This cover of a Beatles song beautifully celebrates Saudi womens' driving rights

I couldn’t believe ‘Drive My Car’ could sound anymore beautiful, until I heard this cover!


After a long ongoing fight, Saudi Arabia finally lifted the abstruse law, which banned the women of the country from driving a car.

An air of celebration is naturally in the Saudi air, as the first set of women drivers hit the roads after getting their licenses. All around the world, people had overwhelming responses to the end of the ban.

In a similar spirit, Berkeley College of Music teamed up with PRI’s The World and made a beautiful cover of the famous song by The Beatles called ‘Drive My Car’.

While the song maintains that energy of the Beatles classic, the musician has reworked the lyrics of the song with a Middle Eastern touch. The song cover was arranged by Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash, and features the vocals of Syrian singer, Nano Raies.

Reportedly, more than 1,20,000 women applied for a driver’s license on the first day alone. The ban lift will allow more women to join the workforce.

Having said that, the rights of women in the country still have a long way to go, considering the still existing restrictions on women, including the right to marry, work, or travel without the approval of a male guardian. But at least one wrong has been fixed.


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