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A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways,
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’,
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’,
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’,
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’,
Heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’,
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’,
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony,
I met a white man who walked a black dog,
I met a young woman whose body was burning,
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow,
I met one man who was wounded in love,
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’,
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest dark forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I’ll tell it and speak it and think it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’,
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Artist-Bob Dylan

Album-The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan(1962)

Composed,Sung And Written By-Bob Dylan

As any music lover will tell you if there was only one word to describe Dylan’s songs it would be poetic, he had the ability to describe even the most lagging and hallucinating narratives in a simple offhand manner. But this song is not merely poetic, it is melodic,prophetic and above all timeless. Its lyric structure is based on the question and answer form of the traditional ballad ‘Lord Randall’, Child ballad no.12. A father asking his son questions about what he saw on his journey, who did he meet,where did he go to etc and in the answers the son describes the whole world in an innocent but hard hitting manner. Dylan was popularly known as a prophet in the 60’s and songs like this shows why ,in this song he describes things which were true then,which are true now and which will remain true in coming time. He talks about racism,natural calamities,people living in fear,oppressed people, he defines a true leader and he predicts, he predicts like a man standing on mountain shouting for the deaf world, warning about a self induced Apocalypse.

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July 15, 2008 Posted by | Music Review, Tuesday's Blues | 2 Comments

Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai

“Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai”

Yeh Mehlon,Yeh Takhton,Yeh Taajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Insaan Key Dushman Samaajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Doulat Key Bhookhey Riwajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Har Ek Jism Ghayal, Har Ek Rooh Pyaasi,
Nigahon Mein Uljhan, Dilon Mein Udaasi,
Yeh Duniya Hai Ya Aalam-e-Badhawasi,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Yahaan Eik Khilona Hai Insaan Ki Hasti,
Yeh Basti Hai Murda Paraston Ki Basti,
Yahaan To Jeevan Sey Hai Maut Sasti,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Jawaani Bhatakti Hai Badkaar Ban Kar,
Jawaan Jism Sajtey Hein Bazaar Ban Kar,
Yahaan Pyaar Hota Hai Byopaar Ban Kar,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Yeh Duniya Jahaan Aadmi Kuch Nahi Hai,
Wafa Kuch Nahi, Dosti Kuch Nahi Hai,
Yahaan Pyaar Ki Qadr Hi Kuch Nahi Hai,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Jala Do Isey, Phoonk Dalo Yeh Duniya.
Mere Saamne Se Hata Lo Yeh Duniya,
Tumhari Hai Tum Hi Sambhalo Yeh Duniya,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai?

Movie-Pyaasa(1957)

Music-Sachin Dev Burman

Lyrics-Saahir Ludhiyanavi

Singer-Mohhamad Rafi

Guru Dutt always saw songs as an ongoing sequence which can be best described by the poetry. Usually Saahir Ludhiyanvi provided that poetry. Saahir always saved his best for Guru Dutt’s movies . In the movie the song was visualised as the ultimate achivement of the all time loser, the ragged Poet,the drunkard shunned by society,left by girlfriend,despised by his clan suddenly gets everything he ever strived for. This was the moment when he looks down at all the people he had ever known and sees only one face which didn’t have Greed and really loved him, ‘the Prostitute’ and then he curses the Society in his own poetic manner as S.D Burman’s tunes pierce your heart and you experience the same pain as ‘Vijay’ and you spill you heart out in the immortal voice Of Mohammad Rafi and leave all the artificial things which consumed you.

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Music Review, Tuesday's Blues | 5 Comments

Get Back

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This was a plea from the fans to their beloved ‘The Beatles’ as the rock n roll music era came to an end, making way to the hippy cultured, hard hitting ‘Rock’. ‘Let It Be’ was the response to that plea , considered by many critics as the worst effort by the band, dubbed as discreet and soulless by reviewers but the album was a runaway hit with 4x platinum certification in U.S. It was the last effort by the band to sort out their differences so everybody tried their level best(except Lennon) they even climbed the top of Apple Studios but there was too much talent personified in the form of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr that it became difficult for ‘The Beatles’ to hold them together.

Like their previous efforts in this album too the band displays their wide array of music as they keep on experimenting, ‘Two Of Us’ is played on acoustic guitar with deliberate rock touch, Ringo Starr’s light bass drumming and Harrison’s bass adds to this magnificent road song by the duo of Lennon-McCartney . ‘Dig A Pony’ begins with a rock riff but soon it becomes a soft song with very ambiguous lyrics, which sometimes tell you about Lennon wanting his love and sometimes to see beyond the obvious. ‘Across The Universe’ is the most poetic song of The Beatles, it has a clear influence of their trip to India. The lyrics were literally visualized by Lennon in it abstract concepts are reified by phrases.

