Oye Uth Jawana (Oh Wake Up Youth)

Writer’s Note: The following is a YouTube link of a very truthful and thoughtful song I was made to listen by friend. The song is in Punjabi but a very rough English and Roman Urdu translation is given for those not familiar with Punjabi. I would like to add that I suck at translating Punjabi into other languages and I am no poet therefore a lot of the song’s symmetry has been lost and any contribution in making the translation better would be accepted graciously.

English Translation:

Look at the spectacle the world watches in your country,

Oh look at the spectacle the world watches in your country

Where bomb blasts and where light gives long power cuts

Here people die of hunger, here “Wadera’s”(Land lords) live

Here people die of hunger, here “Wadera’s”(Land lords) live

In my country snakes have pavilion-ed

Oh wake up youth your country is drowned in the darkness, make it day

Oh wake up youth your country is drowned in the darkness, make it day

Here sugar is expensive, here flour is expensive

But my country’s bride wears a bridal gown of 1 lak rupees

Here sugar is expensive, here flour is also expensive

But my country’s bride wears a bridal gown of 1 lak rupees

Here where children sell mothers

Here where children sell mothers

Whilst the people laugh

Oh my home tv says

Oh wake up youth your country is drowned in the night, make it day

Here phone packages are cheap and Samosas are crispy

Where you get prayers for a rupee

100 channels broadcast in houses and tell news daily

My country’s brother journalists are the ones saving it

The Kalma remains on our tongues and the heart keeps saying Allah Allah

The breath whilst dying says

Oh wake up youth your country is drowned in the night, make it day

Oh wake up youth your country is drowned in the night, make it day

Roman Urdu Translation:

Dekho tamasha jo dunya dekhti hai mulk mein teray

Dekho tamasha jo dunya dekhti hai mulk mein teray

Kidher bomb pathay aur kidher bijli karay lambay andheray

Idher log bhokay martay hain idher bastay hain Waderay

Idher log bhokay martay hain idher bastay hain Waderay

Meray mulk mein sanpon nay dalay hain deray (parao)

Oh jawan uth aur ker day sawera tera mulk dooba hai andheray mein

Oh jawan uth aur ker day sawera tera mulk dooba hai andheray mein

Idher cheeni bhi mehngi idher aata bhi mehnga

Per meray mulk ki dulhan pehnay lakh lakh ka lehnga

Idher cheeni bhi mehngi idher aata bhi mehnga

Per meray mulk ki dulhan pehnay lakh lakh ka lehnga

Jidher bachay maaon ko bechain

Jidher bachay maaon ko bechain

Meray mulk kay log hansain

Oh meray ghar ka tv kehta

Oh jawan uth aur ker day sawera tera mulk dooba hai andheray mein

Idher phone kay packages sastay aur samosay milain khastay

Rupaye mein milti hai dua

Ghar mein 100 100 channel atay hain aur rozana khabarin sonatay hain

Meray mulk ko meray bhai sahafi hain bachatay

Hamaray muun per kalma hai rehta

Dil Allah Allah hai kerta

Sans toot tay toot tay kehti hai

Oh jawan uth aur ker day sawera tera mulk dooba hai andheray mein

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2 Responses to “Oye Uth Jawana (Oh Wake Up Youth)”

  1. great song! I like the vocals

  2. Thank you for a very interesting blog. Where else may I get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I am simply now running on, and I have been at the look out for such information.

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