“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

One of the greatest love songs of our times has an entirely different, tragic meaning for some people in Saudi Arabia. The Daily Mail reports:

After 30 years of marriage, cynics might say most husbands and wives would have seen quite enough of each other, thank you very much.

But not in the case of one Saudi Arabian man who managed to live with his wife for three decades without setting eyes on her face.

Not that he had much choice about it. His 50-year-old wife followed the tradition of her native village near the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt and kept her features veiled at all times.

Until one night last month, that is, when the husband was finally overcome by curiosity and tried to lift his wife’s veil as she slept to take a look at her face.

It was an error he is unlikely to be given a chance to repeat for his outraged wife woke up during his sneak peek and is now demanding a divorce.

I wonder if she yelped something to the effect of “arre, meri izzat loot li” when she awoke to find her husband looking at her. Imagine all those years of making love with her face behind a wall. Stunning.

Anyway, to get back to something more pleasant, here’s one of the many memorable moments from this year’s American Idol: eventual winner David Cook singing “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”:

That’s his mother they keep showing in the audience, by the way. I hope he continues singing songs like this once he embarks on his inevitably successful rock career. (He shouldn’t sing this on his tour of the Middle East, of course.)

(Daily Mail link via Smoke Signals.)