A Music Video From Egypt With a Message: ‘Some People Are Dancing And Others Are Dying…’

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I came across the following music video from Cairokee on the Egypt subReddit. I don’t speak Arabic so I had no idea what the lyricist was saying, but I found the tone to be extremely powerful and really wanted to know what the message was, so I asked if anyone could provide a translation.

I received a personal message with a draft translation which I greatly appreciated. As well, another user was kind enough to post a more detailed translation to the subReddit.

Below you will find the translation of the lyrics and the music video. I believe the message will resonate not just with those struggling in the Arab world to dispose of their oligarchs and dictators, but with everyone across the globe struggling for freedom, social justice, equality, dignity, human rights, and with those who oppose the system.

كايروكي – ناس بترقص و ناس بتموت
Cairokee – “Some people are dancing and others are dying”

“The path is very dark, so if you and I won’t burn then who will light the way?” – Che Guevara

The truth is as clear as daylight

But forbidden to approach or touch

The word of truth in our time is suicide

Saying it would be going against the flow

I have more than thousand examples

Malcolm X, Gandhi and Che Guevara

They died because they felt the suffering of the people

They wanted justice to be the foundation

Try calling for freedom or social justice

Try saying equality or dignity for the people

Try calling for human rights or oppose the system

Don’t ever “think” by thinking you cross a red line

The best you can do is get some bread

To keep quite not to stay alive.

And if you are determined to walk against the flow of the people

The answer will be a bullet

Some people are dancing and others are dying, and the loudest voice in the party is the voice of silence

Some people are dancing and others are dying, and the loudest voice in the party is the voice of silence

Ignorance is bad and is the creation of the regimes

A weapon that works across all eras

Give the people a fish they will eat for a day

Teach them how to fish they will eat everyday

Knowledge is light and the light doesn’t pass by us

We are living in the dark and the dark can hide a lot

Killing, imprisonment, blood, corruption and injustice

Raping any dream we are living in a prison

With time everything passes

Bread-winning is hard and tends to rust minds

Fear has occupied the hearts of people

And kill the feelings within them

O our parents this is our future

Don’t take times side against us

Your generation has always been silent

And has never spoke out

Now you’ve come to teach and tutor?

It is now time to pass the torch

Some people are dancing and others are dying, and the loudest voice in the party is the voice of silence

Some people are dancing and others are dying, and the loudest voice in the party is the voice of silence

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  • Simon Valentine

    in simulation and copies within copies
    some practice a form of wicked magic
    and become the system fought
    weakening it by collapse like adding one more black hole to the universe

    make no mistake
    i am more evil than the system fought
    and not only for it not being entirely known
    who’s bluff now creates the light ye walk by to see and to say against me and mine?
    a number written is a number whole. may confuscation serve you.

    sounds are silence given shape
    thoughts are characters we mate
    care not for certainty of Turing Tapes

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