Homelands
Nitin Sawhney Lyrics


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Ya no malmite nadi

Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni

Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni

Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni

Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni

Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni

Tudo o que quiser
Tem que entender
Nas palmas da mão
Se tiver porquê

Frágil nessa terra
Fácil derrubou




Quando jogou fora
Tudo acabou

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Nitin Sawhney's song Homelands contain a mixture of Hindi and Portugese words, creating a unique and diverse cultural blend in the track. The first few lines, "Ya no malmite nadi, Sa da pa ma pa da, Ga ma pa ma pa da, Ga pa ma sa ni ni," are in Hindi, and are essentially meaningless phrases. However, they do contribute to the overall atmosphere and tone of the song. The use of Indian music and instruments is prominent throughout the track, and the Hindi phrases add to this.


Moving onto the Portugese section of the song, "Tudo o que quiser, Tem que entender, Nas palmas da mão, Se tiver porquê, Frágil nessa terra, Fácil derrubou, Quando jogou fora, Tudo acabou." The Portugese lyrics suggest a concern for the fragility of a homeland, and the ease at which it can be lost. The line, "Quando jogou fora, Tudo acabou" translates to "When you threw it away, everything ended" highlighting the importance of valuing and protecting one's home.


Overall, the lyrics to Homelands convey a powerful message about the fragility of a homeland and the importance of valuing and protecting it. The use of both Hindi and Portugese phrases add to the unique cultural blend of the track, and the Indian music and instruments that feature prominently throughout the song further enhance this cultural mix.


Line by Line Meaning

Ya no malmite nadi
The flowing river is no longer what it used to be


Sa da pa ma pa da
Playing a note progression on a musical instrument


Ga ma pa ma pa da
Continuing the note progression on a musical instrument


Ga pa ma sa ni ni
Ending the note progression on a musical instrument


Tudo o que quiser
Everything you desire


Tem que entender
You must understand it


Nas palmas da mão
In the palms of your hand


Se tiver porquê
If you have a reason for it


Frágil nessa terra
Fragile in this land


Fácil derrubou
Easily knocked down


Quando jogou fora
When you threw everything away


Tudo acabou
Everything ended




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Written by: Nina Isabela Rocha Miranda, Nitin Sawhney

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@arianaverde

Indians Part:
Vocal percussion

Calo language (gipsies language) Part:
Ya no malmite nadi

Second Indian part:
Sa da pa ma pa da
Ga ma pa ma pa da
Ga pa ma sa ni ni
(indian musical notes)

Portuguese Part:
Tudo o que quiser
(Everything you want)
Tem que entender
(You got to understand)
Nas palmas da mão
(In the palms of the hand)
Se tiver porquê
(If there is a reason)

Frágil nessa terra
(Fragile in this land)
Fácil derrubou
(Easy it fell)
Quando jogou fora
(When you through it away)
Tudo acabou
(Everything ended)



@jonasdeandrade

lyrics in Portuguese:

Tudo o que quiser
Tem que entender
Nas palmas da mão
Se tiver porquê

Frágil nessa terra
Fácil derrubou
Quando jogou fora
Tudo acabou

translation:

Everything one wants
one must understand
in the palm of the hands
if there's a reason why.

Fragile in that land
easily it knocked down
When it threw it away
everything ended.



All comments from YouTube:

@rosamontrose-690

Went to see Nitin at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow at the weekend, and he was excellent as usual. I've seen him plenty of times, but this was even more special since he had a heart attack recently and it brought home to me just how lucky we are to have this absolute genius in the world.

@karishmamcgregor1553

25 yrs on and it still gives me goosebumps...

@amy110610

Anyone else brought here by Nitin Sawney, and not 50 shades?
Love you Nitin Sawney❤️

@RakeshPatel-zh7ds

me!

@lcw5312

me

@talvindersingh3143

Amina Sheraz aye defo the same reason . alls well and good. Spread peace one luv.

@petrpavel3770

me :)

@jhorvat01

my old Cafe del Mar sample but not shades

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@RosaFelix

When I die, I will die rich, I have listened to Nitin.

@savinajn

❤️

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