It started with the Desert…


I’ve seen this video and had to suffer it now you too must… Apparently in 1992 a Pakistani band were commissioned to write a song for Saudi Arabia’s national day (The 23rd of September). This abomination of a video is apparently the only surviving recording of it… It’s been put on youtube and it looks like it was captured of a seriously screwed video tape.

The Logo in the top left corner is the logo of the state run English television station “Saudi 2″, often referred to as Ghaseb Ithneen, which translates roughly to Forced Two, because it’s the only TV channel you can receive anywhere in the country, this is less the case nowadays due to the wide spread adoption of satellite TV.

Satellite TV is quite controversial in Saudi as there is no control over what is on it, and it’s seen by some to be a corrupting influence on the people. Every now and then some religious leader will put out a fatwa stating that they are an abomination and some crazy people in rural areas will go out and shoot people satellite dishes with shotguns. This doesn’t happen in more westernized areas, my dad for instance has 4 dishes up on the roof…

The lyrics are apparently:

Started with the desert (x2)

Came from the desert (x2)

Came in September (x4)

Life was so difficult nothing in the desert, suddenly with the help of God lfie became much better, proudly attracted by wisdom of the founder (x4)

History to remember desert life was harder, King Saud, Faisal, Khalid and Fahad, together stronger they are the maker (x4)

Make with the desert (x2)

Rise in the desert. divided in th desert, start in September (x4)

Life began in desert (x8)

King Abdul-Aziz (x4)

“Hey this is the song Saudi Arabia, sing the song with us, HEEEYYY OYEE!!!”, Malik Fahad Bin Abdul-Aziz Al- Sauuuddddd, day by day they build up (x2)

Time to time they prosper (x2)

Resided together (x4)

No office were in desert no park were in desert no roads were in desert no cars were in desert (x2)

The flower the water the park in the desert (x4)

Students were zero now they are the million hospitals were zero now they are the hundred (x2)

Pleasure and prosper with guidance of the leader (x2)

King Fahad King Fahad the leader of the nation (x2)

Oil reserve are here (x2)

Gold reserve are here (x2)

LOVE Saudi Arab (x4)

King Fahad is the thinker (x4)

King Fahad is the leader (x4)

We LOVE King Fahad (x4)