Chan Mahi Lyrics
On Chan Mahi, the young woman hopes that her beloved doesn’t depart. If he’s on his way to the town of Ambala, he should know that the young woman over there are extremely gorgeous.
So, she’s a bit worried. But the same can’t be said about the young men, who aren’t as good looking as the women. Which she says with a light hearted tone.
WORD- Chan Mahi- Dear Lover/ Sweetheart, Ranna – Young women, Gabru – Young men.
Othe likhne ni paye mukka le
Ik pal bayi jaana Ik pal bayi jana mere kol
Tere mithde ni oye
Tere mithde ni lagde bol
Ni ik pal bayi jana oh
Hoping to convince him to stay, she tells him that the people there can’t write at all. Urging him to sit beside her for a while.
She likes his company and his words are music to her ears. Every time he speaks, the conversations seem sweet to her.
WORD- Mithde- Sweet, Bol- Conversations.
Vichoda haye sajjna da
Vichoda haye sajna da manda
Ni ik pal bayi jana ho ik pal bayi jana -2
She yearns for his company and requests him to be with her in this moment. They're having a great time. Separation from him seems awful to her and she considers it unfair.
WORD- Manda- Unfair, Vichoda- Separation, Sajna- Lover.
Chan mahi je tureyon kalkatte
Othe iko ni oye
Othe iko ni roti pakke
Jana peya khaye ni oye
Jana peya khaye janani takke
This man is a traveller and wishes to travel to Calcutta. But she attempts to jokingly portray that something isn’t right about that place. Which in reality isn’t true.
She reckons, he wouldn’t experience variety and good food there. Stating that, the men in that city are lazy who keep eating and the women keep looking at them in despair. She doesn’t want him to become like that.
Chan mahi je tueyon patiale otheyon liyavi oye
Aha otheyon liyavi reshmi naarhe
Adhe chitte ni oye oho
Adhe chite te adhe kaale Ik pal bayi jana
Ik pal bayi jana mere kol
The most famous verse found in most renditions. She asks him to get silky threads and handkerchiefs from Patiala, if he plans to go there.
Also, she would prefer the threads to be in black and white. This is a subtle message stating that if he goes away he will have to get her gifts, which will lead to unnecessary spending. So, it’s better that he stays right here.
WORD- Reshmi- Silky, Chitte- White.
Chan mahi je tureyon multan
Othe vadde vadde pehlwan
Mare mukk te kadde jaan
Il pal bayi jana Ik pal bayi jana mere kol
Tere mithde ni oye
Aha tere mithde ni lagde ne bol
Her funny reasons for keeping him beside her continues. She describes how Multan is known for its wrestlers, and it is commonly said that they are so strong that they can kill anyone with just one blow.
She doesn’t want her beloved to visit such a dangerous place and put himself any kind of risk, she fears of his well- being.
FACT- Multan is home to some historic wrestlers. Chief among them, Zamman Khan Pehlwan