Songs
Ilallah

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illā allāh
Except God
02 :05
yah hai kahānī mērē dil 
 hūm̐ sunānē calā
sab  batāyā rāstā dikhāyā
phir bhī aṁdhērā rahā
This is the story of my heart,
which I am going to tell you
Everyone told me, showed me the (right) path,
but still, darkness remained
02 :34
allāh-hū, allāh-hū
jag yah kahtā rahā
mērā  na lagā  maiṁ uṭhā cal diyā
maiṁ  sajdē maiṁ gir   dil  sunā
tērā nām sunā  maiṁ  illā allāh
God, God!
The universe kept chanting that
My soul wasn’t engaged, I got up and left
When I bowed down in adoration, and listened to my heart
I heard Your name, none except God
03 :11
jīyā mōrā mām̐gē darśan tōrā
man  sunē nāhī sājan mōrā
rāt gaē  maiṁ  dīp jalāē
bhōr bhaī par vah nāhī āē
[all stanza x2]
My soul would beg for your appearance,
but my beloved would not listen to my heart
Night was passing, I lighted lamps,
dawn happened, but would not come!
[all stanza x2]
05 :23
iśq   mōāmlā
 lāzim-ō-malzūm kyā
iśq mēṁ  paṛ gaē
 hākim-ō-mahkūm kyā
In matter(s) of love
it doesn't matter what is utterly dependent
If love befalls on you
it doesn't matter who is ruler and who is ruled
05 :36
kuch ham sunēṁ aur kuch  sunāē
kōī bhī pardā rah na jāē
I shall listen to some things, and some things you will make me hear
so that none (of them) remains hidden
05 :42
baṁd ām̐khōṁ  tērī tasvīr maiṁ dēkhā kyā
tērē ām̐cal  mahak  rūh  sāgar dhō diyā
bas yahī maṁzar hai mērē aṁdar
xud-hī-mi-raqasmai-śqa-zāhir
With eyes closed, what imagine of yours I saw!
I washed the sea of my soul with the aroma of your bossom
This is the only sight within me
I dance to reveal my devotion to God
06 :02
hōtā hai  mujh mēṁ ik haṁgāmā
  nahīṁ  rukā
jitnā  maiṁ ḍhūm̐ḍhūm̐ itnā  maiṁ ḍūbūm̐
had  huā bāṁvrā
There is an upheaval in me,
which, unchecked, didn't stop
The more I search, the more I sink
I became borderline (love-)crazed
06 :27
allāh-hū, allāh-hū
jag yah kahtā rahā
mērā  na lagā  maiṁ uṭhā cal diyā
maiṁ  sajdē maiṁ gir   dil  sunā
tērā nām sunā  maiṁ  illā allāh
God, God!
The universe kept chanting that
My heart wasn’t in it, I got up and left
When I bowed down in adoration, and listened to my heart
I heard Your name, none except God
06 :53
jaltī agan   maiṁ kaisē bujhāūm̐? [x2]
rāt gaē  maiṁ  dīp jalāē,
bhōr bhaī par vah nāhī āē
How do I extinguish this burning fire? [x2]
Night was passing, I lighted lamps,
dawn happened, but would not come!
08 :30
ā  piyā tōrī yādēṁ satāvēṁ
ā  piyā tōrī yād
[both lines x2]
Come, beloved, memories of yours torture (me)!
Come beloved, the memory of you …
[both lines x2]

Ilallah (Hindi:इल्ला अल्लाह, Urdu: اِلّا الله) "Except God" (in relation to the Muslim profession of faith "There is no deity except God") is a song featured in 2018 at the season 11 of tge Pakistani musical show Coke Studio

The performers are a Pakistani large band called Sounds of Kolachi.

The song was written and composed by Ahsan Bari, the band founder and leader.

The song has Sufi undertones, and it is written in Urdu with a few words of Braj and Persian.

As usual in Sufi songs, the lyrics describe how a lover longs for the presence of the beloved (or God, or the spiritual master), mixing romantic and mystical language.

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