I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes, I would
If I could
I surely would

I’d rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes, I would
If I only could
I surely would

Away, I’d rather sail away
Like a swan that’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound
Its saddest sound

I’d rather be a forest than a street
Yes, I would
If I could
I surely would

I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes, I would
If I only could
I surely would

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The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence”
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You can live the life you’re living

Only Roxie singing Nowadays:

The final scene of the 2003 Oscar winning musical “Chicago”. Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones singing the song “Nowadays”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Chicago Theater is proud to announce a first.
The first time, anywhere there’s been an act of this nature.
Not only one little lady, but two!
You’ve read about them in the papers and now here they are!
Chicago’s own killer dillers
those scintillating sinners
Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly!

Roxie and Velma:
You can like the life you’re living
You can live the life you like
You can even marry Harry
But mess around with Ike
And that’s
Good, isn’t it?
Grand, isn’t it?
Great, isn’t it?
Swell, isn’t it?
Fun, isn’t it?
But nothing stays

In fifty years or so
It’s gonna change, you know
But, oh, it’s heaven
Nowadays

ANNOUNCER
Okay, you babes of jazz. Let’s pick up the pace.
Let’s make the parties longer.
Let’s make the skirts shorter.
Let’s all go to hell in a fast car and KEEP IT HOT!

Roxie and Velma:
And all that Jazz!

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Pretend you don’t see her

Jerry Vale:

Look somewhere above her
Pretend you don’t love her
Pretend you don’t see her at all

Pretend you don’t see her my heart
Although she is coming our way
Pretend you don’t need her my heart
But smile and pretend to be gay

It’s too late for running my heart
Chin up if the tears start to fall
Look somewhere above her
Pretend you don’t love her
Pretend you don’t see her at all

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He Odhaji Re Mara Valane Vadhine Kejo Ji

Lata Mangeshkar:

હે ઓધાજી મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી
હે મનાવી લેજો રે
મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી
માને તો મનાવી લેજો જી
મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

મથુરા ના રાજા થયા છો
ગોવાળો ને ભૂલી ગયા છો
માનીતી ને ભૂલી ગયા છો રે
હે ઓધાજી એ મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

એક વાર ગોકુળ આવો
માતાજી ને મોઢે થાવો
ગાયો ને હમ્ભાડી જાઓ રે
હે ઓધાજી એ મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

વ્હાલાની મરજીમાં રહેશું
જે કહેશે તે લાવી દેશું
કુબજા ને પટરાણી કેશું રે
એ ઓધાજી મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

તમે છો ભક્તો ના તારણ
એવી અમને હૈય્યા ધારણ
એ ગુન્ડોગાય ભગોચારણ રે
હે ઓધાજી એ મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

માને તો મનાવી લેજો રે
મારા વ્હાલાને વઢીને કેજો જી

Diwaliben Bhill in film Ra’Navaghan:

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Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare Radha Naam

Shyam teri bansi pukare radha naam
Log karen mera ko yoonhi badnaam

Saanwre ki bansi ko bajne se kaam
Radha ka bhi shyam voh to mera ka bhi shyam

Jamuna ki lehren bansibat ki chhaiyaan
Kiska nahin hai kaho krishan kanhaiya
Shyam ka deewana to saara brij dhaam
Log karen mera ko yoonhi badnaam

Saanwre ki bansi ko bajne se kaam
Radha ka bhi shyam voh to mera ka bhi shyam

Kaun jaane baansuriya kisko bulaye
Jiske man bhaye woh usi ke gun gaye
Kaun nahin bansi ki dhun ka gulaam
Radha ka bhi shyam voh to mera ka bhi shyam

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Mangal Bhavan Amangal Haari

मंगल भवन अमंगल हारी ।
द्रवहु सुदसरथ अचर बिहारी ।।
Mangal Bhavan Amangal Haari
Drawahu Su Dashrath Achar Bihari

होइहै वही जो राम रचि राखा ।
को करी तरफ़ बढ़ावे साखा ।।
Hoi Hai Wahi Jo Ram Rachi Rakha
Ko Kari Taraf Badhave Sakha

धीरज धरम मित्र अरु नारी ।
आपद काल परखिये चारी ।।
Dheeraj Dharam Mitra Aru Nari
Aapad Kaal Parakhiye Chaari

जेहिके जेहि पर सत्य सनेहू ।
सो तेहि मिलय न कछु सन्देहू ।।
Jehike Jehi Par Satya Sanehu
So Tehi Milay Na Kachhu Sandehu

जाकी रही भावना जैसी ।
रघु मूरति देखी तिन तैसी ।।
Jaaki Rahi Bhawna Jaisi
Raghu Murati Dekhi Tin Taisi

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई ।
प्राण जाई पर वचन न जाई ।।
Raghukul Rit Sada Chali Aaei
Pran Jaei Par Vachan Na Jaei

हरि अनन्त हरि कथा अनन्ता ।
कहहि सुनहि बहुविधि सब संता ।।
Hari Anant Hari Katha Ananta
Kahahi Sunahi Bahuvidhi Sab Santa

राम सिया राम ।
सिया राम जय जय राम ।।
Ram Siya Ram
Siya Ram Jai Jai Ram

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