Talk:Mosh Momken Abadon

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Searching for "Mosh Momken Abadan", which must have been the original title, gives this page which lets you listen to a recording of the original song. I'm not sure if this is worth mentioning on the main page. Also, I think it's pretty funny that searching for the song on Google results in about 50 pages claiming to have lyrics to the song.

Another thing: This certainly sounds like it's performed on a band organ, as with some of the songs on State Songs. Is there clarification of this anywhere?--Mandaliet 17:18, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

It's definitely one of the band organ recordings, though to my knowledge this hasn't been explicitly acknowledged.


The piece Mawashi by the Japanese group, Syzygys, draws from the same source material, but does so in a very different direction. A comparison of the two interpretations of this melody is very interesting.


It looks like the page has the composer wrong, though the lyricist is correct. I don't have the McSweeney's issue to see if that's where Riad al-Sunbat is credited, but this site (find 'abadan' in the page) and Musixmatch give credit to Baligh Hamdi, another composer of the same period. The singer Umm Kulthum was known for performing compositions by both composers, so that may be where the confusion arose. I was able to find two different performances of the song but there are probably more; I didn't search long and hard. Of the two, the performance of the instruments in this live one with Kulthum as singer sounded closer to Linnell's rendition.

I'll wait a while, but if no one comes forward with better information I will change the main page to credit Hamdi and remove al-Sunbat. --Nehushtan (talk) 16:26, 5 August 2020 (EDT)

Your edit about the title translation led me down a rabbit hole and to the same conclusion! Funny thing is I didn't see this talk page until now, so the fact that we both got there independently in different ways definitely justifies the update. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 21:30, 5 August 2020 (EDT)
👍 So... the soap opera of Problems With Liner Notes goes on! --Nehushtan (talk) 22:53, 5 August 2020 (EDT)