LAGAAN - THE LYRICS

Due to legal considerations, we cannot supply the Hindi lyrics or any image of this film. If you'd like to know more about the issue, click here. 1. Ghanan Ghanan
2. Mitwa
3. Radha Kaise Na Jale
4. O Rey Chhori
5. Chale Chalo
6. O Paalanhaare

 

GHANAN GHANAN

CHORUS:
Dark clouds have gathered overhead;
dense dark clouds spread above.
The clouds roar like drums.
Look how the lightning sparkles and flashes!
The clouds make my heart pound!
          
Black clouds, black clouds, shower down rain...
Let loose not the sword of lightning, but the arrows of raindrops!
The clouds spread, they will bring rain.
They have gathered overhead.
My heart clamors for them
not to behave so calmly!
Our fortune has changed; come out of your house!
Ambrosia is about to rain down on us!
Our difficult days have passed; brother, play for us the songs of the monsoon!
CHORUS
If this nectar rains down, who can possibly long for more?
On the parapet, the black cuckoo will sing!
The birds will sing that a new days are upon us!
Light will smile down on our darkness!
Our minds and bodies will be soaked by the rain of love.
On the soil, we'll behold mirrors of water!
Wherever you go, take a look around!
This right here is an unparalleled sight, this earth
dressed in a multi-colored scarf!
CHORUS
Hang swings from the trees and push yourself high!
Black clouds, black clouds, shower down rain!
Let loose not the sword of lightning, but the arrows of raindrops!
Now a season of pleasure is upon us, spreading green across the land.
With it, it has brought the rainy season.
These anklets of lightning, this veil of cloud,
they've come to decorate the earth like a bride.
Every tree branch will don bangles made of flowers;
joy will shower down on every courtyard.
Now every flowerbud will bloom; every lane and alley will be filled with laughter.
Wherever the wind has traveled, it has made the season beautiful.
The sunlight which burned body and mind has drained away.
Black clouds, black clouds, shower down rain!
Let loose not the sword of lightning, but the arrows of raindrops!
CHORUS


MITWA

So says every saint; so says every wiseman:
He who has truth and courage in his heart
will be the victor in the end.
Come, come along!
No matter how long the road might be,
may your body never weary of it!
Come, come along!
Listen to the call of the road!
May this road not be left longing for you!
Come, come along!
You are the king of this earth!
Know this in your heart!
Struggle against obstacles!
Never accept defeat!
       
CHORUS:
Listen, my friend!
What do you have to fear?
This earth belongs to you; the sky is yours!
Listen, my friend!
What do you have to fear?
This earth belongs to you; the sky is yours!
Come on!
          
Listen up, darling.
What's in your heart is in mine as well.
This dream of yours is mine as well, for a lifetime!
Let's proceed, carrying lamps of hope in our eyes.
May the light of our hope never be dimmed,
even if duststorms sweep over us to extinguish it!
CHORUS
Come along!
Listen up, my friend!
The wind from the east will sing again; pleasure will spread over us!
If our voices unite, then the season of flowers will return.
It will bring with it days of joy, days without sorrow!
Come, you and we shall arrange festivals of color!
Tell us, why do you hold yourself back?
CHORUS
So says every saint; so says every wiseman:
He who has truth and courage in his heart
will be the victor in the end.
CHORUS

 

RADHA KAISE NA JALE

If Krishna should meet some Gopi in the forest, [Madhuban: literally the Madhu Forest, historically located in the Braj area near Mathura. Gopi: milkmaid or herdgirl; according to myth they were all madly in love with the god Krishna.]
if he should smile at her, tease her, talk with her,
how could Radha not be jealous?
A fire in her body and heart;
how could she not be jealous?
No matter whether Krishna meets some Gopi in the forest,
in his heart, flowers of love are blooming only for Radha.
So why should Radha be jealous?
She's not thinking clearly;
why should Radha be jealous?
The Gopis are but stars; Radha is the moon!
Why, then, is her trust (in Krishna) so shaky?
Krishna's attention is always flitting here and there,
so how can poor Radha keep her self-respect?
Gopis come and go, but Radha is the queen of my heart...
Night and day, on the banks of the River Jumna,
Krishna calls only for Radha!
When some other woman draps Krishna in the necklace of her arms,
how can Radha not be jealous?
A fire in her body and heart;
how could she not be jealous?
If Krishna has settled only Radha in his heart,
then why doesn't he tell her so?
Love has its own vocabulary; it's an entirely different language.
The eyes speak to each other — at least so Krishna hopes!
Well, these eyes of Krishna's keep robbing all the Gopis of their peace!
They snare a glance, the lure is cast,
and some pretty girl's a goner for him!
If some Gopi nurses a secret passion for Krishna,
why should Radha be jealous about it?
How can Radha not be jealous?
Why should Radha be jealous?
How could Radha not be jealous?
Why should Radha be jealous?
How could Radha not be jealous?
Why should Radha be jealous?
How could Radha not be jealous?

