(8:13)
    (by Khorshied Machalle)
    Khorshied Machalle: Vocals
    George Winston: Piano


    Yesterday I had a home
    In one dark moment I'm forced to roam
    A refugee for eternity
    Where, oh where, have my people flown

    Why must I cry these heated tears?
    How can I go on throughout the years?
    Endlessly searching to quell my fears
    For one last glance of the refugee

    Last night I dreamed of Afghanistan
    Fighting for freedom in a troubled land
    The people were singing some ancient song
    Where are they now, where do they belong?

    Why must I cry these heated tears?
    How can I go on throughout the years?
    Endlessly searching to quell my fears
    For one last glance of the refugee

    The women are draped in their shrouded veils
    Hiding in terror, you can hear their wails
    Their dreams have been shattered, their sweetness robbed
    It's time to cry out, this madness must be stopped

    Why must I cry these heated tears?
    How can I go on throughout the years?
    Endlessly searching to quell my fears
    For one last glance of the refugee

    For one last glance of Afghanistan...

    1985/2002


    (6:00)
    (Traditional, arranged by M. Hasan Nusratty, Sakhi Karimi, and Khorshied Machalle)
    M. Hasan Nusratty: Vocals
    Sakhi Karimi: Harmonium
    Jawad: Harmonium
    Toryali Hashimy: Tabla

    The translation to this traditional Afghan song is as follows:


    Kind and gracious, you appeared on the rooftop the eve before. Surprised was I, your face shining brighter than a full moon ever before.

    Oblivious to the wonderment of the crowd gazing at me - ecstatic, absorbed at your grace. Knew not I what spectacle you had coyly come to face.

    For people wishing to see your beauty brightening night's darkness as a candle's flame. Like rays of dawn emerging out of night's darkness, gracefully you came.


    (O Caravan Leader) (5:07)
    (Traditional, arranged by Fatana Kohzad and Sakhi Karimi)
    Fatana Kohzad: Vocals
    Sakhi Karimi: Harmonium
    Jawad: Harmonium
    Toryali Hashimy: Tabla


    Move but slow - O Caravan leader (Cameleer)!
    For the peace of my soul is among the riders

    The heart I had within me
    Departs with the one to whom I lost it

    Hold the Caravan, O cameleer
    Make no haste - I plead with you

    For my soul mate, the graceful walking Cyprus (euphemism for beloved)
    Departs along with your Caravan

    Legend and tales abound
    As to how the soul departs from body

    Simple! For I witnessed with my own eyes,
    How my soul departed with the Caravan


    (7:05)
    (by Khorshied Machalle)
    Khorshied Machalle: Vocals
    George Winston: Piano


    In the far away land of Afghanistan
    In mysterious places unknown
    Where beauty is hidden like treasure
    In the silence of windowless homes

    I long to dance in the moonlight
    I long to walk in the breeze
    I once stood free in the sunlight
    Not once did I beg on my knees

    In my dreams I remember warm summer days
    The flat roofs of old Kandahar
    Where we ate pomegranate with perfumed tea
    And laughed in a river of stars

    I long to run in the open wind
    Feel rain as it cools on my skin
    I long to hold my beloved
    And never be treated as sin

    What did we do to be treated this way?
    When will this nightmare be over?
    Proud, fierce, and noble ones
    Don't turn your faces away...

    Still I trust in the kindness of family
    See sadness in my father's eyes
    Pray daily for freedom's sweet promise
    Don't listen to their heartless lies

    I long to walk with my head up high
    Smiling without any tears
    I long to kiss in the open air
    Never to tremble in fear

    What did we do to be treated this way?
    When will this nightmare be over?
    Proud, strong, and noble ones
    Don't turn your faces away...

    1999/2002


    (3:21)
    (Traditional, arranged by George Winston)
    George Winston: Solo Harmonica


    Special thanks to M. Hasan Nusratty, Khorshied Machalle, and the Bruno Morris Dance Band (from their recording CAPER DIEM) for teaching George this wonderful song. Inspired by the great Afghan harmonium players. Played on a Lee Oskar Diatonic key of C harmonica, playing in the key of G. There is a definite relationship in style to Greek traditional music that can be traced to the times when Alexander occupied Afghanistan (known as Bactria) in 325 BC. Alexander established the cities of Kandahar, Herat and Balk, and encouraged his generals to intermarry with the peoples of this region. Many of the priceless artifacts and art that the Taliban destroyed in the Kabul museum could be traced to this ancient time, clearly showing the strength of Greek influence in this part of the world.


    (Country) (3:24)
    (Traditional, arranged by Fatana Kohzad and Sakhi Karimi)
    Fatana Kohzad: Vocals
    Omar Naim: Harmonium
    Toryali Hashimy: Tabla


    Homeland, O sweet homeland!
    Memories of your love intertwined with the very fabric of my being

    My whole body abounds with your love, O sweet homeland!
    You brought me into being from nonexistence

    And cherished me with love and kindness
    I give my being and non-being for your sake, O homeland.

    At every forum, every solitude and every joy and sorrow
    I turn to you for worship, homeland, O sweet homeland.


    (O Winner of my Heart) (4:15)
    (Traditional, arranged by M. Hasan Nusratty, Khorshied Machalle)
    M. Hasan Nusratty: Vocals
    Toryali Hashimy: Tabla


    O heart within me! Be not without the one who won it
    My heart-winner better than a hundred hearts within me

    Neither the heart within me, Oh!
    Nor my heart-winner in my embrace

    Send back my heart, enliven me!
    Or send my heart-winner and give me new life.

    Where were you the eve before?
    Away you were from me the eve before!

    Whom were you with and where?
    So disloyal! Beauteous lover you were

    I shed tears all night long because of your separation
    Only I know that and He who created me

    O soul mate, sweet lover come to me one fateful eve
    I plead! And plead with you - come to me one fateful eve.


    (by Khorshied Machalle) (5:58)
    Khorshied Machalle: Vocals
    George Winston: Piano


    Stillness
    Stillness of the night
    When I hold you in my sight
    Glowing embers smolder bright
    In the stillness of the night

    Stillness
    All around us holding tight
    Like an angel taking flight
    And we love with all our might
    In the stillness of the night

    Suspended in emotion
    Set free into the night
    Adrift in our own ocean
    Lost in candlelight

    Stillness
    Stillness all around
    Speaking words without a sound
    Spinning softly to the ground
    In the stillness all around
    All around...

    Stillness
    All around us holding tight
    Like an angel taking flight
    And we love with all our might
    In the stillness of the night

    Suspended in emotion
    Set free into the night
    Adrift in our own ocean
    Lost in candlelight

    1999/2002


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