Songs
Mera Joota Hai Japani



mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī These pants are English
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
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mērī jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese


nikal paṛē haiṁ khulī saṛak par I have set out on the open road,
apnā sīnā tānē [x2] expanding my chest [x2]
maṁzil kahām̐, kahām̐ ruknā hai Where is the destination, where to stop
ūparvālā jānē [x2] Only the One above knows! [x2]


baṛhtē jāēm̐ ham sailānī I move forward wandering
jaisē ēk dariyā tūfānī like tempestuous waters
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is a red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī These pants are English
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērī jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese


ūpar-nīcē nīcē-ūpar Up and down, down and up,
lahar calē jīvan kī [x2] the excitements of life are moving [x2]
nādān hai jō baiṭh kinārē Unwise is the one who, sitting on the side,
pūchē rāh vatan kī [x2] asks the ways of the country


calnā jīvan kī kahānī The story of life must be walked,
ruknā maut kī niśānī to stop is a sign of death
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is a red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī These pants are English
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is a red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese


hōṁgē rājē rājkum̐var ham I might be a luxuriating prince-heir,
bigṛē dil śahzādē [x2] (but) I am a spoiled prince at heart [x2]
ham siṁhāsan par jā baiṭhēṁ I go and sit on the throne
jab jab karēṁ irādē [x2] whenever I wish [x2]


sūrat hai jānī pahcānī (My) face is easily recognizable,
duniyā vālōṁ kō hairānī the amazement of the people of the world
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is a red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī These pants are British
sar pē lāl ṭōpī rūsī There is a red Russian hat on my head
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī But still my heart is Indian
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī My shoes are Japanese

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