By Febronia Hanna
“Beep Beep Beep Beep, yeah”, Saudi women are about to become superstars with the choice to drive instead of just ride. Artists all over the world and in Saudi Arabia are composing and rewriting songs on the subject, people are all over the Saudi Instagram accounts to check the great celebration of liberty.
Students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston translated the Beatles’ “Drive My Car” and remixed it to suit the event. The cover was arranged by the Palestinian Cellist Naseem Alatrash and features Syrian singer Nano Raies.
The group was named after the day in which women in Saudi Arabia gained the right to drive around, the 24th of June,”Nano and the 6-2-4″.
“For the translation to the song, I feel like it’s a really simple, funny, kind of goofy message,” Alatrash told Public Radio International, who partnered with the Berklee College of Music to create the cover. In the original song, the girl tells the boy that she’s going to be a star and then he can drive her car. She doesn’t have a vacancy for a lover but she could use a driver.
Towards the end, she realizes she has no car but at least she has found a driver and that’s a start. In the other version, the narrative changed as she wants to drive the car herself and be a star all at the same time. Even though so many men are waiting for her approval to marry them, she turns her head to her new ambition and maybe after she drives she’ll find a place in her heart for a guy.