Songs
Mera Joota Hai Japani

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mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
My Shoes Are Japanese
00 :34
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
[all stanza x2]
mērī jūtā hai jāpānī
My shoes are Japanese
These pants are English
There is red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
[all stanza x2]
My shoes are Japanese
01 :10
nikal paṛē haiṁ khulī saṛak par
apnā sīnā tānē [x2]
maṁzil kahām̐, kahām̐ ruknā hai
ūparvālā jānē [x2]
I have set out on the open road,
expanding my chest [x2]
Where is the destination, where to stop
Only the One above knows! [x2]
01 :35
baṛhtē jāēm̐ ham sailānī
jaisē ēk dariyā tūfānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērī jūtā hai jāpānī
I move forward wandering
like tempestuous waters
There is a red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese
These pants are English
There is red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese
02 :10
ūpar-nīcē nīcē-ūpar
lahar calē jīvan  [x2]
nādān hai  baiṭh kinārē
pūchē rāh vatan  [x2]
Up and down, down and up,
the excitements of life are moving [x2]
Unwise is the one who, sitting on the side,
asks the ways of the country
02 :34
calnā jīvan  kahānī
ruknā maut  niśānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
The story of life must be walked,
to stop is a sign of death
There is a red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese
These pants are English
There is a red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese
03 :11
hōṁgē rājē rājkum̐var ham
bigṛē dil śahzādē [x2]
ham siṁhāsan par  baiṭhēṁ
jab jab karēṁ irādē [x2]
I might be a luxuriating prince-heir,
(but) I am a spoiled prince at heart [x2]
I go and sit on the throne
whenever I wish [x2]
03 :36
sūrat hai jānī pahcānī
duniyā vālōṁ  hairānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
yah patlūn iṁgliśtānī
sar  lāl ṭōpī rūsī
phir bhī dil hai hindustānī
mērā jūtā hai jāpānī
(My) face is easily recognizable,
the amazement of the people of the world
There is a red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese
These pants are British
There is a red Russian hat on my head
But still my heart is Indian
My shoes are Japanese

Mera Joota Hai Japani (Hindi: मेरा जूता है जापानी, Urdu: میرا جُوتا ہے جاپانی) "My Shoes are Japanese" is a song from the 1955 Indian film "Shree 420".

The song's lyrics were written by the celebrated Bollywood lyricist Shailendra, and the music composers were the duo Shankar–Jaikishan.
The playback singer was Mukesh.

The video clip shows movie scenes where the main male protagonist, Raj (played by Raj Kapoor) travels on foot from Allahabad to Bombay, earning a living on the road.

This song acquired some degree of international fame, and it is still frequently referenced by present-day Indians, in patriotic contexts.

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