Subtle lyrics be damned

Sample these from “Leaving Beirut” – Roger Waters. By the way it is an awesome song!!

Oh George! Oh George!
That Texas education must have fucked you up when you were very small

But now an Englishman abroad is just a US stooge
The bulldog is a poodle snapping round the scoundrel’s last refuge

Is gentleness too much for us
Should gentleness be filed along with empathy
We feel for someone else’s child
Every time a smart bomb does its sums and gets it wrong
Someone else’s child dies and equities in defence rise
America, America, please hear us when we call
You got hip-hop, be-bop, hustle and bustle
You got Atticus Finch
You got Jane Russell
You got freedom of speech
You got great beaches, wildernesses and malls
Don’t let the might, the Christian right, fuck it all up
For you and the rest of the world

I need a holiday

Ojas made me listen to this song today. All I can think of now is

I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drink my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new

I suggest you get hold of the song and listen to it. Meanwhile, check out this piece at Dextrous Doings, and the quote that follows. Nice one. More here.

Most underrated hindi song

Here is what I personally believe is the most under-rated hindi songs of our times!! Brilliant lyrics by Gulzar and sung by the extremely talented Jaspindar Narula, this song is extremely touching. Annu Malik has the knack of coming up with brilliant music every once in a while, and this brilliance is undermined by loads of pedestrian stuff.

ना ले के जाओ मेरे दोस्त का जनाज़ा है
अभी तो गर्म है मिट्टी ये जिस्म ताज़ा है
ना ले के जाओ…

उलझ गई है कहीं साँस खोल दो इस की
लबों पे आई है जो बात पूरी करने दो
अभी उम्मीद भी जिन्दा है ग़म भी ताज़ा है
ना ले के जाओ…

जगाओ इस को गले मिल के अलविदा तो कहूँ
ये कैसी रुख़सती है ये क्या सलीका है
अभी तो जीने का हर एक ज़ख्म ताज़ा है
ना ले के जाओ…

  • Movie: Fizaa
  • Singer: Jaspindar Narula
  • Lyrics: Gulzar
  • Music: Annu Malik

Walk On

Another brilliant U2 song that should be on my list of favourite U2 songs. Check out the lyrics.

And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage that you can bring
Love is not the easy thing
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind…

U2 – Walk On

Yakeen

Got this song by Atif Aslam, of Tere Bin fame recently, from some blog on the net. Contains very melodius music and awesome lyrics. You can download the song here.

आज दिल दुखा है .. तुम याद आए
अनजाने लोग हैं .. अपने कहाँ ढूँड पायं

जागे हैं .. सोए नहीं .. ऐसी है मेरे एह बेचैनी ..
दिन भी वही .. रातें वहीं .. साँसों मैं साँसें हैं नही

शामें अब ढलती नहीं .. आँचल जो तेरा सिमट जाए ..
आ अब यहाँ हमेशा रहें .. दूरी रहे ना हों फ़ासले ..

जागे हैं सोए नही .. ऐसी है मेरी एह बेचैनी ..
दिन भी वही .. रातें वाहें .. साँसों मैं साँसे हैं नही ..

अब अगर तुम मिले तो .. इतना यक़ीन हैं
हँस देंगे हम तो रोना नहीं है ..