January 14, 2012

Why This Kolaveri: De(coded)

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yo boys i am singing song                       "The singer makes everyone aware that he is going to sing a song
soup song                                              "You can hear it while eating soup.
flop song                                               "Singer wants everyone to believe it's a flop song so that level of expectations are low

why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "Kolaveri seems to be a new word learnt by singer so he asks..
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      ".."why this Kolaveri word is so popular", from his Di (nick name for sister in Hindi/Bengali)
rhythm correct                                       "But since the singer is not sure he asked properly, he corrects his rhythm
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "...And asks again.
maintain please                                      "In fact he likes the word so much he wants to...
why this kolaveri..di                               "..Ask again.

distance la moon-u moon-u                    "He tells that the moon is at a very long distance (about 400000 KM to be precise, but that's not important) 
moon-u  color-u  white-u                       "Singer thinks that the moon is white in color
white background night-u nigth-u            "But that's because of the Sun's rays, you know the physics, right?
night-u color-u black-u                          "Obviously if there is no moon, night will appear black/dark in color.

why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "But as soon as the singer realizes he is getting away from the subject,
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "he starts asking again from his Di, "why is this 'Kolaveri' being repeated again & again nowadays?"

white skin-u girl-u girl-u                         "White skin girl? I believe the singer is racist.
girl-u heart-u black-u                             "Thankfully at least he describes her heart has black in color. Though it also shows he wasn't good in Biology.
eyes-u eyes-u meet-u meet-u                 "He wants every one to believe that ever since his eyes met the girl's eyes..
my future dark                                       "...he isn't sure of his future. That's may be because girl was excellent in 
                                                             "studies, but he hasn't had a good academic record

why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "Now to distract himself and others from his dark future,
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di      "the singer starts crooning and asking again: "Why the hell is this kolaveri word so popular?"

maama notes eduthuko                           "To make the song more interesting singer switches to Tamil (I think)
apdiye kaila snacks eduthuko                 "But as you can see the choice of words are still poor; who uses 'snacks' in a song?
pa pa paan pa pa paan 
pa pa paa pa pa paan                             "Singer seems to have lost his mind at this point. What the heck is pa pa paan?
sariya vaasi                                            "No idea about this one. I don't think these are even Tamil words. May be some abusive slang.
super maama ready                                "The singer thinks that his 'maama' (maternal uncle in Hindi) is super (man!).
ready 1 2 3 4                                         "He asks his maama to get ready. He even gives time for him to change by counting till 4.

whaa wat a change over maama             "And when maama changes, he can't believe his eyes, how much has the maama changed!

ok maama now tune change-u                "Now he asks his maama, that since he is busy in singing, "u-change the tune".

kaila glass                                              "He starts to sing in Tamil...
only english..                                          ".. But he soon realizes his Tamil is very bad. So he promises himself to sing only in English from now on.

hand la glass                                          "So now to forget about his dark future he takes a glass in his hand.
glass la scotch                                        ".. and fills it with scotch. I am no expert in liqour but I can tell scotch is pretty hard drink.
                                                              "I feel bad for the singer :/
eyes-u full-aa tear-u                               "Now the singer starts to get emotional. Or may be he can't handle strong scotch, so his eyes get full with tears.
empty life-u                                           "Oh, now he starts to get philosophical and all. Well, scotch always does that you.
girl-u come-u                                         "He again starts remembering the girl
life reverse gear-u                                  "..Who came in his life in reverse gear.
lovvu lovvu                                            "May be the girl's name was 'lovvu'
oh my lovvu                                           "And he wants to tell the world, that 'lovvu' is his only and nobody else's.
you showed me bouv-u                          "But the girl just made him a dog, all he can do now is bouv-u bouv-u.
cow-u cow-u holi cow-u                        "There seems to be a holy cow in his home, since his Di (sister) is not listening...
i want u hear now-u                                ".. he starts talking to cow instead, and hopes at least she will hear and understand his pain.
god i m dying now-u                               "This is pure melodrama, he is fit and fine, you can see the video below.
she is happy how-u                                 "It's just that he can't stand to see his 'lovvu' happy. Jealous guy.

this song for soup boys-u                        "The singer tells that this song he wrote for soup boys, i.e. boys who sell soup
we dont have choice-u                            "... because they were so poor in studies (just like him) they don't have any other choice now but to sell soup.

why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di       "Singer wants to end the song on an interrogative note, so he asks 
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di       "again from his Di,
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di       "and again
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di       "and again,  "why this Kolaveri?" (In Hindi/Punjabi I would say "singer ne Kolaveri di waat laga di")

flop song                                                "Obviously it's a flop song, but nowadays only flop song are becoming hit.


I am sure the song will never be the same for you again, from now onwards. Watch it one more time!