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LYRIC POETRY

Originally performed with a lyre, lyric poetry now needs no musical accompaniment. It can and does go with modern acoustic or electric instruments.
Many modern pop songs have a lyric poem core but lyric poetry has a deeper emotional resonance and more aesthetic use of language than ordinary songs. Many poems are pop songs but not all pop songs are poetry.

MUL MANTRA

we are one

 

Ek Ong Kar
Sat Nam
Kartaa Purkh Nirbhao Nirvair

Akaal Moorat
Ajoonee, Saibhang, Gur Prasaad

Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach
Hai Bhee Sach, Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach

Ek Ong Kar
Sat Nam
Kartaa Purkh Nirbhao Nirvair

Akaal Moorat
Ajoonee, Saibhang Gur Prasaad

Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach
Hai Bhee Sach, Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach

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Translation:
One Creator. Truth is His name. Doer of everything. Fearless, Revengeless, Undying, Unborn, Self illumined, The Guru's gift, Meditate! True in the beginning. True through all the ages. True even now. Oh Nanak it is forever true

May The Long Time Sun

old Scottish folk song and Irish blessing

 

May the longtime sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure, pure light that's within you
Guide your way home

 

An old Celtic blessing and also a yoga mantra

Strange Fruit

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene Of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

© Abel Meeropol
Jewish schoolteacher and political activist Abel, wrote this poem after seeing a photograph of a lynching.

These poetic lyrics became popular and culturally powerful one cold winter’s in 1939 when a young black singer called Billie Holliday stood on a New York stage, illuminated by a single spotlight and poured them out of her heart. A few months later Billie managed to record the song which became a best seller. The poem became part of a growing anti racist movement having wrote its place into history. Time Magazine honoured Strange Fruit with the accolade of song of the century in 1999.