Lemon for love
Today Mahmoud Ahmed is singing again
wailing out of Abebe’s radio
lemon for love! lemon for love!
lemon you are so sweet
his voice is long and stringy as a branch
it throws the lemon down at his girlfriend’s feet
lemon for love! lemon you are so tasty!
if she picks it up, it means she will marry him
now the chorus is shouting hohohohoho!
clapping all its hands, stamping its fifty feet
now Abebe’s fingers are jumping and clicking
shoulders shaking! knees popping!
because the girl in the song is beautiful as Makda
Queen of Sheba
and yes! she has bent to pick up the lemon
Mahmoud Ahmed, you must never stop singing
your voice can make anything happen
it twists round my brain like the roots of a tree
it opens a fresh leaf in my heart
Mahmoud Ahmed, if I sit here by Abebe’s window
will you throw my lemon for me?
(from Ethiopia Boy)
Click on this photo to listen
to Mahmoud Ahmed
singing Lomiwen teqebelech
(She accepted the lemon)