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“Enough, Enough, Oh Ocean”: Music of the Pearl Divers in the Arabian Gulf

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2016

Nasser Al-Taee
Affiliation:
University of Tennessee

Extract

      They fight death and all its elements
      While smiling

      O how I suffer from the long nights
      Witnessing those motherless divers
      Every time a month passes by, another follows
      Until the eyes grow old.

Murshid bin Sa’d al-Bithali.

      Oh, how lucky are the rich
      Who no longer cross the ocean as me.

      And again:
      If I was rich and a merchant
      I would never have endeavored
      But I'm weak and all I have
      Is my cane.

Fahad Rashid Boorsely

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Copyright © Middle East Studies Association of North America 2005

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