This song is wonderful, talks about working hard and overcoming hardships to win in life. The original rendition of Seerkali is powerful; Enjoy 🙂 . Oh By the way look at the link at the end of the lyrics. This is the first thing that came to my mind after listening to the song J. Hope you like it too…

Original :

Movie: Edhir neechal
Poet: Vaali
Singer: Seerkali Govindarajan
Music Director: V.Kumar
Song Sequence: (1)- (2)-(3)-(1)-(4)-(1)-(5)-(1)-(2)-(3)

(1)vetri vendumaa pottu paarada edhir neechal,
(2)sardhaan poda thalaividhi enbadhu perum koochal,
(3)enni thunindhaal ingu, enna nadakaadhathu,
konjam muyandraal ingu, edhu kidaikaadhadhu,

do you want success?, swim against the tide ( depicted metaphorically to mean battle against tumultuous times) ( hard work, do things differently, smartly),
to attribute all your actions to fate and not doing what you truly want to do, is a big problem (irritating),
if you act bravely, carefully calculating all your moves; then what is it that is impossible?
if you put a bit of effort, there is nothing that you cannot get.

(4)pillaiyai perugira ammavukku,
pathu maasamum edhir neechal,
porakkura kulandhai nadakura varayil,
tharayil poduvadhu edhir neechal,
palliku palliku idathukku alayum,
appanukkadhudhaan edhir neechal,
pillaiku eppadi idam kidaichaalum,
paritchai vandhaal edhir neechal,

for the mother who bears her child,
the ten months of pregnancy is a swim against the tide ( battle against tumultuous times),
once the child is born, until the time it learns to walk,
leaving it ( putting) on the floor is a swim against the tide,
once the child grows a bit, finding/admitting to  a suitable school
is another hard time for the father,
even after the child gets an admission,
when the examinations come then its again a time to swim against the tide,

(5)kadarkarai oram nadakira kaadhal,
kalyanam mudippathum edhir neechal,
kanakkukku mele pillaiyai pethu,
kaalam kalippadhu edhir neechal,
kanmoodi valakkam mann moodi poga,
karuthai solvadhu edhir neechal,
veetuku veedu ottukkal vaangi,
padhavikku varuvadhu edhir neechal,

for the love that begins and flourishes at the beach ( usually the place where lovers meet , usually in secret),
for it to end in marriage is a swim against the tide,
if you give birth to more children ( more than necessary),
then spending time with all of them ( or living a good life) is a swim against the tide,
in order to abolish baseless superstitions,
making people believe in a convincing way against them is a swim against the tide,
to canvass for votes, going from door to door,
and coming to power is a swim against the tide,

(6)oru pidi sothukku oru jaan vayiru,
poraduvadhu edhir neechal,
oru pidi mannuku urimai kondu,
porkkalam povadhu edhir neechal,
ettadi mannil sikki vidaamal,
thappa ninaipadhu edhir neechal,
kooti kazhithu pottu paarkayil,
kadaisi varayil edhir neechal,

to work hard for a handful of rice, so as to fulfill  the foot long stomach we have,
is a swim against the tide,
to fight claiming ownership for a handful of land,
is a swim against the tide,
to not get entrapped in the 8 feet of mud (to die),
and cheating death is a swim against the tide,
if you actually look at the way we live our lives (do the balance sheet of life),
till the end , all we do is to swim against the tide.

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