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Title of the song:
Xi darba min jaf
Performer:
Gillian Attard
Composer/Lyricist:
J. Friggieri/D. Galea
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Biography
The singer started her singing career at a very young age. Unluckily for her, she lost her mother very early in her childhood. A song was written in her mom's memory, Quddiem l-inkwatru tal-Madonna (In front of the Madonna's picture), sung by the young Gillian herself. The song turned out to be a huge success. So much so that it seemed that it was going to be hard for Gillian to move on in her musical career. Long years of hard work paved Gillian's way into a new music sphere.
Gillian took part of the first edition of "POPin" which promoted new local artists. She went from one phase of "POPin" into another performing Maltese songs originally composed by Maestro Dominic Galea. Eventually, Gillian Attard won the first edition of "POPin" and represented Malta in a song contest held early this Summer in Belarus, where she sang the English version of the song representing Malta in this yearıs OGAE contest, You touched my soul.
2002 seems to be one of Gillian's lucky years. She made her debut in the annual music festival "L-Ghanja tal-Poplu" (The people's ode). She performed Xi darba min jaf. The song placed a close second and was one of the hot favourites in the festival. Later this September (2002), Gillian took part in another song contest, "The Independence Song Contest", held annually as part of Malta's Independence Day (21st Sept) celebrations. On 3rd August 2003, Gillian Attard will be of the acts in the "Summer Nights Festival" concert, starring also the Irish Eurovision star himself, Johnny Logan!
Xi darba min jaf was chosen by OGAE Malta following a pre-selection including 20 tracks. A jury made up of OGAE Malta members voted for all entries and eventually Xi darba min jaf was declared as the winning song. First runner up was Georgina's Fomm il-vjolin (The violin's hymn).
Original lyrics Xi darba min jaf
 
Mitt darba smajt il-bahar isejjahli,
Mitt darba smajt ir-rih idoqq fid-dlam,
Mitt darba rajt il-kwiekeb nizlin mis-sema,
U jizfnu fuq il-bjut tal-minsijin
 
Mitt darba xtaqt li kelli ftit tas-setgha,
Biex nara l-hobz u l-hut jitqassam sew,
U ma jkunx hemm id-dell tal-qoffa l-kbira,
U mkien ma jibqa' hadd li jmut bil-guh
 
Xi darba min jaf, nivvutaw ghall-ghedewwa
U l-gharab u l-lhud jaghmlu festa flimkien,
Xi darba min jaf jistrajkjaw is-suldati
U hadd ma jkun jaf
Min rebah tassew

 
Jekk tara l-qamh imewweg go l-ghelieqi
Jekk tisma l-kant tat-tfal fil-kampijiet,
Tkun taf li l-mewt ghaddiet u l-folja nqalbet,
Tkun taf ukoll li z-zmien m'ghadux li kien
 
Xi darba min jaf, ghad isir il-miraklu
U l-knejjes jimtlew prostituti w habsin,
Xi darba ninsew li kien hemm blu u homor
Xi darba min jaf
Nibqghux nistennew

 
Xi darba min jaf, jekk naslu
Int fejn tkun
Xi darba min jaf ghadx jisbah
Dak il-jum
 
Xi darba min jaf, ghad ikollna dar ohra
Li fiha kulhadd ikun jista' jistrieh;
Innehhu l-bibien, nisserraw il-katnazzi
U nghixu - min jaf? -
Bhal ahwa flimkien

 
Xi darba min jaf, ghad isir il-miraklu
U l-knejjes jimtlew prostituti w habsin,
Xi darba ninsew li kien hemm blu u homor
Xi darba min jaf
Nibqghux nistennew

 
Xi darba min jaf, ghad ikollna dar ohra
Li fiha kulhadd ikun jista' jistrieh;
Innehhu l-bibien, nisserraw il-katnazzi
U nghixu - min jaf? -
Bhal ahwa flimkien
English lyrics You touched my soul
 
Let me light the flame deep in your heart
Let me bring the sun upon your soul
Let me pour the rain all over your land
I want to see the sunrise through your eyes
 
Take away the clouds from my world now
I want to paint the sky with endless stars
I'd rise above the rest till night is over
Whatever we go through I'd follow you
 
Wherever I go I see visions of your face
I try to forget, still your memories remain
Wherever I go I hear whispers - it's your voice
I'll let you know
You touched my soul

 
Steal away the tears from my eyes now
And lock them far away out of my way
The sun may blind my eyes I will still go on
Whatever we go through I'd follow you
 
Wherever I go I see visions of your face
I try to forget, still your memories remain
Wherever I go I hear whispers - it's your voice
I'll let you know
You touched my soul

 
Last night I felt the sweet breeze from
Angel wings
I soon recalled that feeling
It was you
 
Wherever I go I see visions of your face
I try to forget, still your memories remain
Wherever I go I hear whispers - it's your voice
I'll let you know
You touched my soul

 
(English lyrics by Deo Grech)