The lyrics of the song Tar El Balad (The country is lost) written by Nizar Francis and sung by famous Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama say: “It’s time people, to scream out loud. There is no time, the country is lost. Where is justice? Dreams are being put out. Awareness in us has gone to sleep, and the situation is only getting more difficult.”
Once the song, which expresses despair and the damage that troubled all the Lebanese people – for well-known reasons – was aired, a controversy erupted. The most surprising statement came from the friends of President Michel Aoun, including a brave MP who reprimanded Alama and asked him to stick to singing about love and stay away from these remarks “that are bad.”
The Aounist MP added a tune to the tanbur (music instrument) and said in a television interview: “His head must be lost. What does ‘the country is lost’ mean? What is this irresponsibility?”
“The song comes within several attempts to drive people to desperation and push them to surrender and immigrate,” the MP added.
The song’s lyrics are actually merciful compared to the country’s real situation, as acknowledged by the founding symbol of the party to which the angry Aounist MP belongs, i.e. Michel Aoun himselfMashari Althaydi