I think some one took the KISS principle very seriously – Keep It Short and Simple 🙂
This song is just that – short and simple (and one of my favorites from Hariharan)
Kuch der tak, kuch dur tak to saath chalo
Maana zindagi hai tanha safar, iltijaa yahi hai jaan-e-jigar
For some while, for some distance, walk with me
I know life is a lonely journey, but I request you oh beloved.
Mujhko fikar hai aghaaz ki, dekho na sapna anjaam ka
Sadiyon ke betaabiyaan kahtm ho, ek pal mile jo araam ka
I am scared of the start, don’t dream about the end (yet)
Years of restlessness will end, once I have this one moment of peace
Rehta nahi sang koi sada, jaan-e-wafa hai ye mujhko pata
Do chaar lamha tum raho rubaroo, dil tumse kehna yahi chahta
No one can stay with me forever, and I know that oh beloved
Just stay in front of me for a few moments, that is all my heart wants to say.
In a very simple way, the poet beautifully captures the transient nature of relationships (and life in general), the uncertainty that comes with loving someone and how love is all about requests not orders, contentment not expectations (Do chaar lamha tum raho rubaroo, dil tumse kehna yahi chahta ), present moments not future promises (“Mujhko fikar hai aghaaz ki, dekho na sapna anjaam ka “)
I always wondered what is it about this song that I cannot stop listening to it, I am still not sure, but I don’t care anymore. I just love it, and may be finding reasons to love is an insult to “love” itself. (though more often than not, my logical self takes over, and for most things I end up trying to justify my liking (or for that matter my disliking)).
Anyway, here is a youtube link to the song : Kuch der tak (Enjoy!)