Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Impressive Laal- Mein Nay Uss Say Yeh Kaha ( I Said This To Him)

Recently I came across an interesting music video of Laal RED, they sang captivating Habib Jali poerty Mainay Uss Say Yeh Kaha (I SAID THIS TO HIM). Vocalist is Shahram Azhar. I was reading about the background of the poetry I came to know that “Main Nay Kaha" is a satirical poem by the famous leftist poet Habib Jalib called "Musheer" (Advisor). Jalib wrote it in response to a conversation he had with Hafiz Jalandari during the time of Ayub Khan's dictatorship. It remains just as fresh and valid today. While watching the video, one would catch the real images of events in Karachi, London, and Lahore during the tumultuous period between December 27th and February 18th.

Translation:

I said this to him
These hundred million
Are the epitome of ignorance
Their conscience has gone to sleep
Every ray of hope
Is lost in the darkness
This news is true
They are the living dead

Completely mindless
A disease of life
And you hold in your hands
The cure for their ills

You are the light of God
Wisdom and knowledge personified
The nation is with you
It is only through your grace
That the nation can be saved
You are the light of a new morning
After you there is only night
The few who speak out
Are all mischief makers
You should tear out their tongues
You should throttle their throats


Those proud of their eloquence
Their tongues are completely silent
There is calm in the land
There is an unexampled difference
Between yesterday and today
Only at their own expense
Are people in prison, under your rule

China
China is our friend
We'd give our lives for her
But the system that they have
Steer well clear of that
From far away say "salaam"
These hundred million asses
That are named the masses
Could surely never become rulers
You are the truth; they're an illusion
My prayer is that

You remain President forever

Here is Youtube Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPsr1RnEfWo

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