Saturday, March 12, 2011

Eric Clapton on Layla

So many years after I discovered sufi, mystic, and other poetry, and heard and studied the story of Layla & Majnun, I found that Eric Clapton (who wrote my namesake song, per dad, p.s. my brother's name is Erik) used Nizamai's poetry from Layla & Majnun word for word on his Layla album...

Layla

by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
Based on Nizami's 12th century epic poem, "Layla and Majnun"

What'll you do when you get lonely
And no one's waiting by your side?
You've been running and hiding much too long.
You know it's just your foolish pride.

Chorus:
Layla, got me on my knees,
Layla, 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.
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

I Am Yours

by Eric Clapton
Based on Nizami's 12th century epic poem, "Layla and Majnun"

I am yours.
However distant you may be,
There blows no wind but wafts your scent to me,
There sings no bird but calls your name to me.
Each memory that has left its trace with me
Lingers forever as a part of me.
I am yours.

5 comments:

ajtrogue said...

Wow, this is fascinating!

Jason D said...

agree truly beautiful.. a love like that is hard but not impossible to find :)

Jason D said...

agree truly beautiful.. a love like that is hard but not impossible to find :)

Leila F. Search said...

no, not impossible!

Anonymous said...

Hi you might like this poem Majnun and Layla
https://www.scribd.com/doc/241958342/Majnun-and-Layla-erotic-poetry