Music and Memories

module_video3.jpegOn my way to work this morning I jammed to Lela.  Brought back some bittersweet memories of my time in S. Korea.  My unit, the 304th Signal Battalion were in the field quite a bit. A bunch of us would hit the vil afterwards for drinks and good music.  This was over 21 years ago.  Funny how songs can bring back a rush.

I love this song.  Layla was said to be inspired by the Persian classical poet Nizami Ganjavi’s The Story of Layla and Majnun. Layla and Majnun, also known as The madman of Layla – in Arabic مجنون ليلى (Majnun layla) or قيس وليلى (Qays and Layla), in Persian: ليلى ومجنون (Leyli and Madjnun) and Leyla ile Mecnun (Layla with Majnun) in Turkish – is a classical Middle Eastern love story. It is based on the real story of a young man called Qays ibn al-Mullawah (Arabic : قيس بن الملوح ) from the northern Arabian Peninsula,[1] in the Umayyad era during the 7th century. There were two Arabic versions of the story at the time.[2] In one version, he spent his youth together with his cousin ,Layla, tending their flocks. In the other version, upon seeing Layla he fell passionately in love with her. In both versions, however, he went mad when her father prevented him from marrying her; for that reason he came to be called Majnun Layla, which means “Driven mad by Layla”. To him were attributed a variety of incredibly passionate romantic Arabic poems, considered among the foremost examples of the Udhari school.  (I read this in English and it is a wonderful classical love story. 

Layla
by: Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long.
You know it’s just your foolish pride.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Website:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layla_and_Majnun