives.


The song is a reflection on the human condition, on the perpetual search for love and meaning. It expresses the frustration that comes with that search, the pain that comes with loving deeply and losing that love. It speaks to a universal human experience that transcends language and culture, and that is why it has resonated with so many people worldwide.


Line by Line Meaning

Tired I'm tired
I am exhausted and weary


Of searching for that which is not
I am futilely seeking something that does not exist


I search and I ask God
I implore the divine for guidance


How can I fall asleep and wake up
Is it possible for me to rest without recalling my troubles?


Without memories, without suffering
To have peace of mind free from painful recollections


The spirit free like
A sense of liberation, similar to that of


Someone in love
One who is enamored


In life we only follow
Our existence is solely driven by


Love and then we run after it
The pursuit of love compels us


Until it disappears, after a bend
Until it dissipates, just around a corner


Buried like a lost truth
A secret or reality that has been entombed and forgotten


Since birth
From the instant of my inception


I have lived like that
I have subsisted in this way


And since the first day
From my very beginning


Of my life, I walk
I have forged on this journey


The memory of a love in my head
Recollections of an amorous experience fills my mind


In my heart and in my bones
Embedded deep within myself




Writer(s): Ibrahim Ag Alhabib Copyright: Emma Productions S.a.r.l.

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