Vidai Kodu Engal Nade: Lyrics and Translation

This song is from Kannathil Muththam Ittal. It is a touching story about little girl who tries to find her biological mother after finding out she was adopted. This journey takes the family to Sri Lanka and portrays the sensitive political situation there and how it affects the people. It’s quite a movie! When I heard this song recently, it moved me deeply and I wanted to share it with more people. I suggest you listen to the song without watching the video, at least the first time.

vidai kodu engal naade
Grant me farewell, my land
kadal vaasal thelikkum veede
The home where the sea washes the front of our house
panai mara kaadae, paravaigal koode
The forest of palm trees and flocks of birds
marumurai oru murai paarpoma?
Will we ever see each other again?
.
udhattil punnagai pudhaithom
In our lips we bury our smile
uyirai udambukkuL pudhaithom
Our lives and souls we shield in our bodies
verum koodugaL mattum oorvalam pogindrom
We are now a procession of empty shells
.
vidai kodu engal naade

Grant me farewell, my land

kadal vaasal thelikkum veede

The home where the sea washes the front of our house

panai mara kaadae, paravaigal koode

The forest of palm trees and flocks of birds

marumurai oru murai paarpoma?

Will we ever see each other again?

.

udhattil punnagai pudhaithom

In our lips we bury our smile

uyirai udambukkuL pudhaithom

Our lives and souls we shield in our bodies

verum koodugaL mattum oorvalam pogindrom

We are now a procession of empty shells

.

kandhal aanaalum thaai madi pol
oru sugham varuma? varuma? (2)
Even if she is in rags, can there be a place of more comfort and happiness than our mother’s lap?
Can there?
sorgam sendralum sondha oor pol
oru sudhandhiram varuma? varuma?
Even if we go to heaven, can we feel as free as we do in our home town?
Can we?
.
kaN thirandha desam ange
kaN moodum desam enge? (2)
This is the country where I first opened my eyes (was born)
In which country will I finally close them?
.
pirivoam nadhighale pizhaithaal varugirom
We part ways like rivers, it is wrong we will try to come back
meendum thaayagam azhaithaal varugirom
If our mother land calls us back, we will come back
kanneer thiraiyil pirandha mannai
The land born behind a curtain of tears
kadaisiyaaga paarkindrom
This is the last we will see of you
.
vidai kodu engal naade

Grant me farewell, my land

kadal vaasal thelikkum veede

The home where the sea washes the front of our house

panai mara kaadae, paravaigal koode

The forest of palm trees and flocks of birds

marumurai oru murai paarpoma?

Will we ever see each other again?

.

udhattil punnagai pudhaithom

In our lips we bury our smile

uyirai udambukkuL pudhaithom

Our lives and souls we shield in our bodies

verum koodugaL mattum oorvalam pogindrom

We are now a procession of empty shells

.

engaL sangeetham piLLaiyin azhugaiyile tholaithom (2)
We lost our music to the sound of children crying
engaL iLam thingaL vedikuNdu pudhaiyile pudhaithom
We buried our wealth (Lanka) in the graveyard of bombs
mun nilavil malaril kidandhom,
We used to lay on flowers in the moonlight
pin iravil mullil kizhindhom
Now we are torn in the night by thorns
.
kadal neer paravai dhaan irundhaal sandhippom
Oh birds of the sea, if you remain, we will meet again
vaname malaigaLe vaazhndhaal sandhippom
Oh forests and dear mountains, if you survive, we will meet again
thalaiyil konjam nenjil adhigam
With a little in our heads and a lot in our hearts
sumaigaL sumandhu pogindrom
The burdens we bear as we leave (also means their bags they carry)
.
vidai kodu engal naade

Grant me farewell, my land

kadal vaasal thelikkum veede

The home where the sea washes the front of our house

panai mara kaadae, paravaigal koode

The forest of palm trees and flocks of birds

marumurai oru murai paarpoma?

Will we ever see each other again?

.

udhattil punnagai pudhaithom

In our lips we bury our smile

uyirai udambukkuL pudhaithom

Our lives and souls we shield in our bodies

verum koodugaL mattum oorvalam pogindrom

We are now a procession of empty shells

.

Now this is the clip from the movie itself.


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