A wonderful song by the Algerian musician Khaled, and one that you have probably heard before, even though you may not have been aware of it. I first became interested in this song when I heard in The Fifth Element. For all of you wondering: it's the song that plays during the flying car chase. After seeing the movie, I promptly went out and bought the soundtrack. The cd was excellent track after excellent track, but as I went though I found that the "chase" song wasn't on there. Ack!

I eventually found it. The song itself is can be classified as Rai: a genre of Algerian pop music combing traditional music with more western influences (for more info on Rai, read Divine_Wino's excellent writeup). It appears on the album N'ssi N'ssi, and the lyrics (translated) are from the liner notes.

I'm going mad from her changing moods
From emptiness and blame as time goes by
The past is gone, what's done is done
And joy is still there for the taking
You are in my blood, my secret heart...
Trust in God, have faith, and let's begin again

For more information on Khaled, go here: http://www.sospubs.co.uk/sos/1997_articles/oct97/khaled.html

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