Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ah, l'amour!

Well, well, I'm in one of my lovey-dovey moods (read: the time when I'm not being a totally brattish boy who couldn't care less about eyebrow threading, is in the throes of an extremely satisfying assignment completion or lusting after pizza and popcorn). Being perennially single in a sea of couples (with and without the relationship counselling I tend to do) has its advantages and disadvantages.
The upside:
- I can go where I like, talk to whom I like, without it being a problem for anyone (er, except headquarters) I love all my guy friends too much to give that up.
- I save on tears.
- I don't have to dress up and fret about looking perfect. Okay, perhaps the fact that I'm single should make me NEED to dress up, but I'm just too lazy to care.
- I have done enough fighting with my best friend for a dozen relationships.
- I can have a million and hundred crushes and nobody has to know. And even if they do, it's all fine!
-Weirdness is something you celebrate alone. I think.
- I can be a boy.
- My parents are extreeeeeemely happy with my célébataire status. And I get to hang out with them most of the time.

The downside:
- You have to drop yourself home and so can't stay out that late (if you're a girl like I'm supposed to be). Ah, the luxury of having someone drive you around and fuss about protecting you. (Besides Mum. Now if she did that, I'd furiously declare my age and how I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself. Not)
- There's always a message waiting to be read on your phone. A call. An email. Some contact when you're in your people-hungry moods!
- Someone chose YOU because of the way you are and does not need you to change for any reason. Someone loves you not because you are born to them. Of course, there's friends for this. But they don't necessarily find you attractive, fun, comfortable, loving and want to be with you all the time. Hmmm.
- You get to fuss over someone and pour out all that love without scaring (when your friends and puppy get squirmy if you do the same. Sometimes)
The rest of the reasons have been eloquently conveyed in the following.

All I Want Is You - U2

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold
But all the promises we made
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you
You say you'll give me a highway with no one on it
A treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night
You say you'll give me eyes in a world of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest
But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you
You say you want your love to work out right
To last with me through the night
You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold
All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you You
All I want is...you
All I want is...you
All I want is...you
( I guess the fact that it is sung in Bono's passionate voice as it soars over The Edge's other-worldly riffs adds to the fact that it is probably the most beautiful song of love and longing that I've ever heard. I can listen to it over and over and over again and still not shake off the goosebumps on my skin.)

Desert Rose - Sting

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this
Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall
( The delicate words woven into the intricate melody totally transports me into a desert oasis under a star studded sky. Okay, okay, I'm getting too soppy perhaps. But I just cannot resist Cheb Mami's enchanting vocals syncing with Sting's as these words of yearning for love flow so gracefully. Siiiiigh)

Abhi Nahin Aana - Sona

Abhi Nahin Aana

Mohe Thoda Marne De

Intezar Karne De

Abhi Nahin Aana Sajana

Bhejiyo Sandesha

Aap Nahin Aana

Thode Door Rahke

Mohe Tarsana

Abhi To Mein Chahun,

Sari Sari Raat Jagana

Abhi Nahi Anna Sajana

Ruk Ruk Aana

Dheere Dheere Chalna

Bhoolna Dagaria,

Raste Badalna

Nahi Abhi Mohe,

Garwa Nahi Hey Lagna

Abhi Na Jagao

Bane Raho Sapna....
(Okay, for those of you who don't know Hindi, for those of you who are not familiar with Indian traditions and perceptions of love and courtship, this one may be lost on you in translation. The song, beautifully sung by Sona, is about a woman telling her lover to delay his arrival. She wishes to nearly die in anticipation for him, to experience the torture of being separated from him. This song cannot be understood if you're not a romantic)

Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

We'll do it all

Everything

On our own.

We don't need

Anything

Or anyone.

If I lay here,

If I just lay here ,

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know

How to say

How I feel.

Those three words

Are said too much

They're not enough

If I lay here,

If I just lay here,

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told

Before we get too old

Show me a garden that's bursting into life.

Let's waste time

Chasing cars

Around our heads.

I need your grace

To remind me

To find my own...

All that I am

All that I ever was

Is here in your perfect eyes,

they're all I can see.

I don't know where

Confused about how as well

Just know that these things will never change for us at all.

If I lay here,

If I just lay here,

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

( Need I say more?)

2 comments:

Vimal said...

You're not the only one. I adore Cheb Mami! Welcome to the club!

anyway, I guess ure gonna love this - its mami's part of the lyrics in desert rose...

Layli ya layli ya
Hadi muda tweela
Wana nh'awis ana wa'la ghzalti
Wana nh'awis ana wa'la ghzalti
Wana nh'awis ana wa'la ghzali

(Oh night oh night
It's been too long
That I've been looking for my loved one
That I've been looking for my loved one
That I've been looking for my loved one)

Aman Aman Aman

Omri feek entiya
Ma gheer entiya
Ma gheer entiya

(Peace Peace Peace

You have my life
No one other than you
No one other than you
My night, oh night)

Don't know if u can understand Egyptian Arabic, but anyway...

هدي مدة طويلة
وأنا نحوس أنا وعلا غزالتي
وأنا نحوس أنا وعلا غزالتي
وأنا نحوس أنا وعلا غزالي
عمري فيك أنتيا
ما غير أنتيا
ما غير أنتيا

Kingdom of Estarra said...

Wow, thanks SO MUCH! I've bee looking for the English transliteration of the Arabic, for SO LONG!