Egypt national anthem









Egypt National Anthem


Egypt National Anthem


The name of the Egypt national anthem is ‘My country, my country, my country’ (Bilady, Bilady, Bilady). The composer of the melody is Sayed Darwish (who lived between 1892 and 1923).

The melody was adopted as anthem in 1979; the actual version of the anthem has 3 stanzas but today only the fist stanza uses to be sung. Sayed Darwish also wrote the lyrics of the anthem; he kept close relations with some leaders of the Egypt` s independence national movement, like Mustafa Kamel. More, the chorus of the Egyptian national anthem comes from one of the most popular speeches of the great leader Kamel from 1907:

‘O, my homeland, to you is my love and heart,
To you are my life and my existence,
To you are my mind, tongue and my whole being,
You are everything in life, and there is no other life without you.’


The first national anthem of Egypt dates from 1869; in that year the royal anthem was written in honor of the monarch. There is no certain information about the period of time in which the anthem was used.




The deposing of the monarchy happened in 1952 but the anthem was sung as part of the United Arab Republic and Syria` s anthem, in 1958. In 1960, another song called ‘Walla Zaman Ya Selahy’ became the Egypt national anthem as a result of the huge popularity gained since 1956.


This song was initially composed for Umm Kulthum, considered by majority the most famous woman singer of those times. ‘Walla Zaman Ya Selahy’ was the Egypt national anthem till 1979, the year when the ‘Bilady, Bilady, Bilady’ took its place, the present national anthem. ‘Walla Zaman Ya Selahy’ was also used by Iraq, with no lyrics, between 1965 and 1981; the country was looking for a bigger Arab country to make the connection between the two countries with other Arab countries. The lyrics of ‘Bilady, Bilady, Bilady’ are composed by Younis al-Qadi, a poet; the author of the Egypt national anthem, Sayed Darwish died before listening the anthem.




The Egypt national anthem represents a crystallization of this country` s history. It voices the beliefs and the inspirations of the Egyptians. The actual national anthem of Egypt has as its base the idea present in all the minds of the country` s leaders. In case that you want to know what the the Egypt national anthem say, here is the text:

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
My love and my heart are for thee.
Egypt! O mother of all lands,
My hope and my ambition,
How can one count
The blessings of the Nile for mankind!
Egypt! O mother of grace,
You won the ancient glory,
My target is to oust the antagonist,
And on God I depend.
Egypt! Most precious jewel,
Shining on the brow of eternity!
O my homeland, be forever free,
Safe from every foe!
Egypt! Noble are thy children,
Loyal, and guardians of thy soil.


We will reach our goal
With their unity and mine!’



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