BULLEH SAYS

Song is based on my free translation of Punjabi mystic Bulleh Shah’s poem “Bulleh ki janna main kaun?”

Bulleh-Says

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Artists:

Chinmaya-Dunster vocals with Oliver Kraft: Electric Guitar,
Rob Mita: Bass and
Seetha Manognya (backing vocals)

Bulleh Shah’s Lucknow

I’m not in the mosque or the palace
Not among pure or unpure souls
Neither Moses nor the Pharoah
Who is this Bulleh to know?Bulleh ki janna main kaun?
I’m not in the whorehouse nor the temple
Neither drunk nor fast alone
Nor do I sit with Al-gebra or Bible
Who is this Bulleh to know?Bulleh ki janna main kaun?
I’m not in happiness nor in sorrow
My name I neither chose nor own
No city or country on Earth can claim me
Who is this Bulleh to know?Bulleh ki janna main kaun?
From first to last I search my being
Where no other can be known
No great thinker no lost dreamer
Who stands then in Bulleh’s shoes alone?Bulleh ki jana main kaun?