Thenpandi Cheemayile : A song which I do not understand completely but it does strike a chord in me. A not so happy one, but it doss lighten me.
Ekla_Chalo_Re : A song written by Rabindranath Tagore. A masterpiece. I read the meaning of the lyrics on Wikipedia and it left me heavy and inspired both at the same time. The lyrics are extremely deep, philosophical and heavy.
Aye mere Pyare watan : A song that gives me goosebumps every single time without exception that I listen to it.. Every single time!
First it’s the story Kabuliwallah . A stunningly moving story by Rabindranath Tagore. I remember reading it as a child and every attempt I made at reading it, left me in tears some 3/4th into the story and I could almost never finish it. The song is the most patriotic in my view in what I’ve heard so far.
He sings about how it pains for him to be away from his motherland and his daughter and that if there was any place he would like to die it would be his motherland.
Always. That’s the point.
Nothing else matters; If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weigh you down and crush you to the Earth,
Be drunken, continually.
Drunken with what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue as you please.
but Be drunken.
And if sometimes on the steps of a palace or on the green grass in a ditch or in the dreary solitude of your own room
You should awaken and find the drunkenness half or entirely gone
Ask of the wind ,of the wave, of the star of the bird, of the clock of all that flies, of all that sighs, of all that moves, of all that sings, of all that speaks, Ask what hour it is, and wind, wave, star, bird or clock will answer you,
“It is the hour to be drunken
Be drunken if you would not be the martyred slaves of Time.
Be drunken Continually, with wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please.”
– Charles Baudelaire
I stumbled upon this video a few days back and I have been pretty much hooked to the song. It has a some wonderful lyrics for a pop song.
Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious?
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time
Bang on target she hits..
And this girl in the video.. I love her cover of this song. She stays on the lines and sings, waits on them. Slow and steady and quietly stressful.. And so genuine and pretty she is. Simple and open.
I just wish there were translations on youtube for this video so I could understand what they say that overwhelms her.
Cheers Stela Petrova.
So drink me up hearties… It’s Saturday night!!! And it’s calling me tonight… Coz it’s not about the money money money.. it’s about love!!!
A medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred… Royallll Rumbleeeeee!!!!! 😉
By the By
Oh I have had pretty weird perceptions of songs. Famous songs which meant one thing and I perceived them differently, very differently.
No Woman no Cry – Bob Marley
I first heard this strangely not too long ago. And I heard the first line “No Womannn… No Cry..” And I smiled. 2nd time Bob sang that line, I was still smiling only now with teeth showing. And my mom walked in and I said “That’s a funny song. Says No woman, no cry.. So true, isn’t it? ha ha.. He knows the secret for happiness !!!” My mom looked at me, smiled and then giggled before I realized she was giggling for something else and not my understanding of the song. I slapped my head when I learnt it was a song about consolation. No Akshay.. No Cry… 😀
Don’t be cruel – Elvis Presley
This one is good. A few friends were sitting in a nice pub in Connaught Place in Delhi, where a live band was playing. They start playing this song. And though i’d heard this song as a kid. I’d never ‘listened’ to the song as opposed to just ‘hearing’ it. I smiled. I said that’s a nice peppy song there. Until I paid attention to the lyrics and heard the guy sing “Don’t be Cruel to a heart that’s true“. Not VERY painful but certainly not the happiest song. But to think of just the music, you could do a Rock ‘n Roll dance to this. The Shammi Kapoor style.
Hotel California – Eagles
This one was an Ice-Shattering one. You listen to this song for the first time, you think this is one of those songs which talks about a romance between a guy and a girl on a nice evening in a hotel called Hotel California. “Welcome to the Hotel California.. Such a lovely place..” Perfect!!! and then comes the line which says “Some dance to remember some dance to forget“. And you picture a nice couple doing a ballroom dance and the girl lost in the arms of the guy. And then one fine evening last year this friend of mine breaks the bubble that lasted for so many years. She says this song is about the prostitutes in Vegas. “Stab it with their steely knives..” That was the stab to me. I was confused and got back home and Wikipedia-ed it. Boom!!! It was about the prostitutes in Vegas. The song was played again and spoof went the couple and in came the scenes in your head of prostitutes standing out on the streets wearing the mini skirts and heavy make up and the dimly lit rooms of a typical brothel. And soon you knew why he says “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave“. And you’re not smiling anymore. Or clapping after the extended guitar solo ends the song.
There are many more, sadly I can’t recall more at the moment. But this is funny! 🙂
By the By..
Happy weekend.. Drink me up hearties!!!
Captain Jack Sparrow like Captain Morgan. 😉
Tarry a little: there is something else.
This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly are ‘a pound of flesh’:
Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh;
But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.