 

O REY CHHORI

Oh, my lass! [note: should just be 'O girl,' but doesn't quite have the same ring, does it?]
Oh, my lass, accept what I say.
I have loved you alone.
Living without you, what sort of life is that?
This kohl lining your eyes,
it's a cloud of dreams to me.
Because of you, my heart is crazed.
O beautiful girl!
O my dear boy, these words spring straight from my heart.
I have loved you alone.
I have ever considered only you as my lover.
Today you've caught hold of my veil,
and what a commotion there is in my mind!
This is a moment I will never forget.
O, my love!
In my mind
The matter that was hidden away in a corner of my mind came to my lips today.
Somewhere in my heart was an arrow
that today found its bow. [lit.: it has come on a bow]
Listen, listen, beloved! Birth after birth, let us remain
residents in the city of love.
Hands joined, may we remain together,
may there never be even the smallest distance between us.
I'll walk side by side with you down your path,
in your shadow alone.
O, my dear boy!
O, my lass!
If someone should ask...
If someone asks what's happened to me, what shall I say?
Every limb you've touched is perfumed.
Your body is fragrant, your mind ablaze;
you seem to me like a rose.
With this radiance and this ornamented beauty,
how could desire not awake within me?
This beauty of yours which glows so brightly,
it's sunlight in its youthful prime.
O, my lass...
O, my dear boy...
O my dear boy, these words spring straight from my heart.
I have loved you alone.
I have ever considered only you as my lover.
Today you've caught hold of my veil,
and what a commotion there is in my mind!
This is a moment I will never forget.
O beautiful girl!

 

CHALE CHALO

Say it again and again, speak, friend, yes!
May victory be ours, may defeat be theirs, yes!
Say it again and again, speak, friend, yes!
May victory be ours, may defeat be theirs, yes!
       
CHORUS:
May no one triumph over us!
Come, let's go, get a move on!
May those who oppose us be obliterated! Come on, let's go!
        
No matter whether darkness spreads over us;
come, let's go, get a move on!
Let no one stop along the road; come on, let's go!
The pointing finger of accusation broke and shattered
when our five fingers came together and made a fist!
May our unity only strengthen!
Come, let's go, get a move on!
No matter how much someone might distract you, come on, let's go!
CHORUS
No one will stop you now, no one will get in your way!
Break all the bonds that hold you back!
What have you gained by being weak? You tell me!
We'll never endure misfortune; we'll play
in such a way that the enemy will be defeated!
Take the road of courage, now!
We'll shake this earth, we'll show everyone
the different between a king and a slave.
We'll overcome the earth; we'll tell you right now
what kind of people we are!
Say it again and again, speak, friend, yes!
May victory be ours, may defeat be theirs, yes!
May no fear enter our hearts now!
Come, let's go, get a move on!
May every fetter snap apart now; come on, let's go!
Just keep marching, no panting, no shuddering;
you're on the path now, voyager!
Don't let the snake of exhaustion sink its fangs into you now!
He who is your ruler is a tyrant!
He has wrought destruction!
His home is in the west; he shall not settle here!
We'll shake this earth; we'll show everyone
the different between a king and a slave.
We'll overcome this earth; we'll tell you right now
what kind of people we are!
What must be, let it be, no matter! Come on, let's go!
May you never bow your head again! Come on, let's go!
CHORUS
Again and again, yes!
(It broke and shattered,)
Say it, friend, yes!
(the pointing finger of accusation!)
May victory be ours,
(When our five fingers came together,)
may defeat be theirs, yes!
(they made a fist!)

 

 O PAALANHAARE

O, great caretaker, beyond all words, above all things...
apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
Unravel our troubles, God!
Apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
You alone sustain us;
you alone protect us.
Apart from you, we have no one and nothing...
You have filled the moon with light;
the sun's glow comes from you.
This sky is splendid
because you gave to it these stars.
God, if this life
weren't decorated by you, who would make it beautiful?
O, great caretaker, beyond all words, above all things,
apart from you, we have no one and nothing...
listen, I shall tell you!
God above, I entreat you, give sad men
courage, never let them be defeated by grief!
Grant succour to the weak;
let them live always in happiness.
Grant strength to your followers...
You are the lord of the universe; please just hear our request.
There's such darkness on our path; bless us with brightness.
O, great caretaker, beyond all words, above all things,
apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
Unravel our troubles, God!
Apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
O, great caretaker, beyond all words, above all things,
apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
Unravel our troubles, God!
Apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
O, great caretaker, beyond all words, above all things,
apart from you, we have no one and nothing.
Unravel our troubles, God!
Apart from you, we have no one and nothing.

 

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