‘I Me Mine’ is a Harrison composition and more than just points to his interest in Hindu Mythology. The title itself comes from the Bhagvad Gita 2:71-72, the song describes selfishness of ‘Man’ and has blues riffs to support the notion, Lennon didn’t participate in the recording as he had already quit the band. ‘Dig It’ is a 51 second excerpt from one of the songs of Let It Be/Get Back sessions. ‘Let It Be’ is gospel-ish song with a great rock solo by Harrison. This is McCartney’s best creation till date and one of the finest ballads ever. ‘Maggie Mae’ is one of the traditional Liverpool songs. It is played in harmonica in such a way that you can hear each and every word sung by every singer.

‘ I’ve Got A Feeling’ to me is ‘The Beatles’ describing life in their own manner. It is two songs strung together as one. One part perceived by McCartney describes the brighter side in McCartney’s rock n roll cum rock style where as the other part perceived by Lennon describes the darker side in Lennon’s slow,soft and longing style. ‘One After 909’ is a unique blend early Beatles and the more mature Beatles. It has a simple 12 bar structure with rock riffs being played throughout the song. ‘Long And Winding Road’ is the saddest song by the band,not just because of the lyrics but due to the fact that it was the last nail in the coffin that had ‘The Beatles break up’ written all over it. This song’s overdubbing by Phil Specter got McCartney angry became the last reason in the series of reasons that led to the break up of the band. ‘For You Blue’ is Harrison in his own unique style binding blues music with romantic lyrics. Lennon plays a solo with lap steel guitar with shotgun shell to add ambiguity to the song. ‘ Get Back’ recorded on the Rooftop is one of the harder rocking songs of McCartney. It has simple but hard hitting lyrics dealing with issues such as immigration and racism. The now famous lines at the end of the song as the band winds up the song by Lennon is the most appropriate end to the sweeping, mesmerizing,rocking,controversial and sometimes mythical rock n roll, Roller Coaster ride called ‘The Beatles’.

“I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition”.

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March 8, 2008 Posted by | Music Review | Leave a comment

Valhalla,I am Coming

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They came and they conquered it all. Led Zepplin IV was one of pivotal points in their conquest. This album covers all the music genres played by Led Zepplin in their career which includes- heavy metal, folk,rock,rock n roll,blues.

This album takes you in the mystical world of Robert Plant,where ring wraths breathe down your neck, apocalyptic gods shake the earth and a shining white lady turns every thing to Gold. The album starts with the multi layered ‘Black Dog’ opening like an Onion layer by layer showing the complexity in the sound due to which they were inimitable., With ‘Rock And Roll’ the band pays homage to the genre and its creators in their own inimitable style. ‘The Battle Of Evermore’ had an uncanny sound with Mandolin driven British Folk and high pitched vocals. You can see the battle being fought in front of your eyes as the army of dead sweep through the fields with Sandy Denny providing the grave war vocals along with Plant. ‘Stairway To heaven’ is the most celebrated Led Zepplin song and arguably one of the best songs in the rock history. The song actually encompasses the whole album , it starts like a soft acoustic song and ends with the blistering Jimmy Page solo the song changes its tempo several times and gives Robert Plant the opportunity to show his whole vocal range. Its lyrics raised a lot of controversy in the past, being labeled as satanist but they are open to all interpretations

‘Misty Mountain Hop’ a Hippie Satire is a standout song in its genre. ‘Four Sticks’ with its funky riffs saw Zepplin add another Feather to their experimental cap. ‘Going To California’ is my favorite Led Zepplin folk song it comes straight from Robert Plant’s heart describing the feelings of a 22 year old caught between love and Nostalgia .’When The Levee Breaks’ overwhelms listener with the aura of Grandeur. Ferocious blues riffs with apocalyptic touch and Harmonica saw Led Zepplin create one of the most frightening song theme ever. You can actually see Zepplin playing the song, as apocalypse Gods consume The Earth.

The album cover builds on the Enigma that Led Zepplin is, comprising of ‘The Four Symbols’ chosen by each band member, which are often interpreted in mystical ways as the band never described their meaning. The front cover itself describes the band’s interest in mysticism as its a biblical reference to ‘Cain’. This album laid the foundation for the metal genre and set a standard of band’s upcoming work. Thirty Seven years after its release it sounds as if released five or six years ago still inspiring every rock musician.

Original Track Listing

Side one

  1. Black Dog” (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 4:55
  2. “Rock And Roll” (Page, Plant, Jones, John Bonham) – 3:40
  3. “The Battle Of Evermore” (Page, Plant) – 5:38
  4. “Stairway Of Heaven” (Page, Plant) – 8:01

Side two

  1. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Page, Plant, Jones) – 4:39
  2. “Four Sticks” (Page, Plant) – 4:49
  3. “Going To California” (Page, Plant) – 3:36
  4. “When The Levee Breaks” (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham, Memphis Minnie) – 7:08

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February 2, 2008 Posted by | Music Review | Leave a comment