A Review of a Song
Coke Studio Season 10 – Episode 2
I am not a music lover. I tend to hate most of the songs now produced. For me, music was better when ugly people were allowed to make it. So I don’t listen to new artists because I end up never listening them again if I didn’t found them interesting on the first try. Hence I don’t review songs; or any art. I just enjoy it.
But, there are songs and then there are songs. I can pretty much treat songs on the former category with indifference. It is the second category that kills me. They stir an emotion that can not contain itself inside me. It makes me want to share that feeling with everyone around me. So here I am, sharing that feeling with all of you.
Introduction: This is a song of unrequited love, of love found and love lost. It is a song of remembrance, a blessing to the beloved, an ode to the times they have shared. This song laughs in the face of fate who has forced the lovers to be apart.
Lyrics (as per youtube captions)(translated from Hindi/Urdu):
A chasm has opened up
All paths have failed
What cure is there now for broken hearts?
The happiness that always remained beyond my reach
May you be blessed with it wherever you may go
I pray fervently that you continue to prosper in life
And that all your hopes and dreams may come true
May your world never reflect the barrenness of mine
Never reflect the barrenness of mine.
Your each and every memory is etched into my heart
The way you would smile at me
The way you would whisper to me that “you belong only to me”
God only knows how it came to this pass
How we came to be driven apart.
I abandoned everything for you
I burnt all my boats to come here to you
But you never became mine
You simply walked away
I don’t know where you disappeared, taking my heart with you.
Where would I go?
I’m still right here
I’m present in every beat of your heart
You’re in my dreams when I sleep
In my thoughts when I’m awake
At each and every moment, you’re with me.
My heart beats for no one but you
Now it will never belong to anyone else
I am saying goodbye
I am saying goodbye….
The Philosophers Stoned, as we like to call ourselves, have had a discussion on this song. We all have been through heart-breaks, we all have someone we call our the one. After a few hours of “discussing”, one of us made an observation. “
This song is not about a love lost. The love was still in the heart of the lovers.There is now a physical distance between them. Emotionally, they are still together. Even the singer says that he is in the beating of her heart. While she is in his every waking thoughts and sleepless dream.”
“The lover gives his heartfelt blessings to her, she is ready to abandon everything for him. This really is a straight forward song, not too complex. One is supposed to laugh at such childish things,but after listening to him, I feel empathetic and even jealous of the kind of love he has.”
“After all, one can’t simply move on. The ones we love don’t leave us, not really.”
I know, this may sound a bit too lovey-dovey to you. But you can’t argue that there is something magical in that composition. The slow vocals of Ms. Quraitulain Balouch seem to stop the progression of time. Kaavish’s (the singer-guitar duo) sound is free from the mainstream crap and sounds very genuine. No part of the song seems to be forced upon the listener. I have listened to this song countless times and still couldn’t figure out how 5 mins have actually passed. This song isn’t great, it is good, in the absolute sense of the word.