Thanda paani naalue ra tere, sang sang chalna tere
Dur se aaye, yaad dilaaye, dur se aaye baadal ghanere, sang sang
Paagal hawa, daaman mera, chooke chale, sang sang..
Dhoka de jaaye na, Kahin aa jaaye na, jaadu bhare, sang sang..
Oh cold water of the river, I want to walk along with you
You come from far away and remind us of the distant beautiful (dark) clouds
As do the crazy winds that caress my soul (literally veil) as they flow
It (water) does not betray, it does not leave, and fills (the mountains with) magic
I find pahadi songs (folk songs from the mountains) very pure and peaceful – probably it is the flow of notes or the choice of notes or the instruments used or the slow rhythm or probably all of the above. They transport me to the majestic mountains, I can almost see the snow covered peaks, the lush green valleys and the crystal clear water glistening and making its way though a bright and sunny day. Oh well may be I am just getting better at day dreaming🙂
This song Thanda Pani is from the album Boondein by the Silk Route band, sung my Mohit Chauhan.
Disclaimer : I do not know the Pahadi (language of the mountains) very well. So the meanings may not be exact, but that is how I interpreted the song. (Nallua could just mean “tap” but I thought “river” was more fitting :))